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Need New Gaming PC Build (~1500$ budget)

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June 13, 2014 7:14:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
I'm not in a rush to get it, but by the end of summer would be preferable. Willing to wait though.

Budget Range:
Around 1500$ Canadian. Willing to go up or down on the budget as long as I'm getting a good bang for my buck as well as possible future-proofing.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Will be primarily used for gaming and movies, though I may be doing development on it occasionally.

Parts Not Required: Don't need monitor or any other peripherals in this budget, just the computer itself.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't really have any preferred websites. Preferably one that will ship to Canada. I believe directcanada.ca has free shipping on orders and pretty good prices. If there's better websites out there, I don't mind.


Country:
Canada

Parts Preferences:
Prefer to have one of the newer i7s if possible within the budget. I prefer Intel for processors and prefer Nvidia for video cards.

Overclocking:
No plans to overclock though any time soon, maybe in the future when the PC is outdated I may consider it. It's not something mandatory for me but could be useful in the future.

SLI or Crossfire:
Would rather not have to do that, just because I don't really know how to SLI.

Monitor Resolution:
I don't really know what resolutions are people generally using for gaming nowadays. I have an old monitor for now that I plan to use but I plan to get a new one in the future.

Additional Comments:
I'm not really strict on the build for anything (price is flexible as well), I just want a good build that will last me a long time and is upgradeable when it does finally start to lose it's steam.

Thanks all!
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June 13, 2014 10:32:39 PM

This should do nicely for you and if you are wondering, the Xeon processor is the same as the i7-4770 but without the integrated graphics card which you won't be using anyway. The other thing is that you won't be able to overclock the CPU even if you wanted to.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($284.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($120.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($117.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($430.35 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.94 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1454.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-14 01:31 EDT-0400
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June 14, 2014 7:12:41 AM

Thanks for the reply.

Is there any reason why I couldn't just replace the CPU you mentioned with an i7-4770K? Seems like it's only about 15-20 bucks more expensive.

I also prefer Nvidia so could I just get a GTX 780 instead in that build?

I don't need the OS included in the price so I can omit that from there. If I want a different case, do they have to be ATX mid towers or can I look at ATX full towers too?

Thanks again! More input would be appreciated too.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 14, 2014 7:37:58 AM

There is no reason why you can't, but then you will need a z87 or z97 motherboard as they will allow you to overclock the CPU.

With the money saved by not getting an OS will certainly mean that you can get the 780 instead of the r9 290.

There is absolutely no reason why you can't go with a ATX full tower instead of a mid tower
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June 14, 2014 8:14:10 AM

Ok, so I modified your build a little and this is what I get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($379.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($117.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked Video Card ($579.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1624.15
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-14 11:10 EDT-0400

It's a little more expensive but I'm flexible with the price as long as I'm getting something worth it. Are these all compatible and is there any changes you would recommend? I'm also wondering if there's a significant difference between the i7-4770K vs i7-4790K.
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June 14, 2014 3:11:18 PM

i7-4790k is better than the 4770k, but when you do go to overclock in the future you will want a noctura NH14 for cooling the CPU as CM 212 EVO isn't well suited to cooling haswell CPU's. But apart from that, the build looks really good.
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June 14, 2014 3:50:11 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
i7-4790k is better than the 4770k, but when you do go to overclock in the future you will want a noctura NH14 for cooling the CPU as CM 212 EVO isn't well suited to cooling haswell CPU's. But apart from that, the build looks really good.


Perfect, thanks. Do I even need the EVO if I don't plan on overclocking? Shouldn't the stock cooler that comes with the processor be sufficient?
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June 14, 2014 4:38:29 PM

The stock cooler should handle it, as that is near the same as my setup and it runs cool
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