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Looking to build my first gaming pc. $1500-2000 usd.

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July 6, 2014 10:32:01 PM

Looking to build a pc that is going to last for awhile. for heavy gaming but also for college work at the same time. Also going to need a screen and operating system included in the price.

Have been looking for sometime now but i dont have the knowledge level to just purchase without seeing what a seasoned vet might have when it comes to builds so i come to you. budget will be 1500-2000 usd (can stretch to 2200 for screen included and OS). Won't be purchasing the system for at lease 4 months because the wife is looking to get a new car.

Appreciate all the input I receive about this and thanks in advance.
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July 6, 2014 10:40:05 PM

Price will change and Haswell-E will be a real thing from there so you might wait and ask again in 4 month. Do not worry, Tom's community can gives you 10 different rig in 1 hour when posting at evening time.
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July 6, 2014 11:08:54 PM

i5-4690k
Asus Maximus VII Hero
CM Hyper 212 EVO
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 2x8GB
Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB (OS and some games)
WD Caviar Black 2TB (Other files and applications)
Corsair TX 750 modular PSU
EVGA GTX 770
Corsair 760T/ NZXT H440 (Case is personal preference, just make sure it supports an ATX motherboard)
Windows 8.1
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July 8, 2014 10:31:38 AM

You might like something like this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kXWXJx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kXWXJx/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
Total: $1787.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

But as others have mentioned, you can wait for Intel's new lineup in 4 months. You can also expect the 800 series Nvidia cards to be out by then!

Cheers!
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July 9, 2014 9:27:11 AM

So this is basically what i have come up with so far by combining everything that you guys have showed me.

The lower i can get the price the better but i will only be buying everything from amazon through my prime account.

Well here is what i have come up with so far on the build i want to do.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DestinyEvolved/saved/dNyqqs

any suggestions that can lower the price but keep peak performance to run games at max settings would be greatly appreciated. trying to go as low as possible even though my budget it maxed at about 2k.
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July 9, 2014 9:55:16 AM

Almost exactly the same price, but changed a few things.
I like this graphics card, better heatsink, clocked faster, a little cheaper.
I'm partial to seasonic power supplies, and you don't need to overspend on a corsair one.
For the one time you use the optical drive, you want it as cheap as possible.
Added thermal paste for your cpu and gpu.
And added the i7, just to keep it at the same price as your latest build. The i5 works well too.

Also, think about a mechanical keyboard. They're so nice to type on.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.43 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.39 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($384.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.57)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($37.98 @ Amazon)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($29.71 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($53.99)
Total: $1859.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Edit: Also changed the motherboard. Asus z97-a is really high quality and easy to overclock, don't need a $200 board.
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July 9, 2014 2:54:03 PM

Are you going to do any over clocking then this should be a good build
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tkq3gs i have changed the mother board the graphics card this one is much better and the hdd
if not then this is the one
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zDn7GX you can save almost 100 dollars if you buy the graphics card from newegg this graphics card is much better and you wont require a cpu cooler if not overclocking
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July 14, 2014 5:52:42 AM

Okay so im going to be able to start building soon and have been contemplating how much i really want to spend on my gaming build so i have came to a solid number of 1500-1600 before i get a keyboard. I just remember that i have a 120hz 1080p screen in my basement in a moving box so that is not longer needed. only thing i need to get is they keyboard.

so ive come up with this build please change what you think would be best this is the last time im going to change anything on my own so if this is good im going to buy it unless you have better suggestions for me.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DestinyEvolved/saved/dNyqqs

Have come to the conclusion that a r9 290 seems to be the way to go atm for me when comparing to a gtx 770. but if you think a 780 can fit in the budget and not get bottlenecked that would be awesome. will probably overclock my system once i learn how to do it properly without screwing anything up.

Chose and i5-4690k because of the price and seems to be perceived as a good budget buy for a great gaming experience. Even thought the i7 is more powerful i was reading that it doesnt really affect much of the gamin experience mainly the multi-tasking. So this is the last time im going out for suggestions and eagerly await your replies.
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July 14, 2014 9:32:29 AM

Here is an option if you're looking at the GTX 780. Newegg has a great deal right now.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yTNvdC
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yTNvdC/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.38 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1505.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

I removed the sound card because that Mobo has a decent one built-in. Unless you are doing professional audio work it isn't necessary. Another thing you can consider is getting a smaller case (like a mid-tower) and using air cooling if you're not planning extreme overclocking. You can easily get the build under 1500$ by doing that and splurge on a nice keyboard.

Also I don't think I've heard of the GTX 780 being bottlenecked by the i5-4690k. You should be fine there.

Goodluck on the build!
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July 14, 2014 10:20:17 AM

Here is a counter i came up with when looking at it more closely not sure if i should just spend the little extra on the 780 or stick with what i just found.

Main game im going to be playing is DayZ Standalone as well as other next gen games.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9qQGbv

Also took your suggestion on using air. not going to be extreme overclocking until i learn more about pc know how when it comes to that but want it for the future when i understand it more.
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July 16, 2014 1:54:58 PM

It would be better to get a r9 290 sapphure tri x or vapor they will perform expetionlly well
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