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$1500 Gaming Build

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small modifications (different CPU cooler, and PSU):

 
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($312.95 @ SuperBiiz) 
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler  ($34.50 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($96.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Storage: OCZ ARC 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($55.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card  ($399.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($15.98 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor  ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Keyboard: Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($89.00 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1575.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-02 21:16 EST-0500

Aftermarket 980Ti >= Fury X >= Reference 980Ti > Fury > 980 > 390X > 390 >= 970 380X > 380 >= 960 > 950 >= 370 > 750Ti = 360

"The Orange Box" || CPU: i5 4690k || RAM: Kingston Hyper X Fury 16GB || Case: Aerocool DS200 (Orange) || Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate || Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB + WD Black 1TB || PSU: Corsair RM750 || Mobo: ASUS Z97-A || GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW+

"Unnamed Form Factor Switch" || CPU: i7 6700K || RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB || Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Mini ITX (White) || Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate (Green Cover) || Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 1TB || PSU: XFX XTR 550W || Mobo: ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming || GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW+

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Dual rad is preferable if you are overclocking, if not just go with an super aircooled solution for better performance.

Would a single rad be better? I'm not really interested in OC, but I may later on.

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Would a single rad be better? I'm not really interested in OC, but I may later on.

single rads lose to all air coolers at, and many below their price point. the pump also tends to make them louder. only dual rads pull ahead of the capacity of air coolers, while also being pricier.


Aftermarket 980Ti >= Fury X >= Reference 980Ti > Fury > 980 > 390X > 390 >= 970 380X > 380 >= 960 > 950 >= 370 > 750Ti = 360

"The Orange Box" || CPU: i5 4690k || RAM: Kingston Hyper X Fury 16GB || Case: Aerocool DS200 (Orange) || Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate || Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB + WD Black 1TB || PSU: Corsair RM750 || Mobo: ASUS Z97-A || GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW+

"Unnamed Form Factor Switch" || CPU: i7 6700K || RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB || Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Mini ITX (White) || Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate (Green Cover) || Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 1TB || PSU: XFX XTR 550W || Mobo: ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming || GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW+

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single rads lose to all CPU coolers at, and many below their price point. the pump also tends to make them louder.

Ok, so air cooled it is! Any other tips you can offer me?

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Personal preference, but I would go with a 24" monitor and a 980, should end up around the same price.


CPU: Intel i5-2400 Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z RAM: 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz GPU: Sapphire R9 280x Tri-X Case Corsair Obsidian Series 350D PSU: EVGA 500w 80+ Certified

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Ok, so air cooled it is! Any other tips you can offer me?

well there's the build I posted above. the NEX are one of EVGA's poorer series, with considerably worse components than their _2 seres (B2, G2, P2, and T2)


Aftermarket 980Ti >= Fury X >= Reference 980Ti > Fury > 980 > 390X > 390 >= 970 380X > 380 >= 960 > 950 >= 370 > 750Ti = 360

"The Orange Box" || CPU: i5 4690k || RAM: Kingston Hyper X Fury 16GB || Case: Aerocool DS200 (Orange) || Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate || Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB + WD Black 1TB || PSU: Corsair RM750 || Mobo: ASUS Z97-A || GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW+

"Unnamed Form Factor Switch" || CPU: i7 6700K || RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB || Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Mini ITX (White) || Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate (Green Cover) || Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 1TB || PSU: XFX XTR 550W || Mobo: ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming || GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW+

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with that budget you can afford skylake...the cpu cooler you picked is loud and cheap...this one will give you the same temps but will last forever and will remain quieter...this board is better...memory is better...everything is better and it cost the same in the end:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Micro Center)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: A-Data XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: OCZ ARC 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.50 @ SuperBiiz)

Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card ($399.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($71.10 @ SuperBiiz)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)

Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Keyboard: Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.00 @ Amazon)

Mouse: Logitech MX Master Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse ($89.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $1545.38

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-02 21:22 EST-0500


| CPU: Core i7-8700K @ 4.89ghz - 1.21v  Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING  CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 |
| GPU: MSI GTX 1080Ti Gaming X Trio 2ghz OC  RAM: 32GB T-Force Delta RGB 3066mhz |
| Displays: Acer Predator XB270HU 1440p Gsync 144hz IPS Gaming monitor | Oculus Rift S

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Ok, so air cooled it is! Any other tips you can offer me?

To get a Noctua NH-D15.

 

Personal preference, but I would go with a 24" monitor and a 980, should end up around the same price.

