Gaming pc for $1500 that can max out anything at 4K
This gaming pc is the first high end gaming machine that will let you play any game maxed out at 4K. Maxing out 4K with an i5 processor or a gtx 970, 980 is a little bit difficult, so you require more power. This pc has the power do run almost any game as well as rendering applications that require high processing power.
As we now have latest Intel’s 6th generation processors, I won’t be using the 4th generation processor in this build. This build should be future proof and most powerful of all the previous generation builds. With a single most powerful gpu in the market, and with the best gaming processor right now, it will own any gaming pc below $1500. I name it “THE OVERWHELMING
Without wasting more time let’s go to components list!
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Intel Core i7 6700K
This probably declared as the best processor for gaming and I have even included it in my Best Gaming Cpu’s
article. For a high end build to handle any game and any rendering application, the minimum requirement is that you processor must have at least 4 cores. This one has 4 cores and 8 threads which eventually work as 8 cores.
Games at a maximum can use 4 cores and with this processor you will have 4 threads still remaining. This processor can handle any high end graphics card and even supports multiple graphics cards at the same time which will help you in upgrading your system without changing to a more expensive cpu.
As compared to the previous generation processors like i7 4790K, it provides more performance per watt and have better efficiency as it operates on 14nm architecture. There is no processor out there that can beat it in gaming except the i7 extreme processors which are really not meant for gaming. So, this is the best processor for you in 2016. Definitely go with this and you will have no problems at all.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Price=$29.44 $24.99 till 31st Jan
I have used this cooler in many of my builds. As the processor we are using is unlocked and can be overclocked more than 4.5Ghz. If you use the stock cooler you will not get stability at higher clock speeds, therefore it is necessary to at least get a custom air cooler with a huge heat sink.
This one is from Cooler master and has been awarded many times due to it’s huge performance at such a low price of only $30. It will easily fit in the case we will be using for this build. The heat sink is very large and you can expect at least overclocking upto 4.4Ghz with stability with this cooler.
I have used it in my$1250 gaming pcalso as it is affordable and will fulfill all of your basic needs.
For supporting high end components like the processor and the graphics card we are using in this build a motherboard that supports multiple high end components. It has capacity of supporting memory upto 64gb and is fully compatible with ddr4 memories.
There are 4 DIMM slots so we can use 4x16gb sticks for memory and that’s an advantage for upgrading it easily. The other great feature of this motherboard is that it can support upto 3 way Amd CrossfireX and 2 way Nvidia SLI. So suppose we use a high end graphics card like gtx 980 or R9 390x, you can easily combine two of them to get more power and the system will be fantastic for 4K resolutions.
Other features of this motherboard includes lots of Sata 3 ports, USB 3.0 ports, durability and better capacitors for sound quality. For under $150, this motherboard has everything you need. You don’t need to go with a >$200 motherboard because motherboards really don’t increase fps whatsoever.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Memory for a high end build like this should be 16gb. 8gb is fine but as our motive is to build a pc which is future proof, 8gb will only fulfill your need for about 1-2 years. 16gb of ddr4 memory is quite fast and enough for running applications and games at 4K and even on 3 monitors. You won’t be able to play games at 4k on three monitors but applications will run butter smooth.
As ddr4 memories are much faster and more power efficient, the power consumption of this pc won’t go higher. With 2x8gb sticks in your build, you will be still having 2 DIMM slots empty for upgradation. Therefore, no need of worrying.
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB SC
After the gtx Titan X, the most powerful single gpu on the planet is the gtx 980 ti. Even it doesn’t matches with the gtx 980, still it’s name is based on gtx 980. It performs a little slower than Titan X but the price difference is huge. Titan X costs you a thousand dollars and 980 ti only $650. It provides the best value for money.
With 6gb of huge memory you will be able to max out any game at 4K and will still get more than 50 fps on an average. At 1080p and 1440p, it can destroy every game you throw at it. Seriously this is for 4K and if you play at lower resolutions, there is no gpu that can provide better performance than this card even there are R9 Fury X present in the market with the same price, still it cannot keep up with this card.
Western Digital 1TB
1 terabyte of hard drive will be good for storing your games, applications and movies. You don’t need a 5tb hdd to increase performance. With 1tb you can store your games setup files as well as installed files if you want to. And there is always option for you to upgrade in the future as the motherboard we chose supports several hard drives simultaneously. So, this gives you freedom to use any sized hdd.
Solid state drive
Kingston Digital 120GB
To install the operating system, a SSD is a must now. It costs more as compared to HDD, but it’s worth buying. Though SSD do not increase performance in games but sure it can decrease booting time and loading time upto 10 times. In 120gb you will be able to install your OS easily and will still get more space for installing more applications.
EVGA 750W Supernova B1 80+ Bronze
This is EVGA 750 watts Supernove bronze 80+ power supply. It has more than enough power to power your graphics card, processor and all other components. Although 600 watts would be enough, but in case you wanted to do SLI in future, you will not run out of power shortage.
As this is 80+ bronze, the power efficiency is more than 85% at typical loads and it will generate less heat. You will also get flexibility with choosing the only cables you want as this is fully modular making your build more neat and clean.
Also, it uses 100% japanese capacitors which are considered to be the most reliable and power efficient in the world. You can do research on it if you want to know more.
NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis
As we want to make a future proof pc, a mid tower could be fine choice, but we will be limited with the quantity of components we could install in the case. A full tower is best option for a high end build especially if you are planning to do SLI in it.
NZXT cases are one of my favourites. They have sleek and neat design with proper ventilation. The cable management and the components support of this case is awesome as it will provide you upto 34mm of clearance of cables.
The case is fully modular and lets you choose how you want to customize it. This case also supports radiators like Kraken X60 and there are plenty of fan support in the case. No matter what component you will buy, there is a very negligible chance that the component won’t fit in it.
As recently a news came from Microsoft that Skylake processors will going to be only compatible with Windows 10, then you must buy it now to get more performance. If you own a genuine windows 7 or 8, you can upgrade them for free but if you don’t have one, then consider buying it.