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Old 05-05-2015, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I have not built a gaming rig in the last few years, I've mainly been buying Alienware, so not sure about what's good and what's not. I mainly play RPGs and MMORPGs, I like to have settings maxed out, don't want to have to look at specs every time worrying if I can run a game or not.

I live in Canada, I think the prices are around the same as in the US, my budget can go up to $2000 if need be, lower is better of course, I like to change computer every 2 years, that budget is only for the computer, I already have all the external accessories.

I would appreciate a recommendation on specs, and/or what parts I can safely save money on, I used to always go for the best in everything and that tend to be an overkill and some parts might not be needed for gaming.

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Old 05-06-2015, 05:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.ca
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Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 - Newegg.ca
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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR - Newegg.ca
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SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.ca
SSD
SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E250B/AM 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.ca
Storage HD
WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Newegg.ca
Case (your preference but did a build with this case and I was really impressed with it especially the price it's at)
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case - Newegg.ca
And GPU with your budget you could go for a 980 but I put the the 970 just for the price point and it's also a good GPU, I have one and I'm very happy with the 970
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case - Newegg.ca

I'm sure there will be others changing a few of the items I put but they may have ideas I over looked and there may be a few cheaper options but this build came out to $1,443.92 Canadian
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice, I have a question thought!

I see that you put an i5 instead of i7, also the memory is at 1600mhz, and the graphics card is the 970, will I still be able to play any game at max settings for at least 2 years with these parts? As I said before, I am out of the loop when it comes to the latest technologies

I also have this bad habit of thinking that more is always the best option lol!
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Thanks for the advice, I have a question thought!

I see that you put an i5 instead of i7, also the memory is at 1600mhz, and the graphics card is the 970, will I still be able to play any game at max settings for at least 2 years with these parts? As I said before, I am out of the loop when it comes to the latest technologies

I also have this bad habit of thinking that more is always the best option lol!
i7 is useless for gaming, hence the i5. See this topic: Your CPU and modern games: A guide to those building.

RAM frequency doesn't matter all that much - you won't notice a difference in the real world for the most part.

As for the 970...it can max all but a few games right now - mostly depends on what res you'll be playing at. 1080p it's going to be great - but for higher than that, it's going to start to struggle on newer titles (and future ones) at max. A 980 will be better in that regard, but may still struggle at higher resolutions. You could always wait for the upcoming cards to release, as they're supposed to be better performers than the current 9xx series.
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I'd change the motherboard to an ASRock Z97 at the least, or else a K series chip is wasted.

With your budget I'd get 2 970s.
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AH I over looked the overclockability there, It was the wee hours of the morning though so I slipped a little. One thing I've been noticing is a lot of MB's are saying crossfire ready but not a mention of SLI for the Nvidia cards, Are they going back to only supporting one or the other once again????
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16x and 4x slots on those boards. Boards are only SLI certified if they will electrically do 8/8.
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Sorry for the late replies guys, I was on vacation last week

Thank you all for the advice, I am going to build it starting this week!!
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