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September 28, 2013 10:18:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: october

Budget Range:1500$-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, editing, video, web surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pcpartpicker

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA


Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future



Additional Comments: Nice high end case 100-300$

More about : build gaming 1500 2000

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a c 281 4 Gaming
September 28, 2013 10:30:21 AM

as you wish :) 

btw please change case into your liking
i put C70 military because i think being awesome doesn't have to be expensive

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($394.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $1382.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 13:29 EDT-0400)
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September 28, 2013 5:58:06 PM

AMD Radeon said:
as you wish :) 

btw please change case into your liking
i put C70 military because i think being awesome doesn't have to be expensive

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($394.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $1382.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 13:29 EDT-0400)


thankyou, anyone else?

Also why would you choose the i5, over the 8350?
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September 28, 2013 7:19:30 PM

I would get an i7 if you plan to do editing. An i5 isn't as good as the 8350 for editing but an i7 is much better than either of those for editing and gaming. The build recommended to you is great for gaming only. Here are my recommendations...

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($120.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus MX239H 23.0" Monitor ($218.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1766.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 22:00 EDT-0400)

The build includes a 250GB EVO SSD for plenty of storage for you programs and apps and a 1TB HDD for file and data storage. You can always get a bigger HDD if you want, there is room in the budget for it. 16GB RAM is a better recommendation if you plan to do a lot of editing and 8GB is really the bare minimum for gaming. The GTX 770 is a great GPU and I included the HX850 power supply in case you decide to SLI later. It also allows plenty of power for overclocking and that GPU will outlast the rest of your system so you can use it for years. Corsair makes great cases and the 550D has plenty of room inside with great cooling and nice cable management features. The MX239H monitor is all around gorgeous from aesthetics to the nice IPS panel display and 5ms response time. I prefer IPS over TN panels any day. Don't pay much attention to response times unless they are over 6ms. Anyway, this should be a great build for you. Enjoy building your new computer!
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September 28, 2013 7:59:04 PM

Look into the Fractal Design Define R4 as well for cases, although at this point it's more personal preference
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September 28, 2013 8:45:54 PM

DBob2 said:
I would get an i7 if you plan to do editing. An i5 isn't as good as the 8350 for editing but an i7 is much better than either of those for editing and gaming. The build recommended to you is great for gaming only. Here are my recommendations...

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($120.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus MX239H 23.0" Monitor ($218.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1766.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 22:00 EDT-0400)

The build includes a 250GB EVO SSD for plenty of storage for you programs and apps and a 1TB HDD for file and data storage. You can always get a bigger HDD if you want, there is room in the budget for it. 16GB RAM is a better recommendation if you plan to do a lot of editing and 8GB is really the bare minimum for gaming. The GTX 770 is a great GPU and I included the HX850 power supply in case you decide to SLI later. It also allows plenty of power for overclocking and that GPU will outlast the rest of your system so you can use it for years. Corsair makes great cases and the 550D has plenty of room inside with great cooling and nice cable management features. The MX239H monitor is all around gorgeous from aesthetics to the nice IPS panel display and 5ms response time. I prefer IPS over TN panels any day. Don't pay much attention to response times unless they are over 6ms. Anyway, this should be a great build for you. Enjoy building your new computer!


Wow, thank you! very in-depth. ill most likely choose this build once gtx prices go down after the release of the new amd GPU'S.

Anyone else?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 28, 2013 10:00:25 PM

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-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ 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: Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($689.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1639.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 00:53 EDT-0400)

all you really need.

i5 vs 8350 i5 wins in gaming. 8350 is just a cheaper alternative choice with cheaper motherboards. The performance, 8350 should win in things like rendering but i5 wins hands down on single thread. 8350 can be the better choice "IF" games start using more cores but a lot of that does not matter as much since most of the performance will come from the GPU.

8GB of ram is all you need if you are gaming just end of story there.

SSD - just find one that is reliable and cheap because most-all SATA 6 SSD perform within 1 second from each other.

GPU - Depends highly on user. I myself would wait for the new AMD GPUs because they do so much better at rendering and such and are usually a lot stronger than Nvidia GPUs when it comes with bitmining or coin mining because of the stronger raw performance and due to Nvidia slacking off on giving their gaming GPUs some power.

Case is preference. If you have no room to put a full tower i suggest going with a Fractal design define r4(for silence) or Arc midi R2(more air flow)
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