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Need help on my first build. 750-950 Price Range

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October 16, 2013 12:11:09 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month or so

Budget Range: $750 - $950

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming, Surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Don't know which OS to get)

Preferred Website(s): Any website will do.

Location: Miami, Florida, United States

Parts Preferences: I prefer a Intel based system

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Don't know but going to use my 32inch TV as my monitor or should I just buy a monitor?

Additional Comments: I would like the computer to be as quiet as possible without effecting quality. I will mostly be playing Dota 2, BF4 when it comes out and general steam games.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a new computer.
October 16, 2013 12:41:14 PM

This seems like the system for you. I have it and played the BF4 beta on ultra no problem.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1047.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 15:35 EDT-0400)


A bit overbudget with the OS included, however its worth it. Plus, you can probably find the OS cheaper on a site like ebay. Most people I know prefer Windows 7, but some people like Windows 8. Vista and XP are outdated, so they're out of the question. Regarding monitors, it should run fine on your TV, I have used it on my 48 inch and it runs very well. Just make sure you get a mouse that that will reach to wherever you'll be sitting. It isn't very loud either. If you really need something $950 spot on then I can adjust it to fit your budget.
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October 16, 2013 12:45:29 PM

Also, if you have a microcenter near you, some items can be picked up in store for much cheaper. I got the processor at microcenter for $200 and the motherboard for $75.
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October 16, 2013 12:59:40 PM

I was able to get the build above a bit less money wise and closer to where you need to be budget wise.

CPU: Changed because you are not overclocking.
Motherboard: Because you aren't overclocking you don't need to pay the premium for a z87 chipset board because you would only really get that board to overclock.
Memory: You don't need 2400mhz memory 1600mhz will suffice for anyone.
Graphics card: while I have a gigabyte card myself I really despise their customer service and their warranty on their cards if I were you I would stick to EVGA, and ASUS and probably MSI as well. The ASUS card I have listed matches quite well with the board black and red theme as well as the ram being black.
PSU: I changed the PSU because over 100 dollars on a PSU for you seemed like a bit much Especially given that you aren't overclocking.
CASE: I changed from the Zalman case to the corsair case to be honest if your budget was a little higher I would of recommended a case from Fractal. I changed it because the zalman case is rather plastic looking and also the interior is pretty abysmal given the price of the case you can have a much easier and much more pleasant first build experience with a case that offers a bit more flexibility and quality.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.94 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.48 @ SuperBiiz)
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 ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99)
Total: $936.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 15:58 EDT-0400)
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October 16, 2013 1:00:20 PM

Thank you for the feedback
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October 16, 2013 1:11:23 PM

bigshootr8 said:
I was able to get the build above a bit less money wise and closer to where you need to be budget wise.

CPU: Changed because you are not overclocking.
Motherboard: Because you aren't overclocking you don't need to pay the premium for a z87 chipset board because you would only really get that board to overclock.
Memory: You don't need 2400mhz memory 1600mhz will suffice for anyone.
Graphics card: while I have a gigabyte card myself I really despise their customer service and their warranty on their cards if I were you I would stick to EVGA, and ASUS and probably MSI as well. The ASUS card I have listed matches quite well with the board black and red theme as well as the ram being black.
PSU: I changed the PSU because over 100 dollars on a PSU for you seemed like a bit much Especially given that you aren't overclocking.
CASE: I changed from the Zalman case to the corsair case to be honest if your budget was a little higher I would of recommended a case from Fractal. I changed it because the zalman case is rather plastic looking and also the interior is pretty abysmal given the price of the case you can have a much easier and much more pleasant first build experience with a case that offers a bit more flexibility and quality.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.94 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.48 @ SuperBiiz)
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 ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99)
Total: $936.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 15:58 EDT-0400)


Makes sense. Though I might point out that the Mushkin Blackline is out of stock on NCIX, and $80 on Newegg so it might be better to explore a different option. So many RAM items are on back order at NCIX.

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October 16, 2013 1:16:16 PM

Ah, well rats. I went with one of the lower costing kits of course you could go with out kits from kingston, corsair, or crucial the mushkin kit just struck my eye.
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