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I'm a Noob who needs help.
05-24-2014, 09:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-25-2014, 06:21 AM by Phrosty.)
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I'm a Noob who needs help.
Hello!!! I'm new to the realm of building computers and I am wondering if the gaming rig I have in development is able to reach my goal. The goal of the rig is to reach max settings in Skyrim (preferably with texture mods) on 1080p on the 1920x1080 resolution monitor I'm going to purchase. An optional goal is to be able to record and/or stream tf2, but as I said, optional. All the components and specs are in the link and feel free to add suggestions of any parts I should get. My budget is around 2000 USD at most, but I would like it if it was bellow that.
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05-25-2014, 06:22 AM,
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05-25-2014, 07:31 AM,
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[Image: 5apudy3u.jpg] Better?
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05-25-2014, 01:58 PM,
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I'm certainly not the expert, but two things jumped out. the SSD, and the PSU.

I would get a larger SSD. 250GB or maybe 500GB and look at a higher rated brand (Samsung or Micron/Crucial) For me this is not an area to skimp on and I've read more gripes about PNY than I have for higher rated brands.

On the PSU, are you considering a second GPU setup in crossfire in the future? If maybe, you might consider a higher output PSU.

I can't (not really qualified) to comment on the other items but it appears the system is more than enough for Skyrim V. As a comparison, my son's core i7 4770 / GTX 760 plays Syrim V effortlessly at 1920x1080 with all settings maxed. This is without any overclocking at all.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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05-25-2014, 07:59 PM,
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I'm a Noob who needs help.
Thank you so much. I added a 256 GB SSD and a sea sonic 1050 watt so it is ready for a crossfire gpu when I can afford it. And now it is a mere $120 over my budget which Is just an extra month or so of work. [Image: se8uvara.jpg]
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05-27-2014, 01:00 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-27-2014, 01:05 PM by Rapajez.)
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One major change I'd make. You have a 3rd generation "Ivy-Bridge" in there, and an i7. The latest 4th gen "Haswell" is usually about the same price, and 5-15% faster. If I were you, I'd jump to a Z87 motherboard, and drop down from an i7 to an i5, like the i5 4670k. The i7 just adds hyper threading, and won't do much for you in gaming. Plus you save $100 dollars in the process. The 4th gen i5 should actually beat out the 3rd gen i7 in most games.

Otherwise, looks good. The R9 290 should destroy Skyrim. The 4GB of VRAM it has will help with the high-texture mod. The Samsung SSD will really cut down on all those stupid loading screens. You can save a few $$ by going from the "Pro" to the "EVO"; although the Pro is slightly faster, you probably wouldn't notice the difference.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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05-27-2014, 03:14 PM,
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RE: I'm a Noob who needs help.
Quick update: "Z97" motherboards are rolling out, which support the current 4th "Haswell" CPUs, and will also support the new 5th gen "Devil's Canyon" CPUs out later this year. If the prices are about the same, might as well get one with the option to upgrade.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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05-27-2014, 03:42 PM,
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Thank you, I added a MSI Z97 Motherboard along with the I 5 processor and CPU cooler you recommended and I've decided yo stay with the Pro, just cause I saved some money with the other parts you recommended.
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05-28-2014, 05:54 AM,
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Update: Changed motherboard to the Asus Z97 due to it having SLI support which makes it a tad bit more upgrade friendly. [Image: e4uqy3ep.jpg]
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05-28-2014, 02:30 PM,
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Looks solid!

I like having the option of adding a second card in my builds. It would be easy with that mobo and PSU. If you ever went 4k or multi-display, 2 R90s would probably get the job done (maybe some details scaled back for 4k :p ).

I didn't know they were putting NFC in motherboards. I wonder what you can use that for?

Also, the Noctua comes with thermal paste, which I THINK is already applied. Double check that you get the Noctua model that matches your CPU socket.

Enjoy! Post pics, benchmarks, whatever!
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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