Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Gaming Build ~1,500$

Last response: in Systems
Share
April 21, 2014 3:19:28 PM

Hey everyone! I'm working on an upgrade build right now and was hoping for some feedback. Now, I've pieced together what I'm thinking, but I do have some questions.

CPU: i7-4770k (already purchased)
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Hero
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB DDR-1866
PSU: Corsair HX850
GPU: GTX 770 2gb
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250gb
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i

I was pretty much set on this (haven't picked a case just yet), but then I got stuck. I've been eyeing the EVGA Superclocked GTX 770 2gb with ACX cooling, as I've had great experiences with EVGA in my previous builds. But then I noticed the Gigabyte GTX 770 4gb card Windforce. The price between the two cards is about $10 on Newegg, and I'm planning to add another of the same card for SLI in the next 6-9 months. Now, nearly everything I've read suggests that the 4gb card isn't worth getting for gaming at 1080p. But I've heard that a modded Skyrim can eat the extra memory.

Can anyone give me a little direction on this? I play primarily Battlefield 4, Skyrim, Arma 3, DayZ, and Wildstar, so I'm not really sure where I might benefit from the 4gb card.

More about : gaming build 500

April 21, 2014 3:28:11 PM

Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1359.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 18:27 EDT-0400)
m
0
l
April 21, 2014 3:29:02 PM

if you got a decent quiet build, that evga card is going to make noise, windforce coolers goes down to 18% fan speed at idle and with custom fan profile you could get a very silent build, evga can not.
m
0
l
Related resources
April 21, 2014 3:33:05 PM

Plusthinking Iq said:
if you got a decent quiet build, that evga card is going to make noise, windforce coolers goes down to 18% fan speed at idle and with custom fan profile you could get a very silent build, evga can not.


EVGA's ACX cooler is one of the most silent coolers on the market, I saw so many people with Gigabyte cards when their fan died or started to make noise after 3~6 month usage.
m
0
l
April 21, 2014 3:50:30 PM

Ahmadjon said:
Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)


I was considering the H100i but didn't really know where I would put the radiator since it's twice the size. Hadn't even looked at the 780 because it really pushes me beyond what I want to spend on the build because I'm including what I spent last week on the i7-4770k. Though now I realize I probably should've went with an i5 and got the 780...
m
0
l
April 21, 2014 3:56:00 PM

globalenjoi said:
Ahmadjon said:
Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)


I was considering the H100i but didn't really know where I would put the radiator since it's twice the size. Hadn't even looked at the 780 because it really pushes me beyond what I want to spend on the build because I'm including what I spent last week on the i7-4770k. Though now I realize I probably should've went with an i5 and got the 780...


It's not difficult to install radiator on some cases and it's possible on NZXT Phantom 410.

Well. then I would get system without SSD because gaming rig can live without SSD but without powerful card...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1435.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 18:55 EDT-0400)


Later you can buy an SSD, I also thought about getting SSD but I don't want spend 100$ for fast boot times and fast apps opening times.
Also 8GB should be more than enough for any game and probably future games :) 
m
0
l
April 21, 2014 5:28:32 PM

Ahmadjon said:
globalenjoi said:
Ahmadjon said:
Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)


I was considering the H100i but didn't really know where I would put the radiator since it's twice the size. Hadn't even looked at the 780 because it really pushes me beyond what I want to spend on the build because I'm including what I spent last week on the i7-4770k. Though now I realize I probably should've went with an i5 and got the 780...


It's not difficult to install radiator on some cases and it's possible on NZXT Phantom 410.

Well. then I would get system without SSD because gaming rig can live without SSD but without powerful card...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1435.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 18:55 EDT-0400)


Later you can buy an SSD, I also thought about getting SSD but I don't want spend 100$ for fast boot times and fast apps opening times.
Also 8GB should be more than enough for any game and probably future games :) 


Well, you just blew my mind lol. I was prepped to order this bad boy, but now I'm rethinking my choices! So I'm looking at this GTX 780 and thinking that's the way to go. However, I've had a 120gb SSD in my current computer for a few months now, and I absolutely love it so much I can't build without it. Not only do I boot up in a few seconds, but I see a huge improvement in loading maps in BF4. So if I were going to trim off elsewhere, where could I cut? I'm thinking you're correct on the 8gb of ram, because I can't find any examples of actually using more than 8gb when it comes to gaming or streaming. Maybe trim back on the motherboard? I honestly picked that one because I heard it was the best mobo I could get. Checked out others, but the prices were so close I decided to just stick with the best.
m
0
l
April 21, 2014 5:32:03 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Schau314/saved/4ruD
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w3Ea
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w3Ea/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w3Ea/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $939.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 20:35 EDT-0400)
Can I have your opinions. Also wait a sec before buying, don;t rush too fast into spending your money.
Also why do you need 850 watts.
m
0
l

Best solution

April 21, 2014 11:18:57 PM

Then two builds :) 

One build with cheaper motherboard and 1TB drive

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1498.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 02:16 EDT-0400)

Second with Hero motherboard 1TB drive and 120GB SSD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1490.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 02:18 EDT-0400)

I would go for second build :D 
Share
April 22, 2014 10:17:19 PM

Thanks for the help! Went with the 2nd build, though I did splurge a bit.. picked up a Rosewill Thor v2 white case instead! Wife wants to kill me now, but I think it's going to be a nice change from this ancient Antec Nine Hundred!
m
0
l
April 22, 2014 10:43:41 PM

globalenjoi said:
Thanks for the help! Went with the 2nd build, though I did splurge a bit.. picked up a Rosewill Thor v2 white case instead! Wife wants to kill me now, but I think it's going to be a nice change from this ancient Antec Nine Hundred!


Yeah! :) 
m
0
l
!