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Medium-Grade Gaming/Livestream Build for ~$1000

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October 1, 2013 5:06:00 PM

Hi all!
I'm new to the forum, so if I got something wrong, oops :p 

But I'm working out to get a new PC that hopefully with last a few years and be able to play FPS games and also livestream them to twitch. About 720p resolution (to stream), I may just stick to an old monitor I have and use that to save some money. Games like TF2, Payday 2, and some others at 30 FPS.
I've been doing a ton of research and have most of my parts but some I am concerned about and want to get straightened out.
I've been keeping a spreadsheet and PCPartPicker, if you want to look but I'm listing it here.
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($0.00)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $778.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 20:14 EDT-0400)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case (Already purchased, on its way)
PSU: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
No OS because I already have a copy of Windows
No optical drive because I have an external one

I'm concerned about a few parts and whether or not they are suitable or there are other parts out there that do the deed cheaper & better.
I think I'm good with the CPU, RAM, Hard drive, and case.
I don't know if the mobo I have on the list is compatible with everything (partpicker does a good job with that, but just want a confirm), and also the graphics card, if that's sufficient.
---The PSU I'm looking at really hard, because I don't want it to screw up and destroy my whole system. If it can be full modular but around/under/slightly above $150 and reliable, that'd be great. Also 80% rating, but most PSU's are I think.
Also I'm not a huge graphicophile or anything, like I don't want or need everything to be maxed out. I'm fine with some things at mid. But I'd like my viewers to be able to watch a decent picture at 720p (which is 1280x800?) I'm pretty sure I need a GPU, right? The P series doesn't have integrated graphics or whatever. I think I do...

Last (I hope) question is: will I have enough ports and space for everything? I have headphones (wired), a mouse (wired), keyboard (wired), and maybe I'll get a mic (which'll probably be wired too) and I think a second monitor for streaming. It won't be on 24/7 and at the lowest settings I need just to monitor OBS and the picture and stuff whilst streaming.

Long story short: I just want to know If the stuff I have is OK for streaming & gaming at good quality while keeping a budget of ± $1000. If you can suggest anything, I'd absolutely love to hear it :)  Thanks for all your help in advance!
October 1, 2013 5:16:28 PM

This may be better:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 20:16 EDT-0400)

Also, your list has way more power than it needs.
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October 1, 2013 6:04:39 PM

Russel Johnson said:
This may be better:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 20:16 EDT-0400)

Also, your list has way more power than it needs.


Thanks for the reply Russel,
For the CPU, I don't really plan on overclocking, and $240 is a bit pricey to me. I looked at the mobo you wrote and it looked like a good upgrade, so I put it in the list, but my CPU was flagged incompatible. I went with the i5-4670.
The memory I also upgraded too, thanks.
As for the GPU, that's pretty expensive. Would I be fine if I stuck with the one I had?
And the PSU, I feel like a dummy :p . I thought I changed it because I found one with less watts, but the one you provided looks decent enough. Do you have the PSU?
Here's what I have now: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sparkyman215/saved/2txo
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October 1, 2013 6:43:30 PM

sparkyman215 said:
Russel Johnson said:
This may be better:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JNp4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 20:16 EDT-0400)

Also, your list has way more power than it needs.


Thanks for the reply Russel,
For the CPU, I don't really plan on overclocking, and $240 is a bit pricey to me. I looked at the mobo you wrote and it looked like a good upgrade, so I put it in the list, but my CPU was flagged incompatible. I went with the i5-4670.
The memory I also upgraded too, thanks.
As for the GPU, that's pretty expensive. Would I be fine if I stuck with the one I had?
And the PSU, I feel like a dummy :p . I thought I changed it because I found one with less watts, but the one you provided looks decent enough. Do you have the PSU?
Here's what I have now: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sparkyman215/saved/2txo


You want to spend as much as you can on the GPU, the GTX 770 will keep you good for all the next gen games that come out. You can get the GTX 670 for cheaper if you want, it's almost as good. With an i5 and a GTX 770 on something like TF2 you could play at ultra settings at 1080p and get like 300 FPS. Payday 2 you could play at ultra at 1080p and max out the FPS (max the game allows is 135). I do not own the PSU listed but Silverstone is a good PSU company, another company that is good is Rosewill.
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October 1, 2013 8:13:06 PM

Russel Johnson said:

You want to spend as much as you can on the GPU, the GTX 770 will keep you good for all the next gen games that come out. You can get the GTX 670 for cheaper if you want, it's almost as good. With an i5 and a GTX 770 on something like TF2 you could play at ultra settings at 1080p and get like 300 FPS. Payday 2 you could play at ultra at 1080p and max out the FPS (max the game allows is 135). I do not own the PSU listed but Silverstone is a good PSU company, another company that is good is Rosewill.


Ok, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for all the help :) 
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