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$1500 build, need OS/Monitor, Gaming-centric... Suggestions?

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August 20, 2013 9:30:45 AM

I haven't had a ton of time to research a build, and I wanted to make sure I'm not bottle-necking anything for the future. This will be primarily for gaming, with some light non-commercial video editing and normal everyday use. I do want the option to do more in the future, however. So far I have most of the parts, and figured I'd ask around before slapping this thing together:

Processor - Intel 4570k - $199 at Microcenter
Mobo - ASRock Extreme4 - $94 at Microcenter after discount
GFX - EVGA GTX770 w/ACX, $373 open box at Microcenter
RAM - GSkill Ripjaws 16MB - $121 after rebate at Newegg
Power Supply - Corsair HX750 - $90 after discount and rebate at Newegg
HDD - Western Digital Black, 1TB, $85 at Microcenter
Case - Corsair 500r $70 after discounts and rebate at Newegg

I have the parts above, but am still waffling on below (and above, lol)

OS - Windows 8 OEM, $90 after 5% discount at Microcenter
SSD - (Have not ordered or bought) 128GB, $100 seems to be the norm (suggestions?)
Monitor - ASUS VE247H, $130 at Newegg after discount and rebates.

Total $1352, 1460 after tax.

I haven't purchased any aftermarket cooling because I probably won't overclock until my next "upgrade", which will likely be another 780 plus a 27" monitor that supports 2560x1440. I'm still waiting on those suckers to drop in price, however. For now I'm just thinking of a 24" monitor that looks decent and is priced right to get me by.

Thanks in advance.
August 20, 2013 10:04:11 AM

If you want SSD recommendations I would recommend the following:

- Samsung 840 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- OCZ Vertex 4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- OCZ Vector: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Sandisk Extreme II: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Crucial M500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Plextor M5P: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Corsair Neutron: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can't go wrong with any of those. Other than that the rest of the build looks good.
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August 20, 2013 10:26:48 AM

if that is 16 gb and not mb of ram, i might recommend dropping to 8 gb if only gaming

and might also be a bit hesitant about open-box, but that's your call
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August 20, 2013 10:37:18 AM

mc962 said:
if that is 16 gb and not mb of ram, i might recommend dropping to 8 gb if only gaming

and might also be a bit hesitant about open-box, but that's your call


Oh yeah I completely agree about anything "open box", "returned", "refurbished", etc. These types of products can go very south very quickly and you most likely won't be able to get returns or replacements for these items.
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August 20, 2013 10:42:51 AM

CPU : There exists no CPU with name 4570K, either you mean 4570 or either you mean 4670k (Please specify, this is important)

Motherboard : You have to make sure that the board is a LGA 1155 socket, in this case Z87 for it to be compatible

Graphics Card : 7970 gives similar gaming power for about 70-80 dollars less. So you might want to consider that.

RAM :. I am sure that you meant 16GB's not 16MB's. Anyways if this build is for Gaming + Editing then 16GB's should be plently for editing stuff.

PSU :. That's a pretty good PSU but I would prefer Seasonic or XFX 80 Plus Gold PSU's more. They are better than Corsair's

SSD : I would recommend Kingston HyperX 3K. It is very fast and under 100 dollars for the 120GB Version.


Hence based on the above points, I would like to suggest this build Instead in order to improve it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($116.45 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1366.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:44 EDT-0400)


Also I am not sure about the accuracy of the pricing of the parts that you posted but if some similar part is available for cheaper at stores like Microcenter then be sure to notify me of it.

--> I am unable to find the Corsair 500R for 70 dollars. The cheapest I was able to get was 89 dollars on that case.
--> The Corsair HX 750 is available for about 120 bucks cheapest and nowhere near 90 bucks as you mentioned.

Anyways this is what I would suggest you instead. But if you can get the parts for cheaper (special discounts, old customer discounts, etc) then that is a sure welcome. Anyways this is what I could have recommended. I hope you like it.
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August 20, 2013 10:56:58 AM

Thanks guys -

Re: Open box. That's definitely something to think about. Basically it was a damaged box that was sent back to the manufacturer, tested, and returned back to MC (according to them). The warranty and return policy still applies, although it's just 15 days instead of 30. After that it becomes manufacturer's warranty. I emailed EVGA and they confirmed.

Re: 16mb... yeah whoops I meant 16GB
Re: 4670k... yes that's correct, the unlocked one. MC basically has them for $200 and $40-$60 off the Mobo when you buy them together.

Re: Graphics. Yeah I think a gtx780 is a bit of overkill, but I eventually plan on moving to a 2560x1440 27" setup, plus I figured that it'd be best to get the best single card I can afford, and SLI it in the future if possible.

