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July 1, 2013 5:50:00 PM

Hey, I am new to the world of PC building and I was wondering if you guys could help me pick out parts for a good Gaming Rig. I would like to play Battlefield, Guild wars 2, and possibly some COD.

I would need a monitor and OS included. Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 6:06:09 PM

This leaves ~$200 for a monitor. I opted to not get an SSD simply to maximize performance. I have an SSD myself, and I can attest that the speed boost is great, however it doesn't directly translate to in game performance as most games would be installed on the larger HDD. if you want to fit in ~$100 for an SSD, simply step down to a GTX 760 :) 

**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $199.99 @ Microcenter
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...) | $179.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-memory-md8192kd31866x9) | $57.99 @ Best Buy
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $64.98 @ Outlet PC
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx770dc2o...) | $399.99 @ NCIX US
**Case** | [Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r) | $49.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500...) | $39.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1082.90


Also, I'm not a monitor expert, I'll let someone else chime in for this
July 1, 2013 6:13:07 PM

vmem said:
This leaves ~$200 for a monitor. I opted to not get an SSD simply to maximize performance. I have an SSD myself, and I can attest that the speed boost is great, however it doesn't directly translate to in game performance as most games would be installed on the larger HDD. if you want to fit in ~$100 for an SSD, simply step down to a GTX 760 :) 

**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $199.99 @ Microcenter
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...) | $179.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-memory-md8192kd31866x9) | $57.99 @ Best Buy
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $64.98 @ Outlet PC
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx770dc2o...) | $399.99 @ NCIX US
**Case** | [Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r) | $49.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500...) | $39.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1082.90


Also, I'm not a monitor expert, I'll let someone else chime in for this


I heard that there are going to be some new part releases this summer that could mess up some builds, is this true?
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a c 246 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 6:18:28 PM
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natewilliams said:

I heard that there are going to be some new part releases this summer that could mess up some builds, is this true?


Just the new Radeon cards, maybe some lower end Haswell CPUs (i3s and i5s) but that's not going to change things drastically. Everything else that's new has already been released.

I'd go with a build similar to the above but with a better PSU and less expensive RAM and motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
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 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1058.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 21:17 EDT-0400)
July 1, 2013 6:39:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
natewilliams said:

I heard that there are going to be some new part releases this summer that could mess up some builds, is this true?


Just the new Radeon cards, maybe some lower end Haswell CPUs (i3s and i5s) but that's not going to change things drastically. Everything else that's new has already been released.

I'd go with a build similar to the above but with a better PSU and less expensive RAM and motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
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 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1058.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 21:17 EDT-0400)


This is a nice build..... Could we possibly bump down the hard drive to a 500 GB Because I already have an external harddrive thats 250 GB, and could we also get an Asus mother board instead?
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 6:56:59 PM

natewilliams said:
g-unit1111 said:
natewilliams said:

I heard that there are going to be some new part releases this summer that could mess up some builds, is this true?


Just the new Radeon cards, maybe some lower end Haswell CPUs (i3s and i5s) but that's not going to change things drastically. Everything else that's new has already been released.

I'd go with a build similar to the above but with a better PSU and less expensive RAM and motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
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 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1058.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 21:17 EDT-0400)


This is a nice build..... Could we possibly bump down the hard drive to a 500 GB Because I already have an external harddrive thats 250 GB, and could we also get an Asus mother board instead?


you can get an ASUS board, but PC partpicker won't recognize the combo deal. however, Microcenter will give you a $40 off for ANY compatible motherboard if you buy an i5 4670K or i7 4770K. something like this should suite your needs just fine:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a

as for the harddrive, get whatever side you like/need :) 

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...

as for the case, it's upto your tastes.

the PSU, I like g-unit1111's choice, and that is a quality PSU. the one I picked will get the job done, and corsair's a trusted brand. so it'll depend on your budget. I can tell you though that spending a little extra on a PSU is never a bad decision
!