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Is this a good gaming build for $1500 range?

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July 21, 2014 6:08:28 AM

This will be strictly for gaming on high-ultra settings on 1080p. If there is any way to reduce it by $100 I would love that, but I want quality/power over the $100 reduction. I want Intel over AMD any day and I'd like to have Nvidia over AMD but if need be I could go for an AMD GPU. I also want 16GB on ram, but other than that how does it look?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card ($509.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries APEX Wired Gaming Keyboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1648.48
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

**Note: I will be getting my OS for free and I already own a mouse**

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July 21, 2014 6:17:08 AM

I recommend a bigger SSD at least 240GB unless you plan to install all your games on the HDD. Otherwise I have the keyboard and its fantastic I would not want any other ever! I owned the Storm Stryker and I have to say a fantastic and bueatifully elegant and sleek case while being strudy and having that wonderful carrying handle! Oh the RAM is a bit pricey I would say maybe try to find a better deal if possible.

Often times buying a single stick costs less per GB than buying sets. Dont let anyone at all tell you that buying single sticks is bad btw they work perfectly fine all 32GB of RAM I have for my workstation we're all single purchases and I have professionals do the same all the time. Newegg usually has more promo codes going on for 1x8GB modules. Otherwise its a very nice build and you should be very happy with its performance.

P.S. just IMO I would not pay for RAM that was more than $9 per GB! I got my 32GBs of RAM for roughly $234 you can use that price point as a referance but I would say no more than $75 per DIMM. :bounce: 
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July 21, 2014 6:34:39 AM

The Kasafist said:
I recommend a bigger SSD at least 240GB unless you plan to install all your games on the HDD. Otherwise I have the keyboard and its fantastic I would not want any other ever! I owned the Storm Stryker and I have to say a fantastic and bueatifully elegant and sleek case while being strudy and having that wonderful carrying handle! Oh the RAM is a bit pricey I would say maybe try to find a better deal if possible.

Often times buying a single stick costs less per GB than buying sets. Dont let anyone at all tell you that buying single sticks is bad btw they work perfectly fine all 32GB of RAM I have for my workstation we're all single purchases and I have professionals do the same all the time. Newegg usually has more promo codes going on for 1x8GB modules. Otherwise its a very nice build and you should be very happy with its performance.

P.S. just IMO I would not pay for RAM that was more than $9 per GB! I got my 32GBs of RAM for roughly $234 you can use that price point as a referance but I would say no more than $75 per DIMM. :bounce: 


Thanks, I do plan to put everything on the HDD, besides the OS and small stuff. As for the ram suggestions, I looked around and the lowest priced single 8GB ram was $72, and that was some brand I never heard of. So I will stick with the one I picked out, thanks for the suggestions though.
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July 21, 2014 6:34:50 AM

if this build is strictly for gaming then why do you need 16gb of ram? also are you planning on having a multiple monitor setup or something? because if you're not then the gtx 780 is a bit overkill, you could get a gtx 770 and then get a higher resolution 1920x1200 display with better colours and enjoy your visuals even more
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July 21, 2014 6:37:26 AM

Leonell12 said:
if this build is strictly for gaming then why do you need 16gb of ram? also are you planning on having a multiple monitor setup or something? because if you're not then the gtx 780 is a bit overkill, you could get a gtx 770 and then get a higher resolution 1920x1200 display with better colours and enjoy your visuals even more


I would just like to have 16GB, I don't want to limit myself to only 8GB when some games are already using 4GB. I will not be running a multi-monitor setup and like I said I want high-ultra which is why I picked the 780. However, if you think the 770 can run high-ultra for at least a year than I might go for that. I didn't think about 1920x1200, do you have any suggestions of IPS 1920x1200 monitors?
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July 21, 2014 6:58:57 AM

