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    Old 10-09-2013, 01:35 AM
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    I'm looking to build a new PC. Right now I have a 6 year old PC that has taken all comers until recently (QX6700, 4GB RAM, GTX285s in SLI). I want to keep the build at or under $2K U.S. Right now I'm looking at:
    Intel i7 4770K
    16 GB Ram - what brand?
    EVGA GTX780

    I'm not sure on a MOBO. I haven't kept up with what's new so I'd like some suggestions.

    So mainly I want opinions on CPU and mobo. Is there something better I should go with for the CPU?
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    Old 10-09-2013, 03:25 AM
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    [url]http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1MzvN[/url]

    What monitor do you use?
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    Old 10-09-2013, 08:10 AM
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    The build that Tr4656 recommends looks solid. The 750 watt PSU is enough for two GTX 770s. The only thing I would add is a decent CPU cooler if you think you might overclock in the future. I would recommend this...

    [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099[/url]
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    Old 10-09-2013, 11:32 PM
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    This is my own personal take on what Id build if I had a $2000 budget. Id go for a single GTX780 instead of a pair of GTX770's just cause its easier to deal with. Id also bump up to the MPower motherboard because its my favorite Intel motherboard out right now. Ive always loved the Silverstone cases and the way they looked so I got one of those and of course the best power supplies on the market right now are the Seasonic Platinum line so I dropped a 760 watt unit in there.

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    Old 10-10-2013, 01:11 AM
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    Why the 4670k instead of 4770k? Obviously it's cheaper.
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    Why the 4670k instead of 4770k? Obviously it's cheaper.
    Its $100 cheaper and its performance in gaming is virtually identical to the i7. The only thing youre getting with the i7 is Hyper Threading which is 4 more imaginary cores. Itll help a little in heavily threaded applications but games are not heavily threaded. So take that $100 and put it towards a better GPU. If youve got the extra $100 to blow on it, by all means do so. Its never a bad idea to get more CPU horsepower. It can come in handy especially if you plan on keeping your rig a long time. But if its going to detract from your GPU or power supply quality or something important like that, then keep the i5.
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    Thanks!

    Any opinions on soundcards? My plan now is to just use the same Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic card I've been using for years. Are any of the newer Creative or Asus cards that much better?
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    Thanks!

    Any opinions on soundcards? My plan now is to just use the same Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic card I've been using for years. Are any of the newer Creative or Asus cards that much better?
    Depends on what equipment you have.
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    Thanks!

    Any opinions on soundcards? My plan now is to just use the same Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic card I've been using for years. Are any of the newer Creative or Asus cards that much better?
    As a SB Recon 3d owner, I can honestly say this new sound card isn't any better the than X-fi Xtreme gamer it replaced, the only reason I went with it was because my new mobo didn't have any open PCI slots with video card installed. If able, I would advise you to just re-use your current card unless you've really got the itch to change it. Plus my Recon 3d has been nothing but a nightmare to deal with as it infrequently just stops working, not sure if its driver issue or not.

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    As a SB Recon 3d owner, I can honestly say this new sound card isn't any better the than X-fi Xtreme gamer it replaced, the only reason I went with it was because my new mobo didn't have any open PCI slots with video card installed. If able, I would advise you to just re-use your current card unless you've really got the itch to change it. Plus my Recon 3d has been nothing but a nightmare to deal with as it infrequently just stops working, not sure if its driver issue or not.
    Actually, the Recon3D will give better sound quality than an Xtreme Gamer.
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