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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello guys,

 

I am trying to compile my first gaming build here in India where some parts are quiet expensive as compared to say Newegg (USD).

 

The main aim is playing games like Far Cry 4 and future proofing for 4-5 years (open to swap GPU though). I currently have a 720p monitor which is not going anywhere for another year.

 

Here is what I am planning:

 

CPU - i5 6600k - $260 (Not going for 4690k as there is a very little price difference)

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212x - $46

Motherboard - Asus Z170k ($193) vs Gigabyte Z170 D3H ($182) vs Asus Z170 Pro Gaming ($225) - Very confused here. Need help. Will overclock but do I really need Pro Gaming?

GPU - Asus GTX 960 2G AMP - $246 Ques - Would 960 do justice here?

RAM - 8GB Kingston Hyperx 2133 - $63

HDD - 1 TB WD - $55

PSU - Corrsair VS-650 - $63 Corrsair CX 600 80 Bronze Plus - $70

Case - Corrsair Carbide Series Spec 03 - $63

 

 

My initial budget was $800, but future proofing and some expensive parts had me stretch by around $180.

 

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960 will be fine for 720p @ I presume 60Hz. I'd get this and wait a couple years until you can afford a higher resolution screen along with a graphics card upgrade to a Pascal or Volta (or whatever AMD has). If you're buying now, many rate the 380 or 380X over the 960, though they're both good.

If you don't know what you want in a motherboard then you probably don't need what the more expensive motherboard has to offer; The gigabyte board is pretty solid.

Try to get an ssd, even if it's a small one.

I generally don't like Corsair psus but at least it's not a CX version. Consult the tier list in the PSU and case section of the LTT forum.


If you make a post contradicting mine that doesn't directly address my claims, or cites 'facts' without evidence, I'm probably not going to bother responding to it, because you probably didn't bother reading my post properly, and because life is too short. It doesn't mean I don't have an answer for you. It means I'm not dignifying you with a response. 

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Hello guys,

 

I am trying to compile my first gaming build here in India where some parts are quiet expensive as compared to say Newegg (USD).

 

The main aim is playing games like Far Cry 4 and future proofing for 4-5 years (open to swap GPU though). I currently have a 720p monitor which is not going anywhere for another year.

 

Here is what I am planning:

 

CPU - i5 6600k - $260 (Not going for 4690k as there is a very little price difference)

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212x - $46

Motherboard - Asus Z170k ($193) vs Gigabyte Z170 D3H ($182) vs Asus Z170 Pro Gaming ($225) - Very confused here. Need help. Will overclock but do I really need Pro Gaming?

GPU - Asus GTX 960 2G AMP - $246 Ques - Would 960 do justice here?

RAM - 8GB Kingston Hyperx 2133 - $63

HDD - 1 TB WD - $55

PSU - Corrsair VS-650 - $63

Case - Corrsair Carbide Series Spec 03 - $63

 

 

My initial budget was $800, but future proofing and some expensive parts had me stretch by around $180.

Change the GTX 960 for the AMD R9 380. You could also save some money and get the AMD R9 390. The R9 380 is a bit better than the GTX 960 same goes for the R9 390 (I'ts better than the GTX 970.) For the PSU change it for an XFX. EVGA or SeaSonic 550W/650W PSU.

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Even a 980ti cant be future proof... you cant future any PC even if MAX out right now. But 720p or following year that would work but anything over 1080p that poor 960 is going to die in a few years and no SSD? and not so good PSU? i would get better branded PSU like RM/XFX/V(CoolerMaster) because it not suited for long use/gaming. 


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Get a GTX 970/R9 390 whichever is cheaper. Get a cheaper cpu such as 6600 or 6400. Don't bother on getting a -k cpu and cpu cooler as that is a waste of fps per dollar.

 

You could also get... a non-skylake i5 such as a 4460 or 4690 (no -k) which saves you some money, and then you can spend less for a 1600MHz 8gb RAM and a cheaper motherboard that supports a different socket.

 

IMO you are spending too little on the GPU with your budget that you have. I aim for at least 30% of my budget on a GPU.

