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June 13, 2013 9:44:24 PM

I'm looking to build a new PC for gaming, as I recently made the switch to PC Gaming. I've built a PC before, but it wasn't running games as well as I would like, and it was outdated. I've already put together some parts and was wondering if they were all good. I'm going to be buying this PC within a few months (2-3).

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 ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($306.89 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($130.55 @ Amazon)
Total: $1318.49

I would like to keep the build under $1400, but any critiques will be appreciated. I'll will be looking to overclock. I'm also wondering if a build like this could run games on high/ultra settings and still maintain a solid 50-60 FPS (eg. Battlefield 3, Arma 2, Far Cry 3). Any help is appreciated, thanks.
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June 13, 2013 9:59:14 PM

I would shave a few dollars off places:

Get 8gb RAM. (games use 3.3gb)

Cheaper case

Use the saved money to get a gtx770.
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June 13, 2013 10:03:08 PM

1. Lower the PSU to a 550W one like a XFX 550W.
2. Get a cheaper case like a Fractal Design Define R4.
3. Drop to a 8GB (2x4GB) RAM like Crucial Ballistix or Mushkin Blackline. And get a 1600 instead of 1333.

With the money saved, upgrade the GPU to a GTX 770.

For the price/performance, you can downgrade to Ivy Bridge. The OS also seems rather expensive. Windows 7? If you can lower the price of the OS and downgrade to Ivy Bridge, you can fit a SSD in there.
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June 13, 2013 10:15:30 PM

ksham said:
1. Lower the PSU to a 550W one like a XFX 550W.
2. Get a cheaper case like a Fractal Design Define R4.
3. Drop to a 8GB (2x4GB) RAM like Crucial Ballistix or Mushkin Blackline. And get a 1600 instead of 1333.

With the money saved, upgrade the GPU to a GTX 770.

For the price/performance, you can downgrade to Ivy Bridge. The OS also seems rather expensive. Windows 7? If you can lower the price of the OS and downgrade to Ivy Bridge, you can fit a SSD in there.


I replaced my old PSU with the one you recommended, and got G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory for RAM. I also upgraded to the 770.

I've got a few questions about the case and the SSD though. Could I still fit all these parts into a Mid Tower, or would I have to find a cheaper Full Tower. I want it to have good ventilation and everything so it stays cool. I was also wondering if the SSD is actually worth it, and how much does it affect your gaming experience. I just know the basics about it that it speeds up boot time and stuff opens quickly.
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June 13, 2013 10:20:09 PM

Everything can fit into an ATX Mid Tower. Main thing is to make sure that the GPU will fit. As for the SSD, it doesn't improve gaming experience at all; however, it does improve boot times and loading times of your applications, including games on the SSD.
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June 13, 2013 10:32:04 PM

No way I would spend more than a grand on a system and not include an SSD for OS, program files and some games.
get Windows 7 instead of 8 and half your memory.
Use the money for a 120 GB SDD http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv... is a nice choice as the extreme 2 is coming out and price should be coming down.
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June 14, 2013 4:11:28 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($138.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1330.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 07:11 EDT-0400)
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June 14, 2013 4:54:54 AM

Out of interest what made you go for the OCZ drive? I was interested myself but put off because it seemed quite slow compared to others in the price range. Does it have redeeming features that I'm missing?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 14, 2013 6:07:09 AM

People say that its good
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June 14, 2013 6:41:36 AM

I changed my RAM to 8 GB and also got the XFX 550W PSU. I changed to the cheaper version of Windows 8 and upgraded to a GeForce GTX 770 with the money I saved. I don't think I'm looking to get an SSD just yet, and I think if I want it in the future I can easily add it on to my build. I think I'm ready to buy it within a month or two here though. Thanks for the help everyone.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 14, 2013 6:58:30 AM

You don't need a SSD. It does not improve your gaming experience. It's more of a luxury than a necessity.

Best of luck with your build.
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June 14, 2013 7:10:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16jg1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16jg1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16jg1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ 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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($395.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
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: $1297.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 10:05 EDT-0400)

Try this. You get one of the best SSD, the best version of the 770, great MOBO, case and pretty much else with a 100$ to spare
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June 14, 2013 7:37:06 AM

Do you live near a microcenter? They have your CPU for $199 and if you buy them together you can get the ASRock mobo for $104.99. They also typically have small coupons for RAM and other components when you purchase a mobo and processor.
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