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Help me build a "Slickdeals" gaming PC!

andrew_chen 83 10 December 19, 2015 at 02:00 PM in Video Games (3)
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Hi, everyone! wave

Slickdeals blog contributor Andrew Chen here.

I'm working on a new project where I'll be documenting the build of a "Slickdeals" gaming PC for the blog, and I'd like your suggestions!

What's a "Slickdeals" PC, you ask? Well, it's a budget-conscious, value-focused PC that will have high performance and most importantly, a decent amount of future-proofing. (My 2013 build is still running today's games on High/Ultra settings with no problems.)

Here's what I'm thinking, with a budget of around $1,400:

Nvidia GTX 980 series graphics card (probably with 6 GB RAM)
SSD + large HDD
750W power supply
Probably an i5 Intel processor (maybe an i7 depending on price)
A feature-filled motherboard with 16 GB of RAM
Full tower (For air cooling purposes. Liquid cooling is out of the question, sorry.)
Windows 10 (Or should I stick with Windows 7?)

Which brands and specific specs I purchase will be determined based on what kinds of savings I can find with the help of the Slickdeals community.

Let me know if you see any deals or have any tips for me, or just want to learn more about the reasons behind my choices.

Here's to building a fun "Slickdeals PC" without breaking the bank! woot

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I always considered value and "future-proofing" to be mutually exclusive. Stick Out Tongue
Will be interesting to see what you come up with.
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Thanks, ChpByr!

From my experience, the graphics card is usually the biggest bottleneck/challenge for future-proofing. With the next generation of Nvidia cards due out early next year, a discounted GTX 980 should get me through the next few years of gaming releases.



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I always considered value and "future-proofing" to be mutually exclusive. Stick Out Tongue
Will be interesting to see what you come up with.
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there was a hp deal recently that met most of your specs for $1085 without the SSD. Seems pretty slick
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Thanks for the tip, xLUCAJx!

My only complaint with the packaged PCs from hp and Dell are that they usually come with a "shell" making it impossible to upgrade components. If it senses that something isn't the original piece, the entire PC stops working - happened to my friend. No matter what we did, his hp PC wouldn't accept the new component.

hp also gives you just enough wattage for the current setup, and not an ounce more, so upgrading graphics cards in the future or going SLI is out of the question.

But $1,085 is a great price, and for the person who doesn't want to tinker, it's a slick deal.

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there was a hp deal recently that met most of your specs for $1085 without the SSD. Seems pretty slick
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Hi dayv,

The blog is pretty new - maybe just over a year old?

You should check it out. There's lots of good money-saving tips there: http://slickdeals.net/news/

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i did not know slick deals had a blog
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Thanks for the tip, xLUCAJx!

My only complaint with the packaged PCs from hp and Dell are that they usually come with a "shell" making it impossible to upgrade components. If it senses that something isn't the original piece, the entire PC stops working - happened to my friend. No matter what we did, his hp PC wouldn't accept the new component.

hp also gives you just enough wattage for the current setup, and not an ounce more, so upgrading graphics cards in the future or going SLI is out of the question.

But $1,085 is a great price, and for the person who doesn't want to tinker, it's a slick deal.
see my pc build from a few months ago. working great
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Do you have an Amex? There is a Jet.com promo and a Newegg promo you could take advantage of. Jet $15 off code and Amex $15 off $50 - $65 product for $35 on Jet. I think the Newegg deal is $10 off $100 from Amex.
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Congrats on your build, Bareborn!

The link to the mobo/cpu/ram combo is not working on newegg. What did you end up getting?


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http://slickdeals.net/e/7846509-looking-at-getting-back-into-the-pc-gaming-market?v=1&src=SiteSearch

Link to my build. Came out to approx $1050
Thanks, Jabbit!

I don't have an Amex, but I might sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred to get the 50k points after a $4k/3 mo. spend.

What do you think?

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Do you have an Amex? There is a Jet.com promo and a Newegg promo you could take advantage of. Jet $15 off code and Amex $15 off $50 - $65 product for $35 on Jet. I think the Newegg deal is $10 off $100 from Amex.
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Congrats on your build, Bareborn!

The link to the mobo/cpu/ram combo is not working on newegg. What did you end up getting?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...uct&cm_sp=

is the mobo

http://www.microcenter.com/produc..._Processor

is the cpu. I have it running at 4.4ghz right now no problems

After all my purchases I ended up with approx $200 in rebate cards I received back. I bought all of these with either good rebates, or heavily discounted/on sale.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...ge_o02_s00

is the ram,and I bought another 8gb so I'm running 24gb of ram now.
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Excellent setup! I have a very similar build from a few years ago (obviously less powerful).

Nice job on scoring discounts all over the place! I hope I can do that too for this project.

QUOTE=Bareborn;80782667]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...uct&cm_sp=

is the mobo

http://www.microcenter.com/produc..._Processor

is the cpu. I have it running at 4.4ghz right now no problems

After all my purchases I ended up with approx $200 in rebate cards I received back. I bought all of these with either good rebates, or heavily discounted/on sale.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...ge_o02_s00

is the ram,and I bought another 8gb so I'm running 24gb of ram now.[/QUOTE]
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Any thoughts on which operating system I should go with? Windows 7 64 bit is cheap and stable.

I'm not sure the benefits of Windows 10 outweigh its quirks.
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