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 05/20/2014 06:13 PM
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I built a pc about 9 years ago with a friend and ended up buying my last one about 4 years ago- I have to admit technology has changed a bit and I'd like some help getting started. The best advice someone gave me in the past was that your pc is only as good as it's weakest component- I'd hate to make an easy mistake. I had good luck here before, figured I'd try it again.

The PC will obviously be for gaming- budget of 1500-1800.  I don't have any allegiances to companies or preferences- simply advise me on what you think is the best.

Thanks ahead of time.

 05/20/2014 06:16 PM
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Will you be needing a KB, Monitor, mouse, optical ROM, case or OS?  Also where are you located?  1500-1800 CDN is diferent than 1500-1800 US or 1500-1800 £

 

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 05/20/2014 06:21 PM
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1500-1800 USD. 

 

It will be completely from scratch- however 1500-1800 will be dedicated to the PC, I will pay additional for the monitor, kb, mouse etc. I'd like suggestions on what monitor would be best for my build as well- 23'-25' ideally.

 05/20/2014 06:45 PM
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Originally posted by: JoshNB I built a pc about 9 years ago with a friend and ended up buying my last one about 4 years ago- I have to admit technology has changed a bit and I'd like some help getting started. The best advice someone gave me in the past was that your pc is only as good as it's weakest component- I'd hate to make an easy mistake. I had good luck here before, figured I'd try it again.

 

The PC will obviously be for gaming- budget of 1500-1800.  I don't have any allegiances to companies or preferences- simply advise me on what you think is the best.

 

Thanks ahead of time.

 

To narrow the field down, and not get into personal preferences, check out the CPU benchmark comparisons, and the GPU card comparisons,.



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 05/20/2014 07:06 PM
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Originally posted by: stumped
Originally posted by: JoshNB I built a pc about 9 years ago with a friend and ended up buying my last one about 4 years ago- I have to admit technology has changed a bit and I'd like some help getting started. The best advice someone gave me in the past was that your pc is only as good as it's weakest component- I'd hate to make an easy mistake. I had good luck here before, figured I'd try it again.

 

 

 

The PC will obviously be for gaming- budget of 1500-1800.  I don't have any allegiances to companies or preferences- simply advise me on what you think is the best.

 

 

 

Thanks ahead of time.

 

 

 

 

To narrow the field down, and not get into personal preferences, check out the CPU benchmark comparisons, and the GPU card comparisons,.

 

 

According to the charts, as far as CPU goes the i7-4770k @ 324 is a good deal, the next best deal seems like the i7-4930k for a little more @ 579.

For GPU- GTX 780/TI for 452/669 seem like the best choices as far as performance for cash.

 05/20/2014 10:23 PM
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After browsing a bit, I've come up with this so far:

WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

EVGA ACX Cooler 03G-P4-2784-KR GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-32GTX

ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard    

Intel Core i7-4930K Ivy Bridge-E 3.4GHz LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80633i74930K

 

I'm already at 1,820 or so....still need a power supply, case, SSD...damn

Still would like suggestions on builds and please point out flaws or problems with mine- I'd like to learn. Also, if there are ways to save money on my choices without losing efficiency.

 05/20/2014 10:57 PM
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FLAW: 32GB RAM. You don't need more than 8. Also, why are you wanting to go so big? For under $1000 you can easily build a PC capable of 1920x1080 smooth gaming.

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 05/21/2014 12:45 AM
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Originally posted by: black_zion FLAW: 32GB RAM. You don't need more than 8. Also, why are you wanting to go so big? For under $1000 you can easily build a PC capable of 1920x1080 smooth gaming.

Well that is the point of making this post- for advice and information. I'm looking to get the best build I can for 1800 USD. I need guidance in important things like making sure hardware is compatible. And someone to answer questions like why would you opt for your Ripsaw 2133 vs Trident 2400?

 05/21/2014 03:01 AM
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There are good processor/motherboard bundles available.

Example from Microcenter



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 05/21/2014 07:27 AM
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Good quality(single 12v rail,my preference) modular psu 650w+,for single card,(850w+ for dual),around $200+(corsair,seasonic)

Case size(lots of room for future add ins)with two intake,two exhaust fans,also to fit aftermarket cpu cooler(water/air),new graphics card sizes(dual,tri cooler lenghts)approx.$150.

8gb ram plenty for everyday use & heavy gaming(16 if you want).



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Edited: 05/21/2014 at 07:50 AM by goodplay
 05/21/2014 09:30 AM
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Originally posted by: JoshNB

Originally posted by: black_zion FLAW: 32GB RAM. You don't need more than 8. Also, why are you wanting to go so big? For under $1000 you can easily build a PC capable of 1920x1080 smooth gaming.




Well that is the point of making this post- for advice and information. I'm looking to get the best build I can for 1800 USD. I need guidance in important things like making sure hardware is compatible. And someone to answer questions like why would you opt for your Ripsaw 2133 vs Trident 2400?



You asked people to point out flaws, I pointed one out. 32GB RAM is 24GB more than you need for gaming, and DDR3 2400 will produce no noticeable performance gain over DDR3 2133, especially if you use Intel. Also, again, why are you trying to go so big? The i7-4770k with a GTX 770, assuming you go Intel and nVidia, will be plenty fine at 1920x1080, as will a FX-8350 and R9 280X from AMD, and all it will cost you is a smaller epeen because you won't be able to say you spent more money than you need.

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 05/21/2014 04:17 PM
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http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

Came up with this after taking in some advice. I went for the high end video card since most seem to think it's worth it- feel free to convince me otherwise. 

The price also includes a monitor and sound card- only a little more than I wanted to spend. 

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