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$1500 budget. Best possible gaming pc?

#1psprulz2007Posted 1/15/2014 2:44:37 PM
Made some home changes and Im now able to get a gaming desktop without being forced to a laptop.

My budget is $1500. Needs to include monitor KB+M and OS. Last PC I had was i5 with crossfired 6950. Id like to go single card route this time. Im also looking to possibly build it myself (instead of ecollegepc like last time.

Strictly gaming and some video editing. I can (if need be) go a little over budget.


Im more along the lines of trying to gather suggestions as to the better/best parts are. Last time I cared about PC gaming the 6990 was the hot new item. So not including the Titan (which I wont bother with) im not sure what the newer better GPU's are. I also joined in right when the i5/i7 released and the sandybridge i5 was recalled. I built with the recalled part anyway.

But again thanks for the helpful info.
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#2psprulz2007(Topic Creator)Posted 1/15/2014 3:51:08 PM
After a quick build via ecollegepc (for part ideas) I got

i5 3570 3.4 Ghz
Stock Intel Heatsink fan (is a stock heatsink fine?)
Gigabyte GA B75M D3H (cheapest one with 2xPCI-E)
8 gig of DDR3 Ram (cheapest one they have thats 8gig)
1TB HDD ($10 more then a 500gig)
basic dvd drive
GTX 780
WIndows 8 64-bit
23inch HDMI 1080p LED monitor
600 watt corsair cmx series (most expensive 600 watt they have)
case fans (are these really needed?)
neon light

total: $1601

Obviously this would be a solid build. But my questions are?
Is a stock heatsink fine? Is an r9 290X gpu worth $100 more? Is the 780X overkill at all? Considering Ill be playing DayZ Rust FF14 and EOS? (im know DayZ and Rust are poorly optimized atm). If it is overkill what would be better to save me some $$$? Lastly are case fans needed?
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#3rabbi_babyPosted 1/15/2014 4:49:44 PM
Spend the $100 on an h100i your processor will love you for it.

Also, spend the extra $30 on a blu ray drive even if you don't need it now, it's a minimal cost increase and who knows what you'll need in a year from now.

Don't go bottom barrel with the mobo. Don't build a ricer pc.

Don't skimp on the case. And yes you need case fans unless you're going for a sealed unit, or a fanless chassis...

Don't skimp on the ram.

Don't skimp on the HDD. If it's your system drive, just get a SSD and call it a day.
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#4fuzzymanPosted 1/15/2014 5:10:57 PM(edited)
4770k $300
Crossfire 270X $400
Fatality Z87 Mobo $125
Graphite 600T Case $150
Seasonic X650 PSU $125
4x 4GB DDR2133 CL9 $175
120GB Evo SSD $100
1TB+ HDD (caviar black) $100+
Blu-Ray Burner $75
Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme liquid cooler $100
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#5psprulz2007(Topic Creator)Posted 1/18/2014 7:15:20 AM
Bump for some more opinions/suggestions.
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#6tiger8191Posted 1/18/2014 7:40:44 AM

Room left over for monitor.
#7Fade2black001Posted 1/18/2014 7:57:33 AM
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We just keep doing the wrong thing until it turns out right.
#8SnadadosPosted 1/18/2014 8:08:38 AM(edited)
See how this looks to you


Oops, forgot the monitor.
Well, that put that build over budget then.
Tiger8191's suggestion looks pretty much the same XD.
His should be a very good option to think about, just swap out the 32bit Windows OS for a 64 bit version.
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#9Fade2black001Posted 1/18/2014 8:04:53 AM
Snadados posted...
See how this looks to you


Its nice but its way over his budget. Cut down the mouse and keyboard. One doesnt need an 80 dollar keyboard.
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#10tiger8191Posted 1/18/2014 8:15:07 AM
Oops, yeah meant to put 64bit.