The 980 is more expensive and isn't gonna destroy the 390X in any way, in some newer games it's beaten by the 390X.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

with that budget you can afford skylake...the cpu cooler you picked is loud and cheap...this one will give you the same temps but will last forever and will remain quieter...this board is better...memory is better...everything is better and it cost the same in the end:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Micro Center)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: A-Data XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: OCZ ARC 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.50 @ SuperBiiz)

Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card ($399.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($71.10 @ SuperBiiz)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)

Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Keyboard: Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.00 @ Amazon)

Mouse: Logitech MX Master Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse ($89.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $1545.38

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-02 21:22 EST-0500

Is the DDR4 Memory worth it? I'm looking for 16GB.

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Is the DDR4 Memory worth it? I'm looking for 16GB.

yeah since it's about the same price and it's more energy efficient and faster then why not...also the next upgrade you might be able to re-use DDR4...if you go DDR3 and the already top CPU for haswell your next upgrade platform will be a full overhaul...and as you can see it cost the same in the end so why not? i know what i would do for sure...skylake is the better newer platform with all the features and upgrades...it's really worth it unless you can find a super combo deal on CPU+board at micro-center or some shit...but at full price like that haswell make no sense in the i7...maybe for a cheap i5-4460 on a cheap B85 board or something but that's another story and your budget allow for something much greater than that.

 

8 Gb should be fine. xD

you can always add memory later if you find you need more it take 2 minute to pop them in ;)

you can go with a 2x4GB kit...and then put a 2x8GB kit in the other channel and still have 24GB if needed so you are not really making any compromise you can't overcome by doing that.


| CPU: Core i7-8700K @ 4.89ghz - 1.21v  Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING  CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 |
| GPU: MSI GTX 1080Ti Gaming X Trio 2ghz OC  RAM: 32GB T-Force Delta RGB 3066mhz |
| Displays: Acer Predator XB270HU 1440p Gsync 144hz IPS Gaming monitor | Oculus Rift S

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Basically, everything is cool except the ram and the ssd, LOOK i know people are going to be telling me right now how 8 gigabytes is enough, but come on ,

if you are spending 1500 usd on a computer, u might as well go for more ram, plus ram is pretty cheap as well, furthermore, i would suggest a 700w bronze or silver rated power supply instead of gold, there is not that big of a difference and you can cut some cost. SSD can also be improved, OCZ ssds are good choice because they use Toshiba MLC-NANDS, Toshiba makes excellent ssds and their chips are amazing. However, to compensate for the cost of the ram, u should downgrade to a i7 4790 instead of the 4790k because if you are not overclocking they have similar performance. Optional: Try to cut cost on monitor choice, your monitor that u chose is beautiful, i get it but for those specs, not worth it, just go for a 27 inch benq or viewsonic, however this doesn't really matter because this is more reliant on your opinion. 

 

 

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Is the DDR4 Memory worth it? I'm looking for 16GB.

 

In rendering, the higher speed of the RAM is worth it as well as the CUDA cores you'd obtain from an NVIDIA card such as the 980.


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Btw, one last thing, IN MY OPINION (not trying to start flame wars) the skylake series boards with ddr4 is not worth it, you are getting basically same specs at a significant higher price. I also think if ur getting such a good graphics card, 16 gigs of ram is essential.

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Btw, one last thing, IN MY OPINION (not trying to start flame wars) the skylake series boards with ddr4 is not worth it, you are getting basically same specs at a significant higher price. I also think if ur getting such a good graphics card, 16 gigs of ram is essential.

you might want to look at the prices...skylake cost only a few bucks more seriously and you get nvme support and faster throughput for everything...also, having DDR4 memory on hand is great as he might be able to re-use it in the future when/if he upgrade to something else...where as ddr3 will be a trow away.

The CPU itself is also a good 6 to 8% faster according to reviews and up to 15% faster in certain situations...and it's more energy efficient...and look at the price for the builds that have been posted so far mine feature the 6700K and a solid motherboard and it's the cheapest one so far..


| CPU: Core i7-8700K @ 4.89ghz - 1.21v  Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING  CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 |
| GPU: MSI GTX 1080Ti Gaming X Trio 2ghz OC  RAM: 32GB T-Force Delta RGB 3066mhz |
| Displays: Acer Predator XB270HU 1440p Gsync 144hz IPS Gaming monitor | Oculus Rift S

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you might want to look at the prices...skylake cost only a few bucks more seriously and you get nvme support and faster throughput for everything...also, having DDR4 memory on hand is great as he might be able to re-use it in the future when/if he upgrade to something else...where as ddr3 will be a trow away.

The CPU itself is also a good 6 to 8% faster according to reviews and up to 15% faster in certain situations...and it's more energy efficient...and look at the price for the builds that have been posted so far mine feature the 6700K and a solid motherboard and it's the cheapest one so far

btw, its not just the cpu itself that cost extra money, the ddr4 costs a lot more as well, and also the cpu here in canada costs 50$ more than 4790k soo

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