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Build advice: Home Theater gaming PC

Hello,

I'm looking into building a gaming PC for use in my living room as part of my home theater setup. I've been out of PC gaming for 10 years, gaming primarily on console and occasionally on my Mac desktop, so I'm not familiar at all with current components/GPUs/processors. I'm interested in getting back into PC gaming to up the variety of games I have access to (Steam Early Access in particular). I looked at Steam Machines but I'm not interested in tying myself that strongly to the Steam ecosystem.

I could use some pointers on a reasonable setup to make this work.

Following the guidelines in the new build/upgrade sticky, here's what I'm looking for.

Approximate purchase date: September, 2017

Budget range (pre-tax/pre-rebate): $1200-1500 (for the system only, I'll worry about mouse/keyboard/OS/etc separately)

System usage: Gaming (RPG/Building/MMO). I have other home theater devices for movies, TV, YouTube, etc, so gaming is really about it.

Monitor: 1080p HDMI output to TV

Audio: Optical or HDMI to home theater.

OS: Buying Windows 10 (I'm guessing I can get by with Windows Home, for gaming purposes?)

Preferred Website/Store: NewEgg.com, or locally at Micro Center

Location: Columbus, OH

Parts/preferences: Agnostic, I've had good experiences with both AMD and Intel in the past, and with eVGA graphics cards, but I'm not married to eVGA.

Overclocking: No

SLI/Crossfire: No

Gaming peripherals: Any ideas from folks who've done this? Maybe a USB hub next to the chair with a long cord to the computer next to the home theater? Alternatively, put the computer next to the chair with a long HDMI output to the Receiver/TV? Bluetooth/Wireless is an option, but I really like gaming keypads (like the Razer Tartarus) for MMOs or other games with lots of shortcut keys, and as far as I know those are USB-only.

Existing parts: Antec A900 case (I'm scrapping the old power supply and other parts, this computer has been in a storage unit for a while and I don't trust them). If you have a suggestion for a smaller, reasonably priced case I'm open to it, the A900 is probably overkill for this build and tends to be a bit noisy.

Additional comments
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  • I usually game with the sound coming through the speakers, so a quiet-ish build would be nice.
  • I'm a casual gamer, I don't need the most extreme graphics or the best performance/ping for multiplayer FPS dominance, just good enough for reasonably smooth 1080p output to my TV. I'll probably mostly play single player building games or MMOs on this machine.
  • Regarding graphics card/processor I mainly want to be reasonably confident I can still play games without an upgrade for 2 or 3 years without resorting to completely ugly graphics settings.
  • Reply to mhartfield
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    1. Best answer
      This build is for mostly gaming. You can get by with medium to high settings on all games for the next 2-3yrs @1080p. Should fit well in your living room for small factor build...

      PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

      CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.49 @ Amazon)
      Motherboard: Asus - STRIX B250I GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
      Memory: GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($115.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Western Digital - Blue 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
      Storage: Seagate - FireCuda 2TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
      Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card ($275.99 @ SuperBiiz)
      Case: Fractal Design - Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
      Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
      Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
      Total: $1172.20
      Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
      Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-31 19:32 EDT-0400

      If you can wait a month or two, Intel will come up with next gen. processors with more power around same price for better gaming performance.
      Reply to Hellfire13
    2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

      CPU: Intel - Xeon E3-1230 V6 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Amazon)
      Motherboard: ASRock - H270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($100.98 @ Newegg)
      Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($121.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Western Digital - Blue 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
      Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.88 @ OutletPC)
      Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB DUKE OC Video Card ($729.99 @ Amazon)
      Case: Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($70.98 @ Newegg)
      Power Supply: SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
      Total: $1497.68
      Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
      Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-31 20:14 EDT-0400
      Reply to WildCard999
    3. ^^ That Xeon is basically a workstation version of 7700, not really meant for gaming...
      http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Xeon-E3-1230-v5-vs-Intel-Core-i7-7700/m72554vs3887
      http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/414/Intel_Core_i7_i7-7700_vs_Intel_Xeon_E3-1230_v6.html

