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#2149169 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 17 November 2015 - 08:42 PM in System Builds

Okay, OP has been updated again. The Keyboard, monitor & mouse are not needed, but I'm going to need fans & some HDDs, so the price is pretty reflective of my final cost. Thoughts!!? How did I do!?!?



#2149141 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 16 November 2015 - 12:02 PM in System Builds



Any reason why you want to have a motherboard with wireless capability? Honestly if you are going to play online, would recommend wired. Would recommend a diff mobo as someone else said before.

Would skip the sound card.On board sound does a good job unless you are an audiophile..


None in particular, just thought it was better to have onboard. I could always install a sound card at a later date, I'll nix that. Now I just need to figure out my best choice on MB. I didn't wanna skimp on the CPU/MB either, everything else seems to be easily upgradable



#2149120 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 16 November 2015 - 01:16 AM in System Builds



It seems like price is no real object? I read $1000 and thought that'd meant that's the max, might be able to trim the fat for ya a bit on the build if you want. You have some great parts but a bit excessive for 1080P gaming IMHO.

I have the rig in my signature gaming fluidly at 2560x1600 for an example of what I mean.


That was before doing proper research, forgive me. Not totally about gaming, just want to be able to play comfortably for the foreseeable future. 1080p is just what I'm assuming is the "norm" currently, but I'd like to be able to participate once the resolution standard increases, so to speak
I was interested in the 5820 for its high level gaming & processing capabilities. I'm well aware that a decent build with that CPU is going to hover around $1700, so I'm comfortable in that neighborhood, but I'd love to save a few dollars without sacrificing to much quality/performance/value
The PRIMARY objective is to get a build up and running, "luxury" components can be added on at a later date
I saw the ASRock extreme 4 for about $175, but is it worth the savings compared to the MSI Gaming 7?



#2149117 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 10:56 PM in System Builds

OP has been updated with my slightly more informed build.



#2149110 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 05:22 PM in System Builds

What's your wireless router? Find out what the max speed it can go, and we can tell you what to look for.

I have an AC750 router, but an upgrade is not out of the question



#2149109 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 05:19 PM in System Builds

Where at in Va are you. I live in VA as well!

Southern Va. Bluefield. Where are you located?



#2149102 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 03:10 PM in System Builds



Where abouts do you live? I usually find some decent parts on Craigslist once in a blue moon, but mostly close to this time of year (due to Black Friday and Xmas). Otherwise, I usually get them from people with good Heatware (Overclock.net and [H]ard|Forum). Sometimes from here, too.

Your wants:
- 1080P gaming with above average FPS (assuming 60Hz is your target) - This will depend heavily on your graphics card. Some games will also depend on your CPU. Some recommendations: GTX 780, GTX 970, R9 290/290X

- Sports, Racing, and RPG games don't really need a powerful graphics card. I sometimes play those games at highest settings allowed on my 60" Plasma HDTV (1080P) and all I'm using is a stock voltage overclocked GTX 950 2GB. In-game benchmarks for NBA2K14:

Frame Rate: High
Monitor: 1

Resolution: 1862 x 1048

Refresh Rate: 60

Window Mode: Off

Vsync: Off

Anti-Alisaing (MSAA): 8x

Anti-Aliasing Quality: N/A

Player: High

Crowd Detail: High

Sideline Characters: On

Texture Quality: High

Depth of Field: On

Floor Relection: On


NBA2K14 Benchmark FPS: 116


- Wired, your standard motherboard should do it, for wireless, most motherboards also have decent 802.11ac support. You can always get a better adapter, anyway (but at the extra cost).


- Audiophile level sound, find a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD for $60 and upgrade the op-amps for $10 and get a JDS Labs Objective 2 DIY kit for $59, and any of the headphones listed here in another thread, and you're in audiophile territory for around $250.


- CPU-wise, your Phenom X4 9550 should still rock as far as your needs. Otherwise, find some used 2500K/3570K/4670K/4690K's for sale. Bought a 2500K a year ago for $80, and a 3570K for $100. I haven't needed to look since, but I'm sure there are still quite a bit out there. Hitting 4.6GHz easily, or 4.9GHz if I really want to push it to it's limit.


Hope that helps.


Thanx, helps immensely. I'm on the east coast, va area. The GTX 970 was top on my list, so I can lock that in. Sound card info is much appreciated, I'll look into that. I think I'm going to go with a cheaper MB(as I have been advised to, Thanx everyone), but what's the best choice for wireless connections? A card? An adapter?
As for that Phenom, I've always had a thing for AMD, so I'd love to do a build with it, but at this point, I want a build with more up to date Core Components. I will definitely be seeking everyone's expertise on getting it onto a decent MB once I get some experience with building PCs



#2149101 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 02:52 PM in System Builds

Decent build, but I'm sure you could find a mb that would do the job at a much better price, and knock a few hundred off the final hit. Then again, we don't know what options you want in a mb.

