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  1. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 367
    Windows 10
       23 Jun 2016 #1

    Does this look okay for a <$2000 gaming system that can do anything?


    Deus Alias (working title)

    My intention is to build a system that I can effectively use as a final system. It would replace my current laptop for gaming and general use.I'll admit I'm not really a major PC gamer - while having a large collection due to SteamSales I mostly end up playing on my Wii U (I have a minor buying addiction) and so would at bare minimum have something that handles what I throw at it, even if it isn't the best possible. It would be my first proper gaming system (and my second built system) - and I admit I am uncertain about if I've chosen the correct components and such. I'm undecided on the GPU and might go for the new AMD RX 480, and I have no idea how to choose from the 100+ PSUs that seemingly meet the requirements.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,574
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       23 Jun 2016 #2

    FuturDreamz said: View Post
    I have no idea how to choose from the 100+ PSUs that seemingly meet the requirements.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    I'd eliminate all the PSUs that provide less than 450Watts. It's also important if using an Add-in graphics card that the PSU meets its specifications, will be listed in the cards specs. There's also the consideration that the room outlets where the computer will be used has sufficient power [at least 15Amp breaker or 20Amp] and are the 3-prong variety [older homes may have only the 2-prong/conductor wiring].
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  3. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       23 Jun 2016 #3

    I assume you're talking about a desktop and not a laptop?

    I'll tell you what I just built, and I love it. It's an intel NUC NUC6i7KYK (Skull Canyon).

    This has a beastly 6th Gen (Sky lake) i7 6770HQ (Quad core processor, not dual core like the i7 U series), uses Intel Iris Pro 580 integrated graphics (Yes, it's integrated, and won't compete with a high end card, but it does pretty well and is Intel's top end graphics chip). If you play largely indie games, or lower requirements games, this should be more than fine.

    Hands-on with Intel's Skull Canyon NUC, the most powerful game-ready mini-PC | PCWorld

    It has Thunderbolt 3, 2 m.2 NVMe ready slots, and can take up to 32GB of memory. all in a small form factor that is whisper quiet. It can take up to 3 monitors (one HDMI 2.0, one Mini-DP, and the Thunderbolt. You could also add a display via USB for more.. but you get the point).

    It supports multiple 4K displays (though playing any monster FPS's at 4k would be painful on this). However, if you really really wanted to, you could upgrade the GPU later via an external GPU and Thunderbolt, such as Razor's external GPU (obviously, if the video is super important to you that would be a silly thing to do, but i'm just pointing out that there is an option should you wish, someday to improve the GPU).

    Cost is around $650 without memory or disk. I added two Samsung 950 NVMe 512GB drives (2500+MB/s performance) and 32 GB of crucial DDR4 for a total of about $1400

    It's super tiny, and doesn't take over my desk, and gives me the power to run Virtual Machines, and just about anything else I want to do, except play the latest FPS shooter at max resolution. If I want, I can pick it up and put it in a pocket (if you're wearing cargo shorts) and go anywhere with it. It's a great portable alternative to a laptop if you can rely on there being a TV or monitor wherever you are going.

    An alternative might be an Alienware Alpha, which has a dedicated GPU, but won't compete with the Skull Canyon in raw non-gaming performance.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       23 Jun 2016 #5

    Sorry, I thought you were asking for recommendations.
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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       23 Jun 2016 #6

    It's hard to recommend build specs without knowing your budget. To give you an idea, my specs below is about $2KCAD (excluding the 3-monitors). Not top of the line but works for my gaming needs. I may get rid of the R9 390 and replace it with GTX 1070 soon.

    Edit: Ooops, sorry. The budget is in the title.

    Here's the base component I can recommend. You choose your case. As for GPU, don't get anything below 970 or 390. Get the RX 480 or GTX 1070 if you can.

    Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core, GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 - FuturDreamz - badrobots Saved Part List - PCPartPicker Canada
    Last edited by badrobot; 23 Jun 2016 at 14:29.
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  7.    23 Jun 2016 #7

    why did you choose such an expensive 960 gpu????????

    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING wACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card-Newegg.com

    4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 vs 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5

    1024 Stream Processors vs 1664 CUDA Cores 1664 Stream Processors ............. for the same price??

    and id get a 16gb kit consisting of 4x 4gb of ram to run quad channel (not a huge perf gain but still a gain) , its all about maximising your kit
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  8. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,935
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       23 Jun 2016 #8

    How about using this: System Build - PCPartPicker

    to make it a lot easier to see what you want to do??
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  9. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 367
    Windows 10
       23 Jun 2016 #9

    Mystere said: View Post
    Sorry, I thought you were asking for recommendations.
    Yeah sorry I was mostly just wanting to make sure I wasn't making a mistake anywhere

    Archie123 said: View Post
    why did you choose such an expensive 960 gpu????????

    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING wACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card-Newegg.com

    4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 vs 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5

    1024 Stream Processors vs 1664 CUDA Cores 1664 Stream Processors ............. for the same price??

    and id get a 16gb kit consisting of 4x 4gb of ram to run quad channel (not a huge perf gain but still a gain) , its all about maximising your kit
    In Canadian dollars the 970 is $100 more, but mostly it's a placeholder as it seems the RX 480 is not available yet plus it matches the Black&white color scheme better, which doesn't really matter anyways as it's a opaque case.

    I do have two 2x8GB Ram sets (two black, two white) as I was hoping to match the color scheme of the motherboard, but white ram is a bit more rare and so restricting if I want a matched set, but the case I'm planning to use doesn't have any windows so it's a moot point anyway. I'll swap them out with a 4x4GB set.


    BunnyJ said: View Post
    How about using this: System Build - PCPartPicker

    to make it a lot easier to see what you want to do??
    How's this?
    Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core, GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0, Suppressor F31 ATX Mid Tower - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada

    Right now it is pretty close to $2000, seems the partpicker can't find the lowest price for some things (for example the Wifi card is $60 on Newegg, but it's seeing $100 from Amazon) so there should be some leeway for a lower price.
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  10. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,935
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       23 Jun 2016 #10

    Nice.. it's easier to read.
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