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Trying to build a future-proof gaming PC for $1400

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February 5, 2014 12:14:15 PM

This will be my second custom-built PC, and the first one where I picked the parts myself, so I'm not sure if I know what I'm doing. The plan is to build a PC that can last me 5 years without major upgrading.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1340.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 14:48 EST-0500)

CPU: At first I had the i7 4770k but switched to the i5 after some further reading. Besides gaming I'll also be doing some sound editing, but I think an i5 can handle it well enough.

Motherboard: Went with one with high ratings and all the rear ports I wanted. Also Microcenter has a combo deal with this and the i5.

Memory: 8gb seems enough for now, will upgrade to 16gb in the future, if needed.

Video Card: Decided to shell out for the 780, which hopefully will run games near-max for at least 2-3 years. After that, if I really need to, I'll get another 780 for SLI. Currently I'm only using a single 1920x1200 monitor but I do plan on adding another one sometime this year.

As for budget, I can go up to $1500, although I'd prefer to save some to invest in a quality sound system. Any suggestions are welcome.

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February 5, 2014 2:02:01 PM

Suggestions, yes.

You've got the memory thing right - it's rather expensive (comparatively) right now, so wait on that.
You are also right about the processor - the i5 will carry you a long way, probably won't need to overclock for a while as well.
The 780 will run games on max for years to come (the console market has stagnated, and will continue to stagnate innovation in gaming) so no worries there.

Nope, you've got a great thing going there. Nice work.

Best of luck.
February 5, 2014 6:44:02 PM

Thanks for the response.

I'm think I'm gonna ditch the aftermarket CPU cooler for now and stick with the stock one until I decide to OC.