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Three Builds, can I get an overview and suggestions?

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June 28, 2013 6:00:37 PM

Hey guys,

Looking for a gaming build for around $1,000.

Did a lot of research last two days and came up with 3 builds..

Haswell
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sanya121/saved/1Rrb
-- Memory here has a fast speed for CPU as partpicker says, but I want to OC anyway.. Is this bad/good/fine? The 1866 memory actually costs more.
-- Is this case decent? Looks cool, and I can add in the extra 2 fans or should I try to attach the Liquid cooling radiator to the top instead?
-- Is my power supply good enough?

IB
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sanya121/saved/1R7c
-- Well, its a cheaper build but sockets are dead.. and I am coming from an E6400 processor lol so might as well go with Haswell to be future proof? Comments?
-- Is the case fine, power supply?

AMD FX
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sanya121/saved/1RrT
-- Is the mobo good for gaming/OC?
Now.. I realize that Intel > AMD in terms of gaming but price difference is also around $~200.



Approximate Purchase Date: Week to a month.. all prices ending 7/4/13 though.

Budget Range: Total $~1,000 without monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mainly with regular use as well.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: None, new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Don't think so.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest?

Location: City, State/Region, Country : CA - USA.

Parts Preferences: Thinking Intel and Nvidia over AMD and Radeon.

Overclocking: Definitely, in time but yeah want to do 4.6 on Haswell.

SLI or Crossfire: Potentially in the future yes.

Your Monitor Resolution: Upgrade to 1920x1080 or whatever will be decent.

Additional Comments:
Games: Tera, Skyrim, Neverwinter, mainly MMO's.
-- Currently rocking Tera(Unreal Engine 3) at LOWEST graphics & Resolution at ~15FPS LOL
Case: Well i would like it to look nice.. maybe red theme as in the link for Haswell?
HDD: The 120GB ssd should be fine for me, I don't use much space but might get the Caviar Blue later on since its $50..


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Well, because I run my parents system from '07 and its TERRIBLE for gaming.
8400 GS video card LOL and 2.1Ghz Core 2 duo that can't be OC'd with stock Mobo.

DEFINETLY interested in overclocking.. might become a new hobby :) 


Any SUGGESTION or CHANGES are welcome as I want to have the best value/dollar and could have missed things..

Also, need suggestion for gaming mouse, monitor, keyboard.


Sorry for the long post, lots of info and questions though :D 

THanks for helping out :-)

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June 28, 2013 6:09:49 PM

Build 1
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1039.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 21:10 EDT-0400)


Build 2
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.80 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Sentey GS-6070 Abaddom ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1002.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 21:11 EDT-0400)


Build 3
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $886.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 21:12 EDT-0400)
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June 28, 2013 6:18:05 PM

You say your AMd is $200 cheaper, which is a bit unfair, when for the same budget as the intels you could run the fx 8350 and a gtx 770.

I know it's not an answer but its late here ;)  just thought I'd point out you could bring the AMD up to equal the intels by giving it the same budget.
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June 28, 2013 6:22:29 PM

Your probably going to need more storage than 120 gigs
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June 28, 2013 6:25:24 PM

locke9342 said:
Your probably going to need more storage than 120 gigs


Aye thats a fair point. To put it scale, windows and formatting is about 30gb and my music collection is 70gb.

Not a lot of room for programs or files there sanya :p 
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June 28, 2013 6:37:58 PM

locke9342 said:
Your probably going to need more storage than 120 gigs


drtoast said:
locke9342 said:
Your probably going to need more storage than 120 gigs


Aye thats a fair point. To put it scale, windows and formatting is about 30gb and my music collection is 70gb.

Not a lot of room for programs or files there sanya :p 


120GB is more then enough for me, I'll probably be able to run Linux and Windows 7 on the same drive. I don't have any large files that I need to keep on the PC, everything is backed up and also on my laptop and other desktop anyway.

There's always dropbox for when I need to access my stuff :p 

Just need windows,ubuntu and a game or two on there - 120 is perfect for now.
Either way, as I said earlier in my OP, I may get the Caviar Blue down the road if need be.

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June 28, 2013 6:50:18 PM

Well I will say, even though ivy is "a dead platform" as in there will be no further CPU upgrades available, it's probably going to be the easier chip to learn overclocking on, and you stacked a better cooler on it.

But the parts you picked, you can save an extra few dollars by getting a 600w PSU there, unless you intend to throw a second GPU in it later.
Can't speak for the case however, a brief google shed no light on graphics card clearance, which is something you really want to look out for in cheaper cases.
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June 28, 2013 7:35:05 PM

Well if you dont need more storage then you builds look relatively solid and maybe get a h60 or 70 on the ivy bridge and you could downgrade the psu a bit but that would leave little room for upgrades in the future
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