With your budget, let's look at a quad-core Haswell porcessor (e.g.: Core i7-4770K or Core i5-4670K) and a Z87 motherboard (e.g.: ASRock F* Z87 Killer (ATX) or Z87M Extreme4 (micro-ATX)).CT_Messiah wrote: CPU: AMD FX-8320 ( I believe I can manage to OC it to be comparable to an 8350 )
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
Let's get 2x8 GiB of memory (e.g.: Crucial BLS2K8G3D1609ES2LX0 or AMD AP316G1869U2K).CT_Messiah wrote: Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
I'd be inclined to make that a 240-256 GB SSD and a 3.0 TB Barracuda.CT_Messiah wrote: Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SSD + Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
Here, I'd save a Benjamin and get the Radeon R9-290 (non-X) that's coming out next week.CT_Messiah wrote: Video Card: R9 290x
CT_Messiah wrote:I would like to play next-gen games like BF4 and whatnot on ultra settings, but from what my friends, who are self proclaimed "PC Gaming Gurus" tell me, that's really just not possible for below $2,000.00
JohnC wrote:Second of all, why such strange choice of storage - a smallish SATA SSD and a single large HDD?
NovusBogus wrote:If future-proofing is a key priority, do not watercool no matter what other choices you make. WC solutions are much more prone to failure than simple fans, and are usually only attempted by those who enjoy overclocking and expect to burn their hardware out after a year or two.
superjawes wrote:Now, we did fail to ask the important question. Does this budget include a copy of Windows, a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers/headphones? Those can easily eat into your budget, and it makes a difference on the components we'll recommend...if we think $2,000 is just for hardware, we'll put together an awesome system, but you'll be lacking everything you need to use it
NovusBogus wrote:If all you care about is a single 1080p at medium to high display settings you would be fine with a GTX 760 or R9 270x, bump it up one notch if you want omgwtfgigahardcore settings. 290X is a fine card but it's mad overkill for a single 1080p display, it's intended for two monitors or much higher resolution
JustAnEngineer wrote:With your budget, let's look at a quad-core Haswell porcessor (e.g.: Core i7-4770K or Core i5-4670K) and a Z87 motherboard (e.g.: ASRock F* Z87 Killer (ATX) or Z87M Extreme4 (micro-ATX)).
vargis14 wrote:It may sound like a broken record but the Intel 4770k is the way to go. More and more games along with free custom video playback software already do and more will take advantage of hyperthreading. So as for future proofing you definitely want 8 threads over 4 threads even if they are fakish threads they do make a pretty big difference in many applications.
DPete27 wrote:JohnC wrote:Second of all, why such strange choice of storage - a smallish SATA SSD and a single large HDD?
I have a 120GB SSD in my gaming machine and I've always had free space (everybody is different). Of course, back when I bought it, it was $180. I do agree that for this budget a ~256GB SSD makes the most sense.
Video Card - Just say "no" to the 290X. It's a fast card, but it runs hot, and the GTX 780 is almost as fast for $50 less (and that will run cooler). If you want more power, you can wait until we see reviews on the 290 and 780 Ti and where those stand in the lineup.
CT_Messiah wrote:Budget wise, the only thing I would need is a copy of windows slapped into it all. I'm currently set up pretty well with a nice keyboard, mouse and a headset/speaker combo.
CT_Messiah wrote:Memory: 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866mhz (I plan on getting 8gb at first, and then moving to 16gb later, as to dampen the initial entry cost. Is this a bad idea?)
CT_Messiah wrote:Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent White (My close friend owns this case, he gave me the tour, I sort of fell in love. My only gripe was it seemed to not have the best ventilation? Can anyone provide some insight towards that case?)
CT_Messiah wrote:Power Supply: My buddy at the local shop is offering me a deal on a NZXT HALE82 650W 80 PLUS Bronze but I don't know if thats the best choice I can make.
CT_Messiah wrote:Thoughts on my new mock up? Once again, thankyou all! I had no idea how helpful TR would be, but I am so glad I came here!
The "K" chips are the only Haswells that can be overclocked. If the budget is tight, you'd still like to get at least a $175 Core i5-4430 (3.0 GHz quad-core). If you're not going to overclock, you might want the $300 Core i7-4770 (3.4 GHz quad-core with hyper-threading) (which offers VT-d support that the "K" processors lack).CT_Messiah wrote: CPU: $340 Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz quad-core with hyper-threading)
CPU Cooler: $70 Corsair Hydro H60
If your budget isn't as large as you initially proposed, you can start with 2x4 GiB for $68 now and then add another 2x8 GiB in a year or two if you need it. However you do it, start with two identical DIMMs at the beginning and leave your other two slots free for future memory expansion. Not only is a pair of higher-density DIMMs less expensive, it also puts less load on the memory bus, so you can run with tighter timings than you can when all of the memory slots are populated.CT_Messiah wrote: Memory: 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866mhz (I plan on getting 8 GiB at first, and then moving to 16 GiB later, as to dampen the initial entry cost. Is this a bad idea?)
JustAnEngineer wrote:The "K" chips are the only Haswells that can be overclocked. If the budget is tight, you'd still like to get at least a $175 Core i5-4430 (3.0 GHz quad-core).CT_Messiah wrote: CPU: $340 Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz quad-core with hyper-threading)
CPU Cooler: $70 Corsair Hydro H60
JustAnEngineer wrote:If you're not going to overclock, you might want the $300 Core i7-4770 (3.4 GHz quad-core with hyper-threading) (which offers VT-d support that the "K" processors lack).
ronch wrote:I only read the OP's post and I sense that you're more of the AMD type. Having said that, why not spend just a few bucks more and go with the FX-8350? You can probably OC the FX-8320 to FX-8350 speeds but an FX-8350 is an FX-8350, right? And with your budget just $40 more is a no brainer. I have an FX-8350 myself (as the world+dog knows) and I'm very happy with it. Been using it for about 11 months now.
NovusBogus wrote:If you have any DDR3 now I would suggest limping along with that for a few months, this is a terrible time to be buying memory because one of the big manufacturers had a factory fire and now everyone's milking it for all they can.
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