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$1400 Budget Gaming PC - Opinions/recommendations?

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February 26, 2012 2:51:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month

Budget Range: $1400 base cost

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, storage (videos,pictures,music), web surfing, maybe a little word processing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive

I would like to cut costs somewhere or allocate money to other things versus the things I already picked. I may overclock in the future and I do plan on using SLI at some point, getting a second video card later on. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen parts so far:

CASE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM MEMORY(bundled with CPU):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU FAN:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WIFI DONGLE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 26, 2012 3:11:32 PM

Get low profile ram. Those tall heatspreaders will obstruct installation of your HSF. There is no clear advantage I can see with an Extreme4. Drop down to the Extreme3 Gen3. Use the $ saved on a Radeon 6970 or a Geforce 570 (Fermi).
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February 26, 2012 3:15:57 PM

You will get more responses if you identify the parts for lazy people, along with the links.

1) Case: If you love the case, buy it. You will be looking at it for a long time.
But, realize that a $50 case will save you a bunch and perform just as well.

2) 2500K is as good as it gets for gaming.

3) The hard drive is fine, but a build with this budget deserves a 60gb or larger ssd for the os.

4) The graphics card is fine, but it is the real engine of gaming. If you want great gaming, see if you can't allocate more to this component.

While we are at it, I do not recomment planning for sli.
a) How good do you really need to be?
A single GTX560 or 6870 can give you great performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.

A single GTX560ti or 6950 will give you excellent performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
Even 2560 x 1600 will be good with lowered detail.
A single 7970 is about as good as it gets.

Only if you are looking at triple monitor gaming, then sli/cf will be needed.
Even that is now changing with triple monitor support on top end cards.

b) The costs for a single card are lower.
You require a less expensive motherboard; no need for sli/cf or multiple pci-e slots.
Even a ITX motherboard will do.

Your psu costs are less.
A GTX560ti needs a 450w psu, even a GTX580 only needs a 600w psu.
When you add another card to the mix, plan on adding 150-200w to your psu requirements.

Case cooling becomes more of an issue with dual cards.
That means a more expensive case with more and stronger fans.
You will also look at more noise.

c) Dual cards do not always render their half of the display in sync, causing microstuttering. It is an annoying effect.
The benefit of higher benchmark fps can be offset, particularly with lower tier cards.
Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...

d) dual card support is dependent on the driver. Not all games can benefit from dual cards.


e) Down the road, you will be paying full price for a matching card that is nearer to obsolete just to go sli/cf.
It will often be the case that replacing your current card with a newer gen card will offer a better upgrade path.


4) I think the motherboard is more expensive than it needs to be. Any Z68 motherboard will oc that 2500K to any sane level.

5) Why buy coolermaster when top quality psu's are available at the same price? Stick with Seasonic, Antec, PC P&C, XFX, or Corsair.

6) I am no expert here, but I understand that a slot based wireless card will be better and stronger than a usb based one.
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February 26, 2012 3:19:54 PM

I don't understand why somebody with not a big budget who what a gaming PC buy a 240$ case. That 560Ti 448core don't worth the money better buy a Nvidia 570 EVGA GeForce GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 310$ and 290$ after rebates.
Buy a 100$ case and a 7950 video card.
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February 26, 2012 3:23:32 PM

Something to consider based on azeem's advice: The Extreme4 has an onboard USB3 header, which is needed for the front ports on your chosen case (or any case with USB3) to function. Dropping down to the Extreme3 means losing that onboard USB3 header; the Extreme 3 DOESN'T have. If you don't care, no problem; if you do, read on.

If you are looking to save some money, consider this motherboard. I have installed 3 gigabyte motherboards in systems and never had a problem. Anecdotal, yes, but it is something.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, these PSUs would save you money and still allow crossfire/sli, AND be better quality

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2012 6:25:26 PM

Best answer selected by Genesis557.
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