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Building the BEST gaming for under $2k

AMD R9 295X INTEL 4TH GENERATION INTEL I7

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EricaVasilia

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Please bring on the construction criticism its welcome!! I'm trying to build a high performance gaming desktop and I've done months of research but I'm no expert so I'd love any advice, tips or a heads up if I'm missing anything please it would help.

 

MAIN OBJECTIVE: To play RPG using a Samsung 28" Ultra HD 4K LED TV at 60mhz & high FPS

 

 

Appreciate your time! ;-) Thanks, Erica

 

My build...

Tested at 408 FPS

  • CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4790K 4.0 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150
  • FAN: Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Cooling Performance
  • FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer 
  • HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD
  • HDD2: 128GB SanDisk SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 490 MB/s Read & 350 MB/s Write
  • MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory
  • MIR_VCSSD: NONE
  • MONITOR: 28" Samsung Ultra 4K LED TV
  • MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Z97-K ATX w/ Intel GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1, 2 PCI, 1 x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gb/s
  • NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
  • NFC: None
  • OS: Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit Edition) + Office 365
  • OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
  • POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
  • SOFT1: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
  • TEMP CONTROL: None
  • VIDEO: AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual GPUs 8GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video card
  • INTERNAL WIRELESS NC: GIGABYTE GC-WB867D-I 802.11AC Wi-Fi up to 867 Mbps + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo w/ Dual Antenna PCI-E Adapter

Edited by EricaVasilia, 28 September 2014 - 09:36 PM.

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phillpower2

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:welcome:    EricaVasilia,

 

No criticisms here only suggestions that will hopefully get the performance that you are looking for at the best price  :thumbsup:

 

If the computer is only for gaming then you do not need an i7 CPU, the additional cost is unnecessary and the CPUs full capabilities will never be used, an i5 would be more appropriate and as you do not wish to OC (good  :) ) you do not need a k version of the CPU and this will also save you some cash, suggested CPU i5-4670

 

Your aftermarket cooler, a very important thing I must make you aware of is that you do not need the additional heatsink and CPU fan and if you did use it you would void your CPU warranty both AMD and Intel are clear on this, see below;

 

AMD;

This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith.

Full AMD article @ http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx

 

Intel;

damage to the Product due to external causes, including  accident, problems with electrical power, abnormal electrical, mechanical or environmental conditions, usage not in accordance with product instructions,  misuse, neglect, alteration, repair, improper installation, or improper  testing;

Full Intel article available @ http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/cs-009862.htm

 

 

A MB with built in wireless will do away with the additional purchase of an add on card, Asus  Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)

 

You have not list a specific PSU, something that is most important, settle on a list of parts, confirm their availability by placing an order and only then should you select a PSU, you need a minimum of a bronze rated PSU from proven quality brand such as Antec, Corsair, Evga, OCZ or Seasonic and the longer the warranty the better.

 

You do not need McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 on your list, Windows 8 and 8.1 have an upgraded version of Windows Defender that offers the same real time protection as Microsoft Security Essentials so no 3rd party AV is required, it will also do away with potential software conflicts.

 

Last but not least, you will need a case to put your hardware in, Antec Nine Hundred  great cooling system and HDD arrangement.


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My criticism for the 2 minutes I have. Assuming you haven't already bought it, (If you have then use it). Mcafee, in my view sucks. I would very much recommend something like Avast! Free or something close.

 

Avast! can be found here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/index


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thanks guys!


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You are most welcome  :)

 

Let us know what your final list of parts looks like.

 

NB: Arguably the best bang per buck GPU atm is the GTX 980 it will do all that you need and more for a lot less cash than the R9 295x2, benchmarks here


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You are most welcome.


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GPU is very important. I usually like NVIDIA for that and would use any model above GTX 780. GTX 980 is probably one of the best on the market though.

I'm also a big fan of Samsung SSDs. Samsung 840 may be of interest. I believe it has higher R/W speeds, but I can't remember exacts from the top of my head.
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