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Which is better for gaming?

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.69 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($511.50 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($511.50 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.79 @ Amazon)
Total: $1993.51


CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.12 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($370.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($370.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($124.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($197.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1999.06


Would the first one have a CPU bottleneck on the GPU?
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  1. First one. But I would try to up that motherboard just a little. The 4 VRMs is a bit of a disappointment.

    Also, up the CPU to a i5-4690K if possible.
  2. clearly the 2nd one has better performance with a 4GHz I7 and water cooling. Also the Tri-x GPUs have great cooling whilst XFX have rubbish cooling. The R9-290 is very close to the X so no need for the X, particularly as you'll have crossfire which will easily drive 3 1080 monitors.
  3. ksham said:
    First one. But I would try to up that motherboard just a little. The 4 VRMs is a bit of a disappointment.

    Also, up the CPU to a i5-4690K if possible.



    Quote:
    clearly the 2nd one has better performance with a 4GHz I7 and water cooling. Also the Tri-x GPUs have great cooling whilst XFX have rubbish cooling. The R9-290 is very close to the X so no need for the X, particularly as you'll have crossfire which will easily drive 3 1080 monitors.


    And here's where the contradiction and controversy begins. Since I don't have knowledge on the subject, I'd like you both to explain to me a bit more. Well actually, leeb already made a fair argument.
  4. I'm leaning on the second for more headroom CPU, RAM wise. In terms of cooling and noise the second one also appeals to me.

    Consider this, with my 21 tabs open in chrome, youtube, techpowerup, twitch, mail, manga, liveleak, that alone uses 3400MB of RAM xD.
  5. Oh, and btw, if it will run at a decent fps, I'm considering 1440p or 4k
  6. FoxVoxDK said:
    I'm leaning on the second for more headroom CPU, RAM wise. In terms of cooling and noise the second one also appeals to me.


    Fair points. Would the video card performance differ greatly between these two rigs?
  7. No, 3-5% at most.
  8. FoxVoxDK said:
    No, 3-5% at most.


    Final question... Would this set up run 4k or 1440p? and would it do over 100fps (on BF4) on 1080?
  9. My original question was poorly worded... I meant to ask "Which one is better FOR GAMING?" I hope this doesn't change anyone's opinions, and my apologies if it does.
  10. Best answer
    4k Yes, 1440p would probably be preferred. Frames wise, check youtube or DIY reviews for single vs. multi GPU performance. Though I'm quite sure 1440p should be no problem :p
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