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June 25, 2014 3:41:55 AM

Hi all,

This is my first post on tom's hardware's forums even though I've been a reader of the site for a long time. My apologies if my thread is placed in the wrong place.

I'm looking to build a new gaming rig for my living room and would like to hear your suggestions on the components. My budget is €2000 and I want to buy everything from scratch instead of upgrading my current box (i7-2600k, 6950 flashed to 6970, 120gb ssd, Asus P8P67 motherboard) because I want to keep that as a secondary PC.

I'm currently playing games on a 50" 1080p screen and am considering replacing it with a 4k monitor some time next year. I care about playing with 60fps on max settings. Last but not least, I generally replace my PC every 2.5 to 3 years and would like it to work on those settings for that time-period. I've never delved into watercooling or gone beyond the stock cooler for my CPU but I would certainly be interested in that.

Here are some ideas I had for the components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K (€302.95)
GPU: MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4G (€362.71)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro PC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) 2 x 8gb (€139.98
Motherboard: Asus Republic Of Gamers Z97 MAXIMUS VII HERO (€174.99)
Storage #1: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB (€113.99)
Storage #2: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001, 3TB (€92.80)
PSU: Antec HCP-1000 Platinum (€215.90)

Case: ???
CPU Cooler: ???
Other components: ???

Total (so far): €1403.32

With my goal of at least 1080p @ 60fps for the next 2-3 years, is this a set-up good enough? Moreover, what do you recommend for the case, cooler and other potential components I may have missed?

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June 25, 2014 4:02:19 AM

Everything on your build is very nice.

I prefer Noctua for cpu coolers eg NH-D14. A lot will prefer water cooling per Corsair H100i.

Get a case big enough for either eg Corsair 750D, 730T or 760T or NZXT Switch 810 or Coolermaster HAF XM, StormTrooper or StormStryker
Which should also easily fit the R9 290x in it.

For 4k, consider - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-295x2-cro... - it takes a lot of gpu power. Monitor prices have come down but at least $1500 of Graphics Cards is where we're at now. For 4k ambitions, I'd suggest hanging on a bit and see how the next generation of AMD and nVidia cards perform (and cost)
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June 25, 2014 4:18:08 AM

i7Baby said:
Everything on your build is very nice.

I prefer Noctua for cpu coolers eg NH-D14. A lot will prefer water cooling per Corsair H100i.

Get a case big enough for either eg Corsair 750D, 730T or 760T or NZXT Switch 810 or Coolermaster HAF XM, StormTrooper or StormStryker
Which should also easily fit the R9 290x in it.

For 4k, consider - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-295x2-cro... - it takes a lot of gpu power. Monitor prices have come down but at least $1500 of Graphics Cards is where we're at now. For 4k ambitions, I'd suggest hanging on a bit and see how the next generation of AMD and nVidia cards perform (and cost)


Thank you very much for your swift response! One thing I forgot to mention is that I can only have a mid tower in my living-room because the full tower will not match in terms of height. I googled a couple of them and saw they were full towers. Which are the best mid-towers out there for this sort of setup?
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June 25, 2014 4:22:00 AM

The Coolermaster were all mid towers - but on the large size. Corsair also have the smaller 650D and 230T and NZXT the H440. Ive got a Coolermaster 690. Mines a II. They're now up to III.
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June 25, 2014 4:49:45 AM

Choosing a case is up to personal aesthetic and you can't always get find supplies for what people recommend. Find a case you like and look for reviews. I found hardwarecanucks on youtube to have pretty good reviews when I was looking for a case.

If you want to get the Noctua NH-D14, make sure the case has the clearance for it. There are a lot of cases it wont fit inside and RAM clearance can also be an issue with that cooler. I had to move up the front fan slightly to clear the RAM in my rig. It also weighs 1.2kg, so if you plan on moving your case around you might want to support it with something like "Scythe Ninja Wire"
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