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  • 38% (10)
    Pure performance, 4K.
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    Build quality, 1440p.
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post #1 of 45
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So, I'm planning on building a new gaming PC relatively soon. My budget is somewhere around $3500-ish (different currency, so that's just an approximation), but it's not firm. I have a huge dilemma whether to go all in with the performance (GTX 980 2-Way SLI etc.) and buy a 4K monitor (e.g. Asus PB287Q) or spend more money on other stuff (a mechanical keyboard, nice headphones, better quality case etc.), but with just a single 980 and a 1440p monitor (e.g. Asus PB278QR).

I know 4K isn't the best bang for the buck yet, but both monitors are around the same pricepoint (albeit the PB287Q sports a TN panel instead of AH-IPS/AHVA). My major concern is how well it's going to perform in the long run. I'd also love to buy a mechanical keyboard, some entry-level audiophile headphones (like the Sennheiser HD598), and I just love the design of the Corsair 780t. But the thing is, it's all quite pricey, and I might not be able to buy it alongside the other components.

If I opt for the 1440p build, I'm going to buy a second GTX 980 in the future (2-3 years from now), so I doubt there's going to be any sort of performance issue for a few years. Also, my sister has ordered the same monitor I'd like to buy, so - when it arrives - I might get an idea of what it's all about (worked with an AH-IPS panel as well as with a 1440p display before, but never with a semi-glossy one - that's my major concern about it to be honest).

Thanks in advance, hope it's not too chaotic.

Also, sorry for any mistakes (especially with the prepositions - they're a pain in the butt redface.gif), English is not my native language.
post #2 of 45
I managed a 4k build on less than that budget. For about $2600 I was able to go all-out and SLI some GTX 980's to feed into a planar 4k display. The only things I didn't start fresh with were the Keyboard/Mouse, case and OS. Based on the new X99 chipset and 16GB of DDR4, the machine has been a lot of fun to put together. That would still leave plenty of room for some headphones and nicer keyboard/mouse, right? Prices have even come down since I bought. DDR4 and X99 motherboards are about $40-60 cheaper. Only catch would be I got a microcenter deal on my CPU.
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post #3 of 45
First I would like to say welcome to the forum. (and by the way, your english is actually quite good biggrin.gif )

However, we need more info.

Can you please give us a few links to websites you will be purchasing from and a budget in your native currency?

Can you also tell us what you want to use this computer for? If you are going to be primarily gaming, could you tell us what games you are playing?

Every little bit of information helps.
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post #4 of 45
At that amount you should go 4k
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post #5 of 45
if you're a hardcore fps person, i'd do 1440p 144Hz gsync monitor. if you want some really great looking games, i'd got with one of the 21:9 1440p 60Hz configurations. That size is just amazing.
post #6 of 45
What $3,500 buys you this year, $2,000 will buy you next year.

Moral of that story? Incremental upgrades is better than a single money pit.

Get yourself the mainstream i7k ser8es, 16GB of RAM, a 970, and either a 1440p or 4k monitor. You would've spent $1000 on the PC, and you have plenty left over for future GPUs (which will demolish today's top tier as always) and you'll have a better selection of 4k monitors.
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post #7 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

What $3,500 buys you this year, $2,000 will buy you next year.

Moral of that story? Incremental upgrades is better than a single money pit.

Get yourself the mainstream i7k ser8es, 16GB of RAM, a 970, and either a 1440p or 4k monitor. You would've spent $1000 on the PC, and you have plenty left over for future GPUs (which will demolish today's top tier as always) and you'll have a better selection of 4k monitors.

Not sure of your logic.

Save money now buy purchasing a 970 that wont be able to max games now, so you can but another GPU next year that will?
post #8 of 45
Thread Starter 
Woah. First of all, thanks for the immediate response and for your greeting. I'm used to waiting for a few hours before the first response shows up (Polish forums), so having people respond that quickly is somewhat new to me.

Anyway, yeah, most of the time I'll be using it as a gaming rig. I'm heavily biased towards the IPS technology, as in monitors with TN panels the colors look washed out to me. I'm not a big fan of the 21:9 aspect ratio, wqhd is preferable. I play various games ranging from Team Fortress 2 to The Witcher saga.

I'll provide you with links to some builds with pricetags in my native currency as soon as possible, can't really do it atm. In general though, prices are a tad higher than in the US. For example the GTX 980 Strix is PLN2500 - roughly $675, whereas in the US it's like $550.
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Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/63Kk7P/by_merchant/

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Storage: OCZ ARC 100 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($189.99 @ Amazon)
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Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
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Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hT8z99
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CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.95 @ SuperBiiz)
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WIFI EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($289.99 @ Directron)
Memory: A-Data XPG Z1 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($199.99 @ Amazon)
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Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: LEPA G Series 1600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($260.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $2935.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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or better wait new gen of AMD GPUs this year
Edited by PontiacGTX - 1/19/15 at 6:35am
post #10 of 45
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hT8z99
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hT8z99/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.95 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK TRITON 100.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WIFI EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($289.99 @ Directron)
Memory: A-Data XPG Z1 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ ARC 100 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: LEPA G Series 1600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($260.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $2935.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2359120


or better wait new gen of AMD GPUs this year
How in the hell is he supposed to manage to cool 4 r9 290's when people already have enough trouble trying to cool just one! lol XD
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