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Need help on my first custom pc build!

i recently decided to build my own custom gaming pc. but i have no past experience in choosing components. so i'm kinda afraid of choosing something with compatibility issues etc. i have already chosen what case i want to build in and it's the "Corsair Carbide Air 540"'. so i wondered if some of you educated people out there could help me build a "Future proof" gaming pc. My budget is about 3000 USD +-

Thx in advance!
(english is not my 1st language so sorry for any bad english c: )
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  1. That's quite a lot of dollars you have there. Future proof is technically like 3-4 years? Fine? Ok then what are you going to use it for?
  2. Imon750 said:
    That's quite a lot of dollars you have there. Future proof is technically like 3-4 years? Fine? Ok then what are you going to use it for?


    Well im going to use it mostly for gaming/web browsing/everyday use. and yes it's just a rough estimate converted from my currency (i live in norway) and pc components is a little more expensive here so keep it under 3000usd. P: and yes 3-4 years is futureproof enough for me. :)
  3. What exactly would you do with a computer?!
    $3000?!url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KxCD7P]PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($529.99 @ Micro Center)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($143.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card ($1472.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2948.20
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  4. That's more than you need for a gaming PC. No PC is future proof, new stuff comes out every year, half the time, it's not even compatible with anything old. You also don't say if you need a monitor, gaming mouse/keyboard, OS, are you ordering online, etc.
  5. if your buying the pc parts today. pick up a z97 full size mb and a i7 cpu. (newer devil cannon one that has better tim paste).
    hold off on the gpu for a month or two both amd and nvidia are having issues with there newer gpu and the foundry at 20mm. the newer gpu will use less power and be faster then the older gpu. one step up from the 1150 mb is the new haswell-e that are dropping in sept. they have the newer x99 mb and ddr-4 ram and more pci slots for crossfire/sli rig.
    in 2015 intel dropping the newer skylake cpu and newer 1151 pin mb. for the boot ssd I would use one of the newer m2 drives for speed (250g or larger). and a 2/4g data hard drive.
  6. What exactly would you do with a computer?!
    $3000?!url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KxCD7P]PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($529.99 @ Micro Center)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($143.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card ($1472.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2948.20
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    It seems just converting my currency over to usd was not exactly a good idea P: so i think i need to take the budget down a bit. computers in norway is a whole lot more expensive :c adn that build just blows my budget out of the sky in my currency.
  7. Well, since sky's your limit, why don't you save some money instead? It's no use using a lot of money on something that isn't necessary. To say the truth, past the 300$ segment GPU's become rapidly dimishing price/perf returns. So do the CPU's I mean, if you wish to get a GOOD gpu for money, then it goes like this. R7 260x (120$) or R7 265/Nvidia 750 ti(150$). Then it suddenly jumps to 300$ at R9 280x and then it again jumps to 750$ at GTX 780ti final limit is at 1500$ at R9 295X2. For gaming purpouse anything over an I5-4670K(~300$) is a complete overkill. And with these 2 down, comes down the voltage at 100$. So? How's my idea?
  8. I think i will use som time on the internet and check what i can do. and post another thread with a build. because one guy here told me to get a amd r9 295x2 and in my country that's like half my budget gone for the gpu.
  9. sander on a gaming pc the three parts that need the most money is the power supply/gpu and the cpu. look at online parts sites for your country see what parts are available and are priced not to kill your budget. if you can wait a few months then there cybermonday where you may be able to get few good deals online. also intel brodwell will be replacing haswell cpu soon when they do you should be able to pick up an i5 at a discount.
  10. Eh... Don't worry, this build would still rape games! XD
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($599.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 230T Windowed-BLUE ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1526.91
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  11. Best answer
    It is. So be careful in justifying your needs. Think about what you need. If only and ONLY gaming is your purpouse, DON'T go over the R9 290X card. I personally recommend people to stay as away from high end products as possible. Look at facts. A game will go 1080p at 32 fps and high with a 260x. The same game will go 45 fps at 1080p ultra with R9 280. Was the difference even worth it? I mean high settings with FXAA tuned down a bit looks good. Really so. And 32-33 is pretty plenty for lag free gameplay. So why spend the extra 200$ on something that you don't need? R9 295X2 is perhaps one of the best cards in the planet now, but it's not necessary. So seriously think what you NEED and not what you WANT. Go to CPUBOSS and GPUBOSS and do some looking into.
  12. lmon750, a GTX 780 Ti and i7-4770K is an ensuring that it can go ultra
  13. Well, I'm not that FPS hungry. I'm happy at 40 FPS. 780ti is too good man. What do we need 2880 CUDA cores for? It's a far better rendering GPU than a gaming GPU. I'd say stick with the cheaper 290 and lose 8 frames in the 50+ mark. Doesn't matter really. For the 4770k part, I understand that and yea it's a viable choice over 4670K. It may ease non-gaming work a bit
  14. Thx for any tips/help guys i really appreciate it! :D much love from norway!!!
  15. You're welcome! So what did you decide on?
  16. okcnaline said:
    You're welcome! So what did you decide on?


