63 months ago
Completely appreciate that '4k gaming' and 'on the cheap' are words that don't fit together well. I'm having a lot of trouble trying to work out from the various usual sources (Tomshardware etc) what sort of setup will allow me to run games at reasonable frame rates in 4k, what the bottlenecks are and what current limitatiions are.
For example, there's little point buying a CPU better than an i5-4690k if like me you currently max out at full HD. But if I go 4k, does the CPU have a bigger impact and if so, which should I choose?
For GPU's I can buy plenty of FLOPS with two plain R9 290's in crossfire mode at £600 (which importantly each have 4GB on board) or can I use a 780 Ti for £500 and then scale that up with SLi in due course as games get more demanding? I think the VRAM issue is important though, so perhaps the 780 isn't the way to go.
Is RAM an issue? I surely can't need more than 16GB.
Also worth noting that the current best value 4k monitor maxes at 60fps.
I have a relatively new SSD and 2 HDD's, so I also don't need a new OS (running Windows 8.1 64bit) and I also don't need keyboard, mouse or headset. I am looking for a case/Mobo/CPU/CPU Cooler/GPU/memory combo (plus other fans and cooling stuff) which will get me well into the 4k gaming window, but not so loud that I think a 747 is taking off in my living room.
Budget is reasonably flexible so lets say £1500 ($2500) for those bits. I did a rough version but not sure what else I should be thinking of. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/77J26h