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Topic # 223841 19-Oct-2017 20:43
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I am wanting to build a computer solely for gaming from computerlounge. Can anyone recommend a good build in the $3200 price range? I am just educating myself on this topic through youtube as we speak.. but your guys input would be much appreciated


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  Reply # 1886450 19-Oct-2017 21:08
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Prebuilt systems.  The main choice seems to be AMD vs Intel and which graphics card. Intel is a safe bet. m2 SSD would be nice. Most of those configurations are probably pretty decent.





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  Reply # 1886453 19-Oct-2017 21:14
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Why $3200 specifically?  Setting a budget often means you spend more than you need to.

 

You can get a great gaming PC for around $2k, and decent ones for $1.5k or less.

 

 


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  Reply # 1886454 19-Oct-2017 21:16
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I've been looking into AMD Ryzen processors lately.  They're getting great reviews and huge performance for low(er) cost.  Paired with ATI GPU which AMD owns, it's probably a great match.




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  Reply # 1886455 19-Oct-2017 21:17
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I really want a pc where I wont have to upgrade anything over the next couple years.. 3-3.2k mark is what I have available to spend on a PC! I would rather not go with a prebuilt system, I feel like they are fairly overpriced in comparison to building your own!


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  Reply # 1886465 19-Oct-2017 21:21
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There's no such thing as "don't have to upgrade for the next 2-3 years".

 

There is such thing as bang for buck this year, bang for buck next year, bang for buck 3 years later.

 

Buy what is bang for buck this year.

 

My definition of bang for buck is right at the very point of vastly diminishing return, according to the law of diminishing return.


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  Reply # 1886480 19-Oct-2017 21:57
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For that kinda of money you could easily get a :

 

I7 8700K or I5 8600K

 

Great Cooling

 

Nice Case

 

At least 16GB Memory

 

M.2 SSD and Fast Bulk Storage like a WD 4TB Black Drive

 

Windows 10

 

Nice Keyboard and Mouse

 

You didn't state monitor, but I'll assume you want one, and I'd buy a 144hz Gsync 

 

And a 1080GTX




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  Reply # 1886482 19-Oct-2017 22:02
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I already have a 144hz monitor. and all peripherals! an i7 8700k with a 1080ti would be the dream, but I doubt thats going to be happening in this budget range.. Im looking into the 8700k with a 1080 or a 7700k with a 1080ti so far!


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  Reply # 1886483 19-Oct-2017 22:05
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I would get - 8700k, gpu that works for whatever resolution you 144hz monitor is - so 1080, samsung 960 pro 500gb.

 

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  Reply # 1886492 19-Oct-2017 22:32
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Tom's Hardware did a Best Gaming Desktops article just last week.  Reverse engineer the builds to see what works.  It's not my thing, but I'm guessing that it would be low core count (because most games do not use multiple cores), high clock speed, stonking GPU, and obviously lots of RGB LEDs and a case with a window in the side panel.

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-desktops,5198.html

 

If you don't already have one, then a really decent mouse.  With the sort of fine control you are going to need, then you don't want a mouse that reacts when it feels like it, or sometimes does not react at all.  And while you are at it, a decent keyboard with mechanical keys that you can abuse mercilessly for hours a day without them letting you down.  I love the Logitech Gaming mice and keyboards for image manipulation because they give you such fine control, and you can switch sensitivity from the mouse.  I also use a G-910 keyboard a) for its back lit keys, and b) for its programmable 'G' keys that let you do all sorts of complicated stuff with a single key press.  These are context sensitive, so you can set them up differently for each game.

 

Logitech also do an ARX control gizmo that lets you put your IOS or Android phone on the back of the keyboard for additional readout.  It looks so cool, I almost wish I played games just so I could use it.

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1886774 20-Oct-2017 09:54
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https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/6RfdBP

 

$3269 at CL's current listed prices, but they will price match

 

 





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  Reply # 1886776 20-Oct-2017 09:55
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$3200 excluding a monitor is massive money to spend. You'll get a beast machine for that.


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  Reply # 1886779 20-Oct-2017 09:57
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Lias:

 

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/6RfdBP

 

$3269 at CL's current listed prices, but they will price match

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's a nice build. I agree with almost everything except the memory. Stuff I have read is that 3000-3200 Mhz memory makes a big difference to gaming with Intel's new Platform. Some of the benchmarks were pretty significant relative to the cost difference. 

 

Platinum PSU is nice. I really like my Seasonic. 


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  Reply # 1886803 20-Oct-2017 10:21
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That's a nice build. I agree with almost everything except the memory. Stuff I have read is that 3000-3200 Mhz memory makes a big difference to gaming with Intel's new Platform. Some of the benchmarks were pretty significant relative to the cost difference. 

 

Platinum PSU is nice. I really like my Seasonic. 

 

 

There's a few "tweaks' I'd make to it but that stretch the budget, RAM being one of them, going up to the Asus Strix 1080, and a gruntier AIO than the H55 to really get the most out of OC'ing the 8700k. RAM is probably the most affordable of those, and easily achievable if OP get's CL to pricematch.





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  Reply # 1886825 20-Oct-2017 11:07
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Coffee Lake I5,
16GB high freq compatible RAM.
Motherboard with a M.2 slot and multiple PCI lanes. 
Definitely a Gold or Platinum Seasonic PSU around 650W.
Wasting money with an AIO water cooler, get a large cooler master or noctua air cooler (Linus did a video proving they are better in almost all applications..)
GTX1080TI or 1080 at a minimum.
256GB M.2 SSD by Samsung.
2-4TB WD Black.





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  Reply # 1886893 20-Oct-2017 12:42
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Im going with this build so far.. I already have an SSD/Operating system, 144hz monitor and all peripherals

 

 

 

Case: Corsair crystal x570

 

PSU: Corsair rmx850x gold

 

MOBO: Asus strix z370-e GAMING

 

CPU: I7-8700k

 

COOLING: Corsair hydro series 110i v2

 

GPU: Gigabyte AORUS GTX1080ti Extreme edition 11gb

 

RAM: Corsair VENGANCE LPX 3200mhz 16gb (2x8)

 

 

 

Then I will just add my samsung evo 850 SSD and should be fine!

 


I did this on the playtech pc builder site for $3233 just waiting for a reply from computer lounge to see what they can come up with, even if they can match this price!

 

 


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