BestConfigs Poll: High-End Intel Gaming PC

Which build do you like best?

  • shortstuff_mt's "hold my beer and watch this" high-end Intel SLI gaming system

    Votes: 15 14.6%
  • sadams04's 4k for 2k Rig

    Votes: 16 15.5%
  • AMD Radeon's R9 290 Crossfire Build

    Votes: 30 29.1%
  • Nikoli's 4k Ready Beast

    Votes: 25 24.3%
  • G-Unit's "The Dark Knight Rises" Build

    Votes: 17 16.5%

  • Total voters
    103

jpishgar

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shortstuff_mt's "hold my beer and watch this" high-end Intel SLI gaming system

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($488.79 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($488.79 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1976.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-16 00:18 EDT-0400)

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sadams04's 4k for 2k Rig

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.69 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($511.50 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($511.50 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.79 @ Amazon)
Total: $1993.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 11:48 EDT-0400)

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AMD Radeon's R9 290 Crossfire Build

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.18 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($154.14 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1998.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 23:03 EDT-0400)

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Nikoli's 4k Ready Beast

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($120.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($599.80 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($599.80 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1999.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 23:36 EDT-0400)

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G-Unit's "The Dark Knight Rises" Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($106.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.64 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.18 @ Amazon)
Total: $1996.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 01:10 EDT-0400)
 

Onus

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I was not one of those who reviewed all of the selections in this category, however all of them were pared down before a maximum of five were selected for voting. Review criteria were discussed, and while it is possible some may have been arbitrary, comments among the reviewers avoided any egregious oversights (for example I committed one myself in another category, which was pointed out and I changed it).
 

Realist9

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Cutting corners on a "high end" anything with an i5 and/or a small SSD doesn't make sense. G-Units would be almost perfect with an i7.
 

g-unit1111

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No on a $2K build you go for the graphics, not the processor.
 

oczdude8

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yes that's what I said. I was just expecting more then $2000 cap for a high-end build. I guess a new SUPER high-end category should be made
 

Rapajez

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Now that the devil's canyons are out for like...$15 more(?) the CPUs should all be bumped up.

I don't think the price of the 780's justifies the cost, over a r9 290 with more VRAM (assuming the R9 has a good exhaust cooler). X-fire stuttering has been gone for a while. (Keep in mind that includes like $300 in free games from AMD right now.)

I think a 120GB SD is too low for any $2000 build. Constantly juggling games and sweeping out the drive is no fun.

I'd take sadams build, drop to R9 290's to save the $200, put that towards the better/larger Samsung drives, and grab the Devil's Canyon i5 4690K.
 

g-unit1111

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Because Titan Blacks cost $1200 which means on a $2K budget you'd have to make some serious sacrifices in order to get a proper build and that's not the way this works.
 

NugieDX

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Actually, I just learned a few minutes after I asked that.
The title only says "best high-end" without mentioning "under $2k".
 

AntonM95

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With all #respect to U all :) I think My Build is Better and plz rate it
*side note : this GPU is a GHz Edition .

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GCBKsY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GCBKsY/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.66 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($177.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($155.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2044.08
 

jasonite

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I think I've got the ultimate gaming rig that's now available, not paying attention to price. I'm including 3 daisy-chained monitors and a mouse as well.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ChRQK8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ChRQK8/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 280L 122.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 XPOWER AC XL ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($290.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.23 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB K|ngp|n Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($746.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB K|ngp|n Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($746.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB K|ngp|n Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($746.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB K|ngp|n Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($746.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 900D ATX Full Tower Case ($299.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i 1500W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($405.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($128.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($807.58 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($807.58 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($807.58 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: SteelSeries 62250 Wireless Laser Mouse ($130.35 @ NCIX US)
Total: $7973.17
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-31 21:16 EDT-0400
 

jasonite

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I like your build Anton. Here are the changes I would make: the Cooler Master Nepton 280L is the best cooling solution for the same price, and a different mobo gives you a chane to do 4-way instead of 2-way SLI or Crossfire if you actually bought it. The RAM I picked is more but has a lower latency. I took off the typical storage drive just leaving the SSD for gaming and went to a cheaper case that was compatible with the cooler and mobo. Not sure why you went with the Pro when the Evo is a better product and also cheaper currently. I also upgraded the GPUs slightly. Okay, actually there were only 3 things I didn't change, what do u think?

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 280L 122.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($347.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ TigerDirect)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1916.91
 

AntonM95

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Thanx for attention :D I'll answer your Quest :
the main answer is "" THE BUDGET "" I made it limited to 2000$
Ram's that I selected is less price and good performance , SSD I've chosen it for MLC , and the case is a very good material and had a very good airflow .
I like the cards that U put but I didn't like the brand ... either the case
the mobo is good but out of budget otherwise it have really good things and technologies but I wont use it so why I'll buy it . :)
do U understand me dude ?
my regards
 

jasonite

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I do, but I did keep your pc at the same budget. I can understand you not liking the case, I just picked a cheap one there. How about The total is still under $2000. As for my build, I ignored the budget for that one :)

I will say that the Asus Z97-PRO mobo you chose is the one I'm using on my current PC!

J
 

AntonM95

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At all I've honored for discussing with you and my build after your adjusting is really better .. hope to talk with you in other threads man :)
 

Rally0078

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/4jDxTW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/4jDxTW/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($1049.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($506.61 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 320 Series 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($999.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($999.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i 1500W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $4958.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-07 11:59 EDT-0400
 

jasonite

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Good super-high-end build, I would suggest just a couple of tweaks. First, why not get a 512gb or above Samsung Evo SSD? Then all your games could be put directly on it and there'd be no bottleneck there for load times. The other would be Seagate just doesn't make reliable HDD's, I'd consider changing to a WD Caviar or the Hitachi Deskstar series. The third is just personal preference, for GPU's I'm not an XFX fan. I'd go for the MSI, Sapphire or ASUS versions for the same price.

What other people will get after you about is that the upper limit for price range on this thread is $2000, I found that out the hard way, lol.

J
 

gremlinbd

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Gremlins Intel GTX 980 Gaming Rig:


Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Case: NZXT H440 MIDI Tower Case - White (Normal)
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K Unlocked Quad-Core, 4.0GHz (4.4GHz Turbo), 8MB
RAM: G-Skill 16 GB 2133MHz DDR3 Dual Channel (TridentX) RAM (Normal)
Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK, ATX, LGA1150, PCIE3.0, USB3.0 4 Year Warranty (Normal)
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW (Normal)
Gaming HDD: Western Digital 1TB Black 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD1003FZEX (Normal)
Media HDD: Western Digital 1TB Green 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Normal)
Lighting: 30cm Thermaltake Lumi Colour 12 L.E.D Strip White (Normal)
Cooling: Corsair H100i Liquid CPU Cooler (Normal)
PSU: 850W Antec High Current Gamer Modular Power Supply 80+ Bronze Rating (Normal)
FAN1: Aerocool Shark Fan 140mm - White (Normal)
FAN2: Aerocool Shark Fan 120mm - White (Normal)
 

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