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New $2k Gaming Rig build help

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Hi folks,

Been out of the computer building game a while and thought I'd double check a few things before i drop alot of savings on a new machine!
Primarily I'd like it to be quiet, have as many future proof parts as possible and be able to run 2x 4k screens.

I'm adding $1078 to the build for 2x Samsung 28" as I need to upgrade my screen setup and don't want to drop back to a single monitor.

Any suggestions, improvements or even votes for which system is better value would be much appreciated.

Option 1 is a modified version of the parts sticky:

CPU Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon 4.0GHz Socket 1150 $375
Motherboard ASUS Maximus VII Ranger $205
RAM G.Skill Trident X F3-2400C10D-16GTX 16GB $215
GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Gaming G1 4GB Graphic Card $799
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD $208
HDD Seagate 2TB Barracuda ST2000DM001 3.5 Inch HDD $92
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 $145
CASE NZXT H440 Steel Mid Tower Case Black/Blue $155
HSF Corsair Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $149
Total:$ 2343

Option 2 is a prebuilt system i found on CPL which includes windows 8.1 but i think is lower spec:


CPU Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon 4.0GHz Socket 1150
Motherboard Asrock Z97 Extreme4 4 x DD3 ATX Motherboard
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB Kit (2x8G) PC12800 1600Mhz - HX316C10FK2/16
GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Gaming G1 4GB Graphic Card
SSD Samsung 840 EVO Series 120GB SSD
HDD Seagate 2TB Barracuda ST2000DM001 3.5 Inch HDD
PSU Seasonic G Series G-650 ATX12V / EPS12V 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
CASE NZXT H440 Steel Mid Tower Case Black/Blue
HSF Corsair Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
OS Windows 8.1 64 bit
Total: $2329

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if you want low noise ditch the aio water for a big hsf and get a better case suited to low noise

aio water units are loud and perform no better than air

as for cases nanoxia ds1\ds5 or fractal r4 are good for single gpu systems but to run games on a single screen at 4k you really want to run two cards for which the silverstone ft02 is much better suited

although the first cases are fine if you use a reference blower model gpu

 

the ram is a bit slower on the cpl build which will knock ~15% off cpu performance in games but not many games will be cpu limited at 4k

 

650w psu would be enough for sli but could be working hard with overclocked gtx980 sli

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Thanks Dasa, just wondering, is there any specific reason I need 2x GFX cards to run 2x 4k screens?

 

What if i made the following changes to Build 1

 

CPU Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon 4.0GHz Socket 1150 $375
Motherboard ASUS Maximus VII Ranger $205
RAM G.Skill Trident X F3-2400C10D-16GTX 16GB $215
GPU 2x Galaxy GTX970-4GD5 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 $838
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD $208
HDD Seagate 2TB Barracuda ST2000DM001 3.5 Inch HDD $92
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 $145
CASE Silverstone Fortress FT05B-W Case with Window $199
HSF Noctua NH-D15 $102
Total:$ 2379
Not sure which PSU to switch to? and to be honest is i'm pushing the budget a bit as well. Is there anything I should be switching out for better value?

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just that for a lot of games a single gpu wouldnt be powerful enough

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_980_SLI/6.html

 

if you dont need many drives or a fast burner then that ft05 looks ok although nh-d15 is to tall nh-d14 is the max that will fit

 

what are you using it for anyway

Edited by Dasa

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if going water cooling go a decent custom loop or only do the GPU's

 

as mentioned the top of the range CPU air coolers will still compete with the AIO units.

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Primarily it will be a movie watching, Internet, Photoshop or any grunt activity machine but I also want to pickup any game and play it for a few years.

 

The only reason I'm going for the highish end gpus is to run the 4k screens and any games.

 

I don't have any experience with water cooling so I thought the aios would be a good alternative but clearly not :) and a full cooling setup is going to blow the already blown budget.

 

Any recommendations for a different power supply to run the gtx970s in SLI?

 

Thanks for all the help so far guys. Much appreciated.

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the evga 750 is ideal for gtx970\980 sli

it has far more power than you would need even with overclocking

 

if its just gaming and general stuff like that you could ditch the 4970k for a 4690k as ht doesnt really help games just encoding work

the only thing that makes 4790k noticably faster in games is its higher clock speed but if you oc then it doesnt really matter

 

some other ways you could save some cash

 

asrock z97 extreme4 $179

gb z97x gaming 3 $185

 

crucial mx100 256g $139

Edited by Dasa

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I've finally settled on the below build which seems to be the best value and fit for purpose. You folks are right I don't really need HT and air cooling seems like a quieter and just as effective option for me.

I've still opted to go with the 'K' version of the 4690 and see if can fiddle with it a little so I figured grabbing a decent motherboard was the way to go.


Prices are all from MSY except the case which is from PCCaseGear. Aim is to order all the parts and pick them up next week.


Thanks for all the advice Havabeer and Dasa, it really helped alot!


CPU $281 Intel Core i5-4690K

Motherboard $205 ASUS Maximus VII Ranger

RAM $212 16G Kit 2400 (8Gx2) G-Skill Trident-X

GPU $1,038 2x Gigabyte GTX 970 GAMING G1 4GB

SSD $205 Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD

HDD $92 Seagate 2TB Barracuda ST2000DM001 3.5 Inch HDD

PSU $145 EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2

CASE $99 Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Dark Black Case

HSF $88 Noctua NH-D14


Sub total: $2,365


Monitor $1,078 2x Samsung 28" LU28D590DS-G (16:9) GOLD 4K-UDH 3840x2160 1ms

Total: $3,443

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if you wanted to get it all from msy you could swap the case to fractal r4 its just as good if not better just costs a little more but possible less than the hastle of splitting the order

just hope msy has the parts in stock if not you may have to split the order anyway

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I did think about the r4 but the ds1 actually has more hsf and gpu clearance both of which I'll need for the gtx 970 and the Nh-d14.

Sadly the r4 is just shy on both while the ds1 is bang on or just big enough. :)

Edited by Irriven

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That is going to be a beast of a machine! Run some benchmarks for us when you get it complete!

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