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July 17, 2013 7:32:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month. July, 2013

Budget Range: $1,000

System Usage: Playing games such as FIFA, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and everyday use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

I have come up with a build and i need some feedback on this build. I would appreciate an help/advice i can get. i want to get the most out of my money. Thank you and i am in the united states.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dzj0
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dzj0/by_merchant/

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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 7:41:54 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1002.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 10:41 EDT-0400)

this would work better for you and you will be able to oc with this and have great gaming performance.
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July 17, 2013 8:02:22 AM

Slightly better build for a bit more:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1023.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:01 EDT-0400)

HX series is better than CX, case has better cooling, newer processor and mobo (Lets you upgrade to Broadwell), and cheaper RAM that runs just as well.
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July 17, 2013 8:26:59 AM

Thanatos Telos said:
Slightly better build for a bit more:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1023.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:01 EDT-0400)

HX series is better than CX, case has better cooling, newer processor and mobo (Lets you upgrade to Broadwell), and cheaper RAM that runs just as well.


You downgraded his gpu and gave him a worse psu. Why?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 8:33:03 AM

Emcardle said:
Thanatos Telos said:
Slightly better build for a bit more:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1023.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:01 EDT-0400)

HX series is better than CX, case has better cooling, newer processor and mobo (Lets you upgrade to Broadwell), and cheaper RAM that runs just as well.


You downgraded his gpu and gave him a worse psu. Why?


Are you stupid? The HX series is much better than the CX series:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

And the GPUs are the same, but from different brands.

Now, are you trolling or just ignorant?
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July 17, 2013 8:36:13 AM

Thanatos Telos said:
Emcardle said:
Thanatos Telos said:
Slightly better build for a bit more:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1023.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:01 EDT-0400)

HX series is better than CX, case has better cooling, newer processor and mobo (Lets you upgrade to Broadwell), and cheaper RAM that runs just as well.


You downgraded his gpu and gave him a worse psu. Why?


Are you stupid? The HX series is much better than the CX series:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

And the GPUs are the same, but from different brands.

Now, are you trolling or just ignorant?


I'm talking about his original build. He had an xfx psu (probably the best psu's on the market). He also had a 770. So huge downgrade and I'm the ignorant one lmao
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July 17, 2013 8:56:56 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1002.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 10:41 EDT-0400)

this would work better for you and you will be able to oc with this and have great gaming performance.


Emcardle said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hCMX

That's what I would go with.


Thank you everyone for the feedback. I appreciate it all.

So, that AMD processor would give me better performance than the Intel i5? Same thing for the graphics card? Also, i would like to add a monitor to that. Any suggestions?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:12:32 AM

Emcardle said:
Thanatos Telos said:
Emcardle said:
Thanatos Telos said:
Slightly better build for a bit more:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1023.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:01 EDT-0400)

HX series is better than CX, case has better cooling, newer processor and mobo (Lets you upgrade to Broadwell), and cheaper RAM that runs just as well.


You downgraded his gpu and gave him a worse psu. Why?


Are you stupid? The HX series is much better than the CX series:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

And the GPUs are the same, but from different brands.

Now, are you trolling or just ignorant?


I'm talking about his original build. He had an xfx psu (probably the best psu's on the market). He also had a 770. So huge downgrade and I'm the ignorant one lmao


First off, XFX PSUs and Corsairs higher end PSUs are made by the same company. Second off, you seem to be a little bit of a bully, consider that you said that about my build and not the other guy's. (Which I was talking about to start with) Thirdly, I included an SSD and a better PSU (Same manufacturer (not company), higher wattage), and the 770 is for gaming above 1080p. At 1080p, An HD 7870/660 can and will run games on high. You seem to be making assumptions based on nothing.

EDIT: Not to mention the ability to OC, a better mobo, and a case with better airflow IIRC, my build is actually a nice improvement on his.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:17:12 AM

zimbabwe07 said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1002.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 10:41 EDT-0400)

this would work better for you and you will be able to oc with this and have great gaming performance.


Emcardle said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hCMX

That's what I would go with.


Thank you everyone for the feedback. I appreciate it all.

So, that AMD processor would give me better performance than the Intel i5? Same thing for the graphics card? Also, i would like to add a monitor to that. Any suggestions?



It won't give you *better* performance than the i5, but it's a good CPU (with the potential to upgrade to Steamroller) and the less expensive motherboard gives you the headroom to get a better GPU. A 3570k with a 760 will usually outperform an 8350 with a 760, but an 8350 with a *770* is preferable to a 3570k with a 760.

For a gaming build, the GPU is the key - on a budget build, you want to get to that highest-tier GPU that you can squeeze out. Once your budget gets to the point at which that sweetspot high-end card, the one usually in the $350-$450 range or so, can fit in, then you can worry about the marginal gains of a CPU boost.
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July 17, 2013 10:00:49 AM

DSzymborski said:
zimbabwe07 said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1002.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 10:41 EDT-0400)

this would work better for you and you will be able to oc with this and have great gaming performance.


Emcardle said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hCMX

That's what I would go with.


Thank you everyone for the feedback. I appreciate it all.

So, that AMD processor would give me better performance than the Intel i5? Same thing for the graphics card? Also, i would like to add a monitor to that. Any suggestions?



It won't give you *better* performance than the i5, but it's a good CPU (with the potential to upgrade to Steamroller) and the less expensive motherboard gives you the headroom to get a better GPU. A 3570k with a 760 will usually outperform an 8350 with a 760, but an 8350 with a *770* is preferable to a 3570k with a 760.

For a gaming build, the GPU is the key - on a budget build, you want to get to that highest-tier GPU that you can squeeze out. Once your budget gets to the point at which that sweetspot high-end card, the one usually in the $350-$450 range or so, can fit in, then you can worry about the marginal gains of a CPU boost.


Thanks, that clears up a lot of my questions. I am leaning more towards the AMD build. One more thing, any suggestions for a monitor?
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July 17, 2013 10:15:13 AM

zimbabwe07 said:
DSzymborski said:
zimbabwe07 said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1002.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 10:41 EDT-0400)

this would work better for you and you will be able to oc with this and have great gaming performance.


Emcardle said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hCMX

That's what I would go with.


Thank you everyone for the feedback. I appreciate it all.

So, that AMD processor would give me better performance than the Intel i5? Same thing for the graphics card? Also, i would like to add a monitor to that. Any suggestions?



It won't give you *better* performance than the i5, but it's a good CPU (with the potential to upgrade to Steamroller) and the less expensive motherboard gives you the headroom to get a better GPU. A 3570k with a 760 will usually outperform an 8350 with a 760, but an 8350 with a *770* is preferable to a 3570k with a 760.

For a gaming build, the GPU is the key - on a budget build, you want to get to that highest-tier GPU that you can squeeze out. Once your budget gets to the point at which that sweetspot high-end card, the one usually in the $350-$450 range or so, can fit in, then you can worry about the marginal gains of a CPU boost.


Thanks, that clears up a lot of my questions. I am leaning more towards the AMD build. One more thing, any suggestions for a monitor?


Something like one of the Asus 1080p monitors in low-mid $100s is a good purchase. I think Newegg has a 23-inch one with a big discount right now.

There are actually a lot of good monitors out there (like cases). For a basic monitor rather than the high-end ones, it's really hard to go *that* far wrong.
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