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June 11, 2014 1:48:24 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n3phmG

Looking to build my first PC to be mainly used for gaming. A couple questions:
1. Should I go for the 4gb graphics card? Is it worth the extra $100?
2. Do i need to buy additional cooling for my cpu?

The list is missing an SSD and OS but that i have figured out for the most part.

Any pointers would be awesome!

Thanks!

Edit: I saw that some new i5's are coming out this month. Is it worth it to hold off on a build until the new one is released?

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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 1:57:43 PM

1) that depends on your monitor, if you are gaming above 1080p i would say that the 4gb is worth the cost, otherwise the 2 is fine.

2) Stock cooling tends to be fine for stock clocks. If you think you might ever OC your CPU get an after market cooler.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 2:06:02 PM

Most games never use more than 2GB VRAM at 1920x1080 and lower. If you plan on a higher rez monitor or 3 1080p monitors, then get the 4GB. The stock cooler is fine for stock speeds. OC'ing will require an aftermarket cooler, though.
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June 11, 2014 2:38:40 PM

Thanks for the replies. I would like to run dual monitors at 1080p. One would be used for gaming and one for random crap while im gaming.

So would it be worth it to hold off on building until they release the i5-4690K processor? I'm assuming motherboards will have to be updated to accommodate so is it even worth it to get it right at release?

This would be compared to the i5-4670k which is .1GHz slower? BFD?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 2:41:06 PM

Keeferton said:
Thanks for the replies. I would like to run dual monitors at 1080p. One would be used for gaming and one for random crap while im gaming.

So would it be worth it to hold off on building until they release the i5-4690K processor? I'm assuming motherboards will have to be updated to accommodate so is it even worth it to get it right at release?


The 4690k is just a refresh so it will fit in the old haswell motherboards without issue.
As you said the the only real functional difference being that the 4690k wil have a slightly higher base clock , but also reach higher OC settings and do it much more easily.

All in all unless you plan on doing a heavy OC they will perform nearly identically.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 2:45:51 PM

Any new MB sold should have a BIOS updated by now to recognize the Haswell refresh chips. If not, you should be able to boot with an older BIOS anyway. So you can update the board if it needs it.
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June 11, 2014 4:13:41 PM

vortical said:
Keeferton said:
Thanks for the replies. I would like to run dual monitors at 1080p. One would be used for gaming and one for random crap while im gaming.

So would it be worth it to hold off on building until they release the i5-4690K processor? I'm assuming motherboards will have to be updated to accommodate so is it even worth it to get it right at release?


The 4690k is just a refresh so it will fit in the old haswell motherboards without issue.
As you said the the only real functional difference being that the 4690k wil have a slightly higher base clock , but also reach higher OC settings and do it much more easily.

All in all unless you plan on doing a heavy OC they will perform nearly identically.



I have never overclocked before and as long as I am able to play most games at near max settings nad 60fps i don't plan to. (if that even helps)

Would you mind looking at my hardware list and letting me know if anything looks amiss? Im thinking about pulling the trigger tonight on a new setup.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 4:34:12 PM

Keeferton said:
vortical said:
Keeferton said:
Thanks for the replies. I would like to run dual monitors at 1080p. One would be used for gaming and one for random crap while im gaming.

So would it be worth it to hold off on building until they release the i5-4690K processor? I'm assuming motherboards will have to be updated to accommodate so is it even worth it to get it right at release?


The 4690k is just a refresh so it will fit in the old haswell motherboards without issue.
As you said the the only real functional difference being that the 4690k wil have a slightly higher base clock , but also reach higher OC settings and do it much more easily.

All in all unless you plan on doing a heavy OC they will perform nearly identically.



I have never overclocked before and as long as I am able to play most games at near max settings nad 60fps i don't plan to. (if that even helps)

Would you mind looking at my hardware list and letting me know if anything looks amiss? Im thinking about pulling the trigger tonight on a new setup.


your build looks good, with my only critique being your choice in HDD, you could probably get a 3 TB drive @7200rpm for the same cost and i think you'll enjoy the space more than the slightly decreased load times from the 10000 rpm drives (you can always get a small SSD which will perform WAYYY better later if it still bothers you).
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