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So I have $3k to spend on a computer....

#1RevolverBlackPosted 7/2/2014 12:09:09 PM
Please Note: I'm not looking for financial advice. The are multiple reasons that the budget is high, some of which I don't feel like going into (think Make-A-Wish). So if you disapprove, feel free to browse to 100's of other topics on this board. Thank you.

My sincerest apologies if I came across as rude.

So I have around $3000'ish to spend. My goal is to build as powerful a computer as possible for my budget. The $3000 is for everything (ie CPU, Monitor, etc). Actually the budget is more like $2800 - $2900, if you take into consideration I've chosen the mouse and keyboard.

So why am I telling you this? The problem is, I barely know where to start regarding what parts to buy (brand, not actually parts). I've done large amounts of research but all the guides for my price range are outdated, and while helpful, logicalincrements.com doesn't give a lot of an idea of what exactly to do. I was given a "build" by a very helpful GF's member, which I'll put below. I was wondering what some other people thought of it and if anyone has any builds that they feel are as good as or better for my price range? Unfortunately I'm kind of lost with the whole part selection shtick. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks for your time, and have a wonderful day.

Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dCQ2bv
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#2JrambharosePosted 7/2/2014 12:12:10 PM
First, check this out; http://www.logicalincrements.com/
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#3LvthnPosted 7/2/2014 12:13:15 PM
First - is this meant to be a pure gaming computer, as opposed to a workstation?
#4samurai1900Posted 7/2/2014 12:14:24 PM(edited)
Let's see, you could change that SSD to twice the size for only a small increase:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct512mx100ssd1

And there is a very nice promo going for this PSU, 760W should be more than enough for sli 780s:http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss760xp2

That is all from me.
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#5Pepys MonsterPosted 7/2/2014 12:14:31 PM
Get a bigger SSD, trust me. Here you go: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FCQtK8
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#6RevolverBlack(Topic Creator)Posted 7/2/2014 12:14:54 PM
Jrambharose posted...
First, check this out; http://www.logicalincrements.com/

Did you by chance read the whole thing? I mentioned that site.
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#7BogePosted 7/2/2014 12:16:26 PM
I think you did pretty good putting it together as you have it. A couple things I would change, and maybe consider...

Z97 board instead of Z87. Samsung EVO instead of Pro. I don't think the price performance difference is worth $50.

I don't know a lot about those high end video cards, 780 vs 780ti, or how much power they consume, but, depending on what others might say here, or what you might want to look into is how much power you need. You might be able to go lower and save some money. Maybe bump up to SLI 780 TIs.
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#8RevolverBlack(Topic Creator)Posted 7/2/2014 12:16:33 PM
Lvthn posted...
First - is this meant to be a pure gaming computer, as opposed to a workstation?

It is meant firstly as a gaming computer, but I plan of using is as a workstation as well.
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#9pothocketPosted 7/2/2014 12:16:41 PM
Honestly? Spend a third of that on a rocking huge ass TV as your "monitor".
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#10blax34dmPosted 7/2/2014 12:19:33 PM
RevolverBlack posted...
Jrambharose posted...
First, check this out; http://www.logicalincrements.com/

Did you by chance read the whole thing? I mentioned that site.


Don't be rude to people trying to give you advice, you're the one who apparently can't use Google.

On topic: go for twin 780tis and a 4770k, or even just a 4670k then spend the money on bigger ssd or a custom loop maybe. 3k budget should have twin 780tis though.