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something like this would be better for the money

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! PURE ROCK 51.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($34.90 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card  ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($56.10 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $905.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-24 08:25 EST-0500


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Hello guys,

 

I am trying to compile my first gaming build here in India where some parts are quiet expensive as compared to say Newegg (USD).

 

The main aim is playing games like Far Cry 4 and future proofing for 4-5 years (open to swap GPU though). I currently have a 720p monitor which is not going anywhere for another year.

 

Here is what I am planning:

 

CPU - i5 6600k - $260 (Not going for 4690k as there is a very little price difference)

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212x - $46

Motherboard - Asus Z170k ($193) vs Gigabyte Z170 D3H ($182) vs Asus Z170 Pro Gaming ($225) - Very confused here. Need help. Will overclock but do I really need Pro Gaming?

GPU - Asus GTX 960 2G AMP - $246 Ques - Would 960 do justice here?

RAM - 8GB Kingston Hyperx 2133 - $63

HDD - 1 TB WD - $55

PSU - Corrsair VS-650 - $63

Case - Corrsair Carbide Series Spec 03 - $63

 

 

My initial budget was $800, but future proofing and some expensive parts had me stretch by around $180.

 

CPU = $60 cheaper

Motherboard = $80-$120 cheaper

Memory = $20 cheaper

 

So your "very little" price difference is more like $200 difference.

 

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So now that we are switching to the 4690k

 

Here is a fully themed monster machine.

 

All Black/White.

 

SSD boot drive, because not having one in a build these days is just dumb, especially if you want to "future proof".

 

You only have a 720p monitor? you don't need anything over a 960 or 380. I went with 960 for it's looks and it will still give you 60+ fps in all games, so don't worry. Even if you upgraded to a 1080p monitor, the 960 is going to give you 60fps average in most games. Don't go buying a 970 or 380 with a 720p monitor though... that just seems dumb.

 

A nice white case with good cable management.

 

finally a reliable PSU.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($209.99 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($26.99 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($41.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($79.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card  ($179.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($54.40 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.90 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $823.23

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-24 09:13 EST-0500

 

If you have the extra money buy a 1080p monitor.


i7 4790k - Corsair H100i - Asus Z97-AR - Corsair Vengeance Pro 4x4GB


Kingston 120GB SSD - Seagate 1TB 7200RPM - Asus Strix GTX 970


Corsiar Graphite 230T ATX Mid - Coolermaster V700

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Can't you wait a little bit longer and get a 970? 

 

But I like the rest. 

 

The 970 is insanely priced here, $385 to be precise. I dont think I can wait long enough for it to come to a realistic price point.

 

 

380 over the 960. 390 over the 970. You can get cheaper ram, it doesn't effect gaming. You don't need "gaming" edition motherboard.

 

Thanks.

 

960 will be fine for 720p @ I presume 60Hz. I'd get this and wait a couple years until you can afford a higher resolution screen along with a graphics card upgrade to a Pascal or Volta (or whatever AMD has). If you're buying now, many rate the 380 or 380X over the 960, though they're both good.

If you don't know what you want in a motherboard then you probably don't need what the more expensive motherboard has to offer; The gigabyte board is pretty solid.

Try to get an ssd, even if it's a small one.

I generally don't like Corsair psus but at least it's not a CX version. Consult the tier list in the PSU and case section of the LTT forum.

 

 

Yes, 60Hz . My initial thought was to run 960 till my 720p monitor stays and go for something like 970 or equavalent AMD while switching to 1080p or higher.

 

Can you please explain the exact difference between normal and gaming mobo?

 

I have changed the PSU. Thanks!

 

 

Change the GTX 960 for the AMD R9 380. You could also save some money and get the AMD R9 390. The R9 380 is a bit better than the GTX 960 same goes for the R9 390 (I'ts better than the GTX 970.) For the PSU change it for an XFX. EVGA or SeaSonic 550W/650W PSU.

 

Would spending extra $60 towards R9 380 make significant changes to 720p performance of 960? The R9 380 is arround $300 here!

