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Is this a good high end gaming build?

Hi everyone, I am new to the forums. I will be building a new gaming rig soon and would like everyone's input. Will this build be able to handle games at Ultra settings for the next 2-3 years at least? I would like to spend $1500 max. Also, is there any possible build that would have equal performance at a lower price? If you have any recommendations for parts better than what I have chosen, please let me know. Thanks :)

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($248.98 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($228.77 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.70 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($439.95 @ Vuugo)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($116.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($103.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1516.77
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 18:35 EDT-0400
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  1. Hey,
    SO i think that this all depends on opinion. If you looking to play games that involve loading times, like BF4, you would want a better SSD. Sadly the V300 series has some bad rep. I would go for a samsung 840 series. Often what you see with price may look good, but in the end your wasting 64 bucks on a crappy SSD. If your going to spend 230 dollars on a CPU, go for an i7 and downgrade the video card. 340 range is good for a CPU that will offer you 2-3 years to support better threaded games. Feel free to reply/pm if your interested in chatting. (I also build custom PCs, so I have a good Idea about these things)
  2. Best answer
    For the same performance, this is cheaper and you actually still get as good.
    If you want a $1500 computer, you can get an i7 with a GTX 980.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($184.99 @ Amazon)
    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)
    Total: $1358.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 18:56 EDT-0400
  3. Rowan Byrne said:
    Hey,
    SO i think that this all depends on opinion. If you looking to play games that involve loading times, like BF4, you would want a better SSD. Sadly the V300 series has some bad rep. I would go for a samsung 840 series. Often what you see with price may look good, but in the end your wasting 64 bucks on a crappy SSD. If your going to spend 230 dollars on a CPU, go for an i7 and downgrade the video card. 340 range is good for a CPU that will offer you 2-3 years to support better threaded games. Feel free to reply/pm if your interested in chatting. (I also build custom PCs, so I have a good Idea about these things)


    Helpful information, much appreciated. Should I instead get an Asus z97-a instead of the Maximus VII Hero, so I will be able to fit an i7 4790k into my build? This way I might be able to keep the 970...
  4. The 970, in my opinion is not the right move... I would say go with a windforce card for GTX 780 and maybe the TI. Also, I have 2 Asus Direct CUII mods by asus, but I would say a windfore 780 or 770 would fit your budget well. Are you going to build this yourself?
  5. okcnaline said:
    For the same performance, this is cheaper and you actually still get as good.
    If you want a $1500 computer, you can get an i7 with a GTX 980.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($184.99 @ Amazon)
    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)
    Total: $1358.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 18:56 EDT-0400


    Thanks for the recommendations. Regarding that motherboard however, I quickly looked up reviews on Newegg and it doesn't seem to be very good (of course I could be mistaken). Do you have any other recommendations for a motherboard? Thanks again :)
  6. okcnaline said:
    For the same performance, this is cheaper and you actually still get as good.
    If you want a $1500 computer, you can get an i7 with a GTX 980.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($184.99 @ Amazon)
    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)
    Total: $1358.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 18:56 EDT-0400

    if you payed attention to the thread. He's in Canada and if you convert your pricing it actually becomes more expensive. r
  7. any x79 can be good, but if you are really gonna blow some cash, the x99 hype is real.
  8. Rowan Byrne said:
    The 970, in my opinion is not the right move... I would say go with a windforce card for GTX 780 and maybe the TI. Also, I have 2 Asus Direct CUII mods by asus, but I would say a windfore 780 or 770 would fit your budget well. Are you going to build this yourself?


    Hi Rowan, thanks for the suggestion. I have looked at some benchmarks of the 970 and it performs almost on par with the 780 TI (sometimes even better). I was going to go with the gtx 770 but this was before the 970 and 980 were released. Where I live I can pick up a 970 for about $50 more than a 770, is it worth it? And yes, I will be building this myself. Thanks again :)
  9. Bobtheblowfish said:
    okcnaline said:
    For the same performance, this is cheaper and you actually still get as good.
    If you want a $1500 computer, you can get an i7 with a GTX 980.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($184.99 @ Amazon)
    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)
    Total: $1358.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 18:56 EDT-0400

    if you payed attention to the thread. He's in Canada and if you convert your pricing it actually becomes more expensive. r


    Yes, that is correct I am in Canada so it will become more expensive.
  10. Yeah that should be worth it. The main difference between them is power effieciency
  11. I'd suggest this gaming build for under $1500

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($349.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1373.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 19:29 EDT-0400

    Went a bit overkill on the PSU so you can choose to grab another 970 in the future and have two way SLI.
    I left some budget space for your monitor, OS, and peripheral choices. And I chose the Samsung EVO as Samsung SSDs have the lowest RMA rate and perform very well on benchmarks. The Samsung Pro have the fastest r/w speeds, but aren't as budget friendly.