    Gonna make a thread later on tonight. but first i'm probably gonna sit down and watch som reviews on youtube. :)
  17. SanderTH said:
    okcnaline said:
    You're welcome! So what did you decide on?


    Gonna make a thread later on tonight. but first i'm probably gonna sit down and watch som reviews on youtube. :)


    All the ideas I've seen so far are excellent, But I am a die hard AMD fan (for gaming only) so here is my suggestion:
    AMD FX-4350 Vishera Quad-Core 4.2GHz --$129.99

    ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ --$219.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 --$79.99

    XFX Double D R9-280X-TDFD Radeon R9 280X 3GB --$329.99

    XFX ProSeries P1-1000-BELX 1000W --$209.99

    Boot Drive
    SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series-256GB --$220.65
    The specs on this SSD are phenomenal:
    4KB Random Read: Up to 100,000 IOPS
    4KB Random Write: Up to 90,000 IOPS
    Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MBps
    Max Sequential Write: Up to 520 MBps


    Storage Drive
    WD BLACK SERIES 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s --$139.99

    LG Black Blu-ray Burner --$59.99

    Corsair H100i Hydro Series Liquid CPU Cooler --$99.99

    GRAND TOTAL:$1,490.57
    I recently Built this machine with these same Specs for a client and I made sure I tested it before I shipped it out, Im not even going to tease you with details about how amazing it performs All I can say is you Will be happy. The only thing I would change about it is maybe moving up the the FX 8350 also a monster for gaming. The cost of gaming can be fairly reasonable if you know how to pick the parts. First you have to know whether you are a enthusiast, or a average gamer. Once you determine that, you will know what you need. I've had clients drop 9 grand on a PC and its just insane, but the average gamer will be able to run ANY game on the market on HIGH for about $1,500 USD no questions. Enjoy!
  18. Your build is COMPLETELY ABYSMAL, Chad. The FX-4xxx is almost worse than a Pentium (because of the weak core), and the GPU would be SEVERLY bottlenecked by the CPU. The motherboard is too expensive, and there are better PSUs for $10 more. But you won't need 1000W. I suggest redoing your build so you can get at least an FX-8320 to compete with an i5.
  19. okcnaline said:
    Your build is COMPLETELY ABYSMAL, Chad. The FX-4xxx is almost worse than a Pentium (because of the weak core), and the GPU would be SEVERLY bottlenecked by the CPU. The motherboard is too expensive, and there are better PSUs for $10 more. But you won't need 1000W. I suggest redoing your build so you can get at least an FX-8320 to compete with an i5.

    I actually did replace the FX-4350 with the FX 8350, it is a big performance leap. As far as being Abysmal, well you are entitled to your opinion but the machine as it is now scores a 24431 on PCMark11. It is far from abysmal. I have been building computers since the 4 bit 4004 and its whopping Clock rate of 740 kHz lol. I'm far from new to this stuff brother. I highly appreciate your feedback, I Disagree with much of it, but the build as it is now would smash a i5 stock clock of course. As far as the rest of the parts I selected, I only use quality hardware. Every single part I linked in that list I have used and continue to Use, I have never had one single complaint from the many many clients I build gaming computers weekly. The prices are very reasonable for the average gamer and the system is well balanced and certainly high performance. Why did I suggest the 4350? because on that motherboard in particular it performs very well on. I also mentioned changing it to a fx 8350 at the end of my post.
  20. My alerts won't go off if you haven't bothered saying FX-4350. I'm serious-it's worse than an i3, since 6300 is on par with an i3 on PassMark. But yes, the FX-8320 is on par with a i5-4670K, so that can easily be forgiven.

    Well, now you mentioned, that build is fine if the OP bought the 8320. It's a pretty sweet build at that price range (well, the sweet spot).
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