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August 23, 2013 11:50:32 AM

Hi guys, I have decided to build my first PC and get into PC gaming. I've been researching for a while now and I'm pretty confident that I know the basics of how everything works and that I can build one myself.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Months (Still saving up)

Budget Range: $1100 - $1200 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Casual Web Surfing, School Work (mostly essays), Streaming Live videos

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com, amazon, ebay, any reliable website

Country: U.S. (Texas)

Parts Preferences: None since I am relatively new to this

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am still thinking about changing the case. I don't care at all about looks on the case or noise. I want a cheap case that doesn't get too dusty or dirty. I want this computer for playing new and old games like Battlefield 4 (and other shooters), Watch Dogs, Far Cry, Fallout, Mortal Kombat, Batman and some racing games. I want this system to play most games without a problem and want it to continue to do so for the next couple years. I want higher frames per second than I would get on PS4 or XB1 and 1080p because graphics is one of the main reasons I want to switch from consoles. I'm almost done picking the parts but I really need some advice before completely finalizing my components. If you change something in my build, could you also explain why you did so I can learn even more from this experience. Also, what do I need to have my PC compatible with my wireless internet in my house? And if I can figure out how to connect an Ethernet cable to my PC, are there any benefits?


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Here is what I've been looking at:

CPU - Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99

Motherboard - ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $92.98

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Motherboard - Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $127.55

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $73.99

SSD - Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $89.99

Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal HDD $62.99

Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card $259.99

Case - Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99

Power Supply - Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V $59.99

Optical Drive - LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer $15.98

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98

Monitor - Asus VS239H-P 23.0" IPS Monitor $169.99

Speakers - ?

Wireless Internet Adapter - ?

TOTAL $1200.43
After Rebates/Discounts/Shipping $1148.92

I am still new to this so let me know where I can save money/improve system, if frankly something is overkill/unnecessary, or if something wouldn't work/is incompatible. If there is anything important that I should know about PC gaming please let me know since I've been a console gamer all my life. Thanks.:D 

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August 23, 2013 12:08:58 PM

The PSU is not the best by far. the cx line is the bottom for corsair. Look at the xfx550. It is a very good unit for like $10 more.

Everything else looks good to go.
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August 23, 2013 12:12:01 PM

you probably could back the whole build up to a i5-3570k and a z77 board and use the saved cash on a better gpu, as there is basically no difference between haswell and ib in gaming. I think the 600W corsair PSUs are going for half that price, those would be the first two changes i'd make.
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August 23, 2013 12:16:11 PM

tiny voices said:
The PSU is not the best by far. the cx line is the bottom for corsair. Look at the xfx550. It is a very good unit for like $10 more.

Everything else looks good to go.


I actually just checked and its only like $2 more :D 

But would you recommend getting a modular over a non-modular even if its a bit more expensive?

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August 23, 2013 12:18:05 PM

ingtar33 said:
you probably could back the whole build up to a i5-3570k and a z77 board and use the saved cash on a better gpu, as there is basically no difference between haswell and ib in gaming. I think the 600W corsair PSUs are going for half that price, those would be the first two changes i'd make.


I have been told that and initially that's what I was going for but I'm a little frightened about overclocking since this is my first build. And everyone recommends a different PSU...

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August 23, 2013 12:19:01 PM

Get an XFX PSU for sure. If you want modular go for it. I don't see the need.
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August 23, 2013 12:32:25 PM

For the wireless, you would need a PCI wireless adapter (internal) or a USB adapter (external). I use a Linksys USB adapter but don't know the exact model, I can get that foryou in about 2 hours. For the most part wireless is a crap shoot, if its possible used wired. Wired is faster and far more reliable.
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August 23, 2013 12:35:43 PM

FastGunna said:
For the wireless, you would need a PCI wireless adapter (internal) or a USB adapter (external). I use a Linksys USB adapter but don't know the exact model, I can get that foryou in about 2 hours. For the most part wireless is a crap shoot, if its possible used wired. Wired is faster and far more reliable.


Yeah that's what I was afraid of. I guess I will just call my internet provider and make them put the internet in my room. Thanks :) 

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