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Finally getting my butt in gear
07-02-2015, 03:03 PM,
Finally getting my butt in gear
After initial posting two years ago, I'm finally going to be building a new PC. Been playing multiplayer Terraria, and my Dell PC (purchased in 2006 with some subsequent upgrades) is dragging real bad.

Thinking of going mid-range with a Tier 5 rig. Here is a brief list of what I'd like to play:

1. Terraria, also hosting multiple players for private games.
2. Europa Universalis 4.
3. Crusader Kings 2
4. Elite: Dangerous (seems like it could be rough to run)
5. Ultimately, something like Fallout 4.

Am I asking for too much? Seems like Tier 5 should be able to handle this.

Also, any additional options for cases beyond the one recommended by our esteemed host?

Thanks for any suggestions!

07-03-2015, 09:52 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-03-2015, 09:56 AM by MathieuB.)
RE: Finally getting my butt in gear
What's the resolution of the monitor that you intend to play on? If it's 1920 x 1080 (1080p/Full HD), Tier 5 should have no problem running those games with high/max details. Unless you want very high FPS for a 120/144HZ monitor, in which case Tier 7 would be more appropriate.

For alternative cases, look at the Budget Gaming PC and High-End Gaming PCs article.

For Tier 5, I recommend a Micro-ATX motherboard and an all-in-one water cooling system with a 120mm radiator. So pretty much any case that supports Micro-ATX motherboards, a video card with a length of 9.5in - 241.3mm and has a 120mm fan mount would make for a fine choice.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
07-04-2015, 08:39 PM,
RE: Finally getting my butt in gear
Thanks for the reply. It is greatly appreciated.

Right now, my monitor, which I plan on sticking with at the moment, is 1920x1080. Tier 7 is definitely interesting, but a bit rich for my budget.
07-06-2015, 03:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-06-2015, 04:01 PM by Rapajez.)
RE: Finally getting my butt in gear
Yeah, Tier 5 will have no problem with your monitor. The main difference, with respect to gaming, is the video cards. The rest is includes storage, nicer cases, etc...If you want to spend a bit more on future-proofing, you could leave most of the build unchanged, but grab a higher-tier video card. Just make sure you have room, and a higher tier Power Supply to back it up.

Tier 5 should let you max out all those games and whatever comes out for the next couple years just fine. Occasionally turn down the "Anti Aliasing (AA)" (Google it) when you have a performance dip.

If you want to get more adventurous, you could leave the Tier 5 as-is, but swap in the recommended SLI motherboard below. That would let you drop in a 2nd Video Card down the road. Only problem is the tech and amount of VRAM may be low by the time you buy the 2nd card, but having the option is still nice.
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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