Alpha Build, Gaming PC, Specs Opinion? (Budget flexible)

Hey guys,

I've decided to take the plunge into building a gaming PC. I've been doing a crap ton of research and this is what I've come up with. I thought I'd post it here because the community is very helpful. :)

Here's the link:

This is about the limit I'd like to spend on it; ideally I was hoping to not go over $1,200, so if someone could find an area where I could save a little more money that'd be awesome and much appreciated! I also didn't include an OS because I am receiving a free copy of Windows 8 from the university I go to.

Also, keep in mind I have no intentions to OC or SLI on this machine.

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    you picked mostly expensive stuff :)
    and wrong cpu.....

    here is how i remark your build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    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 ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.49 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($8.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1205.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 14:42 EDT-0400)
  2. You both did pick up wrong CPU, If he do not OC this is best choice. I did go even smaller build. Did add SSD + 4GB GTX 760.
    mATX case. Xeon is cool cpu and faster than nob OC 3570 / 4670k
    You need to OC 3570k to 4.5GHz to mach xeon performance.
    And it uses less power. So you can use 450w PSU if you want save some more. Xeon 1230V3 forLGA 1150 is better but it it's overpriced in US so I did pick older 1230V2 because it is cheaper.
    It is like i7 for a price i5. It do have HT + 8 treads like 3770 but it is much cheaper. (no iGPU in this chip) But you have video card so you do not need one.
    Here is more information about xeon vs i5

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.98 @ Mac Mall)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card ($275.66 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: BitFenix Prodigy M Arctic White Steel/ Plastic Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case ($99.99)
    Total: $1075.80
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 14:57 EDT-0400)
  3. ^ dude...... dont judge people based on your own ego
  4. I'll definitely look into these other builds. Thanks! I'll definitely look into the Xeon! That's one I didn't even consider before. I also have been torn between the Phantom 530 and the 410. I originally opted for the 530 just so I would have enough room to seriously upgrade if I decide I really want to. But I'll get a couple more opinions from my friends and see what they think. Thank you guys so much! Sorry I'm still a noob...
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