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September 4, 2013 9:06:31 PM

Hello everyone!

I am building my first PC in the near future as a graduation gift to myself. I am a Computer Science/ Networking Double Major who would like to be able to use my PC as a workstation for my future job once I graduate. Being an avid gamer, I would also like to use my PC for gaming (Crysis 3, Lost Planet 3, Skyrim etc.) and some movie watching in my downtime. Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.

I wont be needing an operating system (I can get Windows 7 through my college as a free download)

I also already have a 1080p monitor, so I wont be needing a monitor either.

I plan on getting a nice mechanical keyboard. Any suggestions on a good, durable keyboard that will meet my gaming/ work needs?

I'm also torn between the ASUS Maximus VI Hero and the MSI Z87-GD65 motherboards. Is the ASUS worth the extra 20 bucks?

Sean's Black Racer Gaming/Workstation Rig

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1227.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 00:03 EDT-0400)


How am I looking? Any thing extra I need to add? I am a little flexible on my budget, but I would like to stay as low as I can.
September 4, 2013 9:51:37 PM

Immaculate said:
Are any of these stores within reach? Also you want Bluray I see?

http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/default.aspx


I have a MicroCenter in my area, the rest I'm not so sure about.

I was planning on primarily going through NewEgg or TigerDirect for most of the components, and picking up some of the stuff at MicroCenter, if I can find it there cheaper.

I don't necessarily need Blu Ray, but I'm reasoning a lot of future PC games will be converting to Blu Ray format as games get larger and larger. But that is certainly debatable with the presence of Steam and other digital downloads nowadays. Would you suggest getting a cheaper DVD drive and upgrading when Blu Ray games become mainstream?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2013 10:00:19 PM

Yes, go digital if you can, however, someone may already have a nice blu-ray collection, this is why I ask.
You definitely want to pick up your CPU and motherboard at Microcenter. Which location would you be using?
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September 4, 2013 10:50:30 PM

I'm in Asheville, NC. The closest Micro Center to where I live is in Fairfax. There is a store in Cincinnati, and I go up there quite a bit to see family on holidays (and to see my Buckeyes play), so I may pop over to one of the locations up there on my next trip in a few months or so.

I see they have a deal on the i5 4670k and a Gigabyte GA-Z87X motherboard. Anyone have any experience with this mobo, and how does it compare to the motherboards I'm currently debating on?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2013 10:56:55 PM

The deal is available with any motherboard compatible with the CPU. Whether it be AMD or Intel.

Socket 1150 ATX http://www.microcenter.com/product/415530/Maximus_VI_He...
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September 4, 2013 11:28:41 PM

steelhound56 said:
Hello everyone!

I am building my first PC in the near future as a graduation gift to myself. I am a Computer Science/ Networking Double Major who would like to be able to use my PC as a workstation for my future job once I graduate. Being an avid gamer, I would also like to use my PC for gaming (Crysis 3, Lost Planet 3, Skyrim etc.) and some movie watching in my downtime. Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.

I wont be needing an operating system (I can get Windows 7 through my college as a free download)

I also already have a 1080p monitor, so I wont be needing a monitor either.

I plan on getting a nice mechanical keyboard. Any suggestions on a good, durable keyboard that will meet my gaming/ work needs?

I'm also torn between the ASUS Maximus VI Hero and the MSI Z87-GD65 motherboards. Is the ASUS worth the extra 20 bucks?

Sean's Black Racer Gaming/Workstation Rig

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1227.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 00:03 EDT-0400)


How am I looking? Any thing extra I need to add? I am a little flexible on my budget, but I would like to stay as low as I can.


Immaculate said:
The deal is available with any motherboard compatible with the CPU. Whether it be AMD or Intel.

Socket 1150 ATX http://www.microcenter.com/product/415530/Maximus_VI_He...


I am going to build a gamming pc for $1197
i5 4670k
8 gb ram
1tb hdd
Assus z87 k intel
Hd 7970 3gb
Azaz genessis 9000 gamming case
850 watts thermaltake power supply
Price :$1197
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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2013 11:41:36 PM

Get the ASUS HERO mobo.
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