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March 2014 Gaming Computer Build - Budget 1500-1700 USD

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March 13, 2014 8:47:26 AM

This will be my first attempt at building my own gaming computer. Any help provided will be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Location: Hawaii, USA
Budget: 1500 - 1700
Preferred Websites: New egg, tiger direct, etc.

System Usage: Mostly Gaming (Want to be able to play games at highest settings), watching movies, streaming.

Parts Preference:

I don't really have any parts preference other than I my CPU, which I am leaning towards the i7 2700. This is mostly because I have heard that the Sandy Bridges perform better when overclocked.

I would also like recommendations on a good monitor. It doesn't need to be included in the budget, just wanted to see some monitor options. Thanks.

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a c 285 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 8:59:22 AM

Would give you SLI capability in the future as well:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($312.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($669.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1677.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 11:59 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 9:07:48 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($702.31 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1705.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 12:07 EDT-0400)

-i7s are overkill for gaming
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March 13, 2014 9:08:02 AM

I actually wanted the i7 2700. But that motherboard is not compatible with it. Thanks
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March 13, 2014 9:13:39 AM

Jacob McIntosh said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($702.31 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1705.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 12:07 EDT-0400)

-i7s are overkill for gaming


Hello Jacob,

I heard that the 2700k series out performs the others when overclocking. But everyone on this forum seems to prefer the newer ones. Why is that?
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a c 285 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 9:19:36 AM

The 4770k is a great overclocker, and will still give you better performance. Haswell is just better all around, and newer is always better in the technology world lol

And Jacob, If you're building a $1,700 machine with future upgrades in mind, restricting yourself to an i5 is pointless, when you can still get the same GPU. In that same regard, why did you put in 16GB when 16GB is overkill? The i7 would at least actually increase performance, whereas more RAM would do absolutely nothing.
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March 13, 2014 9:24:16 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
The 4770k is a great overclocker, and will still give you better performance. Haswell is just better all around, and newer is always better in the technology world lol

And Jacob, If you're building a $1,700 machine with future upgrades in mind, restricting yourself to an i5 is pointless, when you can still get the same GPU. In that same regard, why did you put in 16GB when 16GB is overkill? The i7 would at least actually increase performance, whereas more RAM would do absolutely nothing.


Good points.
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March 13, 2014 9:53:14 AM

I'm still not sure about Hawell being better.

cmi86 said:
These different names indicate different generations of the "core i" CPU's from intel. The 2nd generation "sandy bride" chips are good but are a little old now. The 3rd gen "ivy bridge" cpu's are the pinnacle of this architecture with the best power to performance ratio. The 4th gen "haswell" chips are a step backwards as they do not offer a significant performance increase over the previous generation, use more power, run hotter and cost more as do the 1150 motherboards needed to use them. I hope this helps a bit.


found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/newresponse/1818729

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a c 285 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 9:56:19 AM

Taking from that, though, Haswell is still an upgrade. It runs a tad warmer, but not nearly as hot as AMD chips, and the price difference between Ivy-Bridge and Haswell is minimal. If you want a 3770k, go for it lol I was just giving you my suggestion.

Even still, why would you want Sandy-Bridge over Ivy-Bridge then?
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March 13, 2014 10:05:14 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
Taking from that, though, Haswell is still an upgrade. It runs a tad warmer, but not nearly as hot as AMD chips, and the price difference between Ivy-Bridge and Haswell is minimal. If you want a 3770k, go for it lol I was just giving you my suggestion.

Even still, why would you want Sandy-Bridge over Ivy-Bridge then?


Well it was just because a friend told me that Sandy-bridge performed best when it came to overclocking. I don't know if its true, but he said somethink like it was because it didn't heat up as much as the other 2
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March 13, 2014 10:31:24 AM

HiTechObsessed, do you have a monitor that you would recommend?
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a c 285 4 Gaming
March 13, 2014 1:03:57 PM

Well if you're going the 780 Ti route, I would either suggest a 1440p single monitor, or go 3-way 1080p monitors in Surround - especially for when you get a second 780 Ti for SLI ;) 

If single 1440p:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Monitor: Crossover Black Tune 2755 AMG 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($449.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $449.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 16:03 EDT-0400)

If triple 1080p:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $479.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 16:02 EDT-0400)
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March 13, 2014 3:27:25 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
Well if you're going the 780 Ti route, I would either suggest a 1440p single monitor, or go 3-way 1080p monitors in Surround - especially for when you get a second 780 Ti for SLI ;) 

If single 1440p:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Monitor: Crossover Black Tune 2755 AMG 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($449.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $449.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 16:03 EDT-0400)

If triple 1080p:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $479.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 16:02 EDT-0400)


Thanks.
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