The 770 will run one screen at 1080p or 1200p very well. IT will max all games at 1080p. The 16gb or ram is unneeded. There are basically no games that use 4gb of ram, you will not use more than 4gb or ram total while running other apps in the background.
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July 21, 2014 7:01:20 AM

ok what do you think of this? i made a couple of changes
what i changed and why:
1) beefy cpu fan to really take advantage of that 'k' series awesomeness
2)the crucial mx100 is just as fast if not faster when it comes to program boot times etc. so more SSD space because why not?
3)EVGA GTX 770 FTW because this card will run everything on ultra easily for the next year to come, maybe even the year after
4)not sure why you chose a 750w power supply, the unit wasnt one of the most trustworthy ones either
5)1920x1200 display i was talking about, ips and glossy so rich colours are welcome
6) the storm stryker is meant for Lanparty gamers, if the machine isnt going to go outside the house then this is amazing
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-760twhite
review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvGXijaIx-g
or this for s silent enclosure http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cah440ww1
review:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_YioNlc298
or this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph530w1
review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v735bGH00rA
ofcourse if you like the looks of the styker, then thats fine

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($252.00 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries APEX Wired Gaming Keyboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1659.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2014 7:16:52 AM

a slightly cheaper version of the above posted build since you mention you want it as close to $1500 as possible without sacrificing much performance
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($252.00 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries APEX Wired Gaming Keyboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1558.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 21, 2014 7:31:56 AM

@Leonell12

I kind of took both your suggestions and meshed it into one. Not sure how exactly, but I managed to get it $10 cheaper with a worse GPU and a better resolution monitor. Is the pay off worth it, or should I still try and tweak the original one?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries APEX Wired Gaming Keyboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1639.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Reason for what I did:

The GTX 770 says it needs a minimum of 600w, so I went with 650w. I like the case I picked and although I won't be going to lan parties I will be moving it around, (From school to home during breaks). I would like to go with the Noctua CPU cooler but that would bring the price range into ~$1700. The SSD is like $30 more for nearly double the capacity so I think it's a good deal.
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July 21, 2014 7:33:07 AM

schau314 said:
The 770 will run one screen at 1080p or 1200p very well. IT will max all games at 1080p. The 16gb or ram is unneeded. There are basically no games that use 4gb of ram, you will not use more than 4gb or ram total while running other apps in the background.


I'll go with a 770 then, and I know 16GB is not needed but truth be told I just want it, even if it's a waste of $80.
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July 21, 2014 7:43:27 AM

Episodic said:
@Leonell12

I kind of took both your suggestions and meshed it into one. Not sure how exactly, but I managed to get it $10 cheaper with a worse GPU and a better resolution monitor. Is the pay off worth it, or should I still try and tweak the original one?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries APEX Wired Gaming Keyboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1639.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Reason for what I did:

The GTX 770 says it needs a minimum of 600w, so I went with 650w. I like the case I picked and although I won't be going to lan parties I will be moving it around, (From school to home during breaks). I would like to go with the Noctua CPU cooler but that would bring the price range into ~$1700. The SSD is like $30 more for nearly double the capacity so I think it's a good deal.


dont worry about what nvidia says about their gpus, they always stay on the safe side of things, you dont need anything above 550w and even then you have about 100w headroom, the G550w unit i recommended earlier is very solid for the money, you can get that power supply which will save you about $40 and spend that money on the Noctua cooler
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July 21, 2014 8:18:43 AM

@ Leonell12/Anyone else

So this is the final build, does it look good?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries APEX Wired Gaming Keyboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1620.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 21, 2014 11:07:14 AM

Good but the gtx 770 can not fully utilize 4gb or vram. IT would be a better choice to get the 2 gb version of the card.

The 16 gb or ram will not be needed for a pure gaming build. There is no reason to go above 8gb of ram at this time. Games do not use more than 4gb of ram ever.

I would buy a 1tb harrdive. This will help with storage and is only a couple dollars more.

The power uspply is good but a little expensive.

The storm stryker is a great case but it is also very expensive. Other than that it looks good.

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