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$1,400 Gaming PC. Ready to Buy. Any Suggestions?

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June 23, 2013 9:57:33 AM

Hello. This will be my first ever build and I am looking for some reinforcement in my choices. I used this site and logical increments for components. Here are the parts:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19oRz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19oRz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19oRz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($185.76 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($97.98 @ 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: $1422.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-23 12:51 EDT-0400)

For the past 5 years I have lagged behind in purchasing games due to money concerns. Now I have a great job and would like to reward myself by playing current games.

I chose to do an SSD only. I currently have a 150 gig drive and have not had any storage issues. Do you all see any obvious mistakes? What should I change? Thank you in advance for any input!
June 23, 2013 10:04:25 AM

You will, unfortunately, need more space on a PC than 300GB if you want to be a hardcore gamer. - That motherboard is expensive for what it is as well. Other than that, you seem to have a pretty solid build - bear in mind that if you are overclocking, you'll need a better cooling system (liquid or air) :) 
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June 23, 2013 10:11:28 AM

You will, unfortunately, need more space on a PC than 300GB if you want to be a hardcore gamer.
-I tend to play a game or two at a time to completion and then move on. Do you still think I will need more space?

That motherboard is expensive for what it is as well.
-I picked the motherboard in part because of the combo and the article recently done on this site. Is there a more affordable option you suggest?

Other than that, you seem to have a pretty solid build - bear in mind that if you are overclocking, you'll need a better cooling system (liquid or air) :) 
-I don't plan on overclocking right off the bat. Is a cooling system something that can be expanded at a later date if needed?

Thank you for your input I appreciate it!
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June 23, 2013 10:16:48 AM

Yes it is! And sometimes with updates and such with windows and games, you may want to keep the games there for the future and with those updates comes more storage taken up. Go for an ASRock Extreme 3 or 4 mobo, I use one and it's great!
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June 23, 2013 10:25:52 AM

I'll take a look. Thank you for taking the time to read through my build.
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June 23, 2013 10:30:42 AM

Slight tweaking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ 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: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ 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: $1411.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-23 13:32 EDT-0400)

Smaller SSD, but you have a storage drive added in. You get more power from the Power Supply, Gold efficiency, and it's the same price because of a combo discount. Upped the Ram to 1866mhz because it's the same price as what you had picked out, and I swapped out the Cooler for a better one. It also is compatible with tall Ram heatsinks too.

:edit: Switched everything to match your list(all parts from Newegg). Also, I understand about only wanting the SSD, but I'd strongly urge getting a larger storage drive as well.
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June 23, 2013 11:30:04 AM

Swordkd said:
Slight tweaking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ 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: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ 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: $1411.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-23 13:32 EDT-0400)

Smaller SSD, but you have a storage drive added in. You get more power from the Power Supply, Gold efficiency, and it's the same price because of a combo discount. Upped the Ram to 1866mhz because it's the same price as what you had picked out, and I swapped out the Cooler for a better one. It also is compatible with tall Ram heatsinks too.

:edit: Switched everything to match your list(all parts from Newegg). Also, I understand about only wanting the SSD, but I'd strongly urge getting a larger storage drive as well.


Thank you for taking the time to read through the thread Swordkd. I will consider your changes. I am thinking the second storage drive may be a necessity since it has been suggested twice now.

This will be my first time building a computer, is there a noticeable increase in complexity in initial setup when going from one HDD to two HDD's?
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June 23, 2013 12:44:00 PM

No, not at all. You'll format both drives which will take a couple minutes, then install the OS on your SSD. Just have to make sure the SSD is set to be the boot drive, but that's super simple in Bios. The storage drive is just for older games, music/videos and other files that don't really need the speed of the SSD.
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June 23, 2013 1:15:23 PM

Thanks again for all of your help. I'm excited to order the parts and put it all together now!

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