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Game Development Build - $5500 Budget

Tentons01

61 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Tentons01/saved/whKG3C

I'm the lead designer and developer for an Indie Game group. I really have been needing a better computer for the work I do and so has everyone else. Once we get the part list done we will be building 3 of these. I really need help picking out the best parts possible while staying under budget (remember to count tax please!) I did my best working out an item list but I'm still a bit of a noob with it. Any help at all would be appreciated! :)

Would the Logitech G230 Headset be better than the one listed? I own the G430 and love it but have heard good reviews for the HyperX

Also I know the 1200W PSU is overkill for now but I do like having extra for the overclocking we will do plus for any other parts we will add later

Thanks everyone!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

that rig that you put together is really overkill you wont have any issues with it, if i might ask whats the name of your Indie Game Company

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

$150 more than your build but get a ton more if do not mind black/blue scheme.

  1. Moved you up a notch in CPU to 5930k. Balance of gaming test and multi-tasking. Also allows you to run SLI 980's at x16/x16.
  2. MOBO is great and has wireless built-in, so no need for separate card.
  3. No pic on RAM, but blue and same speeds you had.
  4. Bumped your OS SSD to 850pro which has latest architecture.
  5. Changed your 1TB HDD to Enterprise class for reliability and durability...those are still good from Seagate. Changed storage to 3TB Hitachi drive which are known for reliability.
  6. SLI 980 better than Tri 970.
  7. Changed your PSU to Seasonic 1000W Platinum as changes dropped your estimated watts down 100 and still plenty of room to add...though not much more you need.
  8. Changed your TIM to best one available, though Arctic Silver is okay too if you prefer it.
  9. Changed your fans to blue led ones to match and that are quiet, higher cfm, rated highly.

Everything else left as you had and do not have answer for your headphone question..sorry.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $499.99 @ Micro Center
Thermal Compound Prolimatech PK-3 Nano Aluminum High-Grade 1.5g Thermal Paste $6.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme6/ac ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $266.78 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $472.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $103.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar NAS 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $125.00 @ B&H
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) $546.49 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) $546.49 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $134.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $199.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $104.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $271.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $271.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $271.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan $10.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan $10.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan $10.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan $10.99 @ Directron
Keyboard Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.95 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse $69.98 @ OutletPC
Headphones Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Headset $79.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Genius SW-G2.1 1250 38W 2.1ch Speakers $53.44 @ Mwave
Other Cooler Master TPC 812 $69.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $4396.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-09 01:35 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud (:

I'm going to do a bit of research on some of your choices. Also I don't mind blue at all! I'm more of an orange fan but if i went that route the parts I would want would easily blow my budget xD I tend to overpay when it comes to looks

The main thing I am worried about is the price of that CPU o: the 5820K seems to be more than enough for what I need, I even considered going for Devil's Canyon but I think a 6 core would be better even if it does cost a lot more.

Also are you sure 2 980's would be better than 3 970's? I know that the more you add the less performance you get but the 970's are SO much cheaper for only 10% performance loss

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, at this point I would go sli GTX 970 maximum. GTX 980 Ti are due to be released soon, though date changed from Dec. 2014 to between a month and year from now. I totally agree on saving the money...really no reason to spend 1100-1200 for a pair of 980's.

Also MOBO is your choice...AsRock has one that can go up to Quad-SLI (really do not think this is ever necessary) and even supports Xeon: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-x99ws

And a lot of people love Asus too and are fond of X-99 Deluxe: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-x99deluxe

Best of luck with it and the game development:)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

And just because...a black/orange scheme for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99 @ Micro Center
Thermal Compound Prolimatech PK-3 Nano Aluminum High-Grade 1.5g Thermal Paste $6.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC FORCE EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $349.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $502.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $103.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar NAS 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $125.00 @ B&H
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card (2-Way SLI) $329.00 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card (2-Way SLI) $329.00 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case $132.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $229.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $104.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $269.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $269.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $269.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025O-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025O-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025O-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025O-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.95 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse $69.98 @ NCIX US
Headphones Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Headset $79.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Genius SW-G2.1 1250 38W 2.1ch Speakers $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Other Cooler Master TPC 812 $69.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $3910.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-11 00:26 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

5930K only really makes sense if you are willing to go 4-way SLI. And for that, you need: another mobo, a GTX980 (970s can't 4-way SLI) and so on. I do find moving the WiFi to integrated mobo much more pratical and it won't bother you in the future, Ravenwolf is right on that regard.

Going for 980 will give you the option to upgrade if you want in the future. At the 970 you are pretty much capped out.

Devil's Canyon is much more mainstream, and it's generally great, but the fact that you are developing games, it will help you to simulate a scenario with lots of CPU Cores, if you want to make your game support multithreading. If, by any chance, you want to test the game in a dual-core or a quad core environment, you can just disable some cores in the BIOS. In that case, X99 is much more flexible.

I don't think that GTX980Tis (I'm gonna refer GM200 because that's the term) and the Fiji/Bermuda feel that they might get delayed even more because some companies snatched all the 20nm wafers (in case of AMD) and I feel Nvidia doesn't want to make the same mistake with the Titan. And the rumours are too sparse at this point. Honestly speaking, if the GM206 are the only news by 22nd of January, I won't really expect much more from Nvidia soon.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help guys. I think i'll be sticking to my orange theme, but keep the case since i'm not a fan of how the phantom series looks. NZXT has another orange case but it is a mid size and I prefer full for this

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pf3brH

That is what I came to. I already have 2 of the golden MSI 970's by the way. I also still prefer the 1200W for any extra things we want to add or change in the future. Keeping the WD drives since I have had the best luck with them (: There are tons of things not listed such as fan controllers, extra USB ports, maybe some interior lighting related things, etc. If you are wondering about the 2 extra cougar fans, they are to be attached to the CPU cooler.

Quick question.. How do you get the part list to show up on the screen >.>

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