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September 22, 2013 11:13:53 AM

Hello community,

First time poster on Toms Hardware. I apologize if this is in the wrong section. I am going to be building my first gaming rig and need some help on picking out parts that are compatible. Mostly I need help with the motherboard, processor and ram, but I welcome complete builds that will fit my 1600.00 budget.

EDIT: Just Intel processors, sorry that I didn't mention that. Also, I have a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

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September 22, 2013 11:18:33 AM

I'm happy to help. By $1600 budget, are you including a monitor and peripherals? (Mouse, Keyboard) or just the actual PC?
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September 22, 2013 11:29:20 AM

are you going to overclock?
do you plant to add a second gpu in future?

Top-gaming pc can be easily build for ~1000$ spending ~1600$ on a pc is a lot, worse p/p
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September 22, 2013 1:39:21 PM

Gman_HAX said:
I'm happy to help. By $1600 budget, are you including a monitor and peripherals? (Mouse, Keyboard) or just the actual PC?


Marcopolo123 said:
are you going to overclock?
do you plant to add a second gpu in future?

Top-gaming pc can be easily build for ~1000$ spending ~1600$ on a pc is a lot, worse p/p


I do not plan on overclocking nor adding a second GPU. However, I would like a case big enough to add on if I do decide to expand later on down the road. I already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse. The entire $1600.00 will be for the tower. If you can save me 600 dollars and still build me a top gaming pc by all means I am open to ideas. :)  Thanks guys.

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September 22, 2013 1:41:44 PM

$1600 budget you should definitely be prepared to overclock. No reason not to, and most motherboards from Z77 on will practically do it for you with a few clicks in the UEFI program.

This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone FT02S-USB3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($247.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($182.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1682.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 16:39 EDT-0400)

I chose the Silverstone Fortress for the case because it's got a nice polished aluminum look to it, and the PSU is a bit overkill but allows for a second GPU to be added. The Swiftech H220 will provide plenty of cooling power for the 4670K. You can see a build with the Fortress here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lian-li-pc-b12-nano...
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September 22, 2013 2:55:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $802.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 17:50 EDT-0400)


most parts are on sale, some good deals on newegg.


the sapphire hd 7950 is fine for recent and upcoming games to play on 1080p, high->max. settings 50+fps depending on which game. it can be overclocked well.

get asus hd 7970 for ~300€ if you need a bit more power, => mostly max. settings 50-60+ fps, about 10-15 % higher performance then hd 7950 i guess.
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September 22, 2013 4:38:48 PM

g-unit1111 said:
$1600 budget you should definitely be prepared to overclock. No reason not to, and most motherboards from Z77 on will practically do it for you with a few clicks in the UEFI program.

This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone FT02S-USB3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($247.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($182.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1682.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 16:39 EDT-0400)

I chose the Silverstone Fortress for the case because it's got a nice polished aluminum look to it, and the PSU is a bit overkill but allows for a second GPU to be added. The Swiftech H220 will provide plenty of cooling power for the 4670K. You can see a build with the Fortress here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lian-li-pc-b12-nano...


How much better is the Core i7 4770K 3.5GHz Socket over what you picked? Is it worth the extra 100 dollars for the 4770k? If i was to go with the 4770k would the motherboard and ram you selected be compatible?

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September 22, 2013 5:23:12 PM

mikey55 said:
g-unit1111 said:
$1600 budget you should definitely be prepared to overclock. No reason not to, and most motherboards from Z77 on will practically do it for you with a few clicks in the UEFI program.

This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone FT02S-USB3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($247.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($182.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1682.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 16:39 EDT-0400)

I chose the Silverstone Fortress for the case because it's got a nice polished aluminum look to it, and the PSU is a bit overkill but allows for a second GPU to be added. The Swiftech H220 will provide plenty of cooling power for the 4670K. You can see a build with the Fortress here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lian-li-pc-b12-nano...


How much better is the Core i7 4770K 3.5GHz Socket over what you picked? Is it worth the extra 100 dollars for the 4770k? If i was to go with the 4770k would the motherboard and ram you selected be compatible?




If you're gaming, there is minimal to no difference between i5 and i7. Only differences are that the i7 can be overclocked better, and includes a Hyper-Threading feature. What this does is tells Windows that the CPU has 8 cores, even though it physically only has 4. That will only be useful if you're doing heavy video editing / 3D rendering.
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September 22, 2013 6:19:38 PM

mikey55 said:

How much better is the Core i7 4770K 3.5GHz Socket over what you picked? Is it worth the extra 100 dollars for the 4770k? If i was to go with the 4770k would the motherboard and ram you selected be compatible?


Not really worth the extra money for gaming IMO. You're better off investing the difference in getting a better GPU.
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