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September 7, 2013 6:26:35 PM

Hello I am wondering how good of a pc I can make (Mostly for gaming) with a budget of $1500, if you could please pick me some parts I will be extremely thankful.

Thank you for your help I plan on building this rig in a couple of months (I know prices will change but I want a good idea on what the performance will look like on a gaming pc of today so I can compare it with a gaming pc in a few months)

Thank you

P.S
I do not need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse, and OS

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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2013 6:38:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1262.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-07 21:31 EDT-0400)

this is pretty much the base of things, very little you need to change.

If wanting to change things around, i suggest:
-CPU cooler for better overclocks
-GPU(to a 780) for better performance(you do not really need this unless your monitor is over 1080p)
-Case is preference, i like the Arc midi which is designed for airflow. If silence is prefered, the Define R4 is a great choice. There are many more cases that i can say that i like and have experience with, just ask if you need to.
-Storage, if you really need more. I find 1TB enough for games and SSD for games that need to render a bit and OS.
-Ram up to 16GB, not really needed for a gaming rig but just something to mention.

Things i did not mention:
CPU: i5 is all you need for gaming, going to i7 is more for a gaming/workstation hybrid kind of build.
Motherboard:i find this board the best price to features/quality. It is really all you need.
PSU: 750W is enough for some OCing and adding in a second GPU(might want to upgrade to 850W if planning to go with the 780)
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September 7, 2013 6:45:05 PM


boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1262.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-07 21:31 EDT-0400)

this is pretty much the base of things, very little you need to change.

If wanting to change things around, i suggest:
-CPU cooler for better overclocks
-GPU(to a 780) for better performance(you do not really need this unless your monitor is over 1080p)
-Case is preference, i like the Arc midi which is designed for airflow. If silence is prefered, the Define R4 is a great choice. There are many more cases that i can say that i like and have experience with, just ask if you need to.
-Storage, if you really need more. I find 1TB enough for games and SSD for games that need to render a bit and OS.
-Ram up to 16GB, not really needed for a gaming rig but just something to mention.

Things i did not mention:
CPU: i5 is all you need for gaming, going to i7 is more for a gaming/workstation hybrid kind of build.
Motherboard:i find this board the best price to features/quality. It is really all you need.
PSU: 750W is enough for some OCing and adding in a second GPU(might want to upgrade to 850W if planning to go with the 780)


Great build, I will probably plan on using your build but with a gtx 780 and an upgraded power supply. How long do you think I can go without having to do another upgrade?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2013 6:51:46 PM

Without another upgrade, i would say the 780 should last quite a long time down the road. my 670 has been running games fine on max settings @1080p for most-all games(including sweetfx which strains it a bit more but makes games look nicer)

Also, you may want to switch PSU to a 550W since most people(that do not upgrade after 1 or 2 months) do not upgrade at all for a few years and when that happens they second guess of getting a 2nd GPU(780 in your case) and would rather get an 880 or 980(just be creative here).
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September 7, 2013 6:55:30 PM

boulbox said:
Without another upgrade, i would say the 780 should last quite a long time down the road. my 670 has been running games fine on max settings @1080p for most-all games(including sweetfx which strains it a bit more but makes games look nicer)

Also, you may want to switch PSU to a 550W since most people(that do not upgrade after 1 or 2 months) do not upgrade at all for a few years and when that happens they second guess of getting a 2nd GPU(780 in your case) and would rather get an 880 or 980(just be creative here).


Thank you for your time on helping me out with this build, I will make sure to come back here in a few months and post pictures of the build.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2013 7:13:57 PM

Just come back when you are within 1-2 weeks of buying so i can possible give you a better build
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September 7, 2013 7:32:52 PM

boulbox said:
Just come back when you are within 1-2 weeks of buying so i can possible give you a better build


Alright I will post it on here when I have all my money together
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