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June 29, 2013 6:14:05 PM

I am going to buy parts to assemble a new PC this summer. My first priority is gaming. I already own a monitor. I have made two builds on PC Part Picker I will link. I want to know which is the better overall value. As this is my first true on my own build I would also like to know which might be easier to assemble and manage cables.

Here is the first build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/The_Spectre/saved/1Qe6

Here is the cooler looking build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/The_Spectre/saved/1QDK

All help is greatly appreciated, Spectre.

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June 29, 2013 6:29:19 PM

Both are great choices, the itx build will take a bit more effort to get tidy but I've built one in the same case and it's not too bad really. Consider the length of your PSU though it can be a bit tight with the longer ones. I'd go for an i5 personally , not because the i3 isn't a very capable gaming machine but because 4 threads are rapidly becoming the norm and games are starting to take better advantage of it.

I'd also stick with the 670 if possible it's faster than the 760, in fact I'd go for a non K i5 with a stock cooler if that would save enough cash to get the 670. Overclocking is cool and gets you a performance boost but in truth you don't need the performance for gaming and will see little real world benefit from it. My overclocked i5 defaulted back to stock clocks after a BIOS update and it was weeks before I realized - no noticeable difference in practice.

For my current build (in that bitfenix case) I decided to get an i7 3770 instead of an i5 3570K with an aftermarket cooler. When you factor the cost of cooling into it the price difference is nothing.

so in summary, i5 non K, 670 or better, 8Gb of RAM = can't go wrong.
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June 29, 2013 6:30:50 PM

go with the 3570k build. overclockable, less prone to heat related issues, although the 670 will be a bit faster. unless space taken by the tower is a primary concern.

i personally prefer large cases. better cooling, more upgradable, and far easier to work inside
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June 29, 2013 8:47:54 PM

Wow, thanks for the speedy responses! I am trying to keep below $1200 and I really want to water-cool the CPU. But anyways I'll take you're recommendations into account.

Thanks, Spectre.
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June 29, 2013 8:50:26 PM

This is a bit better and moves you 12-18 months away from obsolescence as all current generation gear

- current generation MoBo and CPU
-faster SSD
-SLI capable MoBo and PSU
-Huge Case / PSU quality upgrade
-WiFi on MoBo
-faster CAS 8 RAM

Case - $150 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$45 MIR
PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair TX750 included with above

MoBo - $360 - ASUS Z87 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl. w/ above - Intel Core i5-4670k Included w/ above and MoBo has built in wireless, $80 combo discount and $10 off w/ promo code Z87MB617, ends 6/30

RAM - $65 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin CAS 8 DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Free $25 Hawken in game credit w/ purchase, limited offe
Cooler - $30 - CM Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GFX - $260 - Gigabyte GTX 760 Windforce http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same

HD - $95 Caviar Black 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $135 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $17 - Asus DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1212
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June 29, 2013 8:53:10 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
This is a bit better and moves you 12-18 months away from obsolescence as all current generation gear

- current generation MoBo and CPU
-faster SSD
-SLI capable MoBo and PSU
-Huge Case / PSU quality upgrade
-WiFi on MoBo
-faster CAS 8 RAM

Case - $150 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$45 MIR
PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair TX750 included with above

MoBo - $360 - ASUS Z87 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl. w/ above - Intel Core i5-4670k Included w/ above and MoBo has built in wireless, $80 combo discount and $10 off w/ promo code Z87MB617, ends 6/30

RAM - $65 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin CAS 8 DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Free $25 Hawken in game credit w/ purchase, limited offe
Cooler - $30 - CM Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GFX - $260 - Gigabyte GTX 760 Windforce http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same

HD - $95 Caviar Black 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $135 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $17 - Asus DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1212



Wow... something else to consider. Thanks for your input.
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