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Advice for 2,000-3,000 gaming,online schooling/video blogging desktop.

Hey guys, so I need advice and some explanations on the picks, please.I am a avid gamer so I will be playing a plethora of different games.I will need this as future proof as possible.I am so confused between the three gpus: R9 290x crossfire, R9 290 crossfire or evga 780 ti.

Yes, I would like the option for crossfire or sli in the future.I thought about getting the 780 ti now, then waiting for a decrease in price to sli.I'm looking to max the settings as well.This build needs to have everything, keyboard, motherboard,ssd, hd, monitor, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated, i've been combing over articles and messageboards, I just can't make up my mind.
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  1. To max out settings, save money and reduce your power consumption, get the 780TI. You don't even need to SLI it
  2. Do you need peripherals included in the budget like monitor, OS, kb+mouse? If you do have a monitor what resolution is it at?
  3. 4cloud said:
    Do you need peripherals included in the budget like monitor, OS, kb+mouse? If you do have a monitor what resolution is it at?


    Yeah, I need everything included.My last desktop pc was/is a hewlet packard '98 windows.Lol.
  4. Aspire77360 said:
    To max out settings, save money and reduce your power consumption, get the 780TI. You don't even need to SLI it


    Alright, thanks for the advice.
  5. Have a look at this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Puj7

    It does not have the possibility of SLI or cFire in the future due to the motherboard having only one PCIe lane. I also suggest saving some money for later builds if you need or to upgrade, the reason: In Q4 of this year the new X99 motherboards and Haswell-E CPUs are coming out along with DDR4 RAM.

    The current build i have suggested to you would not need any upgrading till the next 5 years and will be able to max out all current games easily at that resolution. Changing the monitor to a 1440P or getting a multimonitor setup with 3 way would require adding another 780Ti and changing the motherboard.

    However regardless of all else this is NOT AN OVERCLOCKING build if you'd like one i could help change some parts around.
  6. 4cloud said:
    Have a look at this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Puj7

    It does not have the possibility of SLI or cFire in the future due to the motherboard having only one PCIe lane. I also suggest saving some money for later builds if you need or to upgrade, the reason: In Q4 of this year the new X99 motherboards and Haswell-E CPUs are coming out along with DDR4 RAM.

    The current build i have suggested to you would not need any upgrading till the next 5 years and will be able to max out all current games easily at that resolution. Changing the monitor to a 1440P or getting a multimonitor setup with 3 way would require adding another 780Ti and changing the motherboard.

    However regardless of all else this is NOT AN OVERCLOCKING build if you'd like one i could help change some parts around.


    Hey, I am appreciating ll the help.I am leaning towards a 1440 monitor.Should I overclock?I was thinking of keeping the option open for overclocking just incase.Should I wait for devil's canyon?Should I not have an option to SLI later?So, I should wait until later this year then?For x99 and gddr 4?
  7. If you can hold out, wait until Devils Canyon, DDR4 and the new GTX 8 Series. I'm sure new PC tech will be out by then as well.
  8. Go more towards something like this if you want 1440p and a good overclocking build , along with two 290's to be able to play at a nice frame rate on demanding games @ 1440p , though it's gonna use most of your money ( 2700$~)

    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: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($478.98 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $2661.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 04:09 EDT-0400)

    Though it can get cheaper if you are not willing to overclock and feel like you won't need the two 290's

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($478.98 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $1976.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 04:13 EDT-0400)

    Though it won't be as good for 1440p
  9. andrei65 said:
    Go more towards something like this if you want 1440p and a good overclocking build , along with two 290's to be able to play at a nice frame rate on demanding games @ 1440p , though it's gonna use most of your money ( 2700$~)

    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: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($478.98 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $2661.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 04:09 EDT-0400)

    Though it can get cheaper if you are not willing to overclock and feel like you won't need the two 290's

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($478.98 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $1976.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 04:13 EDT-0400)

    Though it won't be as good for 1440p


    Alright, thank you very much.So, you're saying evga 780 ti, wont run as well on the 1440 P?I'm wanting it to last for awhile so if I were to go the r9 290 route, I would want to crossfire.
  10. It will but I honestly prefer a 290 over a 780Ti because the 290 is performing better in some cases and it is cheaper than a 780ti so it's an unbeatable price/performance ratio

    Though I don't say that you shouldn't get a 780ti it's a very good card and runs cooler , and also uses less wattage
  11. andrei65 said:
    It will but I honestly prefer a 290 over a 780Ti because the 290 is performing better in some cases and it is cheaper than a 780ti so it's an unbeatable price/performance ratio


    Alrighty, thank you very much.
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    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: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($629.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $2507.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 13:11 EDT-0400)

    A 290 is equal to a 780 and a little bit less better than a 780 ti , though the 780 ti is better than a 290 and a 290x
    Though the 290x has a uber mode which increases performances
  13. andrei65 said:
    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: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($629.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $2507.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 13:11 EDT-0400)

    A 290 is equal to a 780 and a little bit less better than a 780 ti , though the 780 ti is better than a 290 and a 290x
    Though the 290x has a uber mode which increases performances


    Thank you very much for all of your help.
  14. No problem
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