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  Quote JM24 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Gaming Desktop Help
    Posted: 03 Mar 2017 at 3:21pm
Hi All,

I recently had decided on a Vanquish 5 build, but now Ryzen and the 1080 TI have come out and I'm lost again.

I have a max budget of about $2800 ($3000 if it makes sense) but trying to avoid hitting $3000.

I don't have any specific "type" (Vanquish, Apollo ,etc) preference. Really just whatever makes sense.

I don't know enough about Ryzen to make a call on that. I've always preferred Intel, but again, whatever makes sense.

I would like to have the 1080 TI and 32 GB of RAM. I know 32 GB may not be utilized yet, but its just something I want.

Other than that its really whatever would be a good gaming rig. I certainly don't need (nor could I afford) top of the line parts, but whatever makes sense in my budget.

I primarily play on a 1920 x whatever monitor , and I don't know anything about overclocking.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  Quote vnrenshi Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 Mar 2017 at 9:06pm
With a budget that high i would say go for a full tower case like the Apollo to have room for future upgrades.

If you're really only looking to came in 1920x1080, a GTX 1080 ti is beyond overkill, though it would give you a solid platform for future upgrades i suppose. You can drive most games in 2560x1440 with a GTX1070 (half the price), so running in 1080p with that card is a cakewalk even at ultra settings. Unless you're planning to be doing 4k gaming in the next 1-2 years, i'd save my money and go with a cheaper card, especially with the likelihood of a new Nvidia architecture and card series within the next year.

As far as AMD products go, my personal experience isn't so great, but i know people who swear by them. Initial tests and benchmarks on Ryzen look promising, but very little information about QA is available yet and not a lot of folks have gotten their hands on the new chip to test it.

You might WANT 32gb of RAM right now, but you don't NEED it, and chances are by the time you do, there will be significantly better products out there to buy for the same money.

Plus, if you save a bit of cash on the PC build, you can spend it on a monitor that will do the new PC justice. 1440p gaming is the sweet spot right now, and you can easily build up a kaby-lake/1070/16gb setup with your budget and get a solid 144hz monitor to boot.

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  Quote JM24 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 Mar 2017 at 9:21pm
Thank you so much for the advice.

I'm an idiot. Its been so long since my last rig burned up I forgot I had a QNIX 2560x1440. So I would need something that can run that.

Thanks again for the advice!
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  Quote vnrenshi Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Mar 2017 at 6:38pm
if you're definitely going 1440p, then the next question is going to be what GPU you want. If you play a lot of FPS games, it might be worth looking into the GTX1080 now that prices are set to drop on them.

if you don't play a lot of FPS games and don't mind playing AAA games at slightly less than ultra settings, the 1070 is a great option for less money
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  Quote JM24 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Mar 2017 at 11:22pm
I really like the specs on the TI. I know that kind of poops on my budget, but im digging it. A 750 PSU should be enough for a single 1080 TI right?
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Mar 2017 at 4:58am
Hi JM24.... A 750 watt psu is good for the gtx 1080 TI. Make sure you select the non B1 supply that's more money.   It's a more reliable and longer warranty psu.   

If you stay Vanquish, no choice in the psu.    If you select Apollo for example, then you can select which psu you want.

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  Quote JM24 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
Thank you very much!

Basically torn now between these 2 configs (I know the second blows my budget a bit, but eh it'll be my last big purchase for a while)

Configuration Code: 1626273
Total Price with Instant Savings: $2,320.00


Configuration Code: 1626264
Total Price with Instant Savings: $3,145.00
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  Quote ElxJOCT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Mar 2017 at 2:59pm
Im stage 5 Apollo build with a gtx 1070.
The 1070 is a killer at 1080p. It can run 1440p beyond 60fps too depending on title and optimization.
A 1080 is overkill @1080p. However if its on a high refresh rate monitor id say its good future proofing.


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  Quote ElxJOCT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Mar 2017 at 3:24pm
1626264 is better for future upgrades.
Latest Nvidia GPU i assume is the 1080 TI?
I would consider upgrading your monitors too.
At the very least a 1440p display.

Edited by ElxJOCT - 08 Mar 2017 at 3:25pm
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  Quote JM24 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Mar 2017 at 3:55pm
Thanks ElxJOCT!

Yea I was mistaken, I did purchase a QNIX 2560x1440 and was using it for a bit before my old rig died.

I tend to run these things until i can barely play anything anymore, so going a little higher (TI) at the start won't hurt me much.

I'm also assuming that the latest Nvidia GPU is the TI. I don't have confirmation of that though.
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  Quote ElxJOCT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Mar 2017 at 4:32pm
1080 TI is a fantastic card.
That config should keep you gaming for quite some time.
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