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How much of a pc do I really need?

jdenn 47 22 November 14, 2015 at 09:47 AM
I am a gamer finally realizing that my 2010 built computer has reached the end of it's gaming life( phenom x4 955 and an xfx 5850) that I plan to re-purpose into a home theater pc.
I am starting to research what I need for a new computer (I am set on intel/Nvidia this go around, but what I haven't figured out is what sort of tier I really need to put my self in.
I plan on bringing over my SSD, monitor and a hard drive to a new build. (possibly some of the memory if it works out that way)


Fallout 4 is what made me realize it was time to put this this build out to pasture.

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Narnaie? Bot? Are you back. Please stop posting these one liners with links. Its annoying.
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Fallout 4 is what made me realize it was time to put this this build out to pasture.
My 2012/2013-ish build except for upgraded GPU is working well for me - with games the resolution you're aiming for is obviously a huge factor. I'm going to guess you probably have a standard 1080p display - I have a 1200p display now.

I wouldn't go over 1440p monitors for gaming right now, the hardware out there just simply can't keep up so you need multi-GPU setups for 4K/5K right now, and it basically blows the budget any way you look at it.

I've been playing Fallout 4 with 60 fps solid with almost everything maxed - godrays and shadow distance are on high, not ultra... i5-3570K overclocked to 4.4 and an overclocked GTX 970.

You probably want to go for Skylake now, might as well since Skylake forces you to upgrade to DDR4 so now's the time to bite the bullet. Look for either the i5-k or i7-k Skylake CPUs and at least a GTX 970, I don't think the 980 is worthwhile and the extra .5GB of VRAM isn't a lot, next setup is the pricey but sweet 980 Ti (but with Pascal yet to come, I'd hold off going crazy for now).
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We can start a guessing game or...

What is your budget?
That will be a great ballpark. The more honest the better for us to really help you.
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Quote from xxtanisxx View Post :
We can start a guessing game or...

What is your budget?
That will be a great ballpark. The more honest the better for us to really help you.
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My 2012/2013-ish build except for upgraded GPU is working well for me - with games the resolution you're aiming for is obviously a huge factor. I'm going to guess you probably have a standard 1080p display - I have a 1200p display now.

I wouldn't go over 1440p monitors for gaming right now, the hardware out there just simply can't keep up so you need multi-GPU setups for 4K/5K right now, and it basically blows the budget any way you look at it.

I've been playing Fallout 4 with 60 fps solid with almost everything maxed - godrays and shadow distance are on high, not ultra... i5-3570K overclocked to 4.4 and an overclocked GTX 970.

You probably want to go for Skylake now, might as well since Skylake forces you to upgrade to DDR4 so now's the time to bite the bullet. Look for either the i5-k or i7-k Skylake CPUs and at least a GTX 970, I don't think the 980 is worthwhile and the extra .5GB of VRAM isn't a lot, next setup is the pricey but sweet 980 Ti (but with Pascal yet to come, I'd hold off going crazy for now).
the thing is my budget is open, I have minimal expenses and can afford to drop 2.5k on a build, not that I really want/need to. Right now I've been looking at a 980ti and i7 6700k skylake just to future proofmyself.

My build from 2009 was much more modest, but it always struggled a bit, I want to try and get more time out of it.
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the thing is my budget is open, I have minimal expenses and can afford to drop 2.5k on a build, not that I really want/need to. Right now I've been looking at a 980ti and i7 6700k skylake just to future proofmyself.

My build from 2009 was much more modest, but it always struggled a bit, I want to try and get more time out of it.
Well, you seems to be very smart on this.

I would agree with you on the 980TI and i7-6700. Motherboard with bootable M.2 and USB 3.1 type-C. Get yourself a M.2 512GB PCI-E x4 SSD, not the SATA 3 M.2 one. SATA3 is slower than PCI-E x4.

I think with that, you should be all set. If you want more firepower, do SLI or even liquid cooling.
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Thats going to really depend on the graphics card you intend to use. Anything over an 8600-9600 and I would get a 750 if you want to go SLI or Crossfire I would just get a good 1000W and make sure I was totally in the good
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Newest gear is not always worth the money.

If you have the $ id get a

skylake mobo w/ ddr4 memory

i5 6600 or 6600k, depending on if you want to OC get the k. (i7 isnt necessary for gaming, go for it if your an enthusiast or have the extra cash.)

GTX 970, 980 or 980ti (depending on $, 970 would be fine....)

Get a ssd for boot, hdd for storage. M.2 isn't necessary, its minimal speed increase for twice the price. Get it if you really want. If anything i would raid 0 two sata 3 ssds, although it would add one more component that can fail and crash your system. Smilie
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I'm in the exact same position as you. I have a 5 year old pc which I got off of slickdeals. An i7-920 with 6 gigs of ram and I purchased a geforce 560 Ti OC2. It is fine for 99% of my needs. Runs everything fine. But falls just short of the minimum requirements of Fallout 4.

I decided to go with the Asus m32 for $399.99 which has been on the front page for the last few days. Also purchased a 4gb 960 for $150 with Amex/rebate from newegg. Bring along a SSD and I think I'm set for the next few years.

I used to be all about the top of the line stuff. But the last several years I realized I just don't care about paying that premium anymore. We're at a point where real world performance gains aren't that significant. My i7-920 is now surpassed by 5 generations, but my computer does not feel slow. If it wasn't for fallout 4 I'd probably hold off even longer.
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