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July 28, 2013 12:38:55 PM

Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lBvG

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 3 weeks or so

Budget Range: $1000-1500 without monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing Internet, MS Office etc

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse and speakers will be reused and upgraded as needed

Preferred Website for Parts: None, but will get case other things to see feel at a store locally

Country: Houston Texas

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor leaning toward Nvidia GPU because I hear SLI is more stable.

Overclocking: No plans on it I don't think it will be needed

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. I intend to run one GPU and SLI if needed in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Looking for a quiet quality machine for ~3 years. I plan to have one minor upgrade (second or new GPU, RAM, maybe processor) in ~3 years then rebuild when it starts to lag again.

I want Windows OS 7 or 8 I am undecided please comment

I added SSD for speed. I wonder if I should go with a smaller 840 pro or stay with the one selected. HDD may not even be needed initially as I do not have large storage requirements other than games.

I am most interested in places where I over or underspent. I appreciate all the help.



[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lBvG) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lBvG/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lBvG/benchmarks/)


CPU Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670) | $209.99 @ Amazon
CPU CoolerSilenX EFZ-100HA2 58.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silenx-cpu-cooler-efz100ha...) | $9.96 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr...) | $144.98 @ Outlet PC
Memory Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx16c10b1...) | $124.99 @ Amazon
SSD Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $162.99 @ NCIX US
HDD Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $62.98 @ Outlet PC
GPU Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx660dc2o...) | $189.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc431pk...) | $34.99 @ Newegg
PSU Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...) | $79.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-bw12b1s...) | $58.99 @ NCIX US
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
Monitor Samsung S27C570H 27.0" Monitor (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-monitor-s27c570h) | $254.99 @ Newegg
**Keyboard** | [Rosewill RIKB-11002 Wired Slim Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-keyboard-rikb1100...) | $9.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1418.81
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 15:07 EDT-0400 |
July 28, 2013 12:46:39 PM

You will not have a good experience with that graphics card. Try looking for a 660Ti at least. Maybe even dropping to 8GB of RAM if you need to do that to get there.
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July 28, 2013 12:48:27 PM

Choose the desired CPU/ and any MOBO combo.
Next, go to the Z87 boards here http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N... , choose whichever board you want, any one will become discounted. After you choose your board and the desired combo items they offer proceed to your shopping cart.
Remove the undesired mobo, Now the one you want will become discounted.
Let me know how much of your budget is saved and leftover and I will continue from there.
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July 28, 2013 1:04:14 PM

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1455.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 16:03 EDT-0400)
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July 30, 2013 7:05:19 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1455.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 16:03 EDT-0400)


I like this solution, I have modified it a bit. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card ($312.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1226.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 09:57 EDT-0400)

I switched to the 760 GPU as looking at the total price I decided to lower budget a bit, also I have read that the bang for the buck of the 770 is not as good as the 760. I do not have heavy duty gaming needs, but do want good graphics. My thought is when games start to surpass the 760 I can SLI another in a year or two for cheap or upgrade to a new gen. Feel free to enlighten me if this is not correct.
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July 30, 2013 7:06:59 AM

Immaculate said:
Choose the desired CPU/ and any MOBO combo.
Next, go to the Z87 boards here http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N... , choose whichever board you want, any one will become discounted. After you choose your board and the desired combo items they offer proceed to your shopping cart.
Remove the undesired mobo, Now the one you want will become discounted.
Let me know how much of your budget is saved and leftover and I will continue from there.


Thanks for the advise that location is not far from me I will definitely check it out.
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July 30, 2013 7:09:00 AM

Kyrilosha said:
I like this solution, I have modified it a bit. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card ($312.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1226.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 09:57 EDT-0400)

I switched to the 760 GPU as looking at the total price I decided to lower budget a bit, also I have read that the bang for the buck of the 770 is not as good as the 760. I do not have heavy duty gaming needs, but do want good graphics. My thought is when games start to surpass the 760 I can SLI another in a year or two for cheap or upgrade to a new gen. Feel free to enlighten me if this is not correct.


If you plan on overclocking, the K edition of the 4670 is reccommended :) 

And what about a 7950? I geuss its really a matter of choice between the GTX760 and the 7950:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/855?vs=854

Another possible build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1084.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 10:18 EDT-0400)
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July 31, 2013 12:08:38 AM

Nice builds, i personaly would pick an asus motherboard, because of for example bios and features, quality.

For sli, 750+ psu
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August 4, 2013 10:04:30 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Kyrilosha said:
I like this solution, I have modified it a bit. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card ($312.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1226.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 09:57 EDT-0400)

I switched to the 760 GPU as looking at the total price I decided to lower budget a bit, also I have read that the bang for the buck of the 770 is not as good as the 760. I do not have heavy duty gaming needs, but do want good graphics. My thought is when games start to surpass the 760 I can SLI another in a year or two for cheap or upgrade to a new gen. Feel free to enlighten me if this is not correct.


If you plan on overclocking, the K edition of the 4670 is reccommended :) 

And what about a 7950? I geuss its really a matter of choice between the GTX760 and the 7950:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/855?vs=854

Another possible build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1084.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 10:18 EDT-0400)


I like the NVIDIA for SLI over the crossfire which I read has issues.

I don't have any intention to overclock, but never say never. Is there any other reason to go with the K?
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August 5, 2013 8:01:48 AM

Kyrilosha said:
I like the NVIDIA for SLI over the crossfire which I read has issues.

I don't have any intention to overclock, but never say never. Is there any other reason to go with the K?


Nope, no other reason really, i think they have better integrated graphics, but that doesn't matter for you anyway since you won't be using it.
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August 5, 2013 10:36:21 AM

I could be wrong here but I always thought the K editions were of higher quality than their non-k counter parts. I thought they were the best testing CPUs thats why they leave them unlocked.
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August 6, 2013 6:56:14 AM

Immaculate said:
I could be wrong here but I always thought the K editions were of higher quality than their non-k counter parts. I thought they were the best testing CPUs thats why they leave them unlocked.


Nope same quality, just a way for Intel to make more money :/ 
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