      And you dont need a 1080ti for 1080p gaming.
      Reply to Hellfire13
    4. True it's not technically a gaming CPU but they do work well for gaming when paired with a good GPU, though for $10 more the 7700 would be a better choice but I wanted to keep the cost under $1500 (Although I forgot the OS). As far as the 1080 ti of course you can go with a 1060-1070 for 1080P gaming but there are a few games that do dip with higher settings, especially MMOs which the cause is usually server side but it never hurts to have a higher end GPU in the build. I play Tera, BnS & Black Desert with a 4770K @4.4ghz/GTX 1080 ti and you'd be surprised how often it dips under 60 FPS (I have them set at 120+) even with lower settings/auto-adjustment based on FPS. Plus the cost of the 1060 6gb is still pretty high from the pre-mining cost.

      Maybe something like this would be a better balance.


      PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

      CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.49 @ Amazon)
      Motherboard: ASRock - H270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($100.98 @ Newegg)
      Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($121.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Western Digital - Blue 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
      Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.87 @ OutletPC)
      Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB D5X Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
      Case: Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($70.98 @ Newegg)
      Power Supply: SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
      Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
      Total: $1370.06
      Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
      Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-31 22:32 EDT-0400
      Reply to WildCard999
    5. This should work pretty well, is and will be slightly overkill for the next couple of years, on a new platform with leaves room for upgrading later, plus an overclockable CPU and board Incase you ever happen to change you mind on that :)
      PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

      CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($226.28 @ OutletPC)
      CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
      Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
      Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($130.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.38 @ OutletPC)
      Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.78 @ OutletPC)
      Video Card: PNY - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB XLR8 Video Card ($409.99 @ Best Buy)
      Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($35.89 @ Newegg)
      Total: $1056.18
      Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
      Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-31 23:09 EDT-0400
      Reply to blankcr8
    6. WildCard999 said:
      True it's not technically a gaming CPU but they do work well for gaming when paired with a good GPU, though for $10 more the 7700 would be a better choice but I wanted to keep the cost under $1500 (Although I forgot the OS). As far as the 1080 ti of course you can go with a 1060-1070 for 1080P gaming but there are a few games that do dip with higher settings, especially MMOs which the cause is usually server side but it never hurts to have a higher end GPU in the build. I play Tera, BnS & Black Desert with a 4770K @4.4ghz/GTX 1080 ti and you'd be surprised how often it dips under 60 FPS (I have them set at 120+) even with lower settings/auto-adjustment based on FPS. Plus the cost of the 1060 6gb is still pretty high from the pre-mining cost.

      Maybe something like this would be a better balance.


      PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

      CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.49 @ Amazon)
      Motherboard: ASRock - H270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($100.98 @ Newegg)
      Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($121.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Western Digital - Blue 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
      Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.87 @ OutletPC)
      Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB D5X Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
      Case: Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($70.98 @ Newegg)
      Power Supply: SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
      Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
      Total: $1370.06
      Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
      Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-31 22:32 EDT-0400




      GPU power has nothing to do with server latency. Depends entirely on Network Connection. Besides OP is not too much interested in multiplayers.
      There is no0 way a 1080ti can give you less than 60fps @1080p, if you Network strength is upto the mark. For casual gaming a gtx1060 is more than enough for 1080p at moderate to high settings in most games, maybe even ultra in some.
      Reply to Hellfire13
    7. blankcr8 said:
      This should work pretty well, is and will be slightly overkill for the next couple of years, on a new platform with leaves room for upgrading later, plus an overclockable CPU and board Incase you ever happen to change you mind on that :)
      PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

      CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($226.28 @ OutletPC)
      CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
      Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
      Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($130.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.38 @ OutletPC)
      Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.78 @ OutletPC)
      Video Card: PNY - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB XLR8 Video Card ($409.99 @ Best Buy)
      Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($35.89 @ Newegg)
      Total: $1056.18
      Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
      Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-31 23:09 EDT-0400


      Intel is still better in purely gaming perspective.
      Reply to Hellfire13
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