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First Build (Gaming Build) $1500 budget hoping 4-5 years, need advice

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July 22, 2013 7:26:44 PM

Hello all, this will be my first build EVER. I am looking for any tips/tricks/advice. Please do not suggest an AMD build. I respect them and what they make, but they aren't for me.

I have a budget of around $1500, of course I want to get the best bang for the buck, but I really do not want to sacrifice quality. I am building mostly for gaming, watching videos/streams/movies, general MS Office work, and multitasking browser windows. I'm hoping to run games at med-high graphics for the next 4-5 years, by the way I am willing to turn down graphics settings, but I am building this to play games with good graphics. I want to play next-gen games like BF4, Arma 3, DayZ, and GTA V hopefully on high graphics. I will be playing BF3, GTA IV, Mirror's Edge, Planetside 2, and Arma 2(DayZ Mod) on high as well.

I do not expect to play the cutting edge games on high settings that come out 2 years+ after I build my pc, I can compensate with turning down graphics. I plan to overclock maybe up to 4.2 Ghz nothing further.

My build so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jyAH

Not needed: keyboard, mouse, display, disk drive

I love the look of the case, but I am willing to change to a cheaper one, I would like to have one that looks decent and has a right-side window
I want to keep in the line of Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI mobo, will not consider anything else other than a Haswell CPU (at least trying to future proof a little), and only Nvidia GPU's.
I went with 8x2 RAM in case I want to upgrade to 32 Gb of RAM later
I don't NEED an SSD but I would love to have one for my boot up and some games, and I heard this one was close to the best.

Definitely need help choosing mobo, GPU, RAM. I'm trying to wait until the ASUS Maximus VI Formula comes out, it looks like it has a lot of upgrade potantial, and I would be willing to pay extra for it. I'm also interested in the RAIDR SSD.

Please tell me what you think and leave suggestions, all suggestions will be well considered and much appreciated!
July 22, 2013 7:58:29 PM

Good build, although I don't think you'll be needing 32Gb of RAM in the next 5 years for gaming. Another good MoBo to take a look at is the ASRock Extreme6. Here's a good roundup of Z87 boards:http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-haswell-motherb...
Also, the 840 Pro is considered the best SSD in benchmarks but I don't know how noticeable that will be in real usage.
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July 22, 2013 8:24:07 PM

CMac019 said:
Good build, although I don't think you'll be needing 32Gb of RAM in the next 5 years for gaming. Another good MoBo to take a look at is the ASRock Extreme6. Here's a good roundup of Z87 boards:http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-haswell-motherb...
Also, the 840 Pro is considered the best SSD in benchmarks but I don't know how noticeable that will be in real usage.

Thanks for your input. I never really considered ASRock boards because I've heard they use cheaper/less-reliable parts and thinner PCBs. Might this be true? I'd love to hear your thoughts. That mobo makes me consider it more, considering it is called the "Extreme6" and it's only $190.
And, no I never considered 32 Gbs for gaming, but I don't know what future ventures I might be into.
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July 22, 2013 8:34:20 PM

Lately ASRock has been getting great review and more popular, though they're very small compared to Asus and Gigabyte. I have a z77 Extreme4 in my current rig that I love and it's handled my overclocking very well.
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July 22, 2013 8:37:47 PM

CMac019 said:
Lately ASRock has been getting great review and more popular, though they're very small compared to Asus and Gigabyte. I have a z77 Extreme4 in my current rig that I love and it's handled my overclocking very well.