I have edited the PSU. Thanks!

 

Get a GTX 970/R9 390 whichever is cheaper. Get a cheaper cpu such as 6600 or 6400. Don't bother on getting a -k cpu and cpu cooler as that is a waste of fps per dollar.

 

You could also get... a non-skylake i5 such as a 4460 or 4690 (no -k) which saves you some money, and then you can spend less for a 1600MHz 8gb RAM and a cheaper motherboard that supports a different socket.

 

IMO you are spending too little on the GPU with your budget that you have. I aim for at least 30% of my budget on a GPU.

 

Thanks for your suggestion. I am rethinking the possibilities.

 

 

CPU = $60 cheaper

Motherboard = $80-$120 cheaper

Memory = $20 cheaper

 

So your "very little" price difference is more like $200 difference.

 

-----------------------

 

So now that we are switching to the 4690k

 

Here is a fully themed monster machine.

 

All Black/White.

 

SSD boot drive, because not having one in a build these days is just dumb, especially if you want to "future proof".

 

You only have a 720p monitor? you don't need anything over a 960 or 380. I went with 960 for it's looks and it will still give you 60+ fps in all games, so don't worry. Even if you upgraded to a 1080p monitor, the 960 is going to give you 60fps average in most games. Don't go buying a 970 or 380 with a 720p monitor though... that just seems dumb.

 

A nice white case with good cable management.

 

finally a reliable PSU.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($209.99 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($26.99 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($41.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($79.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card  ($179.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($54.40 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.90 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $823.23

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-24 09:13 EST-0500

 

If you have the extra money buy a 1080p monitor.

 

There is only a $15 difference between 4690k and 6600k here, which compelled me to choose the newer one. Also, a decent Z97 motherboard also costs around $15 cheaper only.

 

Thanks for your suggestions on GPU. I will keep this in mind.

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Hello guys,

 

I am trying to compile my first gaming build here in India where some parts are quiet expensive as compared to say Newegg (USD).

 

The main aim is playing games like Far Cry 4 and future proofing for 4-5 years (open to swap GPU though). I currently have a 720p monitor which is not going anywhere for another year.

 

Here is what I am planning:

 

CPU - i5 6600k - $260 (Not going for 4690k as there is a very little price difference)

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212x - $46

Motherboard - Asus Z170k ($193) vs Gigabyte Z170 D3H ($182) vs Asus Z170 Pro Gaming ($225) - Very confused here. Need help. Will overclock but do I really need Pro Gaming?

GPU - Asus GTX 960 2G AMP - $246 Ques - Would 960 do justice here?

RAM - 8GB Kingston Hyperx 2133 - $63

HDD - 1 TB WD - $55

PSU - Corrsair VS-650 - $63 Corrsair CX 600 80 Bronze Plus - $70

Case - Corrsair Carbide Series Spec 03 - $63

 

 

My initial budget was $800, but future proofing and some expensive parts had me stretch by around $180.

 

Hey, 

 

I am also from India and im going get this soon :D >>> http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rhb4zy

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Can you please explain the exact difference between normal and gaming mobo?

 

Mostly branding and aesthetics. there is nothing specific, but usually a gaming board will focus on VRM cooling (which is already fine on the cheaper Z boards) and Xfire/SLI ability, which is only really for those with a far less restrcitive budget, and not a performance per dollar benefit in any way. If you want a moderate overclock and nothing much else from the mobo, find the cheapest z class board you can and look at the specs. If there's nothing you want that you can't see, it's fine.  


If you make a post contradicting mine that doesn't directly address my claims, or cites 'facts' without evidence, I'm probably not going to bother responding to it, because you probably didn't bother reading my post properly, and because life is too short. It doesn't mean I don't have an answer for you. It means I'm not dignifying you with a response. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi Guys,

 

I was planning to get Corrsair SPEC 03 case for around $60, but it seems like the choice of my cooler Hyper 212x will not fit inside it.

 

Can you please recommend a decent case in this price range which can take up this cooler, or a cooler as costly and effective as Hyper 212x which will fit in this case?

 

Thanks!

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