Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:34 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Help me improve a $1k gaming machine build please
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:41 pm 
8086
8086

Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:16 pm
Posts: 19
What I want to play with this gaming rig:
mostly MMO's, prefer the system be able to play them max or near max

What I value
longevity and quality over speed and extra features (I don't OC GPU, CPU etc.)
Upgradeability - need system to run at least 4 years using cpu, ram, and gpu upgrades

Brands I prefer:
Asus motherboards, Nvidia video cards, Kingston Ram, and Intel CPU's. Asus, Kingston and Nvidia I am willing to change brands if the facts show similar quality with a good price/performance gain. I am not willing to Go AMD over Intel for the CPU however.
Last Note:
I know there are cheaper non OC IvyBridge CPU's and Motherboards, but I went Haswell over IvyBridge, thinking it would give me more upgradability in the future (am I wrong here?), and I had a really tough time sorting out all of Asus's lineup. Help here saving money (based on what I value etc.) would be appreciated. *I already have a new 500GB 7200 RPM WD HDD and a monitor to use in this build but need new Windows OS*

Please help me drop the price of the build below, while keeping quality, upgradability, and performance in mind. If you see any incompatibilities please note them (especially motherboard/case - I hate it when IO on board doesn't work with front IO on case etc.)

Link to compatible RAM for Mobo I've chosen:
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA ... L_0730.pdf

OS
Windows 8 full retail
$120

PSU's please help choose(had good luck with Thermaltake on my last build, but willing to look at other quality PSU's)
CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139051
$80

Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817153173
$70

Motherboard
ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131981
$145

CPU
Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116895
$190

Case
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 11-147-053
$110

RAM(Not much research done here..plucked this off from the list based on CAS 9 and the brand)
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 HyperX Model KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 3P1K2%2f8G
$88

GPU (would settle for less GPU than this for now and wait for prices to drop again if needed)
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127685
$220 after rebate

Additional SSD HD for OS and a couple of my favorite MMO's
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 20-239-045
$90

Total = $1043 with the Corsair PSU

Thanks in advance for any help =)


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help me improve a $1k gaming machine build please
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:42 pm 
Smithfield
Smithfield

Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:37 pm
Posts: 5460
Something of note about the RAM compatibility list. The list is only for modules that the manufacturer has tested, it does not mean the motherboard is only compatible with those modules.

Beyond that...

  • You can shave a bit of money if you went with the OEM version of Windows, rather than the retail version.
  • I'd go with Corsair over Thermaltake. Also you can lower the wattage down to 600W if you're not going to do dual video cards (although I'd argue... even 600W might be enough if you decide to add one later down the road)
  • Regarding RAM I would look into Corsair and Patriot, but G.Skill also gets recommended a lot
  • Also regarding SSDs, I'd look into Samsung and Intel, as those two get really good marks on performance and reliability.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help me improve a $1k gaming machine build please
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:58 pm 
8086
8086

Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:16 pm
Posts: 19
Thanks for the tips..my last build was 2006 so I need to reeducate on what is quality etc.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help me improve a $1k gaming machine build please
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:04 pm 
Coppermine
Coppermine
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:40 pm
Posts: 732
I agree with everything LatiosXT says. Personally, I would try to get a 240GB SSD as opposed to 120 - it's the current sweet spot and with 120, you'll have to do more swapping of programs than you realize because if fills up pretty quick. Be sure to check out MPC's Build a PC section of the website - it contains several builds with specs and prices. Excellent place if you need some ideas or want a starting place for a build.

The i5 4570 is on sale for $200 so it's only $10 more than the 4430: that's a pretty good upgrade for $10.

And is there any reason for the Thor? You can shave some cost by getting a different case - I just saw this Corsair 230T and it's only $70 (76 w/ shipping).


In the end this ends up a wash, but you have double the SSD storage and a better CPU.

Hope this helps.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help me improve a $1k gaming machine build please
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:23 pm 
Smithfield
Smithfield

Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:37 pm
Posts: 5460
I honestly never had an issue with space an SSDs. Figure out what you have first and what could really use both the loading time and response time. For games though, they tend to be programmed with bandwidth considerations in mind (after all, since a lot of PC games are console ports, they have to be programmed with a paltry 20MB/s or so in mind). Not to mention depending on the game, loading times won't really decrease because there's a ton of initialization to do.


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 13 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

© 2014 Future US, Inc. All rights reserved.