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    Posted: 29 Nov 2015 at 5:33pm
I have a budget of about 3500$ to spend on a new computer. I have all the peripherals i need including monitor, keyboard, mouse, and headset.
Im hoping to be able to build a computer that will let me play any game at full settings with good frame rates. I am disabled and in constant pain so the computer is a real escape for me and it took me a long time to save up this money so I really want to make sure I get it right.

Here is a build I put together on my first run through

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Coridium
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 6600K 3.5GHz (Codename Skylake) (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING (Intel Z170 Chipset) (Up to 5x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 2800MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W EVGA SuperNOVA
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (250GB Samsung 850 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (2TB Western Digital - Black Edition)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB (EVGA HYBRID Edition)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H110i GT - 280mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme Performance)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled LED Lighting System (Multiple color options and lighting effects)
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.4GHz (Depends on Cooling and Motherboard)
Boost Graphics Card(s): - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: FREE: McAfee AntiVirus Plus (1 Year Service Activation Card) (Not Pre-installed) ($35 Value)
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Portable Gaming: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 4 Year Limited Warranty (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Part Replacement)


Any advice would be appreciated as my level of knowledge has me apprehensive if I know whats best to meet my needs.

thanks so much
Jason
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Nov 2015 at 10:57pm
welcome and you've come to the right place as there is no shortage of opinionated people (like myself) here willing to help!Wink

let me get some questions out of the way: do you have a monitor or tv you intend to game on at this time or are you looking for advice in that area as well?  knowing the specs (size and resolution) will go a long way in providing you with precise build advice. 

what types of games do you intend to play (please provide examples of current games or one's you're keeping an eye on)? do you play competitively? 

is this computer just for gaming or do you plan on using it for any work (rendering, compiling, modeling, etc.)? 

how many games/programs/apps do you think you'll want to store at one time on this computer?  do you want to maximize your storage just in case? 

do you live in fear of water cooling or is it something you're interested in pursuing? 




Edited by db188 - 29 Nov 2015 at 10:57pm
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  Quote Xoor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2015 at 2:05am
Ok as far as monitors I have a 24 inch Zalman monitor that can do 3D thru polarization if that matters but its high def runs at 1920 by 1080 and i sometimes run thru an HDMI port to a 50 inch flat screen to play movies on. But mostly I just play games on the monitor.

As far as the games I play its pretty much everything. FPS, MMO, RPG, RTS and any other acronym you can come up with Ive probably played it and will play it in the future. So basically I want to be able to run the full spectrum of games at a good resolution and frame rate.

This computer will be pretty much solely for gaming. Storage wise on my current machine Ive filled up a 300gb and 1tb storage drive to the max so i was gonna go with a 2 tb storage drive this time around and hope that will be sufficient.

As far as water cooling my current computer is completely water cooled and I did the installation myself so i might cool it in the future but for now I don't think I have the money so I was looking into the hybrid video cards as an option.

Thanks for getting back to me let me know any more of those opinions I appreciate it.

Jason
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2015 at 2:56am
Hi Xoor and Welcome to the forums.

That build is right on in my book.   My only question is whether you need sli 980ti with a single 1080p, even 3D.     The second card probably won't even get used.   But, it does allow for monitor upgrade like 4K if that's the plan and gives lots of headroom for the future.   

Looks great.    

I would also recommend a 1000watt psu for sli 980ti.   The 850 watt will probably do it, and if it was the psu you had just use it, but for new build go 1000watt.

