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

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!
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  1. 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.
  2. Best answer
    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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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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