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April 24, 2012 8:57:52 AM

Hello forum,


I've Been saving some money for a year to get me a decent futureproof gaming pc that would crunch any game i toss in it.
I saved about $1000 till date.

Seeing so many products with different price ranges and similarities in their performance,and some rumours around suggesting that a $600 build will do the same performance as of a $1000.

I'm confused here.

Please help
April 24, 2012 8:59:03 AM

How "futureproof"? There's really no such things with PCs.
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April 24, 2012 9:01:05 AM

Future proof in the sense , Being able to run any game at high settings with decent frame rate for the upcoming games in 2-3 years.
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April 30, 2012 11:37:10 PM

Hi. I'm building my own "future-proof" gaming PC too. I'm trying to build a Pc which will last me for a good 5-8 years which is a little bit longer than most custom pc builders. But this allows me to spend a bit more for my PC. I've been looking around the past couple of weeks and I think I've come to a great performance/price/future-proof gaming PC. Here are the parts.

Best Custom Build April 29, 2012

• Computer Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 VN300M1W2N No PS Full Tower Case (Black) (Comes with 2 oversized 200mm fans with ColorShift & one 140mm rear exhaust fan, along with built in fan controller and USB 3.0.
---$162.00 $129.99 before $20 rebate. Just need to make room for its width.

• Motherboard: ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
---$234 $179.99 from Amazon (made for Ivy Bridge CPUs)

• PSU- Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 Power Supply - 750 Watts, ATX, 140mm Fan, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready, Active PFC
---$99.99 from Tigerdirect.

• RAM- 2x Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered
---2x$47.99=$95.98 from Tigerdirect (My PSU bought together with one (2x4gb gives extra savings. Also, I heard that you should always fill up your slots for possible RAM.)

• GPU- EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
---499.99 from Newegg (originally $599.99 on other websites, and has 120 5-star reviews! Comes with a 3-year full warranty, for $25 a 5-year warranty)

• Monitor- BenQ XL2420TX 24" Class Widescreen LED Backlit Gaming Monitor - 1920 x 1080, 16:9, 12000000:1 Dynamic, 1000:1 Native, 120Hz, 2ms, HDMI, DVI, VGA, 3D Ready, Energy Star
---$500 from Tigerdirect (comes with built in 3d, just came out 2 months ago,

• Boot Drive- Intel 520 Series 240 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive - SSDSC2CW240A3K5 (Reseller Kit)
---$334.99 from Amazon (comes with 5-year full warranty)

• BluRay/DVD Drive- SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support – OEM
---$64.99 from Newegg

• Hard Drive- Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s
---$79.99 after $20 rebate (ends 4/21) from Tigerdirect


• Speakers: Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer
---$84.99 from Amazon

• Keyboard- Alienware TactX Keyboard (comes with 6 customizable macro keys and unlimited customizable user profiles, WASD gaming cluster with Anti-Ghosting Technology, easy access multimedia controls and removable palm rest, exclusive AlienFX customizable backlighting for two zones)

• Mouse- Alienware TactX Mouse (comes with 5000 DPI Laser Engine with on-the-fly DPI switching, 5 customizable user profiles and 9 customizable buttons, vertical and horizontal scrolling with dual vertical scroll modes, exclusive AlienFX® customizable lighting)
---$159.98 for mouse and keyboard

• CPU- Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K
---$249.99 from Amazon or Newegg



I know this is a bit more than you asked for, but I believe that this WILL last me a great time, considering the AMAZING display, boot drive, CPU, case(which could last you for a good 20 years), and of course, the GPU. The reason for getting this GPU is because it can currently render CGI graphics in real time at about 1400p resolution. And with better drivers updating all the time, this litterally might be the last GPU I might ever buy unless it breaks down. THIS is the main reason why this combo of parts will make an amazingly TRUE future-proof computer:)  So if your willing to keep this computer for 5-8 years, you might want to know the estimated pricetag. It's $2460.87 With the years you'll be using this for though, it's a great investment, considering this configuration is both a Beauty and a Beast....Ha!
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May 2, 2012 12:52:10 PM

TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive for me =)
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May 3, 2012 4:02:40 AM

cody4721 said:
TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive for me =)

cody4721 said:
TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive for me =)

So what DO you need? Do you need a display?
Do you just need everything in the "box"?By that I mean just the PC. Do you need a mouse and a keyboard? Do you need a set of speakers? This helps me help you a bit better:) . Also, how long are you planning on keeping this computer, talking 2-3 years? 3-5? 5-8? And if your willing to hold on to it for a bit longer, can you spend any more on it? Just for final price adjustments, what country do you live in so I know where you can buy from, how much things cost there/avg tax rate. It can all get complicated. (Ex. Some country's have 40-50% taxes so custom PCs are really expensive over there :ouch: 
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May 3, 2012 5:44:35 AM

you can cut out the ssd saving u 340ish. its not neccesary, though fun when gotten :)  but by all means not neccesary.. even the 500 display is over the top. my 24inch g2420hd benq is plenty sweet, tho im not sure they sell it anymore. was around 200.
u dont need 16gb so cut out another 50. 160 buck mouse.. yeah thats neccesary, or that keyboard which sounds expensive..
so cut out the:
ssd
1 ram kit
keyboard
mouse
monitor
bluray drive, just a simple dvd??

that all cuts it back to like 1850. down from like 2500..
case seems ok, same with PS, not sure about the gfx or cpu. but u can defs cut back on those above items
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May 3, 2012 4:12:25 PM

So $1000 for a budget guy? (just the pc not monitor and other stuff).
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May 3, 2012 4:44:44 PM

cody4721 said:
Hello forum,


I've Been saving some money for a year to get me a decent futureproof gaming pc that would crunch any game i toss in it.
I saved about $1000 till date.

Seeing so many products with different price ranges and similarities in their performance,and some rumours around suggesting that a $600 build will do the same performance as of a $1000.

I'm confused here.

Please help

Here's the bottom line in regards to a gaming PC. More money gets you more FPS at a higher resolution.
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May 3, 2012 4:51:53 PM

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May 3, 2012 11:05:09 PM

cheapshots said:
you can cut out the ssd saving u 340ish. its not neccesary, though fun when gotten :)  but by all means not neccesary.. even the 500 display is over the top. my 24inch g2420hd benq is plenty sweet, tho im not sure they sell it anymore. was around 200.
u dont need 16gb so cut out another 50. 160 buck mouse.. yeah thats neccesary, or that keyboard which sounds expensive..
so cut out the:
ssd
1 ram kit
keyboard
mouse
monitor
bluray drive, just a simple dvd??

that all cuts it back to like 1850. down from like 2500..
case seems ok, same with PS, not sure about the gfx or cpu. but u can defs cut back on those above items


Ya. Basically I was trying to tell him what I have already gotten for my custom pc, but he's not goin to be able to afford all of that. So yes he should cut back on what I have showed him. It just seemed like your post was referring more to me than to the admin of the post. Sorry if I misunderstood.
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June 23, 2013 1:37:10 PM

I don't have a very futureproof computer, but I can say it cost me 650€ and runs Battlefield 3 on max graphics 60 FPS, barely.
If I had the money I would've gone with a better GPU though... Now if I upgrade GPU it means upgrading PSU too...

I would say 750€ / 800$ minimum right now to play some games coming in a few years at playable graphics.
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