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April 22, 2014 10:53:38 AM

Hello, I am looking to build a gaming computer under 1500 dollars and I have a parts list. It needs to be fast, run next gen smooth, and overall be fast and good performance.

Here is the link http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3wcVA

What do you think? Is it a good build for running next gen? Will everything fit in the case? Will it be fast? Are the parts good or bad? Any feedback would be appreciated.
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April 22, 2014 12:04:01 PM

Yup nice build, everything is nice about it, for video games you don't need a seperate sound card tho, the onboard sound chip is already good enough and there will be not difference in gaming, if you are an audiophyle that listen to a lot of uncompressed music file and stuff than it's justified, but not for gaming...a good headset is all you need...

other than that great build...
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April 22, 2014 12:04:32 PM

it is my revision on your build, with the best for the buck parts
better mobo and ram for OC
gaming doesnt need more than 8GB ram. 16 GB will be a waste
240GB ssd
gigabyte has higher clock and better cooler for gtx 780
no need for sound card

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($519.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 650W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1352.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 15:04 EDT-0400)
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April 22, 2014 12:16:31 PM

The gigabyte windforce is indeed a bit cooler and higher clocked but it makes much more noise, this is a thing to consider, 3 smaller fans spin faster and tend to have an higher pitch thus making them more noticeable...reviews of the windforce will confirm this.

Also i didnt noticed the 16gb of DDR3...yes this is overkill, 8gb will server you just as well...and i would go with the cheaper MSI board but this is preference in terms of price/features/quality i think the Asrock board is better but not that much better to justify the cost difference...
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April 22, 2014 12:17:19 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
Yup nice build, everything is nice about it, for video games you don't need a seperate sound card tho, the onboard sound chip is already good enough and there will be not difference in gaming, if you are an audiophyle that listen to a lot of uncompressed music file and stuff than it's justified, but not for gaming...a good headset is all you need...

other than that great build...


So it won't need a separate sound card? Also will it run most games on max or just medium?
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April 22, 2014 12:18:15 PM

we are talking MAX here...except for crysis 3 this thing needs 2x high-end GPUs in sli to run at max settings...all the other games yes pretty much maxed out..
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April 22, 2014 12:18:40 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
The gigabyte windforce is indeed a bit cooler and higher clocked but it makes much more noise, this is a thing to consider, 3 smaller fans spin faster and tend to have an higher pitch thus making them more noticeable...reviews of the windforce will confirm this.

Also i didnt noticed the 16gb of DDR3...yes this is overkill, 8gb will server you just as well...and i would go with the cheaper MSI board but this is preference in terms of price/features/quality i think the Asrock board is better but not that much better to justify the cost difference...


So I should change my CPU cooler or keep? Also I plan to keep 16gb ram for star citizen.

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April 22, 2014 12:27:23 PM

no this is not about the CPU cooler its about the COOLER on the graphics card...you chosed a good card but he suggested another card that is a tiny little bit faster but makes quite a bit more noise and for that reason most users better like the EVGA or ASUS cards...i would stick with the one you choosed unless you really don't care about noise coming from the machine when gaming and you want an extra of about 1 to 2 FPS...

The CPU cooler you picked is a good one, from the reviews it's very silent and keep good temps, defenetly a recommanded product, no worry about that.


Your build was basicaly perfect except the RAM (DDR3) you just need 8gb (2x 4gb) so change that...and remove the sound card...and you have i think a perfect system for gaming.
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April 22, 2014 12:35:46 PM

Why is everyone on this forum so insistent on recommending the Hyper 212 Evo? Sure, it's a good cooler for the price but there are better options out there that are going to help you get a better overclock.

And 2133MHz memory? What's up with that?
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April 22, 2014 12:39:16 PM

In fact a combination of both builds would be the best IMHO, here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 650W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1292.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 15:38 EDT-0400)
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April 22, 2014 12:40:24 PM

Graphiicz said:
Why is everyone on this forum so insistent on recommending the Hyper 212 Evo? Sure, it's a good cooler for the price but there are better options out there that are going to help you get a better overclock.

And 2133MHz memory? What's up with that?


Hyper 212 is the cheapest and most efficient cooler there is and the memory it's the best priced memory available today so why not...

For price/performance stand point you can't beat those products with the prices as of today...sorry
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April 22, 2014 1:02:33 PM

Well he could save about $12 on identically performing RAM and spend a little more on a better cooler.
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April 22, 2014 1:48:39 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
we are talking MAX here...except for crysis 3 this thing needs 2x high-end GPUs in sli to run at max settings...all the other games yes pretty much maxed out..


Nice. So overall everything will be compatible and run smoothly?
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April 22, 2014 1:58:53 PM

Absolutely, you are looking at an high-end gaming machine that will allow for awesome performance in games...have fun !
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April 22, 2014 2:50:05 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
no this is not about the CPU cooler its about the COOLER on the graphics card...you chosed a good card but he suggested another card that is a tiny little bit faster but makes quite a bit more noise and for that reason most users better like the EVGA or ASUS cards...i would stick with the one you choosed unless you really don't care about noise coming from the machine when gaming and you want an extra of about 1 to 2 FPS...

The CPU cooler you picked is a good one, from the reviews it's very silent and keep good temps, defenetly a recommanded product, no worry about that.


Your build was basicaly perfect except the RAM (DDR3) you just need 8gb (2x 4gb) so change that...and remove the sound card...and you have i think a perfect system for gaming.


The thing is I kind of need the ram since I multitask a lot so besides price I don't think there are any cons. I can remove the sound card but the main thing I am worried about is my cooler? Is it any good?
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April 22, 2014 3:21:33 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
Absolutely, you are looking at an high-end gaming machine that will allow for awesome performance in games...have fun !


Alright thank you very much! My brother keeps telling me my build is crap because he built more computers than me but you helped me find the right way. Thank you!
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April 22, 2014 4:55:04 PM

go with the final build i posted but 2x8gb if you need it...your brother is probably jealous cause this system is as good as it gets for gaming...you would have to thro big bucks to get something a little better (core i7, gtx780ti...) we are talking like 300 or 400 $ more for just a little more performance...like maybe 10 or 15% better AT MOST...
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April 22, 2014 7:03:23 PM

paitjsu sadff said:
go with the final build i posted but 2x8gb if you need it...your brother is probably jealous cause this system is as good as it gets for gaming...you would have to thro big bucks to get something a little better (core i7, gtx780ti...) we are talking like 300 or 400 $ more for just a little more performance...like maybe 10 or 15% better AT MOST...


Alright thank you. I still don't get how you managed to get a better mobo, slightly more expensive GPU, bigger ssd and STILL manage to be the same price as the one I posted, even after 16gb ram if I added. You must be a KICKASS account.
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