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July 12, 2013 4:20:14 PM

I have decided to build my first PC. I need everything (keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS). Looking to keep the budget between $1400-$1600.

I want it to be capable of gaming (bf3). Ill also use it for multimedia, web browsing, coding, photoshop etc..

Figured Id ask some experts on what hardware to start looking at and researching. Thanks!

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July 12, 2013 4:43:57 PM

Just to get you started - here's a build I'll be getting soon. Sorry its in pounds but it equals out to around $1450 and parts are also more expensive in the UK.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1fFja
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July 12, 2013 5:13:45 PM

Here's one for ya.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($167.48 @ Newegg)
Total: $1477.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 20:34 EDT-0400)

For that budget you get the best reasonable Cpu for gaming. The motherboard is excellant, especially at that price. The cooler is on sale and very efficient with great thermal results for overclocking. 1866mhz Ram because its about the same cost as 1600mhz. Depending on how much coding and photoshop you do though, you might want to get 16gb's of Ram and a 4770k Cpu. If that is the case, can rework the build. For gaming though, no reason to change it up. You get a TB HDD, and 120gb SSD. The caveat with this SSD is you can actually use ALL of it and not suffer for it. Most SSD's have to have 20% free to avoid performance issues, this one does not.

The graphics card is great. No reason to spend more, and your budget allows you to spend this much. I love the case because it allows for great cable management. This is the non-windowed version though. Decide if it's worth spending more for a windowed one. The PSU is at a great price and has plenty of power for SLI and overclocking. Included an IPS monitor to judge cost, and plenty of money left over mouse/keyboard/speakers.

:edit: Changed the monitor's retailer to newegg. Didn't want Microcenter's price to mislead because it's only good for pickup.
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July 12, 2013 5:21:43 PM

Swordkd said:
Here's one for ya.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1469.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 20:07 EDT-0400)

For that budget you get the best reasonable Cpu for gaming. The motherboard is excellant, especially at that price. The cooler is on sale and very efficient with great thermal results for overclocking. 1866mhz Ram because its about the same cost as 1600mhz. Depending on how much coding and photoshop you do though, you might want to get 16gb's of Ram and a 4770k Cpu. If that is the case, can rework the build. For gaming though, no reason to change it up. You get a TB HDD, and 120gb SSD. The caveat with this SSD is you can actually use ALL of it and not suffer for it. Most SSD's have to have 20% free to avoid performance issues, this one does not.

The graphics card is great. No reason to spend more, and your budget allows you to spend this much. I love the case because it allows for great cable management. This is the non-windowed version though. Decide if it's worth spending more for a windowed one. The PSU is at a great price and has plenty of power for SLI and overclocking. Included an IPS monitor to judge cost, and plenty of money left over mouse/keyboard/speakers.


Thanks for the reply! What difference will I see in the upgraded cpu and ram. Hyperthreading with 4770k?
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July 12, 2013 5:25:10 PM

The link as text:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1fFja
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1fFja/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1fFja/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.62 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£107.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£50.42 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£72.98 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£315.32 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£60.47 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £946.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-13 01:24 BST+0100)
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July 12, 2013 5:33:20 PM

Yes. Hyperthreading doesn't benefit the I5 in games. Neither does more than 8gb's of Ram. However, there are applications of course that do benefit. You'll have to decide if you do enough of them to benefit from spending more money, or if 8gb and an I5 is enough for those.
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July 12, 2013 6:51:48 PM

Swordkd said:
Yes. Hyperthreading doesn't benefit the I5 in games. Neither does more than 8gb's of Ram. However, there are applications of course that do benefit. You'll have to decide if you do enough of them to benefit from spending more money, or if 8gb and an I5 is enough for those.


I like the list you put up. Id change the case to the titanium grey version though. I don't do much coding or editing right now. I am teaching myself a couple languages right now but I am moving out soon and I need my own computer.

What setting would this build be able to run new games at?
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July 12, 2013 7:15:57 PM

H4boxer said:
Swordkd said:
Yes. Hyperthreading doesn't benefit the I5 in games. Neither does more than 8gb's of Ram. However, there are applications of course that do benefit. You'll have to decide if you do enough of them to benefit from spending more money, or if 8gb and an I5 is enough for those.


I like the list you put up. Id change the case to the titanium grey version though. I don't do much coding or editing right now. I am teaching myself a couple languages right now but I am moving out soon and I need my own computer.

What setting would this build be able to run new games at?


At 1080p, Ultra for at least the next year.

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