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TL;DR: First ever build. Need some advice on parts. Gaming PC. Budget = 2,500 - 3,500$. Won't be overclocking too much (probably). Current build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eqji. TY!

Hello everyone,

As the title says, I'm completely new to building PC's.

For the past 5 or so years I've made do with pre-built gaming rigs. I've owned an Acer Aspire Predator, and my current computer is an Alienware Aurora. Both of them extremely overpriced and difficult to upgrade.So, I decided to build my own this time, hopefully I will never turn back.

Referred to these forums by a friend. He has helped me a lot with the build so far, but I would like some other opinions.

(Using some text from another post I made, hope it's cool)

At the moment, the plan is to build a 2,500 - 3,500$ gaming rig (within the next month or so), but I am having a bit of difficulty deciding on parts.

One thing I really want to avoid is being suckered into getting parts which aren't necessarily the best, but look good, or have "gaming" attached to their name. Although I am fine with overpaying for looks (within reason), but only if I am not losing out on performance.

Because I don't know much about this sort of thing and have never built a computer before, I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for.

Basically the goal for the rig is to be the best possible system I can build, without throwing away money for no reason or "just cuz" (i.e x4 1TB SSDs or 64 GB RAM).

Relevant Information:

- This build will mostly be used for gaming, as well as relatively light editing

- The resolution I will be using is 2560 x 1440p (Asus PB278Q 27-inch LED - already owned)

- I will likely not be overclocking too much in the near future

- If you need more information, please let me know

So far I have 2 builds in mind

First attempt - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3efXH (Swap the GPU with the newly announced 780 Ti Matrix, is not available on the parts list yet)

Last attempt - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eqji

Thanks for your help!
Edited by Bamzy - 3/23/14 at 12:52pm
post #2 of 25
Can you hold for haswell-e(x99) or do you need a build right now?
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

Can you hold for haswell-e(x99) or do you need a build right now?

Are there any advantages to Haswell-e (x99) when it comes to gaming? I don't really even know what that is.
post #4 of 25
Well only that haswell-e brings ddr4,more pcie lanes,high speed for the integrated memory controller,more ipc,and some other things i cant remember,at beginning it would be too expensive.(so ddr4)

Then do you need a build for right now?
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

Well only that haswell-e brings ddr4,more pcie lanes,high speed for the integrated memory controller,more ipc,and some other things i cant remember,at beginning it would be too expensive.(so ddr4)

Then do you need a build for right now?

No I don't really need it immediately, I just don't see any of these features affecting game performance (at least not enough to warrant waiting for an unknown period of time). But yeah, getting the build done within April would be nice, unless there's something major that is announced.
post #6 of 25
If you have the money for a 2/3k usd build I would hold my money... otherwise,buy now.

Whenever you are going to buy the build send me a PM
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

If you have the money for a 2/3k usd build I would hold my money... otherwise,buy now.

Whenever you are going to buy the build send me a PM

Thanks for the help. I will def PM you (If I remember...)
post #8 of 25
Bamzy i am also building a new gaming computer and i´m going to haswell refresh i7-4790K processors which should be released Around May or June , new motherboards with also new chipsets that are going to support those "new" haswell processors are supposed to be released by April ,those motherboards will also be compatible with the next generation intel processors named broadwell which are supposed to be released by the end of 2014 or 2015 , both processors run on DDR3 RAM.

Haswell-e will have 8 core and DDR4 , but you don't really need 8 core to play games , 8 cores are great to work with CAD and that kind of heavy applications like photo or video editing ,and besides this they are also, both, processors and motherboards more expensive than the 4 cores Haswell.... and DDR4 i guess will be much more expensive than DDR3 ....DDR4 ? Yes sure, but not before the end of 2015 , i will only buy DDR4 when Intel skylake become available by 2016 rolleyes.gif
Edited by ngzb - 3/23/14 at 5:15pm
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Originally Posted by ngzb View Post

Bamzy i am also building a new gaming computer and i´m going to haswell refresh i7-4790K processors which should be released Around May or June , new motherboards with also new chipsets that are going to support those "new" haswell processors are supposed to be released by April ,those motherboards will also be compatible with the next generation intel processors named broadwell which are supposed to be released by the end of 2014 or 2015 , both processors run on DDR3 RAM.

Haswell-e will have 8 core and DDR4 , but you don't really need 8 core to play games , 8 cores are great to work with CAD and that kind of heavy applications like photo or video editing ,and besides this they are also, both, processors and motherboards more expensive than the 4 cores Haswell.... and DDR4 i guess will be much more expensive than DDR3 ....DDR4 ? Yes sure, but not before the end of 2015 , i will only buy DDR4 when Intel skylake become available by 2016 rolleyes.gif

To be honest, i'm just a little worried about getting stuck in the cycle of waiting for parts... If I wait for X then Y will be JUST around the corner, but then Z will be really close etc.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bamzy View Post

To be honest, i'm just a little worried about getting stuck in the cycle of waiting for parts... If I wait for X then Y will be JUST around the corner, but then Z will be really close etc.

Well thats true but Haswell refresh its just around the corner, motherboards for them are just about to be released, April they say smile.gif

My pc is like 7 years old now ( E6750@2.663Mhz O.C@3.8Ghz) but if i waited so long i´ll wait more 2 moths rolleyes.gif
Edited by ngzb - 3/24/14 at 9:01am
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