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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2015 at 12:47pm
i recommend this, leaving room for a great 1440p gaming monitor:

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Coridium
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 6600K 3.5GHz (Codename Skylake) (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING (Intel Z170 Chipset) (Up to 5x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 750W EVGA SuperNOVA (750 B1)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (1TB Samsung 850 EVO)
Storage Set 2: - No Thanks
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB (ASUS Strix Edition)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D15 (Extreme Performance)
Chassis Fans: Corsair Airflow Performance Edition (Up to 6 Fans)
Boost Processor: Standard Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Automatic Overclocking
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: FREE: McAfee AntiVirus Plus (1 Year Service Activation Card) (Not Pre-installed) ($35 Value)

a single 980ti is capable of handling 1440p (2K) gaming at ultra settings.  with all of this powerful hardware it would be wasted on an old 1080p monitor.  this config is around the $2600 mark.  that leaves you a perfect amount left over from your budget to buy a 144Hz IPS 1440p w/G-Sync 27" wide screen monitor like the Acer Predator XB270HU ($700-ish) to do all that expensive hardware justice. 



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  Quote Xoor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2015 at 7:15pm
hey db188

what build would you suggest if i were able to get the monitor in Feb. And is that the monitor you would suggest? Thanks so much
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2015 at 9:48pm
Jason, that's certainly a well-reviewed monitor.  there are others like it.  and there are more scheduled to be release soon and in the early part of the new year.  best to keep an eye out.  i don't know what visuals are most important to you, but i'd suspect just about every gamer would relish a high refresh rate monitor with low input lag/signal processing.  and if you're a serious FPS gamer that would be the #1 priority.  playing rpg or mmorpg and strategy type games, image quality would prob take more preference.  some people can't stand the "ips glow" and mistake it for back light bleed with IPS monitors, while others prefer them for the truer colors and viewing angles over TN panels.   


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  Quote Xoor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2015 at 10:39pm
For me I play FPS but not usually online much or competitively anymore. Now i mostly play them single player as well as the other games you mentioned so I would say my focus is more on the colors and image quality.
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2015 at 3:38pm
that Acer Predator monitor i listed would serve you well and it's at a particularly good price point for your budget considering the rest of your needs.  the barebones config i posted for you will drive that monitor and current games well at ultra settings.  good luck on whatever you decideBig%20Smile
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  Quote Xoor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jan 2016 at 2:02am
Well i finally pulled the trigger and bought it and have been playing with it for about a week and im totally stokked. this is the configuration i with.
System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Corsair Obsidian 550D
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 5930K 3.5GHz (Six-Core) (Unlocked CPU)
Motherboard: ASUS X99-A USB 3.1 (Intel X99 Chipset) (Up to 4x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair HX1000i (Digitally Controlled Power)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (500GB Samsung 850 EVO)
Storage Set 2: - No Thanks
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB (ASUS Strix Edition)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Chassis Fans: Corsair LED Airflow Performance Edition (Purple) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.8GHz (Depends on Cooling and Motherboard)
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: FREE: McAfee AntiVirus Plus (1 Year Service Activation Card) (Not Pre-installed) ($35 Value)
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
NVIDIA SHIELD: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: T-Shirt - Black (Extra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)

Sub-Total: $3,868.00
Tax (9.5%): $367.46
S&H: FREE Ground $0.00
Grand Total: $4,235.46
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Now I'm looking for a 4k monitor with gsync and was wondering if you guys had any advice. The predator you showed me last time was only a 2k right? I was thinking the 4k might be better as i really am more interested in image quality than fast speeds.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jan 2016 at 2:40am
Congrats on the new rig.       

I haven't done any monitor research so can't help.     Just too many to keep up with.
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  Quote Dax Doomslayer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jan 2016 at 7:33am
Here's an article that I thought was pretty informative about monitors that may help you make up your mind as to what you want/need:

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/6179/17-ultra-hd-monitors-review-pixel-explosion
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jan 2016 at 3:08pm
here's what you want to wait for:

Dell Ultra Sharp 30" OLED (yes, you read that right!) 4K (avail 3/31/16) for an MSRP of $5,000Crazy




Edited by db188 - 11 Jan 2016 at 6:00pm
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  Quote Dax Doomslayer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Jan 2016 at 7:15am
One always pays through the nose to be the pioneer to get new technology. I'm still holding out for a 4K monitor but that's way out of my price range!! That monitor looks fantastic though.
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