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Gaming computer for $1400 or less

cwuzzell
  • 50 months ago

I have experience with building computers, but I currently don't have any parts, so I'll need everything: OS, monitor, speakers, headphones, and mouse. I'd prefer a wireless mouse and keyboard. I don't know if this is feasible, but Skylake and a 2560x1440 monitor would be optimal. All suggestions are welcome!

Edit: yes, I know I need other parts for a computer, but most people leave out the things I specifically mention in completed build posts

another Edit: since so many people have warned me away from X99 and suggested skylake builds, I guess I'll go with that.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The X99 platform will be outmatched by Skylake when gaming.

Since this is a gaming PC build, I would recommend this.

However, if you had more budget, going to a 980 or 980Ti could be a good idea.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $56.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $87.77 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card $309.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA P2 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $115.36 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer G257HU smidpx 60Hz 25.0" Monitor $259.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1381.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-08 14:12 EDT-0400
  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

still missing some stuff OP Asked for, however I agree with everything said and this is close to what I came up with for z170. Unfortunately for x99 it goes over budget super quick and skylake would be better both for longevity and for performance.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh snap, added the SSD at the end forgeting the rest.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I said those things specifically because a lot of completed builds leave out those things, unless its an update to a previously completed build

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Its hard to judge people's taste with mouse and keyboard.

Personally, I prefer a wired keyboard and mouse (I hate changing batteries) and I use the super loud razer blackwidow chroma and a deathadder mouse.

These are not for everydoby so I would suggest using the SSD money to get the peripherals you want and simply adding the SSD at a later time.

Theres several easy ways to move a pre-installed OS to an SSD around.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I really want the logitech G900 when it comes put, but that will have to be a while XD. Since I have a laptop with... I believe Windows 10 pro, is it really as simple as copying the OS onto another drive?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MKvYpg

Basically the same as mine except I'm using an i7-6700K processor for gaming, streaming, and video editing. Also, I'm using a GTX 980 Ti which is $650 a piece. The 980 is still a damn good video card though. I loved it in my old build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, but I need a monitor

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk much about headphones, and I'm currently using this monitor which I love. I'm gonna upgrade to a 2560x1440/144Hz monitor eventually, but they are also really expensive. To run games at 1440p and even 60fps is really hard unless you have a really nice video card.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I have tried to use Windows 10 on my own PC, and until Microsoft removes the built in ads, fixes the stability on things like its own settings, and revamps the app support, I will never recommend it to anyone building a gaming PC. Windows 7 is very reliable and worth the money. Who knows, Microsoft may fix Windows 10 in the coming months, or come out with a brand new operating system that actually works.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What games did it crash in? I used to play a lot of CS:GO and Battlefield, and Windows 10 thought they were viruses. I had to bypass the firewall to start them up after I upgraded from Windows 7. I use Windows 10 on my laptop and it works fine, but the only games I play on it are KSP and Diablo 2.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It's $50. oem, win 7 pro, 64-bit, sold by Microsoft at Amazon.com.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This would be a better build for the budget instead of X99 and 1440p. I picked a wireless headset. If that doesn't need to also be wireless then there is the Logitech G230 or spend more on something even better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $126.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $62.08 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card $294.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $77.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $86.49 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $109.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $16.99 @ SuperBiiz
Headphones Creative Labs Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2.0 Headset $69.99 @ Newegg
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $39.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1398.24
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $1338.24
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-08 14:13 EDT-0400

You should increase the budget to get X99 and 1440p. This second build came out terrible. This would work, but I don't recommend doing it. This is just to show how bad the build would be with those specs at this budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $369.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99M-GAMING 5 Micro ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $153.98 @ Newegg
Memory Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $26.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.97 @ Directron
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card $294.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC Solo-T1-BK ATX Mid Tower Case $29.89 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Acer G257HU smidpx 60Hz 25.0" Monitor $259.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $16.99 @ SuperBiiz
Headphones Zalman HPS200 Headset $12.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers $12.99 @ Directron
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1430.64
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1400.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-08 14:29 EDT-0400

problems...

only single cheapest stick of RAM (X99 can do quad channel with 4 memory sticks at higher speeds)

no SSD and only 1TB HDD

cheap case

cheap mediocre power supply

no optical drive

cheap mouse/keyboard (same as other build..spend more on better mouse and keyboard if you like)

cheap headset

cheap speakers

mismatched colors just picking cheap stuff (black/blue case with black/red ram etc)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You're asking quite a lot for the budget, so there are inevitably compromises to be made. I had to cheap out on the keyboard and mouse, but they are still wireless and from a decent brand. On the other hand I have specced a tier 1 PSU. For the money I can't get you an overclockable build but this should run nicely and an R9 390X will run 1440p nicely. I've gone for a predominantly black build with some red highlights:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor $187.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI H170A PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Kingston Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $47.73 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.75 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 390X 8GB Tri-X OC Video Card $390.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $61.59 @ NZXT
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $104.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $85.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer K272HUL 75Hz 27.0" Monitor $245.98 @ Newegg
Keyboard Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $16.99 @ SuperBiiz
Headphones Logitech G230 Headset $39.99 @ Micro Center
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1406.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-09 09:09 EDT-0400
  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

well considering I'm in high school and I just started working at taco bell for $7.30 an hour and a 15-20 hour work week...its going to be a while before I can even get to $1400

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

from what i can see the games ur gonna play dont need much graphics power so this is what i would reccomend http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cLHRf7

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

hmm, i'll try for you :D

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend switching the 212 EVO for an H7. The H7 has consistently beat the 212 EVO in overall performance.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That is already over budget...Its going to cost about $1485 to buy upfront and is still over budget with MiR's.

  • 50 months ago
  • -1 points

It's nearly impossible to build a reliable gaming PC under $1400 with what he wants on his build. The 1440p monitor is not worth it in my opinion because most video cards can't run a game at that resolution and 60fps or more. Also, he needs a better PSU if this computer is going to be used for a long time. I used a corsair when the i7-4790K had just came out, and it blew within four months. I've been using the same EVGA 850W G2 for 14 months and have had no problems.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

7-12% at 125% of the cost.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

But a far less chance of it going bad. Corsair doesn't build good PSUs.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair doesn't build good PSUs.

Corsair doesn't actually make the power supplies...


But, the RMx, RMi, HXi, AX, and AXi would all disagree with your statement.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

And a 390 can be overclocked too to lessen the gap.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

nothing too demanding right now, mostly Rocket League, Stardew Valley, and Cluster Truck. I also occasionally play Besiege and The Escapists

However, thats because right now I just have a laptop with a dual core i5 and an 840m

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Stardew Valley and The Escapists are 8 bit pixel games, more focused on gameplay mechanics than graphics, but Besiege and Cluster Truck are just barely below Rocket League in terms of graphics

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