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Gaming PC Build for $1,800 USD? Help Please D:

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November 30, 2013 10:08:48 AM

Hey guys, I'm brand new here and have a love for playing games on PC. Sadly my Laptop, Yes laptop, is getting a bit outdated for PC Gaming with the New Generation of games. I've Recently Purchased Battlefield 4 and only get about 20-30 frames on All Low graphic settings! I've been wanting to build a PC for a while but i'm nothing of a PC genius :c. So i ask you help, Can you help me build a brand new PC Desktop for around $1,800?
The only things i ask is that this build have these things covered....
-Will keep me up to date with future games.
-Can run more than 60 fps with Battlefield 4 on high/ultra.
-Has Wireless Networking, since i have no internet in my room.
-The entirety of the the build, without Monitor, keyboard, mouse.
-Nvidia card, because id like to use shadowplay.

Ultimately guys, i just need something thats going to keep me running smooth for at least 2 years and that can play the current Nextgen games fluidly, sorry if i sound picky. But i know you guys are good at what you do. Thanks so much for your consideration.

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November 30, 2013 9:11:15 PM

I7 4770k. 8 gigs of ram. Nvidia 770 gtx 4 gig. Z87 as rock extreme 4 mobo. Cooler master Stryker full tower case. Corsair h80i cooler. Corsair ax850 watt powersupply. 1tb sea gate drive sata3. 256gb samsung 840 pro. Dvdrw burner. Windows 8.1 that's wat you need
November 30, 2013 10:04:43 PM

I7 4470k, 16gb ram, Gigabyte OC 280x (can cf later or get 290x), Asus Z87 Pro (comes with external wifi antenna that works excellent), Corsair 750w or larger psu, 1 tb WD Black hdd (5 year warranty), Hyper 212 EVO, 256gb Samsung 840 Pro, decent dvd burner, Win 8.1 Pro, the tower of your choice. That's my setup.

It will be well within your $1800 budget and run anything you can throw at it. Mine cost ~$1500 minus the OS.

Since the OP is for BF4, I would go with an AMD video card. The non-reference 290x cards are not on the market yet and will cost ~$250 more than the 280x which may bust your budget. I'm completely satisfied with the 280x and will crossfire in the future if needed.

I had a CM HAF 932 case picked out, but it wouldn't fit under my desk. There was a good deal on a Corsair Carbide 500R mid tower so I grabbed that, not thinking to check out the schematics. Unfortunately the 500R does not have PWM fans so doesn't have 4 pin connectors. The fans are controlled by the case; not a big deal as everything stays cool anyway. Also, it has a firewire port on the front and the mobo doesn't support it. It's a good case but just be aware of those details when choosing one.
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a c 223 4 Gaming
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November 30, 2013 10:54:20 PM

You can get a very beastly system for $1800, you could opt for an aftermarket 780 Ti (stepping down to a slightly cheaper PSU/SSD and an 8GB ram kit and it'll fit within budget) if you'd like but I just included the regular 780 in here, with a PSU good enough for future SLI (expensive, but one of the best PSUs in its price range)

Yes AMD runs better in BF4, but might as well go with a powerful Nvidia card since that's what OP prefers

Since it's also very upgradeable in a few years time you could just go with a 16GB RAM kit rather than going for dual channel 8GB which would be annoying if you wanted the maximum memory your board can handle

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($498.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1712.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 02:04 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2013 11:33:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 PROFESSIONAL ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNWD-N1502UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1824.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 02:33 EST-0500)
December 1, 2013 12:38:10 AM

rolandzhang3 said:
You can get a very beastly system for $1800, you could opt for an aftermarket 780 Ti (stepping down to a slightly cheaper PSU/SSD and an 8GB ram kit and it'll fit within budget) if you'd like but I just included the regular 780 in here, with a PSU good enough for future SLI (expensive, but one of the best PSUs in its price range)

Yes AMD runs better in BF4, but might as well go with a powerful Nvidia card since that's what OP prefers

Since it's also very upgradeable in a few years time you could just go with a 16GB RAM kit rather than going for dual channel 8GB which would be annoying if you wanted the maximum memory your board can handle

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($498.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1712.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 02:04 EST-0500)


Agreed on the video card if he wants an nVidia.

If he's using Shadowplay, then CPU power is important for newer games that chew up resources. The i7 is going to make mincemeat of the i5 in that regard, and because BF4 uses 6+ cores, the i7 4770k with HT will outperform the i5, no two ways about it. Been there, done that.

So I say scrap the liquid cooler, save $90 and get an i7 4770k. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99 I still don't see the logic in saving money buying an inferior CPU, then adding a liquid cooler so it can be oc'd to play catch up with the more expensive CPU with HT that is still more powerful and versatile without oc. The stock cooler is fine if he doesn't plan on oc. A good case will help a lot with heat removal.

Even a SSD isn't that important outside of faster load times IMO. I don't see much difference if any between my HP laptop w/i7 cpu and Intel Smart Response 64gb ssd when loading a game compared to full SSD. He could use the savings with that to buy the 780 ti. But I'll keep the 256gb one I bought since everything is already installed.

Hopefully Seagate hdd's are better than they used to be. I have a pile of failed Maxtors and Seagates. 2TB size is asking for more trouble. Just my experience, but whatever.

I almost bought the Asrock Extreme4 mobo, but stayed with Asus as they've outlasted every build's usefulness the past 15 years. Maybe the quality is equal, I don't know.

Also, I've had my fill of cheap wireless cards.

I guess over time I've come to the point of realizing spending more for the core components is better than having buyer's remorse when they fail.
a c 223 4 Gaming
a c 488 U Graphics card
December 1, 2013 12:55:27 AM

That's true about BF4, since liquid cooling is a bit of a pain to maintain might as well swap it out for a powerful Phanteks cooler and a 4770k I guess

Given the sheer volume of Seagate drives sold, it's almost certain that you'll have a bigger number of failures, fingers crossed in this regard. This particular 2tb drive has annoyingly aggressive APM that thankfully can be disabled through third party software

The loading times in games are actually pretty decent on this drive too, so going for a cheaper SSD also makes sense as you've said. 2TB is a little large for most users also, so swapping it out for a WD 1TB Caviar Blue would also be a nice option

True, for a build of this budget might as well go with a decent Asus board :D 

Bugger, overbudget but could go for a cheaper PSU to alleviate that though, the aftermarket 780 Ti is currently out of stock as well

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.89 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO (V EDITION) ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1861.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 03:54 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 1, 2013 8:05:29 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2cGnm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2cGnm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2cGnm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($474.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1598.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 11:05 EST-0500)

be more than enought mate.

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