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$1100 First Time Gaming Rig (advice needed)

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August 26, 2013 12:59:42 PM

Alright so this is my very first time ever building a rig, I had very little knowledge of hardware and I did research for compatibility and what-not. I need advice on what I should possibly modify/remove for the best rig at it's price. Any advice is great.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($313.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1108.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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August 26, 2013 1:12:57 PM
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This one is better in my opinion. It has 8 cores and the next gen games will be able to take advantage of that plus the video card is newest gen so you can easily find a 2nd one in a year or 2.
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/scycron/saved/2g1X
August 26, 2013 1:20:30 PM

Go with a GTX 760 instead of the 670, about $50 less, and while you'll save some money spend it on a better quality PSU.
Such as XFX PRO 650W.

Otherwise it's looking good to me.
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August 26, 2013 1:33:20 PM

rvilkman said:
Go with a GTX 760 instead of the 670, about $50 less, and while you'll save some money spend it on a better quality PSU.
Such as XFX PRO 650W.

Otherwise it's looking good to me.


Great advice, much appreciated. I have made the changes. Just making sure there's no bottlenecking or other problems with this build.
August 26, 2013 1:55:20 PM

Jeff2051 said:
byogamingpc said:
+1 ^ for the Gigabyte GTX 760 WF Rev 2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DGM8B6O/ref=as_li_q... I have it and it's a great card for the money. The CX 600 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0OC/ref=as_li_q... is also a great quality budget PSU.


Yep that's the 760 I ended up choosing, also is the XFX PRO 650W or the CX 600 better? Disregarding the prices.


The CX series is the low end of corsair, the XFX PRO is based on the Seasonic design which in this case is superior.
There are other choices of course, like going up to at least TX series for Corsair. The point is that considering all the nice HW inside your computer, you want your PSU to be on the same level so that they get stable power. And spending a bit more here for a higher quality unit will guarantee that.
August 26, 2013 2:05:47 PM

rvilkman said:
Jeff2051 said:
byogamingpc said:
+1 ^ for the Gigabyte GTX 760 WF Rev 2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DGM8B6O/ref=as_li_q... I have it and it's a great card for the money. The CX 600 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0OC/ref=as_li_q... is also a great quality budget PSU.


Yep that's the 760 I ended up choosing, also is the XFX PRO 650W or the CX 600 better? Disregarding the prices.


The CX series is the low end of corsair, the XFX PRO is based on the Seasonic design which in this case is superior.
There are other choices of course, like going up to at least TX series for Corsair. The point is that considering all the nice HW inside your computer, you want your PSU to be on the same level so that they get stable power. And spending a bit more here for a higher quality unit will guarantee that.


Ah, I see. The Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 is actually still keeping me in the $1000-$1100 range. Everytime you guys give me a better item there ends up being discounts here and there. Again thank you guys, the advice is really great because I'm looking for a great build in this price range.
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