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First Gaming Build - X99 or No - $3500 Budget

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Just like the title says. This will be my first gaming build and I am looking for feedback on these builds and which would be better to go with.

 

-My Budget is pretty high. For the initial cost I am trying to keep it around $3500. But I dont mind going a little over.

-My main focus will be gaming. And i'm not interested in surround gaming at the moment. Just single screen on a nice display.

-One of my biggest delimma's is monitor. I chose the ROG Swift because I think it will best suit my needs, and Seems a lot better than 24" 1080p.

 

Here are the 2 links I have picked out. Feel free to change things around and suggest things. This is what I am looking for.

 

With both builds I plan to add another 980 for SLI and a custom water cooled loop.

 

Z97 Build - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bGHcBm

 

X99 Build - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zfb3WZ

 - With this build the Rampage V or the Asus X99 Deluxe are both mobo options.

 

As you can see the X99 build is only about $500 more than the Z97 build. But is going X99 for gaming completely dumb? I realize that I will see very little to no performance gain currently. But how about in 6 months-1 year? Will I be glad I did it? Or would I wish I stayed with Z97?

 

Thanks for all the help.

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Just one card? No SSD? Only 2TB?

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is this gaming only?

Thats that. If you need to get in touch chances are you can find someone that knows me that can get in touch.

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Just one card? No SSD? Only 2TB?

Both builds have a 850 Pro series SSD. I have another Hard drive I will be using in the build. Hard drives aren't really what I had questions about... But thanks for the help.

 

is this gaming only?

Yes, With a nice system I will mess around a little bit with photo editing. But nothing on a semi-pro level.

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I mean if you really want to spend that much on a first build then sure go with x99 but personally i would doing something cheaper for a first build.

 

Are you just gaming?

Pretty much just gaming yes.

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Both builds have a 850 Pro series SSD. I have another Hard drive I will be using in the build. Hard drives aren't really what I had questions about... But thanks for the help.

 

Yes, With a nice system I will mess around a little bit with photo editing. But nothing on a semi-pro level.

well #EXTREMEoverkill but http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fthfVn

also I see the swift monitor as a gmmick

also you really only need 1500ish for gaming

Thats that. If you need to get in touch chances are you can find someone that knows me that can get in touch.

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there's absolutely no need for x99 ever, just go z97 and change the motherboard to a msi mpower because rogs over priced and the mpower has all the same features at half the price  

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Both builds have a 850 Pro series SSD. I have another Hard drive I will be using in the build. Hard drives aren't really what I had questions about... But thanks for the help.

 

Yes, With a nice system I will mess around a little bit with photo editing. But nothing on a semi-pro level.

If you're going to be doing any kind of photo editing you'll want to calibrate that ASUS ROG Swift monitor. Even for a TN monitor it's still pretty good. But calibrating it will give you piece of mind that you're editing photos with accurate colours. Just something to think about.

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If you're going to be doing any kind of photo editing you'll want to calibrate that ASUS ROG Swift monitor. Even for a TN monitor it's still pretty good. But calibrating it will give you piece of mind that you're editing photos with accurate colours. Just something to think about.

Lets just say that I would be doing so little. That i'm not even considering it in my build. So great suggestion but its really not a priority for me. Pretty much just a gaming system.

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No. Never go x99 for gaming. It's a complete waste of money that will perform the same or worse than an i7 4790k.

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Lets just say that I would be doing so little. That i'm not even considering it in my build. So great suggestion but its really not a priority for me. Pretty much just a gaming system.

Alright, fair enough. :)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($338.95 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($164.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($239.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)  ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)  ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($188.71 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)  ($94.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: LG 34UM95 60Hz 34.0" Monitor  ($1007.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $3279.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-27 01:27 EDT-0400

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@Spooner15,

 

The LGA1150 build makes the most sense for the intended usage. I would suggest a couple of changes. Go with 2x8GB of memory. Get a larger ssd. Consider getting an MX100 or 840 EVO instead of the 850 Pro. You will not notice the performance difference and they have a much more attractive price point.

 

The Phanteks Enthoo Luxe has a fan hub that allows control of up to 11 fans by a single PWM motherboard fan header. You may want to consider using it instead of a discreet fan controller.

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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Get z97 build. No need for x99 if it's just for gaming. You'll be wasting money.

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