Ok, interesting. If you don't mind me asking, what's you rig like? OC freq., CPU, and cooling at least.
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July 22, 2013 8:43:01 PM

This is my exact setup, I wish I went with a better graphics card but I got that 7850 for only $150 about 6 months ago.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.37 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00510100-R3U1 Wireless Laser Mouse ($111.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $1202.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 23:40 EDT-0400)
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July 22, 2013 8:53:07 PM

CMac019 said:
This is my exact setup, I wish I went with a better graphics card but I got that 7850 for only $150 about 6 months ago.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.37 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00510100-R3U1 Wireless Laser Mouse ($111.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $1202.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 23:40 EDT-0400)

It looks like a nice build from what I know. And I see you aren't water cooling, so I'm guessing my cooler could keep up just fine if I OCed. Thanks for your tips!
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July 22, 2013 8:59:45 PM

Yeah that H100i is the best you can get. I'm at 4.6GHz with the 9900Max and have no temp problems. I'm not too familiar with overclocking on the Haswell chips but temp wise I don't think it'll be much different than my Ivy Bridge.
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July 22, 2013 9:07:53 PM

Thank You CMac019 for your input! This thread is still open for comments and/or suggestions!
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July 22, 2013 9:14:34 PM

Your build looks solid to me. Its almost identical to mine, only I have less RAM, more SSD, and a white case with black/red internals. Might want to check it out.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16fDL
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July 22, 2013 9:43:54 PM

Tommiiie said:
Your build looks solid to me. Its almost identical to mine, only I have less RAM, more SSD, and a white case with black/red internals. Might want to check it out.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16fDL

Nice looking build and it's about $200 cheaper than mine. I am considering downing my ram to 4x2 and changing my case now. Thank you for sharing your info!
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July 22, 2013 9:51:49 PM

Also, to all viewing this thread. What are your recommendations for a GPU brand like Gigabyte Windforce, EVGA, ASUS DirectCU, MSI, ect. Thanks to all!
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July 22, 2013 10:15:11 PM

All of those are good brands. I've never had a EVGA card but they have a lot of loyal fans and I hear their customer service and warranty is the best.
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July 23, 2013 5:47:42 AM

I like your build but you should be aware of this deal http://microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bund... get your mobo and an i7 4770k. (yes i realize that most games don't use hyper threading right) BUT we are talking about 5 years down the road. i have a hard time believing that 5 years from now it wont become a standard feature. also for the love of all things good in the world don't buy windows 8 it will pain you. windows 7 is the same price for home oem.
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July 23, 2013 7:44:00 AM

morgunus213 said:
I like your build but you should be aware of this deal http://microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bund... get your mobo and an i7 4770k. (yes i realize that most games don't use hyper threading right) BUT we are talking about 5 years down the road. i have a hard time believing that 5 years from now it wont become a standard feature. also for the love of all things good in the world don't buy windows 8 it will pain you. windows 7 is the same price for home oem.

Thanks for the link! I went for Wondows 8 simply because it was the newest thing out, and it has a compatability mode where you can run programs or games in any of the Windows realeases. I would like to hear your thoughts on why not to choose Windows 8 and choose Windows 7 instead. Thank you for your time!
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July 23, 2013 9:00:12 AM

Windows 8 is for MANY people very non-intuitive. The compatibility modes are terrible (not that it matters much almost ALL compatibility modes have been terrible from Microsoft).

To really get it to work kind of sorta ok you have to get windows 8 pro (forgive me if this is the wrong title). One of the operating systems is for tablets it would be GREAT if it were on a tablet its terrible for pc though its CHEAP. The other one is almost the same but has a really terrible windows 7ish screen that's painful to navigate. Without this screen doing basic tasks becomes a hassle. But you pay extra for the ability to have this mediocre desktop.
It has widely been regarded since its release as the worst release so far. Even trumping the windows vista fiasco. stick with 7 HOPEFULLY they will have figured out what to do with the design flaws by 9 like they did with vista and 7. There have been complaints in regards to gaming as well compatibility issues driver issues management issues privacy issues the list is long.
The good news is windows 7 costs just the same as it always has. Its available almost everywhere windows 8 is sold even now. People demand to continue to use 7 and retailers most certainly aren't going to argue the point.

