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I've decided to make the jump to PC gaming instead of buying the next gen consoles. I gave myself a budget of $1100 and set off to the internets to learn computers (of which Tomshardware was a HUGE help). This is my first part list so any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, especially in regards to the graphics card.

On a side note, I have a nice monitor already. Would i be better served to not buy a monitor and put that money into a better graphics card or SSD?

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  1. Okay so I came up with this build. It's a beast of a machine. You can add a SSD later on if you want. I know it's 64 bucks over budget but.. well worth it. If you want you can make the psu 750 and that gives you room to SLI in the future if you wanted too.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nGqS
  2. Thank you so much for your build. I took your build and modified it slightly. This is a little bit overbudget still, but I threw a monitor in as well (I realized my monitor wouldn't do the GPU justice). I forgot to mention this in the op, but I do want to go SLI in the future so I went with a 750W PSU. I changed the ram sticks because I didn't think the red mixed with the yellow mobo would look good. I changed the case because I would like to have access to USB 3.0.

    Current List

    Questions

    1. I'm not for certain if the Enforcer will be able to fit 2 770s in the future.

    2. I'm not sure if the Asus Z87 pro version is neccessary (please forgive me if I'm missing something obvious about the pro version as I am still new and trying to learn). Does the pro version allow better overclocking as to opposed the other Asus Z87 versions? I guess my question is, is there any difference between the different versions besides ports and built-in LAN and wifi?
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    Okay so I think that the enforcer should be able to fit dual 770s. I could be wrong, you can look up the dementions on it though just to double check. I "believe" it does though.

    Pro version is just an awesome MB, Best bang for the buck in my opinion and amazing for overclocking/features.

    I'm not a very big fan of the PSU that you picked out though to be honest. I'd go with one of these two instead.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bnlg9

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850snlb9
  4. The build I plan to buy is as follows
    Intel Core i5-3570K Processor - $219.99
    No CPU Cooler since I don't plan to overclock
    Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Motherboard - $153.08
    EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SuperClocked 2GB GDDR5 GPU - $259.99
    8GB Corsair Vengeance Red DDR3 1600Mhz RAM - $74.99
    120GB Samsung 840 Series SSD - $98.27
    1TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD - $84.99
    Corsair Professional Series HX750W Modular PSU - $119.99
    Cooler Master HAF 922 - $91.77
    LG Blu-Ray Optical Drive - $57.99
    Subtotal - $1,162.88
    I don't know if this includes tax, I "built" it on Amazon, probably won't get till Christmas so it'll probably drop to $1,000 by then or I might decide to upgrade but I think it's a pretty solid budget PC, you have the option to go SLI with two 760s with better performance than a GTX 780 for $140 cheaper and you can overclock well with that CPU and you always have the option to increase RAM even though you'll probably never need more than 8, hope this helps :)
  5. HowBoutDemPats12 said:
    The build I plan to buy is as follows
    Intel Core i5-3570K Processor - $219.99
    No CPU Cooler since I don't plan to overclock
    Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Motherboard - $153.08
    EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SuperClocked 2GB GDDR5 GPU - $259.99
    8GB Corsair Vengeance Red DDR3 1600Mhz RAM - $74.99
    120GB Samsung 840 Series SSD - $98.27
    1TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD - $84.99
    Corsair Professional Series HX750W Modular PSU - $119.99
    Cooler Master HAF 922 - $91.77
    LG Blu-Ray Optical Drive - $57.99
    Subtotal - $1,162.88
    I don't know if this includes tax, I "built" it on Amazon, probably won't get till Christmas so it'll probably drop to $1,000 by then or I might decide to upgrade but I think it's a pretty solid budget PC, you have the option to go SLI with two 760s with better performance than a GTX 780 for $140 cheaper and you can overclock well with that CPU and you always have the option to increase RAM even though you'll probably never need more than 8, hope this helps :)


    Go to Pcpartpicker, they'll find cheaper parts than just on amazon.
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