    Good luck!
  12. Still managed to be cheaper... XD
    The ECS motherboard I mentioned has its honors from Tom's Hardware most valuable mobo. Just an interesting fact... But I have changed the motherboard to something in the same page, but would seem more proper. Here:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($258.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($93.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.70 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($421.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($209.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($103.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1471.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-21 00:49 EDT-0400
  13. hummerh1 said:
    Hi everyone, I am new to the forums. I will be building a new gaming rig soon and would like everyone's input. Will this build be able to handle games at Ultra settings for the next 2-3 years at least? I would like to spend $1500 max. Also, is there any possible build that would have equal performance at a lower price?


    Yes it's possible:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.70 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($411.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.09 @ DirectCanada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($103.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1151.67
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-21 01:00 EDT-0400
  14. I won't say the i5-4460 would be better performance, and I don't trust MSI. But yes, that would also work.
  15. It won't be better, but it will be very similar with savings of over $400. Nothing wrong with MSI.
  16. I think MSI is good...
  17. Well, I heard of problems with them... So how is the quality of MSI products these days?
  18. As long as its not Gigabyte, it should be okay.
  19. What?! Gigabyte is simply the best aftermarket cooler there is. They're the best ones with 3x fans!
  20. hummerh1 said:
    I quickly looked up reviews on Newegg and it doesn't seem to be very good (of course I could be mistaken). Do you have any other recommendations for a motherboard? Thanks again :)


    Most motherboards get destroyed by Newegg ratings, just a heads up.
  21. Agreed. Take customer reviews with a grain of salt.
  22. okcnaline said:
    What?! Gigabyte is simply the best aftermarket cooler there is. They're the best ones with 3x fans!


    3 fans does not equate to better performance as witnessed here: http://youtu.be/MtIl-W4hqrA

    Keep in mind that because they have 3 fans, the card will also be much longer than the others (312 mm). You may need to remove hard drive cages to fit it inside your case.

    EDIT: But it will be fine within the Design R4.

    Gigabyte has a semi-bad reputation for cheap parts as well as poor customer service. I'm not being biased, but that's simply what others warned me when I was assembling my first build.
  23. Well, after hearing all of your ideas, I made some changes to the original build. I ended up being well under my budget and even added a Wi-Fi adapter (although it probably isn't the best :ange:). Although with this new build, I'm not so sure about the power supply. EVGA doesn't strike me as a company who makes good PSU's. What are your opinions? Here it is:

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($248.98 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.07 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.70 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($82.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.95 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($396.95 @ Vuugo)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($107.99 @ NCIX)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.50 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1377.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-21 19:40 EDT-0400
  24. According to @SR-71 Blackbird, EVGA's B2, G2, and P2 are all good.

    EDIT: So get this one instead http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20750xr
  25. Kohwali said:
    According to @SR-71 Blackbird, EVGA's B2, G2, and P2 are all good.

    EDIT: So get this one instead http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20750xr


    I quickly checked out some reviews and that looks like a pretty nice PSU. I stand corrected about my earlier statement. Just out of curiosity, how well does it compare to the Corsair RM750?
  26. there's probably some complicated stuff about rails and constant power. A PSU expert could probably explain.
  27. Okay, maybe the third times the charm. I swapped the PSU to the one you recommended Kohwali; I also changed the case from a Fractal R4 to the Phanteks Enthoo Pro because I think it looks a lot nicer. SO, here it is for the third time:

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($248.98 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.07 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.70 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($82.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($396.95 @ Vuugo)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($107.99 @ NCIX)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.50 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1411.88
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-21 23:42 EDT-0400

    Please give your honest opinion. Am I overspending? Under spending? Is the motherboard complete trash? Please let me know, anything helps :)
  28. Oh.... now I really want this computer. Yes, it looks amazing.
  29. Do you plan on doing any serious overclocking? If so, get a Corsair H105 and if that doesn't fit in your case (Google about it to make sure), get a H100i. Those do a better job keeping your CPU cool.
  30. Kohwali said:
    Do you plan on doing any serious overclocking? If so, get a Corsair H105 and if that doesn't fit in your case (Google about it to make sure), get a H100i. Those do a better job keeping your CPU cool.


    My plan is to wait maybe a year or so, then start to overclock. This build will be my first time overclocking, so at the moment I am not comfortable in doing so. I do however want the ability to overclock at some point. When I do decide to overclock, I will simply swap out the 212 Evo for an h100i. Thanks for the suggestion :)
  31. okcnaline said:
    Oh.... now I really want this computer. Yes, it looks amazing.


    Is it really that good of a build?
  32. A lot of us didn't have the luxury to spend $1500 on a build, especially after NVIDIA's launch of their 900 series :D so yes. It looks enticing!
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