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Which gaming rig is better?


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#1 cameron9428

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:24 PM

I'm trying to decide between the following builds:

 

Build 1 - About $250 cheaper

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600S 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (salvaged from my old computer)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)

 

Build 2 - About $250 more expensive

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor 

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)

 

Your thoughts are very appreciated :)



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#2 Joe C

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:57 PM

Go with the Z97 board

You won't see a lot of difference between the i7 and the i5 if your just going to be gaming on it, if your going to edit and encode video then the i7 would be better for you


Edited by Joe C, 23 August 2014 - 08:02 PM.


#3 cameron9428

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 01:10 AM

Go with the Z97 board

You won't see a lot of difference between the i7 and the i5 if your just going to be gaming on it, if your going to edit and encode video then the i7 would be better for you

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 04:54 AM

I think that Joe C didn't take into account that going to an i5 is going to cost you $250 more than staying with the i7.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:37 AM

if your apps are utilizing  Hyperthreading, the I7is the way to go i, but that I5 4690k is the latest and greatest and thus the baggage that goes with it, cost...it will only be marginally better than the 2600s for significant expense..


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 08:46 PM

The X97 board will be better than an older X77 board too and leaves more room for possible upgrades....

 

but neither board will be able to use the new DDR4 when it comes out (soon?) for the Haswell E chips using the 2011-3 mobo's. These boards are expected to hit the market around Q4 2014

Waiting just a little longer might give you more options but as with anything cutting edge in the market it will be at a premium price

Here's a comparison between the i7 and i5.

http://www.game-debate.com/cpu/index.php?pid=2104&pid2=641&compare=core-i5-4690k-3-5ghz-vs-core-i7-2600s-4-core-2-8ghz

which isn't a great deal but slightly  better

 

 

I  recommended the i5 so the op can take advantage of the new X79 boards with M.2 and 6 sata 6gb support



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:03 PM


 

Build 2 - About $250 more expensive

 


Your thoughts are very appreciated :)

 

yup...The OP stated it going to cost $250. more, Didn't state he was looking for a lower budget, just what would be better. I think a new i5 Haswell with an X79 board is better than a 3yr old i7 with an X77 board for gaming

That i7 uses a 1155 socket so it will not work in the socket 1150  X79 board. If it did then I would recommend using the i7


Edited by Joe C, 25 August 2014 - 09:06 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 09:22 AM

I don't think the i5 is worth the extra $250.  I'd save that money for your next upgrade.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:19 AM

I don't think the i5 is worth the extra $250.  I'd save that money for your next upgrade.

What kind if $250. upgrade did you have in mind?



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

maybe one of those fancy 24" Benq 144hz refresh monitors would be in the line-up.....

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014376&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:56 AM

If I needed a new monitor, I'd go for an IPS instead of a TN model due to better viewing angles and color accuracy.  TN monitors do have a faster response time and are generally cheaper, but if you can afford it, go for an IPS with a reasonably low response time.  The ASUS VS24AH-P Black 24" is a good balance of value and features. 


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:58 AM

oh yes, that IPS 24" will let that 770 fly...nice upgrade candidate for the $250


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:57 AM

If you are asking if what is better for gaming, i would go for the 4690k.  Why? Because Overclock, thats why. :)

 

EDIT: Be careful with the PNY brand, i have found several bad reviews with their 770s including issues with short lifespans and low OC capabilities. If i were you i would rather go for the EVGA SuperClocked (best overclocker among the GTX 770s)

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921

 

or the ASUS (most quiet and best cooled card)

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121770

 

if you dont mind the size of the GIGABYTE Windforce, thats a great card too. 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125463

 

Stay away from the MSI Lightning too, they have a short lifespan like the PNY, their cards runs well on stock but IMO, its not worth the risk considering there are better choices out there.


Edited by Zerue, 26 August 2014 - 12:17 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:35 PM

 

Which gaming rig is better?
Started by cameron9428, Aug 23 2014 08:24 PM

 

 

If you are asking if what is better for gaming, i would go for the 4690k.  Why? Because Overclock, thats why. :)

 

 

Well that is the title of this thread, I've heard nice things with that Z97 board and using the M.2 hard drive too


Edited by Joe C, 26 August 2014 - 03:37 PM.





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