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12-12-2016 07:48 PM
Timeless I'd suggest going on slickdeals.net and searching GTX1080, GTX1070, etc. and seeing what is on sale. Often, ready to run machines are at or less than the cost of parts for you to do it yourself.

Example: https://slickdeals.net/f/9338759-gam...archBarV2Algo1
12-12-2016 07:40 PM
a1racer That's a pretty decent machine for 1700 plus it will come with operating system key board and everything that will nickel and dime a home build.
12-12-2016 07:23 PM
BIGSTIC Thanks for all the info. Right now just looking for a build list. Will be purchasing after the fist of the year. The kid is 9 but he likes pc gaming because he has found the joy of steam sales. The wife plays. Final Fantasy 14 pretty religiously. No editing or rendering. They are currently using an ASUS laptop that has a nvidia geforce gtx 560 and the i7. For being quite old it still does decent. And only reason I have a 4k monitor is I won it in a raffle. I doubt they would notice the difference.

The wife found this Alienware Aurora R5 Desktop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 - 256GB Solid State Drive + 2TB Hard Drive Silver AUR5-16143SLV - Best Buy

But I have to think I can build something as good or better for less. And no we don't need the vr.
12-12-2016 05:44 PM
Rerock Z170 Mobo (MSI, Asus,, etc)
Samsung m.2 256Gb SSD (Boot drive)
1Tb HDD
EVGA GTX1080 GPU
EVGA 750w PSU
Intel i5 6600K CPU
2x8Gb RAM
Corsair H100i v2 liquid cooler (optional)
64bit Win7 or 10.
Case of your choice (I like my corsair C70)




That should put a smile on just about anyone's face.
12-12-2016 05:36 PM
wvjeepguy81 I have an m.2 samsung pro in mine. I really don't think they're worth the price just for gaming. A regular ssd is much better value for the money.

Also, I'm running two gtx 1080's in sli with a 27" 4k monitor. My total build was around $3,000, but it really wasn't worth it. To really appreciate 4k, you need a really big screen. The SLI 1080's are great for running new triple A titles at 4k 60fps, but any mmo out there will run 4k maxed with just a single 1080.

I've been playing Rift pretty heavily for a couple months, and I would've been much better off running a good 1080p monitor and a 6gb gtx 1060.

My suggested build for your budget would be:

I5 cpu
Gtx 1060 6gb
A good mitx board
Mitx case with good airflow
16gb ram...the fastest that your motherboard will support
quality psu in the 450-600watt range
512gb or larger ssd, samsung is best
A 120mm all-in-one radiator would be best for the cpu, mounted as exhaust, but not required. For $50-60, they just make things a lot simpler. I have tried Corsair in the past, but I prefer the Thermaltake versions. They can be picked up on amazon for cheaper than the corsair usually.
12-12-2016 04:49 PM
HighToy The best thing about AMD is you won't have to pay to heat your house anymore.

i5 on a mini atx board w/ 16gb ram, 256gb SS drive and a GTX 980 should do for most games. Add a 2TB spinner for storage.

If you're looking to utilize that 4k though you can pop over your budget quick with a GTX1080, 800w+ PSU.

Don't forget misc fans, CPU cooler, thermal grease.
12-12-2016 04:28 PM
shredator
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Originally Posted by Mr. Smiley View Post
I do to, but Intel is much more money. $350 for an i7 and the MoBo's are more expensive. DDR4 is also more expensive, although it is faster. If he is just using this for gaming, then AMD will be more than fine. If he is going to do any sort of video editing, computing, compiling, rendering, or any other coding or math intensive programs then I would go Intel.
true, the amd was much cheaper. I imagine that when amd releases the new chips the price of their old stuff will go through the floor, so I still think its worth waiting. Ok for gaming is debateable. Having a stutter or frame drop when you're about to get down and funky with Triss Merigold is just deplorable.
12-12-2016 04:27 PM
a1racer Do the intel i5 6500k probably not the right number. If it's like 200 bucks for a i5 skylake chip then look for a decent z170 mobo a gtx1070 graphics card. If you're feeling special maybe a m.2 memory setup along with a case and misc running gear and you are around 1k to 1200 bucks. If you want to get a faster setup you can go 6700k i7 chip more ssd memory a gtx1080 and a budget water cooling setup and he around 2k but that's a little more of an extreme setup.
12-12-2016 04:01 PM
Mr. Smiley
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Originally Posted by shredator View Post
I have a watercooled fx8320, and i wish I would have just gone with an Intel.
I do to, but Intel is much more money. $350 for an i7 and the MoBo's are more expensive. DDR4 is also more expensive, although it is faster. If he is just using this for gaming, then AMD will be more than fine. If he is going to do any sort of video editing, computing, compiling, rendering, or any other coding or math intensive programs then I would go Intel.
12-12-2016 03:45 PM
2Dogs Check this out (you would need an m.2 motherboard):

Samsung 950 PRO Series - 256GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V5P256BW)
12-12-2016 03:21 PM
shredator
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Originally Posted by Mr. Smiley View Post
Here you go. This was just quick. Still needs a case but i will let you decide that. And this could definitely be cheaper.
id wait for amd to drop the info on their new chip. Also, if you go with the older fx, get the best cooler you can. You wont need to heat the room that your rig is in...

I have a watercooled fx8320, and i wish I would have just gone with an Intel.
12-12-2016 02:16 PM
Mr. Smiley Here you go. This was just quick. Still needs a case but i will let you decide that. And this could definitely be cheaper.
12-12-2016 02:04 PM
Mr. Smiley I would wait a few days and see what AMD has up their sleeves as apparently they are annoucing a new CPU chip on the 13th. Although MoBo, RAM, and HDD/SSD are up to you. I would get a 1070 or better since you are running 4k.
12-12-2016 12:37 PM
BIGSTIC
New Gaming Rig

So I have not purchased a gaming rig in over 8 years. I quit PC gaming 5 years ago but my wife still plays some MMO's and now my son wants to play on his games on PC not console. Seeing as how it has been a while I figure I should ask you guys.

So all I need is the computer. Have the 32" 4k monitor and all the accessories. Max price $1500 but would prefer $1000. Don't need a huge amount of memory as most everything is cloud based or external HD for pictures and videos. Games are all your basic FPS and MMO's. I can build it once you tell me the pieces.

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