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Advice on first gaming PC, no more than 1,800 USD.

I'll be using it for gaming and some school work, this includes some autocad/solidworks. I'd like to be able to record while playing too. I'd like to know if everything will fit in the case/if the cooling is enough.
I will be OC'ing. If there's any better values performance wise or if I've made a screw-up, please tell me.

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

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ Outlet PC)

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($148.89 @ Amazon)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)

Case Fan: NZXT Air Flow Series 83.6 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($90.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)

Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $1696.84

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 02:13 EDT-0400)
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  1. Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
    It will be much more powerful then your build, it has a 7990 in it. Its a fair bit cheaper, so just add your monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. The SSD is also an option. It should still stay under 1800. I hope this helps!
  2. kirilmatthew said:
    Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
    It will be much more powerful then your build, it has a 7990 in it. Its a fair bit cheaper, so just add your monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. The SSD is also an option. It should still stay under 1800. I hope this helps!

    First of all, I appreciate your advice! But after adding the monitor, keyboard and mice (which I currently own none that are up-to-date) it leaves no room for an SSD and it removes 1TB of HDD storage. Is the better GPU worth it? Feels like a bit of overkill but dunno, I do want it last for a few years.
  3. whymauri said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
    It will be much more powerful then your build, it has a 7990 in it. Its a fair bit cheaper, so just add your monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. The SSD is also an option. It should still stay under 1800. I hope this helps!

    First of all, I appreciate your advice! But after adding the monitor, keyboard and mice (which I currently own none that are up-to-date) it leaves no room for an SSD and it removes 1TB of HDD storage. Is the better GPU worth it? Feels like a bit of overkill but dunno, I do want it last for a few years.


    It all depends on what you need. I think The 1Tb of storage is any easy sacrifice unless you really need it. You can always buy a new HDD. As for the SSD, I'm not a big fan on a desktop. Sure, its nice, but it won't give you any huge benefits. Its always a possibility for later too. With the 7990 so cheap, and something like 8 free games its a great bargain. I think it would be better then the 1Tb+SSD, but of course its your build!
  4. kirilmatthew said:
    whymauri said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
    It will be much more powerful then your build, it has a 7990 in it. Its a fair bit cheaper, so just add your monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. The SSD is also an option. It should still stay under 1800. I hope this helps!

    First of all, I appreciate your advice! But after adding the monitor, keyboard and mice (which I currently own none that are up-to-date) it leaves no room for an SSD and it removes 1TB of HDD storage. Is the better GPU worth it? Feels like a bit of overkill but dunno, I do want it last for a few years.


    It all depends on what you need. I think The 1Tb of storage is any easy sacrifice unless you really need it. You can always buy a new HDD. As for the SSD, I'm not a big fan on a desktop. Sure, its nice, but it won't give you any huge benefits. Its always a possibility for later too. With the 7990 so cheap, and something like 8 free games its a great bargain. I think it would be better then the 1Tb+SSD, but of course its your build!

    Mm, sounds good then. I'll just upgrade to an SSD later, those 8 games sold me, for now at least. I'll leave this over night and if nobody comes up with a better answer you'll get best solution :D
  5. Best answer
    whymauri said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    whymauri said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
    It will be much more powerful then your build, it has a 7990 in it. Its a fair bit cheaper, so just add your monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. The SSD is also an option. It should still stay under 1800. I hope this helps!

    First of all, I appreciate your advice! But after adding the monitor, keyboard and mice (which I currently own none that are up-to-date) it leaves no room for an SSD and it removes 1TB of HDD storage. Is the better GPU worth it? Feels like a bit of overkill but dunno, I do want it last for a few years.


    It all depends on what you need. I think The 1Tb of storage is any easy sacrifice unless you really need it. You can always buy a new HDD. As for the SSD, I'm not a big fan on a desktop. Sure, its nice, but it won't give you any huge benefits. Its always a possibility for later too. With the 7990 so cheap, and something like 8 free games its a great bargain. I think it would be better then the 1Tb+SSD, but of course its your build!

    Mm, sounds good then. I'll just upgrade to an SSD later, those 8 games sold me, for now at least. I'll leave this over night and if nobody comes up with a better answer you'll get best solution :D


    Glad I could help! Saints Row 4 is currently part of that bundle and BF4 will be as well. Two pretty exciting games!
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