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Looking into building my first gaming PC.


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Howdy!

 

I'm looking into building my first gaming PC in the coming days, but I'm completely overwhelmed by the whole process. I have asked/searched around for build ideas, but I would like to see more before moving forward.

  • My intention is to play GTA V and Cities: Skylines at max settings.
  • My budget is $1000 CAD, but I can go over if necessary.
  • I will be reusing all of my peripherals.
  • I do not plan to overclock.
  • I can obtain Windows 8.1 for free (via school) if built before the end of the month.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! :)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($243.25 @ shopRBC)

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.95 @ Vuugo)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($83.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.95 @ Vuugo)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($404.99 @ NCIX)

Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)

Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSC0 DVD/CD Writer ($17.48 @ DirectCanada)

Total: $1018.57

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-15 02:35 EDT-0400

 

Quad core CPU fast, graphics card, decent motherboard, fast 1TB HDD, 8GBs of RAM, decent power supply, DVD burner, and a case with good airflow.

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With the 970, you need at least 300 watts dedicated to it.

You really don't...

 

EDIT: Looks like the GPU problem was driver related.

 

Anyway, this is like worse case scenario right here. I slapped the voltage up to 1.26v and the card would only eat up 203w. I'm not entirely sure what's going off with the pic quality though. Might I also add that this was with a GTX 980.

 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($243.25 @ shopRBC)

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.95 @ Vuugo)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($83.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.95 @ Vuugo)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($404.99 @ NCIX)

Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)

Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSC0 DVD/CD Writer ($17.48 @ DirectCanada)

Total: $1018.57

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-15 02:35 EDT-0400

 

Quad core CPU fast, graphics card, decent motherboard, fast 1TB HDD, 8GBs of RAM, decent power supply, DVD burner, and a case with good airflow.

Looks great, much appreciated! :)

 

Case? Fractal Design Define R5. $109.99 currently, on NewEgg. Simple looking, no LEDs or case windows. Should be okay.

I'm actually in love with Fractal Design's cases right now. I may check out a few more before making my final decision.

 

Oh yeah, almost forgot. For storage, if you want capacity over speed, than go with a HDD (Hard Drive). If you want speed, go with an SSD (Solid State Drive). They tend to be more expensive, and store less data, but they're much much faster.

Why not both? :p

 

I mean now that you remind me, I am interested in having an SSD as the boot drive. Any recommendations?

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Just not the Kingston V300 :p

I'd definitely not recommend Kingston V300 - the current revision of it is pure crap, chances are it's the worst SSD on the market right now: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7763/an-update-to-kingston-ssdnow-v300-a-switch-to-slower-micron-nand

I've recently looked a lot at the Samsung 850 EVO, though it's a bit more expensive than the competition. The SSD market confuses me so I'm not sure how to compare other SSD's, try reading some reviews online.

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are we talking max as in max settings? well sh*t you're gonna need to get an i7 (intel cpu) and overclock it. 8 or 16GB of RAM (1600Mhz at least). an SSD (256GB at least). and SLI 980's.

 

or if we're talking about max as in .... not really max but pretty decent...

 

i5-4690K, 8GB, 290/290X/980. forget about anything else including a 970. it has gimped VRAM so will be no good. it's advertised as 4GB but only really 3.5GB is useful.

 

case, motherboard, PSU (get at least 650W cause them 290/290X's suck a lot of power), and every thing else isn't as important. CPU/RAM/GPU are where all the performance is gonna come from.

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Yeah, that's utter dross I'm afraid. I'm running an FX-8320 @4.5 GHz, 2GB GTX680 and 12GB of DDR3-1600 with V installed on one of my rust-platter drives and I'm getting a pretty steady 50-60FPS with everything turned to Very High at 1080p. My spec with a 970 and you'd be above 60FPS high/ultra at 1080p all day long.

 

You only need SLI 980s for 4K. Screen resolution doesn't really come into "settings" IMO and with a $1k CAD budget you aren't going to be looking above 1080 anyway.

 

Also, dismissing the 970 for the average PC gamer (on a 1080p screen) because of a memory "issue" that only really manifests itself at 1440p or above is a bit silly. It's superior to the 290 under pretty much all circumstances at resolutions below 2K.

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You only need SLI 980s for 4K.

And for the advanced graphical settings... Even then, you're just barely pushing 60 fps @1080p in some areas or during the day.

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