RE prices.

The Microcenter CPU/Mobo prices have always been there and if local are the best around I believe. The Corsair 500r had a promo code last week for $25 plus the $20 rebate, dropping it from 115 to 70. The same is true for the HX750, which had a $15 promo in addition to the $25 rebate. AFAIK this all expired yesterday, or at least that's what my rebate printout says. I wasn't really planning on going that nice for those two parts, however the deal looked very good so I jumped on it.

I'll think about getting a different card though as you bring up some good points. Makes me feel a bit better as some of the prices have increase. Better get on that monitor before tomorrow when the price jumps.
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August 20, 2013 11:02:29 AM

Also was that 4570 or 4670k? Still doubtful..

Anyways if you are not overclocking then go for the 4570 + Cheaper H87 motherboard

And if you are overclocking then go for the 4670k + mid range Z87 Motherboard (MSI Z87 GD65, Asrock Z87 Extreme 4, Gigabyte Z87 UD3, Asus Z87-A)

Also for overclocking, you would need a good CPU Cooler.. Keep that in mind..

Update : Oops.. Sorry! Missed that thing.. It is 4670K so go for 4670K + Asrock Extreme 4 combo. Make sure that the Motherboard is of ATX Size. I mean Micro ATX is not just good enough.
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August 20, 2013 11:11:40 AM

Yeah I should have read the FAQ before posting. The mobo is the 1150 socket, Here is the link to the combo deals and the one I got is the second one under the 4th GEN CORE i5-4670K PROCESSOR BUNDLES.

To be honest I wouldn't have moved so quickly if some of the deals didn't look so good.

Right on the cooler. I think eventually I'll go with an H100i, but for now I plan to keep it stock. I'd like to have that option in the future though, which is why I went with the unlocked CPU and 787 mobo.
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August 20, 2013 11:19:04 AM

seadood228 said:
Thanks guys -

Re: Open box. That's definitely something to think about. Basically it was a damaged box that was sent back to the manufacturer, tested, and returned back to MC (according to them). The warranty and return policy still applies, although it's just 15 days instead of 30. After that it becomes manufacturer's warranty. I emailed EVGA and they confirmed.


Yeah that's why I hate buying from places like Fry's - they're notorious for putting returned items back on the shelf without explaining why they were returned.
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August 20, 2013 11:27:21 AM

I cannot access the page because likely Microcenter has blocked IP Address outside of USA.
This is what I see when I visit that page :



Anyways it should follow these three things :

1. 4670k CPU (of course)
2. Asrock Z87 Extreme 4 (as you mentioned above)
3. Should be an ATX board. There is no point in getting Micro ATX board when you are using ATX case.

If the combo follows these things, then it is just fine.. Get it.
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August 20, 2013 11:27:42 AM

Oh man Fry's is the worst. I've had good luck with MC, and this one does have a "Tested good RRTV" sticker on it from the manufacturer. I'm still wondering whether or not I should just go with a 7970. I was mainly going off this sites "top value cards" where they liked the GTX770.

Guess I have a few days to decide before I slap this sucker together.

Re: Microcenter.

Apologies, it's the :

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4670K 3.4GHz LGA 1150 Processor
Z87 Extreme4 Socket LGA 1150 Z87 ATX Intel Motherboard

Total combo price is $294.98 + tax.
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August 20, 2013 11:35:57 AM

If you have extra money then better spend it on getting a better CPU (i7). Why spend 100 dollars more when you get the same performance for 100 bucks less. Overspending is not something I would recommend.

If you have extra money then consider the i7 because that is going to give you a lot more gains for Video Editing.

But spending 100 dollars more to get 770 instead of the 7970 is pointless in my opinion. The 7970 is much better value and it 25 percent cheaper which is quite a lot for similar performing cards.
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August 20, 2013 12:05:16 PM

Thanks Sangeet! I hadn't even thought of going AMD for graphics, but after reading what you wrote I realized that I'd be saving more like $150 with the free games! I think I'll stay away from the powercolor though just based on the reviews... But you've conviced me on a 7970!
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August 20, 2013 12:13:25 PM

seadood228 said:
Thanks Sangeet! I hadn't even thought of going AMD for graphics, but after reading what you wrote I realized that I'd be saving more like $150 with the free games! I think I'll stay away from the powercolor though just based on the reviews... But you've conviced me on a 7970!


Oh Yeah! I just forgot the free games.. Though there is no problem with PowerColor. But if you insist then go for this card from Sapphire instead. It is just 10-15 bucks more, so no problem with the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($304.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 15:13 EDT-0400)

Is there anything else I can help you with?
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