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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Antronman's Avatar
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    I need help figuring out some basic components.

    It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I got a totally unexpected gift.

    My grandparents came in, and gave me a simple birthday card while my parents were away.
    They told me to read it, but not tell my parents what was in it.
    It said I had around 1000USD to spend to my liking.
    Naturally, I was taken aback and had no idea what to buy.
    But recently I've decided that I want to do a "junk" project similar to the one Sussino Gobino is doing.
    There is a computer hardware and appliances store nearby that has a ton of old cases, old parts and new parts.
    But I am having trouble figuring out some base components for the build, like a CPU or mobo.

    I need to figure out a CPU, mobo, cooling solution, RAM, video card and PSU.
    I want a PSU with no less than 850 watts of power, with 80+ Gold rating or Platinum, and fully modular.
    The base components all together need to cost around 1100USD, and have some pretty serious OC capability (including RAM),
    and it has got to be fast. I would prefer an AMD card, but if the mining price inflation has got the prices too high, then I would settle for a good Nvidia card.

    I've worked out some combinations, but I want the amazing second opinion these forums provide.

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    Moderator Array Nate152 PC Specs
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    How about this? It doesn't come with a monitor, mouse and keyboard though.

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_2000

    You can modify it to your liking.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Antronman's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    How about this? It doesn't come with a monitor, mouse and keyboard though.

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_2000

    You can modify it to your liking.
    I meant individual components. I have a 512GB Micron C400 SSD lying around, so storage is taken care of. I have a monitor, and keyboard. I have DVD drives, and I don't need the OS or the case.
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    Moderator Array Nate152 PC Specs
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    maximus vi hero - 199.79 at Newegg
    I5-4670k - 179.99 at microcenter
    Trident X 2400 MHz - 8 GB 94.99 16 GB (2x8) 189.99 at newegg

    GPU is your call
    Newegg has the asus gtx 780 DC2OC for 519.99

    That would pretty much eat up 1k right there. You still need a psu, cpu cooler and mouse.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Antronman's Avatar
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    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($328.99 @ Staples)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Total: $1082.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-22 18:25 EST-0500)

    Does that sound like a good build, or should I go for the hero instead?
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    Moderator Array Nate152 PC Specs
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    Performance wise both boards will be pretty much the same. The gene is micro atx the hero is atx. Both support sli/xfire. The gene has 6 usb 3.0 ports vs the hero's 4. The only other differences are:

    gene has one pcie x4 slot and a minicard slot. S/PDIF out 1 x coaxial

    hero has one pcie 2.0 x16 slot and three pcie x1 slots. S/PDIF out 1 x optical

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    Performance wise both boards will be pretty much the same. The gene is micro atx the hero is atx. Both support sli/xfire. The gene has 6 usb 3.0 ports vs the hero's 4. The only other differences are:

    gene has one pcie x4 slot and a minicard slot. S/PDIF out 1 x coaxial

    hero has a pcie 2.0 x16 slot and three pcie x1 slots. S/PDIF out 1 x optical
    Mk then.
    Another question: does the TUF series' RAM clock limitations include OCIng?
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    In all seriousness, Antronman, I know you've got a solid gaming rig already. I'd be willing to bet that it'd impress the hell out of your grandparents if you took that money and invested it wisely.

    Of course, after they've become so impressed by your financial responsibility, they might make a habit of it.

    I'm not usually the guy who tries to talk people out of building ballin' computers, but I feel that I have to make this point in this instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Zchivago View Post
    In all seriousness, Antronman, I know you've got a solid gaming rig already. I'd be willing to bet that it'd impress the hell out of your grandparents if you took that money and invested it wisely.

    Of course, after they've become so impressed by your financial responsibility, they might make a habit of it.

    I'm not usually the guy who tries to talk people out of building ballin' computers, but I feel that I have to make this point in this instance.

    Dr. Z
    Actually Z, I've got a laptop with a Sandy Bidge i3-2320m that uses intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. 4 gigs of RAM, with a 600gb 5400RPM HDD. It doesn't even support 1080p resolutions, and the monitor is broken off so I use a desktop monitor. And they've already got a bit of a habit. Every summer, I usually go to this tech summer camp called iD Tech for a week or two. Each week is around 1000USD. But last summer, I decided I'd taken all the classes that I could use. I guess this 1000USD is sort of a replacement for that.
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    Moderator Array Nate152 PC Specs
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    I can't answer that question but I think you would be happier with the gene or hero. You still need a cpu cooler.

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