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Gaming/development rig for around $1500

abelonger

59 months ago

Looking for some recommendations on a decent gaming/development rig. I have built before, but it has been a long time and I don't keep up on the latest and greatest hardware nearly as much as I should anymore - so any and all help is appreciated!

Budget: under $1500, not a hard number, but would like to stick around this as much as possible.

Location: Midwest USA (Wisconsin)

Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Gaming, web/app development, general merriment

Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Monitor (no bigger than 22", unless I want to get a new desk, which isn't in the cards at the moment), new keyboard/mouse would be great

Operating System required: Should probably be up to Windows 8 by now, I hear the learning curve isn't that bad - so let's go with that :)

Looking for something that will hum along nicely, fair amount of storage (lots of pics/videos), and above average graphic capabilities. Thanks in advance!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's one that I made that will allow you to pick a nice keyboard/mouse within budget and some wiggle room for any other extras you might need, especially if you search the bargain bins for nice deals on Win8.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.96 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $84.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $107.93 @ OutletPC
Memory Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card $339.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer $19.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $129.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1291.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-27 23:26 EDT-0400
  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

No periphs, unlocked i5 cpu

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vJ6CMp

Periphs, unlocked i7 cpu.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nQtMyc

Thats what I got

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Deepcool LUCIFER 81.3 CFM CPU Cooler $54.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $64.78 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $169.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $107.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II Video Card $239.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case $104.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Cooler Master 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.98 @ Mwave
Optical Drive Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer $19.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $141.98 @ Newegg
Monitor Acer B226HQLAymdr 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $149.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard $83.99 @ Mac Mall
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $47.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1461.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-27 23:52 EDT-0400
  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

it already has peripherals for gaming :))))

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is my thoughts on the matter:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $227.49 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z97M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $153.99 @ Amazon
Memory PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $128.18 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.97 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $329.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $90.00 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $119.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard $80.44 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $47.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1521.27
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-28 17:47 EDT-0400

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: This is great, both for development and Gaming. It is the unlocked variant, but I didn't do anything spiffy on the cooler, stock cooling for now.
  • Cooler: stock.
  • MOBO: Awesome, small model with plenty of expansion. Even supports SLI for a second GTX 970. (Say if you get into 4k resolution gaming). Plenty of room to expand SATA drives too!
  • RAM: 16GB for the development work you do, I know how fond I am of virtual machines for testing, need the RAM around to make that happen without choking your main environment.
  • SSD: 256GB is a fair amount. Plenty for windows and visual studio and add-ons. Fast boot times are the main reason for going with an ssd, though you get general peppines out of your OS as well.
  • HDD: 2 TB should be enough to start. Add more as needed.
  • GPU: Near top of the line. You can tell it is an excellent buy as they are sold out all over the place. 3-4weeks lead time on a new one.
  • Case: Tiny microAtx case with just enough room to fit everything, and no wasted space. An okay amout of cooling, though you may want to add another 120mm fan to the front.
  • PSU: Ultra-quiet power supply with enough left over to handle the potential SLI and any number of drives you want to add and STILL have some headroom.
  • Optical: Cheap is good. this is cheap :)
  • OS: win 8 as requested.
  • Monitor: I went for a little more expensive IPS panel here. They have better color reproduction than your standard TN panel, and wider/better viewing angles. Later when you upgrade your Monitor, I figure you may still want this as a secondary. Especially if you have to do color work with your development.
  • Keyboard: I live on my keyboard at work. Go mechanical, you hands will thank you.
  • Mouse: Excellent mouse with good accuracy!

Hope this helps!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.96 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $81.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $65.97 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.95 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $363.02 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $84.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer B236HLymdr 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $159.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.98 @ OutletPC
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $51.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1513.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-28 19:56 EDT-0400
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