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$1200 Gaming PC ~ Needs to play next-gen games!

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August 15, 2013 12:47:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 4 Weeks

Budget Range: 1200 Before Rebates, I don't care for rebates and don't hassle with them

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Youtube

Are you buying a monitor: NO

Do you need to buy OS: NO

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg & Amazon

Location: Alabama, United States of America

Parts Preferences: Intel/NVIDIA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: NO! I am not interested in microstuttering

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 27"

Additional Comments: I would like to overclock the PC. I need to be able to run DayZ, Total War games, World of Warcraft with zero lag

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The PC I am on right now will be a gift for my family and is not very good, only a a8-5600k with 8 gigs that doesn't meet the demands I need for games I love.

Questions: I would like to see this computer last for at least 2 years and be able to run games on playable and enjoyable settings.

I am kind of twisted on getting an i5 or an i7, I know that i5 is better for gaming since games do not utilize hyperthreading technology of the i7 but I read somewhere that game makers will be forced to use more cores due to the next-gen consoles...

Also - I have 7.1 G930 Surround Sound headset. Will I need to get a dedicated soundcard to get the highest quality sound or will the motherboard suffice?

Thanks so much!
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 1:07:52 PM

This rig may satisfy u:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1skB7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1skB7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1skB7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($440.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1152.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 16:06 EDT-0400)

Future games need more threads and since the budget allows better go for i7.

GTX 770 should be powerful for a couple of yrs, both on capacity(4GB) and performance.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 1:26:10 PM
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Maxime506 said:
This rig may satisfy u:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1skB7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1skB7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1skB7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($440.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1152.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 16:06 EDT-0400)

Future games need more threads and since the budget allows better go for i7.

GTX 770 should be powerful for a couple of yrs, both on capacity(4GB) and performance.


I'd go with something similar to yours he doesn't need a i7. Also, if you'd like to get a larger air cooler you may want to consider moving towards a low profile kit. Furthermore, cases are subjective so you may want to take a look at cases and see what you like. I personally am really happy with my Fractal Design Define R4 so I'd say maybe take a look at that.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($153.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1045.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 16:24 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2013 1:43:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($138.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1091.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 16:43 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 1:45:45 PM

Daniel Sassone said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($138.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1091.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 16:43 EDT-0400)


another solid build however I wouldn't pay the premium for the vengeance pro's I'd just get the normal vengeance low pro kits.
August 16, 2013 3:40:00 PM

The CD is dead. The only useful application for the optical drive is to install windows because, for got knows what reason, windows does not let you use a USB drive.
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