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June 5, 2013 9:20:05 PM

Hey guys, I hear a lot of great things about this site and hear it's very helpful and knowledgable so after checking out the forums . . . I thought it would be best to just make my own post. I'm looking at building a brand new gaming rig, I have NEVER built a computer before . . . I've done a few things like changed out the graphics card or added memory so this will be kind of new to me. I'm also looking to get started right away. Thanks in advance for the help!

Approximate Purchase Date: On or before this Friday, 6/7

Budget Range: $850-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(90%), surfing the net (10%)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All (Brand new build)

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere that's the cheapest and reliable (not near a micro center)

Location: West Texas, USA

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, single monitor 21 or 23 in

Additional Comments: I don't need anything flashy, just something that will give the most bang for my buck.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: All I have is a MacBook, and an iPad . . . I need something for gaming since I have a lot more free time now, I plan on giving up console gaming and just using my pc. I play mostly mmorpgs

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links. N/A
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 5, 2013 11:18:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($95.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Audigy SE 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel PWLA8391GT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($31.99 @ Logic Supply)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $924.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 02:16 EDT-0400)

There you go .. here I have set everything the good way and you should get massive performance for low price. Also, it exceeds your budget by about $60. So if you are strict about your budget, choose Core i5 3570K instead ($195) and go for a motherboard accordingly (LGA 1155 H77).
June 6, 2013 5:02:45 AM

Thx a lot! Couple of question, so everything you listed is compatible with each other? Is the sound card neccassary if ill be using a headset?
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June 6, 2013 5:05:25 AM

I'm not near a micro center so I'm just looking to drop a few bucks to make up for ordering the processor somewhere else.
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 6, 2013 5:10:55 AM

Yeah you are going to need one.
Also, you can choose from other retailers here -

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k

This is the only microcenter product listed there. also you cans ave $50 if you buy it from micro center .. choice is yours. :) 
June 6, 2013 4:45:57 PM

Cool thx, I don't live near micro enter and that deal is in stores only.
June 6, 2013 8:29:09 PM

Any other suggestion on a power supply? That one is sold out, and I don't want to pick the wrong one, thx!
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 6, 2013 8:35:18 PM

Buy 600W or higher PSU from either Corsair, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, or other well known brands. :) 
I would recommend Corsair CX700 in this case.
June 12, 2013 9:22:39 AM

Another question, is there a way to test this stuff before I put it all together? And can I use windows 7 for this build? Or does that not even matter, I was gonna use 8 but I heard 8 isn't all that great. Everything will be here by tomorrow so I'll be building this weekend. Thx again for your help!!
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 12, 2013 9:46:37 AM

Nah you have to build the system to test it components. :) 

Windows 7 is FAR better than windows 8. I have it since last 3 months now and I find it totally terrible. It is very difficult to use.
Windows 7 would work flawlessly on any system out there.
June 12, 2013 10:47:57 AM

luckiest charm said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($95.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Audigy SE 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel PWLA8391GT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($31.99 @ Logic Supply)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $924.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 02:16 EDT-0400)

There you go .. here I have set everything the good way and you should get massive performance for low price. Also, it exceeds your budget by about $60. So if you are strict about your budget, choose Core i5 3570K instead ($195) and go for a motherboard accordingly (LGA 1155 H77).

You paired a H87 chipset mobo with a Haswell K series processor? Not arguing with you as I am a total newb. Just kinda want to know your reasoning behind this.
June 12, 2013 11:01:17 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($287.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $868.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 13:59 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 12, 2013 11:23:39 AM

Oh wait .. Sorry about that .. That was a mistake down there. I was supposed to pick a Z87 motherboard down there for you to overclock. I know that normal system would cost less but an overclocking enabled system would be better just in case you want to overclock in future when you see the demands of games / software getting higher and you won't be able to purchase a new system?

Change that with an average Z87 motherboard and you are good to go.
I suggest ASRock Z87 Extreme3 Motherboard.
June 12, 2013 11:34:41 AM

Well it's already ordered and will be here today, I can't overclock at with this set up?
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 12, 2013 11:54:56 AM

Yeah CPU would allow but motherboard won't. But don't worry. Haswell is not well known with overclocking and it is equal to its 3rd Generation overclocked counterpart already. You won't need the overclocking on this one.

Still if you want, you need a Z87 motherboard. I am really very sorry, this is the first time I have screwed up on such important thing.
June 12, 2013 12:02:26 PM

No it's no biggie, like u said..I don't think ill have to overclock in anything, one more question lol...can I go ahead and build it and install windows and drivers without the graphics card or do I need to wait till it gets here?

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a b B Homebuilt system
a c 91 à CPUs
a c 84 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 12, 2013 10:21:54 PM
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You can always install windows without Video Card. :) 
Just make sure that in bios primary video adapter is set to IGP and you are good to go.

Your system would run normal as usual. When the card would arrive, just plug it in and it should work. If it doesn't change the same setting in bios, this time select PCIE (PEG).

Boot windows and install its drivers. It would run all good. :) 

If you are satisfied you might want to pick as solution. It would help others too this way.
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