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Help me to cut down my current gaming rig set up to $3000!

Hi guys,

I will be building my gaming pc within 2 months and my maximum budget is $3,000.

I want pure gaming system that is for competitive FPS so I really want 1440P, 144hz and GSYNC for full experience.

Here is my current build but it is over $3,400 as you can see.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($345.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($65.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($173.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($324.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($385.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card ($714.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (Matte Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($799.00)
Keyboard: Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Wired Gaming Keyboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Optical Mouse ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Bose Companion 2 Series III 0W 2ch Speakers ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $3481.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-05 14:01 EDT-0400

Is there a way to cut down this cost under $3,000 without sacrificing much?

Since this is new build from scratch, I need everything from keyboard, speaker, etc.

Thanks!
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  1. Well, you don't need 32GB of memory. That is tripling the cost of the ram.

    You probably don't need a 950 Pro drive. You could easily get away with a 960 Evo to save a little bit, but there are now a few options from Intel and Crucial that would be good. You could nearly get a 1TB Sata speed (but still NVMe) drive for the price of that 950 Pro.

    Not much else to drop if that is the level of hardware you want.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.95 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus TUF Z270 MARK 2 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($138.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($119.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung 960 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card ($698.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT H440 (Matte Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($96.99 @ Directron)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.58 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($799.00)
    Keyboard: Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse ($50.99 @ B&H)
    Speakers: Bose Companion 2 Series III 0W 2ch Speakers ($99.00 @ Adorama)
    Total: $2972.01
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-05 14:17 EDT-0400
  3. Thanks for great suggestions guys!

    I guess I will change SSD to 960 EVO to save some money.

    So is 32GB RAM is overkill? I want to be future proof as much as possible.

    And Asus MOBO is better than Asrock?
  4. MooJaaBee said:
    Thanks for great suggestions guys!

    I guess I will change SSD to 960 EVO to save some money.

    So is 32GB RAM is overkill? I want to be future proof as much as possible.

    And Asus MOBO is better than Asrock?


    Asus is usually the best brand of Motherboards yes 32Gb is overkill at the moment.
  5. I've heard good things about MSI for Z270. Went for Gigabyte myself, the ASUS Prime just seemed a little too expensive and had features I didn't need. Not that the Gaming 5 doesn't, just has less features I don't need.
  6. What would be the best MOBO for its price if I don’t care about LED lights or other luxury features? Just need to have a good interface for OC, support for NVME SSD and 1080TI, and easy to work with.

    Any recommendations for speakers will be great too!
    Thanks.
  7. The one i posted has all the basics +5 year warranty and made by Asus with minimal gimmics as far as speakers id go with audioengine a2+ but they will put you over the 3k
  8. Thanks esco_sid.

    I will take a look at that speaker.
  9. On their site they have refurbished ones for 200 i think
  10. Part of the reason you're hitting the $3500 mark is that ridiculously expensive monitor. I think 144Hz is overrated and you can get a monitor 1/2 the price that does the same job. Also, don't use a wireless mouse on a desktop - get a wired one instead, that will be much cheaper. Here's how you can shave a lot of money off the cost of that rig:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($345.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($229.00 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card ($714.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($92.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2049.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-05 17:41 EDT-0400

    That's $1500 less for nearly identical components. Get a less expensive monitor plus whatever keyboard and mouse you want and you'll still come in under $3,000.
  11. Kind of defeats the purpose of the OP doesn't it? QHD 144hz with G-Sync is the request.

    Amazon currently has the older PG278Q for 729.99 not 799.99

    And someone pointed this one out to me earlier today, I believe it is a slightly newer version of the ROG Swift TN for less money. http://pcpartpicker.com/product/cdcMnQ/asus-rog-swift-pg278qr-270-2560x1440-144hz-monitor-pg278qr

    I like G-sync as a concept since it means that as my GPU ages I will still have smooth gameplay. I like that. Not that I shall let my GPU fall too far behind.

    While I would agree a 1080Ti will probably do just fine with QHD@144hz right this second, in a few years, that may no longer be the case. And there are some games that are already CPU limited as opposed to GPU limited.
  12. Way too much for that monitor. Identical specs as the Dell S2716DG which is on sale right now at Microcenter for $500. If not on sale, can still normally get it for $600.

    Had mine since last summer and can't say enough good things about it. Best $500 i've spent on a component in a looong time.
  13. Eximo said:
    Kind of defeats the purpose of the OP doesn't it? QHD 144hz with G-Sync is the request.

    Amazon currently has the older PG278Q for 729.99 not 799.99

    And someone pointed this one out to me earlier today, I believe it is a slightly newer version of the ROG Swift TN for less money. http://pcpartpicker.com/product/cdcMnQ/asus-rog-swift-pg278qr-270-2560x1440-144hz-monitor-pg278qr


    I think G-Sync is kind of overrated. On monitors especially when you reach a certain price point what you're really paying for is the brand name. Paying for the Asus ROG name isn't really much different from paying for the Acer Predator name. You can get generic monitors for much less.
  14. For me at least it was the case of too much gaming flair with the Acer models. Now ASUS has made their latest models have all kinds of gaming details and Acer is looking good. Had the Dell been available when I bought, I may have gone that route.
  15. That dell monitor for $499 is really good deal seems like.

    Is there big difference between TN and IPS monitor?
  16. Best answer
    IPS (AVHA in this case) has better viewing angles and color. AVHA sacrifices a little color uniformity for response times, so they aren't recommended for content creators.

    TN Panels lack good viewing angles, usually in the vertical you will see a lot of color shifting. This means that you need to keep the monitor at eye level. The class of monitors you are looking at have very adjustable stands, so it isn't as big a deal. Colors are a little less apparent and don't pop as much. But they are the fastest response time screens.

    The ROG Swift is a very good TN panel. If you haven't had an IPS screen before, you would probably see a big improvement over your average TN panel. If you have a PLS or IPS screen now, it will probably seem a little less 'bright'.
  17. Thank you for clarifying that for me Eximo.

    I am still debating which 1080TI to get. Asus or EVGA.
  18. Eximo said:
    For me at least it was the case of too much gaming flair with the Acer models. Now ASUS has made their latest models have all kinds of gaming details and Acer is looking good. Had the Dell been available when I bought, I may have gone that route.


    Yeah I had an Acer monitor for the longest time until I bought an Asus 4K monitor last year. Difference is night and day.
  19. If you plan to spend 500-800 on a monitor i would wait for the hdr ones as typically monitors you tend to keep for a long time or maybe get a cheap one to use later on as a secondary one. I typically use 2-3 monitors could not imagine going back to 1.
  20. When is hdr monitor coming out and is there a big difference between current monitors?
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