I'm not really sure what options I would want in certain components. No prior knowledge of building from scratch. I just want decent value, high quality parts. Nothing over the top, but also not a dinosaur in a few years. Eye catching looks, minimalist, not overly complicated. Excellent audio, plethora of connections.



#2149098 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 02:24 PM in System Builds



Ok a couple things on your build

As was mentioned you could scale back on the motherboard to fix some other holes in the system.

As good as Noctua's parts are the NH-D9L is not going to stand up to cooling that chip under load. An NH-D15 would be the smallest air cooler I would use.

On your memory you will need to go with a 4x4GB quad channel kit instead of a 2x8GB kit.

The optical drive you can get from Microcenter or Newegg for less than half that price.


Just a couple thoughts.


I chose a MB with WiFi & Bluetooth, but would it be better to use a separate card that? I was looking at the MSI X99a Gaming 7 originally, but no WiFi/BT module, although it does have USB 3.1.
That Noctua cooler had the best fan speed/decibel ratio that I had seen
The memory was chosen because I thought I was saving slots on the MB, but what do I know!!?
The optical drive is not super important, who uses discs anymore anyway, but I know the importance of having one when you do NEED it. The price seemed reasonable for a Blu Ray drive too



#2149087 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 04:56 AM in System Builds

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D9L 46.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI X99A XPOWER AC EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($389.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case ($164.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($47.00 @ Adorama)
Total: $1746.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-15 07:45 EST-0500

That's what I've done so far, perhaps a little too expensive!!?



#2149086 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 15 November 2015 - 03:24 AM in System Builds

So -- tell us a little more about what you plan to play and what you have. What games (specifics can help sometimes), what resolution is your monitor, you said you want audio -- so that helps.

I'm sure we can put together a nice build for that budget. :)

Much appreciated. Little back story 1st, bear with me. Used to be a console Gamer, installed a GPU to experiment with PC gaming.....MIND BLOWN!!! Always been a computer geek, couldn't believe what I'd been missing. Only intended to play some NBA 2K, but I was so amazed, I was installing any and every genre just to test out the GPU. From my ongoing research, I'm liking the 5820K 6 core, MSI X Power/Gamer 9, GTX 980ti. Not strictly a gaming machine, some high level processing needed also. Future Proofed. 1080p monitor



#2149041 Good for gaming? Good value?

Posted by David_Cannady on 13 November 2015 - 12:25 AM in System Builds

It's so many choices, I don't know where to begin. I'm here to obtain as much info as possible before I actually start purchasing parts. I'm currently doing a build on P³ that can be critiqued over here once it's done



#2149038 Good for gaming? Good value?

Posted by David_Cannady on 12 November 2015 - 09:16 PM in System Builds

I have been compiling a build on the site, but I don't have a "baseline" to judge anything by. I saw this & was wondering how it rates as a gaming machine. I've never gone beyond adding a GPU & PSU to a pre-built machine and the amount of options on that site is slightly overwhelming. I'm just trying to get an idea of the best options for an upper midrange gaming PC with future proofing in mind. $1300-1500 budget. Only case & internals needed



#2149024 Good for gaming? Good value?

Posted by David_Cannady on 12 November 2015 - 03:54 PM in System Builds

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I like the audio and cpu, but the gpu doesn't seem up to par



#2149023 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 12 November 2015 - 03:45 PM in System Builds

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Would this be good for gaming? Is it a good deal?



#2148989 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 11 November 2015 - 08:00 PM in System Builds

Does your budget include a monitor, keyboard, and mouse or do you have or plan on getting those separate?

I have a monitor & mouse on hand. I would like recommendations for a good backlit keyboard, though.



#2148986 $1000 Gaming budget!?!?

Posted by David_Cannady on 11 November 2015 - 07:26 PM in System Builds

I'm looking to build my 1st PC. I would like 1080p gaming at above average FPS. Main genres I play are Sports, Racing & RPGs. Majority of the budget can go to the Motherboard/CPU/GPU portion of the build. A full array of connectivity options[wired/wireless] wanted. Audiophile level sound would be awesome. I always liked those Thermaltake cases too, Level 10 & Chaser MK, gotta have one of those. I would imagine I'm over the budget with my requests, so perhaps another $200-300 could be added to it.

Also, I have this dinosaur laying around:

http://www.cnet.com/...b-640-gb/specs/

I added a 700 watt PSU & a MSI Twin Frozr Nvidia GPU[circa 2009], maybe something can be salvaged from it. Thanks in advance

Please feel free to critique & tweak my choices. What would be the limit of this build capabilities?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.49 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI X99A SLI PLUS ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($103.86 @ Mac Mall)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118CB/BEBE DVD/CD Drive ($17.69 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.89 @ OutletPC)
Fan Controller: NZXT SENTRY 3 Fan Controller ($29.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: LG 23MP57HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($120.60 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech K810 Bluetooth Wireless Slim Keyboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech MX Master Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse ($83.91 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 505W 5.1ch Speakers
Other: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid-Tower Chassis VP300A1W2N ($78.73)
Total: $1696.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-17 23:37 EST-0500