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August 31, 2013 1:11:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: A.S.A.P.

Budget Range: $1000 before shipping and after rebates. Give or take $100.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming: BF4 Starcraft 2, GTA V, and One Division for now.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. Do NOT included in budget. (Just list your choice as a side note.)

Parts to Upgrade: None, building from scratch. As of right now, I have a case big enough for anything, but I may get a "sexier" case.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but do NOT include in budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference.

Location: Henderson, NV

Parts Preferences: No preference. Best bang for the buck (skipping out on durability and quality isn't usually worth the price drop.)

Overclocking: Maybe. Would be done by a professional (my friend's neighbor.)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768. I realize I should probably upgrade, what resolution and size should I grab?


Additional Comments: I'd like to have an SSD for games and OS and a HDD for other stuff. (Do not include HDD in budget, as I have a hookup for an HDD.)
I have a case big enough for anything, but I may get a "sexier" case.
Definitely would prefer a quieter computer over one with a sexy case.


Why Are You Upgrading: I've been wanting to for over a year now. I'm way overdue. After seeing the Xbox One, I officially gave up on consoles and am moving (back) to PC gaming.

I'll try my best to answers your questions.
Thanks for helping a future PC-gamer out!
August 31, 2013 3:55:48 PM

Hey mate!
First of all, will you also need a monitor, and is it included in the 1000$?
Also, is the operating system included there too?
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August 31, 2013 4:43:00 PM

The 3-pack Windows 7 isn't really a better deal, IMHO. It costs about the same as buying three separately. Just stick with buying one for $90-100. Also, I would go with Windows 8 because it's newer and there's tons of programs you can use to make it look like Windows 7 again.
I wouldn't suggest getting a 256gb SSD in this budget either. You can definitely get a 120/128gb SSD, but getting a 256gb will severely cut down on your gaming performance. If you use your space wisely, 128gb is enough.
You say you're buying a "pretty large case" from your friend. Do you know what case it is? Can you ask your friend for the model of the case or maybe a picture of it? And how much are you buying it for?

Instead of linking us to other people's posts, you should just make this thread about your build. Don't link us to other threads. Fill out this form and then we can start helping you:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
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August 31, 2013 6:19:14 PM

lolcheckin: I need to upgrade my monitor, but it will not be added to my @$1000 budget, so just add your choice in as a side note please. :) 
As of right now, I'm not including the OS in the budget either.

realchaos: Thanks for that info. I've been looking at all the different builds and noticed that some have an SSD for the OS and games AND a separate HDD. I didn't know that was possible and am now changing my thought to wanting a 120/128GB SSD with a HDD in there as well. That being said, my friend has a lot of HDDs just laying around so only add an SSD to this build.

Updating OP now.

Btw, thanks to both of you for replying!
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a c 277 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 6:38:23 PM

Here's an option:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1004.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 21:37 EDT-0400)

-Left out case because you said you're getting one from your friend.
-Included OS and SSD.
-Overclocks really well.
-Able to SLI in the future.

Edit: You really need to upgrade your monitor. Wasting $1000 for that resolution is a waste. Here's a nice monitor recommendation: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp

If you want a really quiet computer, the Fractal Design Define R4 does the job: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcade...
Optimized around silence, the Define R4 is the most silent case out there.
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