In other news Sadly you just missed steam summer sale but if you get windows 7 and steam most everything will run right even super old games (i'm lookin at you doom and duke nukem). And there wont be anything to worry about. You can catch the next sale during Christmas if you haven't enjoyed a holiday steam sale as a pc gamer your missing out on some awesome stuff. I just payed 30$ each for bio shock infinite, black ops 2, and metro last night i couldn't be happier.
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July 23, 2013 9:19:50 AM

morgunus213 said:
Windows 8 is for MANY people very non-intuitive. The compatibility modes are terrible (not that it matters much almost ALL compatibility modes have been terrible from Microsoft).

To really get it to work kind of sorta ok you have to get windows 8 pro (forgive me if this is the wrong title). One of the operating systems is for tablets it would be GREAT if it were on a tablet its terrible for pc though its CHEAP. The other one is almost the same but has a really terrible windows 7ish screen that's painful to navigate. Without this screen doing basic tasks becomes a hassle. But you pay extra for the ability to have this mediocre desktop.
It has widely been regarded since its release as the worst release so far. Even trumping the windows vista fiasco. stick with 7 HOPEFULLY they will have figured out what to do with the design flaws by 9 like they did with vista and 7. There have been complaints in regards to gaming as well compatibility issues driver issues management issues privacy issues the list is long.
The good news is windows 7 costs just the same as it always has. Its available almost everywhere windows 8 is sold even now. People demand to continue to use 7 and retailers most certainly aren't going to argue the point.

In other news Sadly you just missed steam summer sale but if you get windows 7 and steam most everything will run right even super old games (i'm lookin at you doom and duke nukem). And there wont be anything to worry about. You can catch the next sale during Christmas if you haven't enjoyed a holiday steam sale as a pc gamer your missing out on some awesome stuff. I just payed 30$ each for bio shock infinite, black ops 2, and metro last night i couldn't be happier.

Hah, just cause I don't have a PC to run games doesn't mean I didn't take advantage of the CRAZY GOOD deals of the Summer Sale *wink wink*. I will do some more research on Windows 7 vs Windows 8 and ask around, and see what I find out. Thank you!
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July 23, 2013 2:06:26 PM

decimalpoint said:
morgunus213 said:
Windows 8 is for MANY people very non-intuitive. The compatibility modes are terrible (not that it matters much almost ALL compatibility modes have been terrible from Microsoft).

To really get it to work kind of sorta ok you have to get windows 8 pro (forgive me if this is the wrong title). One of the operating systems is for tablets it would be GREAT if it were on a tablet its terrible for pc though its CHEAP. The other one is almost the same but has a really terrible windows 7ish screen that's painful to navigate. Without this screen doing basic tasks becomes a hassle. But you pay extra for the ability to have this mediocre desktop.
It has widely been regarded since its release as the worst release so far. Even trumping the windows vista fiasco. stick with 7 HOPEFULLY they will have figured out what to do with the design flaws by 9 like they did with vista and 7. There have been complaints in regards to gaming as well compatibility issues driver issues management issues privacy issues the list is long.
The good news is windows 7 costs just the same as it always has. Its available almost everywhere windows 8 is sold even now. People demand to continue to use 7 and retailers most certainly aren't going to argue the point.

In other news Sadly you just missed steam summer sale but if you get windows 7 and steam most everything will run right even super old games (i'm lookin at you doom and duke nukem). And there wont be anything to worry about. You can catch the next sale during Christmas if you haven't enjoyed a holiday steam sale as a pc gamer your missing out on some awesome stuff. I just payed 30$ each for bio shock infinite, black ops 2, and metro last night i couldn't be happier.

Hah, just cause I don't have a PC to run games doesn't mean I didn't take advantage of the CRAZY GOOD deals of the Summer Sale *wink wink*. I will do some more research on Windows 7 vs Windows 8 and ask around, and see what I find out. Thank you!


A lot of people really hate Windows 8 but once you get used to it, it's not bad. It's slightly quicker, and I wouldn't buy an OS that's going to be supported for less time.

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