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New Build. Need serious help with a $1,000 budget.

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July 9, 2013 3:49:09 PM

This is my first rig, and I'd like to do it right. I would like to keep the overall under a grand, and I need everyone's help to shave down the price a bit.

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $800-$1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: almost exclusively used for gaming. Playing games such as Starcraft 2, ARMA 3, Battlefield 4, Diablo 3, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything (except for mouse and keyboard)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, anything with good deals, and within distance of a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: Very stuck on the new i5-4670k and GTX760

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future)

Additional Comments: I'm very interested in adding another GPU as the time comes, so a mobo, case, and power supply that allows for that would be ideal.

Why Are You Upgrading: Playing my games on an old partitioned macbook, and looking for a huge change in pace.




This is where I'm at right now,

*CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99)

Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO -- $35

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($150.00)

*GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ($250.00)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (57.50)

SSD: Not interested

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 ($68.00)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM -- $100

PSU: (Very confused) XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($70.00)

*Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Newegg.com $40.00)
Total: $1010.49 + tax/shipping


Like I said I'm a little confused about power supply, and I'm conflicted between a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX ($150.00) and a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO ($210.00 i like the wifi ;) ) Other than changing the CPU or the GPU, I'm completely open to suggestions to shave down the price/improve performance. I'm new at this so I could use all the help I can get. Thanks in advance. :D 

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July 9, 2013 4:07:12 PM

Ok, here's what I've got:

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: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $988.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 19:00 EDT-0400)

4670k Cpu of course, went with the Asus Z87-A motherboard instead of the Pro to save money. 2 x 4gb's Ram for dual channel goodness. WD Caviar Blue 1tb HDD, pretty standard fare for this budget. I went with a different eVga 760 because it's clocked higher and has a non-reference cooler, and the price difference is negligible. 750w XFX PSU, more than enough for overclocking and a second video card as well. I went with a cheaper case than I'd usually like, but this one is still solid. Ideally I'd recommend a Fractal Design Define R4(windowed or not, up to you). Added in the standard optical drive. Not the cheapest one there is, but has the best write speeds for about a dollar more.
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July 9, 2013 4:13:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eXJc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eXJc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eXJc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $962.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 19:12 EDT-0400)
The evo was fine for a mild oc with Ivy bridge, but Haswell runs hotter than Ivy bridge and since you are interested in overclocking so I added a better CPU cooler. Also changed ram to 2x4gb sticks of ddr3 1866 for dual channel and overclcoking. Still have a gtx 760 but choose the gigabyte as it has a better cooler and higher quality vrm's. Also added a decent usb wireless card. For SLI you'd need to spend $20-30 more on the PSU, the 550w XFX is a good unit but wont do dual 760's especially if there is any over clocking going on. If you want SLi as an option get the 750w psu in the post above.
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July 9, 2013 4:49:52 PM

bignastyid said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eXJc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eXJc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eXJc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $962.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 19:12 EDT-0400)
The evo was fine for a mild oc with Ivy bridge, but Haswell runs hotter than Ivy bridge and since you are interested in overclocking so I added a better CPU cooler. Also changed ram to 2x4gb sticks of ddr3 1866 for dual channel and overclcoking. Still have a gtx 760 but choose the gigabyte as it has a better cooler and higher quality vrm's. Also added a decent usb wireless card. For SLI you'd need to spend $20-30 more on the PSU, the 550w XFX is a good unit but wont do dual 760's especially if there is any over clocking going on. If you want SLi as an option get the 750w psu in the post above.


Thanks for the help, I am gonna stick with the challenger case and bumb up to the 750w. I'm still stuck on which motherboard to get though. Does the GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 LGA 1150 support SLI?
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July 9, 2013 4:56:27 PM

For 50 dollars though, I'd rather get this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12s on top of my Cpu. Outperforms that Phanteks cooler too. I'd switch to that Gigabyte video card too. Swaps the lead at 1080p on games, but the eVga performs slightly better at higher resolutions. However, the Gigabyte is quieter under load. I like the idea of 1866mhz ram too, the Crucial was just a slightly cheaper buy.
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July 9, 2013 5:00:41 PM

Oops its doesnt, sorry about that. Here's an updated list with an SLI board and the 750w XFX psu
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eYMz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eYMz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eYMz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1014.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 19:58 EDT-0400)
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