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September 21, 2013 8:37:16 PM

Hello everyone, I am new here to Tom's and need some advice gathering parts for my first build. My laptop is near its end and I would like to switch to a something more powerful and capable of playing video games. I would like this to be able to play upcoming games in 2014 and beyond and I also plan to upgrade parts everyone 2-4 years. Thanks in advance for your input.

Approximate Purchase Date: Late October, early November

Budget Range: $800-900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skryim/minecraft with mods, BF3 and eventually BF4, MMOs, and emulators) Web surfing, and watching movies, schoolwork

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and OS(Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I am only familiar with Newegg and Amazon but I will go with what ever is the cheapest.

Country: NC, USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU. All other parts I am not sure about.

Overclocking: maybe, not so comfortable right now

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: I have a monitor with 1280x1024 right now, planning to upgrade later but not sure what i'll get next.

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September 21, 2013 9:08:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GiiI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GiiI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GiiI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $899.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 00:07 EDT-0400)

That is overkill graphically, but I anticipate you will run a higher resolution very soon.
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September 21, 2013 9:54:28 PM

Thanks, BranFlake5 for your quick reply. I forgot to mention that I want to game on max/ultra settings most games. Do you think that will do?
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September 21, 2013 10:04:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $904.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 01:03 EDT-0400)

-A GTX 760 should be able to play most games on ultra. However, don't expect to max out the higher end games on 1080p.

Also, since you won't be buying for awhile, ask again one week before you buy.
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September 21, 2013 10:23:20 PM

Okay, thanks for the help guys. I'll take your advice, realchaos, and ask again 1 week before buying.
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