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First time build- gaming PC for $1-1.5k. Need help.

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October 16, 2013 11:05:34 AM

Ok so I am busy saving up money to buy and build my own gaming PC. I am completely new and though I've read a good amount on it, I'm not assured enough ill do everything correct. So I decided I should ask here. I guess my main question is (sorta laziness mixed with confusion) can anyone give me suggestions for a PC build in the price range of $1-1.5k? I am looking to play Arma 3, total war, civ, and probably bf4.

I have an idea I what I want, but I think it's better to ask you guys from scratch.
Since I'm new to all of this I most likely am not interested in OC... Right?

Anything help would probably be good. Parts, sites, etc.
Oh also, I plan on building around December/January depending on the final price. I currently have about $1.2k saved up.

Thanks, Johan.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 11:11:41 AM

Solid build with room to upgrade -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($316.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($126.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1084.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 14:11 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 11:15:36 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1024.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 14:15 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 11:18:38 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1094.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 14:18 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 11:22:18 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1194.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 14:21 EDT-0400)
a c 245 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 11:39:33 AM

Come back when you're closer to being ready to buy. I doubt things will change a lot between now and January. The hardware won't change much as the new Radeon R9s have been released, and NVIDIA may roll out a couple of cards as well. But the prices will definitely change, hopefully RAM prices will cool down a bit.
October 16, 2013 3:32:53 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Come back when you're closer to being ready to buy. I doubt things will change a lot between now and January. The hardware won't change much as the new Radeon R9s have been released, and NVIDIA may roll out a couple of cards as well. But the prices will definitely change, hopefully RAM prices will cool down a bit.


Well thats the thing, I could buy right now if I wanted to. Would a rig thats in the $1500 range be significantly better? So far all of these are around the $1000 range, which is good, but im wondering if i put in the extra 500, would it make a big difference? Also, what would I spend the extra 500 on? An i7? or maybe a GTX 670?

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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 3:52:58 PM
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PDuu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PDuu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PDuu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($237.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1529.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 18:52 EDT-0400)
October 16, 2013 4:38:48 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($237.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1529.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 18:52 EDT-0400)


This one looks good! Thank you so much! What do other people think, because what I've checked this looks good. Though i do wonder, would it be worth it to upgrade the ram to 16gb?
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 5:13:37 PM

16g ram most time is over kill unless your doing video or audio editing or large number crunching. there only one game now that might max out all of your ram. that in beta right now.
October 16, 2013 5:59:55 PM

smorizio said:
16g ram most time is over kill unless your doing video or audio editing or large number crunching. there only one game now that might max out all of your ram. that in beta right now.


Ok cool, out of curiosity, what game is that?

Also im just wondering if you could explain to me, what is the point of the two Storage devices?
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 6:44:40 PM

with an ssd there faster then hard drives there great for boot os. with windows 8 on the ssd it take only few secs for it to launch and few sec for programs and games to launch. downside is ssd have set amount of writes so you use the hard drive has a scratch drive for all your temp or short term files.
October 16, 2013 6:54:26 PM

smorizio said:
with an ssd there faster then hard drives there great for boot os. with windows 8 on the ssd it take only few secs for it to launch and few sec for programs and games to launch. downside is ssd have set amount of writes so you use the hard drive has a scratch drive for all your temp or short term files.


Ok yeah that makes sense. SO then I have one more question. How difficult will it be for me to set it so that the computer follows those paths for storage? Will it automatically choose the route, or do I just do something similar to making a computer choose graphics cards? Go into the storage and tell it which programs to use the ssd with?
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 7:02:58 PM

when you install games or aps that you dont need or use a lot you install them to the other drive using custom install and point it to the other drive letter or folder. i have my browser and word set to save to D:\ docs and my none uses games to the d:|games folders. games that you run daily can be on the ssd.
October 16, 2013 7:14:22 PM

smorizio said:
when you install games or aps that you dont need or use a lot you install them to the other drive using custom install and point it to the other drive letter or folder. i have my browser and word set to save to D:\ docs and my none uses games to the d:|games folders. games that you run daily can be on the ssd.


Ok awesome!
Thanks SO much for the help! It's really really appreciated! and useful.
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