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Hello everybody! I've been seized with a desire to build the best 1440p gaming rig possible. In a micro-atx for factor. For less than $1,000 (not including the monitor, which Will cost almost as much as this build I'm sure). Just want to make sure I'm not going crazy...but this seems like it would drive games very well, especially at this price point.

Thanks for looking.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JRpC7P
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Looks great, but believe it or not, 8GB of memory is going to be your limiting factor. Get 16.
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Looks great, but believe it or not, 8GB of memory is going to be your limiting factor. Get 16.
For strictly gaming?! Are you sure?
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Vck2vK

Buy your OS from Reddit marketplace and put it on a USB

donmt bother with a 3rd party cooler and optical drive
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For strictly gaming?! Are you sure?

8GB is the bare minimum I would use, and it doesn't make much sense to not get 16 at that price.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Vck2vK

Buy your OS from Reddit marketplace and put it on a USB

donmt bother with a 3rd party cooler and optical drive

Not sure what the reddit marketplace is, tried googling it and got zip. I realized I had an optical drive to put in, so thats cool. I'm not budging on the cooler though, it's cheap and I want to overclock.
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8GB is the bare minimum I would use, and it doesn't make much sense to not get 16 at that price.

Gotcha. Here's my updated part list. I'll consider it fine, because it's right around $1k IF I choose the 390. However, I REALLY want the Nano, so I'm willing to put out ~$1,200.

Such a great build for so low a price. If only AMD had a good gaming cpu, it would be even better. Sigh.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pdx8pg
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Originally Posted by WrathOfGod1337 View Post

Not sure what the reddit marketplace is, tried googling it and got zip. I realized I had an optical drive to put in, so thats cool. I'm not budging on the cooler though, it's cheap and I want to overclock.
Gotcha. Here's my updated part list. I'll consider it fine, because it's right around $1k IF I choose the 390. However, I REALLY want the Nano, so I'm willing to put out ~$1,200.

Such a great build for so low a price. If only AMD had a good gaming cpu, it would be even better. Sigh.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pdx8pg

you want to spend atleat ~$70 for a good psu
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QJp7t6

this is the reddit marketplace- https://www.reddit.com/r/microsoftsoftwareswap/comments/3xnged/h_microsoft_windows_108817_office_2016/
Edited by Spectre- - 12/20/15 at 6:35pm
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You cannot, cannot use this part in your build - CPU
Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
$62.99 FREE $62.99 Newegg

This CPU is only fine if you are not going to play AAA titles after 2013 or mid 2014

You have to settle for atleast an i3 and cut your GPU Budget.
Buy Windows @ G2A.com - it is really cheap there.

The cooler and thermal paste are a waste of money (cooler was ok if you overclock but you can't OC the i5) - it is better to give $20 to someone homeless.

I suggest atleast a 500w PSU Bronze, you can get those for like $10 more. Don't listen to anyone who tells you that a GOLD or "high quality" $100 PSU is needed, that is not true and it's just false peace of mind for most people (like vitamin pills).

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/4dWHP6 - This is about $20 over $1000, you can easily save $20 buying windows from a CD KEY site like G2A. It is as legit as buying it from best buy. You can find windows 8 as low as $30 which comes with a free upgrade to win 10.

I cannot stress enough that the Pentium is an incredibly weak link in an otherwise powerful build, it doesn't run some games, and Witcher 3 and a lot other modern titles boot up but are essentially unplayable. I have no idea how someone hasn't pointed that out yet.
Edited by a3venom - 12/21/15 at 7:55am
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yes,You can find windows 8 as low as $30 which comes with a free upgrade to win 10.
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