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June 13, 2013 1:04:47 PM

I have a $1000 (I can go a bit over, maybe $150 over max) for a gaming pc that I am planning on building. I have never built a pc before, so I was wondering, how should I spread out my budget? As in how much should I spend for a CPU, a CPU Cooler, a Motherboard, RAM, a Hard Drive, a Graphics Card, a Case, a Power Supply, a Keyboard & Mouse (I already have a 22-inch samsung monitor that I won in a raffle, and I know to basically spend as little as possible on an optical drive.) I'm looking for a computer that can get as close to these preferences as possible on my budget: 1. I want to play games on high settings if possible, 2. I don't care at all about hyperthreading, 3. I'm intrigued by the prospect of overclocking, but don't know if I can do it, 4. I want it to be quiet (insofar as making it quiet doesn't compromise the performance or quality of the machine), 5. I'm more interested in performance than aesthetics, 6. I want it to be as fast of a machine as it can be, and 7. I want 8 gigs of RAM. If there's anything more I failed to specify that could aid in your answer, please don't hesitate to ask me. Thank you so much for the help!

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June 13, 2013 1:21:35 PM

Choose any processor of ivy /sandy bridge descent, a matching motherboard (this is where you decide if your overclocking) if your not clocking, you dont need a cpu cooler, RAM, 8gb is fairly common and relatively cheap, get the minimum psu to run your graphics card (decide if you want a larger supply for adding a second GPU when you've had time to earn more money) OEM OS, cheapest way, unless you can recycle an existing license, Hard drive, determine by price, storage, and what matters to you, price? or do you want a faster boot? or a fast access drive for (some) of your games?

anything left, blow on GPU's.
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June 13, 2013 1:25:25 PM

drtoast said:
anything left, blow on GPU's.


Yup, that's the only way to properly do a gaming rig these days. :lol: 

For a $1K rig I would do something like this:

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 ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1086.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 16:24 EDT-0400)
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June 13, 2013 1:28:46 PM

my rule of thumb is to get the second highest tier of GPUs and a SSD into a system before considering overclocking.

something like this under 1000 dollars is where id spill my cash towards. the rig i picked out is where price/performance peak. this will play most games on ultra or max. the GPU is highly overclockable as well
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/164AC

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June 13, 2013 1:37:20 PM

TheBigTroll said:
my rule of thumb is to get the second highest tier of GPUs and a SSD into a system before considering overclocking.

something like this under 1000 dollars is where id spill my cash towards. the rig i picked out is where price/performance peak. this will play most games on ultra or max. the GPU is highly overclockable as well
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/164AC



although not so great for overclocking with a non-k version and the h87 chipset... if your more interested in learning than performance then you would need a lower grade of graphic performance to get the room for tweaking... or up the budget :p 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/164IN - very approximate example / not a good suggested build :p  just to illustrate the difference
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June 13, 2013 1:44:07 PM

g-unit1111 said:
drtoast said:
anything left, blow on GPU's.


Yup, that's the only way to properly do a gaming rig these days. :lol: 

For a $1K rig I would do something like this:

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 ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1086.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 16:24 EDT-0400)


Should I get the i5-3570k instead of the 4670k, so that I can put more money in the GPU? Or Should I sacrifice some GPU performance for a better CPU?
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June 13, 2013 1:50:00 PM

the difference between the i5 3570k and 4670k is tiny.... if the price difference is enough to get a better GPU, then take the 3570k, in all fairness, if your going to overclock (with voltage changes + aftermarket cooler), you'd be better off getting the 3570k too.

This being an ethusiast forum, they will always recommend the latest, when the gains from it over the latest generation have little to no real world impact.
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June 13, 2013 2:01:42 PM

chiefscml said:

Should I get the i5-3570k instead of the 4670k, so that I can put more money in the GPU? Or Should I sacrifice some GPU performance for a better CPU?


You won't save enough to make a significantly larger leap in GPU performance. With the next generation out, the prices from the current generation will drop but otherwise it'd be better to get Haswell and then you can always upgrade as needed.
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June 13, 2013 2:06:31 PM

drtoast said:
the difference between the i5 3570k and 4670k is tiny.... if the price difference is enough to get a better GPU, then take the 3570k, in all fairness, if your going to overclock (with voltage changes + aftermarket cooler), you'd be better off getting the 3570k too.

This being an ethusiast forum, they will always recommend the latest, when the gains from it over the latest generation have little to no real world impact.


Do the mouse and keyboard really matter, or should I just use cheap ones?
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June 13, 2013 2:10:36 PM

They actually do matter....
Low End, is usually not worth the effort of buying it, high end is not needed... but just make sure you have quality ones.

In particular look for rollover protection on a keyboard. The more I use a keyboard the faster I type, I've reached the point where three key rollover is not enough for me, I press keys faster than the keyboard can register them individually, so it skips keys.
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June 13, 2013 2:12:13 PM

drtoast said:
They actually do matter....
Low End, is usually not worth the effort of buying it, high end is not needed... but just make sure you have quality ones.

In particular look for rollover protection on a keyboard. The more I use a keyboard the faster I type, I've reached the point where three key rollover is not enough for me, I press keys faster than the keyboard can register them individually, so it skips keys.


How are the Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard and Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse
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June 13, 2013 2:23:51 PM

the x4 is great in terms of n-key rollover, you can press up to 26 keys at once :p  but these are both components i would suggest getting your hands on if possible, only you know what 'feels' right. Just make sure the specs are there, then see how they feel in the hand in stores if you can.
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June 13, 2013 2:59:35 PM

drtoast said:
the x4 is great in terms of n-key rollover, you can press up to 26 keys at once :p  but these are both components i would suggest getting your hands on if possible, only you know what 'feels' right. Just make sure the specs are there, then see how they feel in the hand in stores if you can.


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