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$1,500-$2,000 Gaming PC Challenge

OccamAsylum

60 months ago

I tend to overdo it when I build my own lists. I'm not necessarily looking to get into 4k gaming, but I want to be able to play anything at max settings at ~60fps. I play MMOs, MOBAs, and basically everything else old and new alike. I'm pretty lazy so I want to just slide the graphics settings up all the way and be done with it lol. (If you're curious to see what I put together: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BhWhZL)

Location: Texas

Use: Mainly gaming, but looking to get into video editing/photoshop/etc.

Peripherals required: Monitor. This is the part I have the hardest time deciding on. I want a monitor that is optimized for gaming, but is flexible as far as ports are concerned. I don't like to be limited with such an important piece to the puzzle. Ideally 24" unless you can find a decently priced ultra wide that will take up my entire desk..

Operating System required: Windows 8.1

-no mini atx builds -windowed cases only -prefer an all black scheme/black and blue if doable

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Enhanced your build for the same price:

  • Cooler: Unless you plan on extreme OC, a good air cooler is all you need. This one cools better than many CLC's, is quieter, less maintenance and cheaper. And top it off, it matches your color scheme.
  • MB: Recommend a z97 chipset vs z87 as it's compatible with next gen Broadwell. This will help future proof your build.
  • RAM: This one has same specs and is cheaper. Also color scheme matches.
  • HD/SSD: Don't need to pay premium for black series as performance is negligible. With the savings, you'll be able to add a SSD.
  • PSU: Better quality PSU for $5 more.
  • Monitor: This one got great reviews for a little more. It's 1ms and 144Hz...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $322.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $135.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $98.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.19 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) $319.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) $319.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $129.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $264.99 @ B&H
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $24.98 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2151.71
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $2091.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-18 23:15 EST-0500
  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm I can get down with this. I don't really plan to over clock and I'm not really familiar with that process anyway. So are water coolers mostly unnecessary then? I guess I was under the misguided impression that air coolers just weren't very effective for big budget gaming PC's.

A+ for keeping the price roughly the same while simultaneously improving the build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

With the software the MB's bundle with, OC'ing these days is quite simple. Asus has their 5 way optimization where you set the desired clock speed and it will automatically adjust voltage, fan speeds, etc to see if it's possible. Eliminates guess work and the endless time it takes to incrementally fine tune..

As for CPU cooling, IMO CLC's are 'sexy' buys, air coolers perform as good and in some cases better than CLC's, take a look at these results. The one drawback for air is that they're bulky... I use the same one and get temps of 31c idle and 79c under full Prime95 simulated load (which is more than real use load).

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know why you think that... It is fine.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI doesn't mean twice the power consumption...

http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-970-sli-review,4.html

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Drop one 290x to drop price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Nepton 280L 122.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme6/ac ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $231.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $182.98 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $164.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB LIGHTNING Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $343.98 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB LIGHTNING Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $343.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Raidmax Vampire 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $129.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer GN246HL 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $236.99 @ SuperBiiz
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $24.98 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2424.69
Mail-in rebates -$130.00
Total $2294.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-19 07:44 EST-0500
  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

If I swapped out those 290's for 2 GTX 970's would that compromise the rest of the setup?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

290x will perform better at 4k.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I mentioned in my post that I'm not really all that interested in 4k at the moment.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Then GTX 970 or r9 290 will be fine.

Or

Get 295x2 for 650$ which is best card till now.

Or

Wait for AMD 300 series cards.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Assuming the AMD 300 series will destroy. : / r9 290 > 970 because benchmarks and cost to performance ratios. 980 > most things... : / Also, that's Bridgette Satalizer from Freezing. One last thing. Ditch the wifi card and get a powerline adapter. You'll thank me because wifi cards are well, not very stable for internet compared to powerline adapters.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $109.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Plus ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $165.72 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) $319.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) $319.99 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $85.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $183.84 @ Amazon
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $282.48 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2194.93
Mail-in rebates -$75.00
Total $2119.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-20 00:11 EST-0500

I wanted to take a crack at it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the motherboard you picked. I 'm going to add that to my more recent list. I needed to replace it anyway because it doesn't look like the MSI Z97 G55 SLI ATX is available anywhere.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.75 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $108.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $134.98 @ OutletPC
Memory *A-Data XPG V1.0 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $105.98 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $92.63 @ Amazon
Video Card *XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card $664.98 @ Newegg
Case *Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive *Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $87.75 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $264.99 @ B&H
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $24.98 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2139.89
Mail-in rebates -$130.00
Total $2009.89
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-20 20:05 EST-0500

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