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Xbox Gamer Looking to Switch to PC Gaming

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June 10, 2013 5:50:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of the month

Budget Range: $800-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, video editing (mainly a gaming pc)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Extra parts to buy: None really (open to cool accessories)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, and I prefer Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Mostly Amazon because i get free shipped.

Location: Michigan

Parts Preferences: No major preference

Overclocking: If someone could explain this to me that would be great

SLI or Crossfire: I dont know what these are either.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am brand new to the pc gaming environment but i have done a lot of research and know most of how to build one from seeing videos. I have heard some terms like overclocking a lot and have a general understand of what they do but i dont know how to do them so if someone could explain that'd be great.

Now getting into the PC, I'd like a stylish case but it doesn't matter too much. I find that a 1 TB HDD or more should be fine. Also I'd like to be able to play Next-Gen games like Battlefield 4 and GTA 5 at high to max settings. Obviously you can't know for sure since they're not out yet but that is my main reason for wanting to switch to PC Gaming.

The games I will mostly be playing on this pc will be: Most of my games are still on xbox so mainly it will be next-gen games like Battlefield 4, GTA 5, Watch Dogs, etc. I'd also really like it if the parts used in this build are somewhat future-proof, so that I won't need to perform major part upgrades within the next couple of years.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: With the bomb dropped by Xbox One, i dont see myself buying the console. My pc now can't really handle anything other that indie games so i am really looking for a big upgrade.

Thanks in advance for the advice and help!

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June 10, 2013 5:57:05 PM

CPU: i5-4670k- $250
Motherboard: Asrock Extreme4 Z87- $100
GPU; Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X- $300
HDD: 1 TB, 64 MB cache, 7200 RPM HDD- $100
SSD: 120 GB Samsung 840 Pro Series- $120
Case: Corsair 500R-$100
RAM: 8 GB (2x4 GB) Corsair Vengeance- $70
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo- $30
Disc Drive: Any miscellaneous disc drive for $20 or $30
Total: Almost exactly $1100. This is probably as future-proofed as it's going to get for this budget; we can't even be sure whether the chipset will be the same for next-gen (due to all the crazy rumors) but this is the best bet. Also, if you wanted to wait a bit, you could wait until the 760Ti comes out because that MAY outperform a 7950.
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June 10, 2013 6:01:05 PM

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Total: Almost exactly $1100. This is probably as future-proofed as it's going to get for this budget; we can't even be sure whether the chipset will be the same for next-gen (due to all the crazy rumors) but this is the best bet. Also, if you wanted to wait a bit, you could wait until the 760Ti comes out because that MAY outperform a 7950.


Two things: There is no such thing as future proofing. Whether you're spending $500 or $5000. If you plan for the future you will never be satisfied with the hardware you have. Second, never generalize like that. It's a bad idea when people come to this board looking for specifics. There's so much hardware out there that most people, especially someone new to PCs, wont be able to sort the good hardware from junk hardware.

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($152.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($287.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1115.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 21:00 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2013 6:08:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($93.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1103.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 21:07 EDT-0400)

Slightly different build than g-unit. Primary difference is I compromised the overclocking and SLI options on the CPU (4670k to 4670 and Z87 motherboard to H87) in return for a beefier GPU. What works for you is probably a matter of taste.

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