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$1500 Gaming PC Budget for Star Citizen

Hello, I'm looking to build a computer for gaming specifically games like Star Citizen and I would like some help creating a build for it.
Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $1500-1700 (I'm watching out for deals & rebates as well)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Everyday Use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but I'm including that cost outside of this build.

New Build - Laptop is just meant for schoolwork

Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect

Location: Michigan

Parts Preferences:I have no true preference just want a strong computer that fits inside my budget.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - but for future upgrade

Your Monitor Resolution: not bought yet I'm planning on buying the Acer Predator X34

Additional Comments: I still need a case as well, and the cosmetics of the case are a super big deal

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am building this computer for two reason first is obviously to play star citizen and the second is so that way I can say I have built my own computer.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($252.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK THEMIS Evo 65.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus E3 PRO GAMING V5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($126.24 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin Reactor 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($229.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($599.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger S ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($76.89 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1509.96
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-23 20:08 EDT-0400

    I assume the Acer Predator isn't in this budget, since its $1000 on its own.

    this uses a 4-core/8-thread cpu, with the overclocking-capable as rock motherboard for BCLK overclocking. The Xeon is basically an i7-6700 without the iGPU, at a savings of $75
    16 GB of DDR4-2133 ram. most C232 board only take 2133, so I went with a basic kit.
    a 1 TB SSD as the only drive
    GTX 980ti as the gpu to drive your 4K monitor
  2. ScrewySqrl thank you for your input; I do have one question however, why did you choose the E3 Pro over other motherboards?
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    Overclock as you please. Add a second GTX 980 TI in SLI when / if you need more graphics power.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($369.95 @ B&H)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.50 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($151.97 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card ($629.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX PRO Black Edition 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1692.24
  4. Sadams why did you choose the micro? Isn't it with the micro it comes with less power?
  5. dwillaford said:
    Sadams why did you choose the micro? Isn't it with the micro it comes with less power?


    Nope. That is all about the physical size and not the performance...
  6. the motherboard I chose was because the Xeon won't work with anything but a C232/236 motherboard
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