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July 9, 2013 8:22:53 AM

Hey guys, I don't really know what to do about it, so could you guys put together a PC for $1300? It needs to include a monitor and opperating system! GO AT IT!

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 8:33:07 AM

We'll need some more information before we can make any suggestions:
1: What is the intended use of the system? (gaming, video editing, what?)
2: Where are you buying? (country and state/province needed, city ideal)
3: Do you wish to overclock?
4: Do you require peripherals?
5: Do you have any parts preferences or requirements?

Answering those questions will allow us to make informed suggestions, rather than just trying to guess what you need from your computer.
July 9, 2013 8:36:51 AM

This is for hardcore gaming, I want to play Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 on ultra no problem.
I am buying from amazon, and I live in the USA.
I don't want to overclock, i'm not into that yet, i'll upgrade if needed.
Like I said, I want to play all my games on Ultra, decent frame rates.
I like the nVidia products for GPUs and I do prefer intel processors, but if you think amd will do me fine, go for it. I need a good motherboard brand, and I would like (not important) to have a Modular power supply.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 8:37:04 AM

*How to Ask for New Build or Upgrade Advice*
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.
July 9, 2013 8:37:38 AM

Can I build you a PC for half of that and you give me the rest?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 8:40:27 AM

mbw56789 said:
This is for hardcore gaming, I want to play Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 on ultra no problem.
I am buying from amazon, and I live in the USA.
I don't want to overclock, i'm not into that yet, i'll upgrade if needed.
Like I said, I want to play all my games on Ultra, decent frame rates.
I like the nVidia products for GPUs and I do prefer intel processors, but if you think amd will do me fine, go for it. I need a good motherboard brand, and I would like (not important) to have a Modular power supply.


That's all doable (though it's almost always more ideal to purchase from a variety of vendors, and I would strongly suggest that you do so), but you could potentially save quite a lot with a walk-in or local deal, and I can't advise you on that without knowing, at minimum, your state of residence.

hapkido said:
Can I build you a PC for half of that and you give me the rest?


If you can build a PC for $650 including monitor and OS that will max BF3/4, I want to hire you as a full-time employee.
July 9, 2013 8:48:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: October 2013

Budget Range: $1300 before rebates, before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: Need to buy all.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, or newegg.

Location: North Carolina USA.

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU, Intel CPU (or amd if it is better), Modular PSU.

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I need a new computer, mine sucks.

I need to play Battlefield 4 on Ultra no problem.
July 9, 2013 8:48:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: October 2013

Budget Range: $1300 before rebates, before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: Need to buy all.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, or newegg.

Location: North Carolina USA.

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU, Intel CPU (or amd if it is better), Modular PSU.

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I need a new computer, mine sucks.

I need to play Battlefield 4 on Ultra no problem.
July 9, 2013 8:48:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: October 2013

Budget Range: $1300 before rebates, before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: Need to buy all.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, or newegg.

Location: North Carolina USA.

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU, Intel CPU (or amd if it is better), Modular PSU.

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I need a new computer, mine sucks.

I need to play Battlefield 4 on Ultra no problem.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 8:53:16 AM

For 13000 dollars this is the best and the beast computer you can build. It can max out any game on 1080p without a problem at all. This is a very good build. Good for everything, this is a beast, so if you can buy it then go for it, no problem.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($356.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1286.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 11:51 EDT-0400)

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 9:00:24 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
For 13000 dollars this is the best and the beast computer you can build. It can max out any game on 1080p without a problem at all. This is a very good build. Good for everything, this is a beast, so if you can buy it then go for it, no problem.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($356.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1286.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 11:51 EDT-0400)

If you think that the answer helped, then don't forrget to select it as the best answer. It would be highly appreciated by me.


I must humbly disagree, my friend. Given that OP does not wish to overclock, I feel that this would be a more efficient choice:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($152.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1305.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 11:58 EDT-0400)

Stronger GPU, non-overclocking CPU (the -k designation would only add cost, given that you don't want to overclock), faster SSD, much better case, and a better monitor than Sangeet's build.
July 9, 2013 9:02:58 AM

^^ I agree with you Jack, that system is more fit for my liking and taste, but will that power supply do the job? it is only 550..
July 9, 2013 9:05:40 AM

Nevermind, sorry to have wasted anyone's time. Happy gaming.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 9:06:22 AM

mbw56789 said:
^^ I agree with you Jack, that system is more fit for my liking and taste, but will that power supply do the job? it is only 550..


Almost certainly, but if you're worried about it, you could get a significantly larger PSU for only $20 more:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($152.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1329.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 12:05 EDT-0400)

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 9:08:31 AM
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StrangeDaze said:
Hmm, if your idea of "Ultra" is like mine - no way I could do for $1300. My recent build set me back $2100 (spread out over 6months of gathering parts) - but it will do everything you wanted and then some.

Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory
Heatsink: Swiftech H220 Water Cooler
PSU: SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
Video Card 1: EVGA 03G-P4-2781-KR GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
HDD 1: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5"" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD 2: 2 other SATA drives
O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Retail
Case: Corsair HAF-XM
Fans (case): HAF-X fans, Cooler Master 200mm side fan
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder
Keyboard: Warrior Gamepad, Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
NIC 2: ASUS PCE-AC66 Next Generation AC Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express

I plan to get a 2nd GTX 780 after I upgrade my 42" HDTV (otherwise my PSU would be overkill). You can take my list and down grade the components - but then I would be surprised if BF4 won't play nice on "Ultra". Sorry to derail the thread a bit, just got done putting this rig together and thought I'd share. Hope you can get something you'll be happy with mbw56789.


If that was a pure gaming rig, you overspent by at least $600, likely more. Also, please don't derail advice threads to talk about how cool your build is. I have an i7 and dual overclocked 7970s, but I don't go around interrupting discussions to tell people about it.
July 9, 2013 9:09:25 AM

Thanks, I am going with this system most likely!
a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 9:14:22 AM

mbw56789 said:
Thanks, I am going with this system most likely!


My pleasure. I, uh, hope that you're referring to my $1,300 build, however, not his $2,100 build. That thing has overkill coming out its ears.

Edit: Also, should you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to PM me.
July 9, 2013 9:18:46 AM

LOL, yeah I meant the 1300$ build :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 9, 2013 9:21:13 AM

mbw56789 said:
LOL, yeah I meant the 1300$ build :D 


Just wanted to make sure. :) 

Good luck and happy gaming!
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