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First gaming build, $1000 budget. Would appreciate help and comments

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August 13, 2013 9:18:48 PM

Hi there, this is my first post on the forums and i wanted to ask for some advice on a gaming PC build. The PC i'm using now is pretty old (will run games released up to 2007), also i do guitar recordings and the some of the software i use is pretty demanding for my PC.

Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully early October (i'm not done saving up the money yet but i'm confident i'll have it by early October)

Budget Range: about $1000 (This might be tricky to answer since PC hardware is much more expensive here. Even though i would be spending the equivalent of $2000, that wouldn't buy the same things it would in the US)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music recording, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parts Preferences: again, no preference

Overclocking: Very, very unlikely

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i'd really love to be able to play next gen titles like Assassin's Creed IV, WatchDogs, Total War: Rome II, The Witcher 3 and Dark Souls 2. Not looking to play them on max settings although it would be great . The only pre-requisite is that i want to be able to play Skyrim with mods (hd textures and the like) on the highest settings possible.

Why Are You Upgrading: Mostly because my PC is really old.

I've done some research and chose the parts based on benchmarks, what I've read on forums and the money i'm willing to spend. Advise, comments, suggestions, etc. is appreciated:

Processor: Intel Core I5 4570 Haswell (about $335)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3 (about $227)
Graphics Card: Zotac Geforce Gtx 760 2gb Gddr5 256bits (about $500)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CL9 (2x4 Gb) 1600 MHz DDR3 (about $135)
HDD: 1 Tb WD SATA III Blue 64Mb Buffer (about $117)
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W (about $280)
Case: Cooler Master Haf 912 (about $140)
Monitor: LED 21.5" LG 22EA53V (about $300)
Optical Drive: DVDRW Samsung 22X Black SATA (about $25)

What i listed is pretty much my entire budget, so there's not much room for more expensive replacements.

I do have some concerns given the fact that i'm a total noob:
Is everything compatible?
will i run into any any bottlenecks?
will it play skyrim with mods on the highest settings at 1920x1080?
is it balanced or am i skimping on something?
Is it worth getting the 4570+z87 motherboard over an i5 3550 with the z77x-hd3? (Getting the Ivy Bridge cpu would save me about $60, which is not that much considering what i'm about to spend)
Will the PSU deliver enough power and is it good? (I've read that Cooler Master doesn't have a very good reputation with psu's but there's not much else to choose from in my budget)

Thanks in advance and sorry if the post is too long but since i'm about to spend what to me it's a lot of money i wanted to make sure i wasn't making any mistakes.

August 13, 2013 9:29:19 PM

why is your 760 500? its a 250 dollar card the zotac 770 4gb is about 500 but not a 760. also you should get an ssd for your os and some games it will make it run a lot faster. you dont need a 700w psu to 550w will do for your system
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August 13, 2013 10:11:28 PM

mrdmatt123 said:
why is your 760 500? its a 250 dollar card the zotac 770 4gb is about 500 but not a 760. also you should get an ssd for your os and some games it will make it run a lot faster. you dont need a 700w psu to 550w will do for your system


I live in Argentina, and things are more expensive here. So, between taxes, import costs and profit for the store, pc hardware costs twice as much (that's why i said that even though i would be spending $2000 it would equal a build of $1000). I would really love to get an ssd but it would put me over my intended budget. As for the psu, there isn't a lot to choose from (cooler master gx and silent pro series seem to be some of the best available in that price range). What do you think of the rest of the build? Thanks for the answer
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August 13, 2013 10:23:05 PM

the motherboard and cpu are incompatible. the mobo is an 1155 socket and the cpu is an 1150. so either get an ivy bridge cpu or a z87 board
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August 13, 2013 10:34:43 PM

mrdmatt123 said:
the motherboard and cpu are incompatible. the mobo is an 1155 socket and the cpu is an 1150. so either get an ivy bridge cpu or a z87 board

Sorry, it was a typo, i meant z87x not z78x. What about the other parts?
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August 13, 2013 10:41:40 PM

it looks good you should be able to play modded skyrim on med to high as well as next gen games. the only change i would make would be getting a different 760 i personally have the evga but the gigabyte, msi, and asus cards are a good choice as well. but if there is more than a 15 dollar price difference than i dont think that it would be worth it
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