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July 4, 2013 10:09:09 AM

I've been given a second chance folks. I have a YouTube channel with 12,000 subs, so I figured I needed to buy a gaming PC once and for all to continue building my channel. I bought the Dell XPS 8500, and immediately regretted it as the graphics card was average. I couldn't cancel the order because it was already in production. Then, yesterday, I get an e-mail telling me they cancelled it because it's not available anymore. Relieved!

Now I will take that as a sign that I should build my own, like I should have in the first place. Problem is, I'm a total PC noob and very hesitant to do that, I think I will screw something up.

My budget is around $1,000, but I can go a little higher if need be. I want to be able to run smaller games like Minecraft on maximum settings, and bigger games like Skyrim on very high (if not the highest) settings. I also render videos and video edit, so a computer that would do that well would be great also.

I'm pretty sure I need an OS, and from looking online it seems that I'll need a monitor too as my HDTV will have imput lag when I game.

Can you guys help me pick out parts? And is there a way to have someone make it for me? I'm very afraid I will mess something up.

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July 4, 2013 10:16:24 AM

AMD Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $988.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 13:14 EDT-0400)



Intel Build:

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 ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1069.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 13:15 EDT-0400)



The first build is better for rendering but the second build is better for gaming. If you want a mix of both, swap out the 4670k in the second build for a 4770k, but that will add around $100 to the price.
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July 4, 2013 10:18:23 AM

sophiebeth100 said:


Intel Build:

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 ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1069.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 13:15 EDT-0400)



The first build is better for rendering but the second build is better for gaming. If you want a mix of both, swap out the 4670k in the second build for a 4770k, but that will add around $100 to the price.


Thanks for your reply, how would the Intel build stack with this (Digital Storm Vanquish Level 3): http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadvanquish.asp?...
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July 4, 2013 10:20:03 AM

Also, I wouldn't worry about building it yourself at all. The process is very easy one you know how. Don't jump the gun and order all your parts and build without researching first - I'd browse YouTube, forums etc. on how to build, how to know the parts you've picked are right for you, what each part does etc. A great place to start is the three-part Newegg TV guide on how to build a PC. Here's the first part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
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July 4, 2013 10:23:07 AM

Grohlvana said:
sophiebeth100 said:


Intel Build:

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 ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1069.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 13:15 EDT-0400)



The first build is better for rendering but the second build is better for gaming. If you want a mix of both, swap out the 4670k in the second build for a 4770k, but that will add around $100 to the price.


Thanks for your reply, how would the Intel build stack with this (Digital Storm Vanquish Level 3): http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadvanquish.asp?...


For a pre-built PC it's a very decent price. The build above is better as you can overclock the CPU and the PSU is of a higher standard. The monitor is also included in the price above which ends up making it a heck of a lot cheaper and a better performer. I would definitely build it yourself.
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July 4, 2013 10:25:47 AM

sophiebeth100 said:



For a pre-built PC it's a very decent price. The build above is better as you can overclock the CPU and the PSU is of a higher standard. The monitor is also included in the price above which ends up making it a heck of a lot cheaper and a better performer. I would definitely build it yourself.


Ok, one final question: so just to clear things up, I would have to order the parts from different places, wait til they all arrive, and assemble them in my home. And it comes with everything (screws, etc) that I need to install the components?

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July 4, 2013 10:27:53 AM

Grohlvana said:
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For a pre-built PC it's a very decent price. The build above is better as you can overclock the CPU and the PSU is of a higher standard. The monitor is also included in the price above which ends up making it a heck of a lot cheaper and a better performer. I would definitely build it yourself.
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Ok, one final question: so just to clear things up, I would have to order the parts from different places, wait til they all arrive, and assemble them in my home. And it comes with everything (screws, etc) that I need to install the components?

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Idk what happened here ^^
But yes, your motherboard will come with the cables you need for drives, the PSU has all the cables for power and the case comes with screws for the motherboard and standoffs etc. That's all you'll need.
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July 4, 2013 10:30:38 AM

Ok, well thank you very much for the help. I'm going to post a couple threads in different locations to consolidate opinions, but this the build I will keep in mind.
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July 4, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Grohlvana said:
Ok, well thank you very much for the help. I'm going to post a couple threads in different locations to consolidate opinions, but this the build I will keep in mind.


No worries, good luck :D 
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July 4, 2013 10:46:49 AM

sophiebeth100 said:
Grohlvana said:
Ok, well thank you very much for the help. I'm going to post a couple threads in different locations to consolidate opinions, but this the build I will keep in mind.


No worries, good luck :D 


Is there any way to transfer the info from PP to Cyberpower? They're having a 4th of July sale and I want to take advantage if I can.
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