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October 16, 2013 6:46:18 PM

heres my PC build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PHsE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PHsE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PHsE/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.46 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 3GB Video Card ($202.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GEN DVD/CD Drive ($21.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($189.00 @ Adorama)
Total: $987.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 21:46 EDT-0400)
a c 358 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 7:30:59 PM

PSU could be better. XFX 550 would be ideal.

For the price of that gtx660 get an hd7950. It will blow it away.

I would get win8 for sure.
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a c 555 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 7:37:23 PM

I'd change the mobo, neither I nor the builders I know will build on MSI due to poor QC, look to the Asus Z87-Plus or the Gryphon, both are better mobos, Asus seems to have best handle on the Z87/Haswells
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a c 358 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 7:40:00 PM

I have used 3 MSI boards, and are currently overclocked and running SLI on one right now. Never once had an issue. Don't know why everyone doesn't like them.
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a c 555 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 7:49:49 PM

Have a nasty habit of DOA or failure of ports (SATA, USB, ethernet) within a short period of time, bad DRAM slots, poor BIOSs, am glad you've had good luck, and if you get a 'good' one they are OK, but in building - if it goes bad guess who it comes down on? ;)  I get more problem calls on MSI mobos than any 2 other manufacturers mobos put together - which is bad when I don't even build on them - these are almost all referrals from my clients
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October 16, 2013 7:50:53 PM

ok make the switch to the i7-4770 Haswell, if i reduced the Harddrive to 500GB from 1TB, will i still be ok?

im on a budget and to upgrade from the i5 to the i7, id have to reduce cost somewhere, and the harddrive seems like an ok place to do so.
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a c 358 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 7:55:48 PM

derek1986 said:
ok make the switch to the i7-4770 Haswell, if i reduced the Harddrive to 500GB from 1TB, will i still be ok?

im on a budget and to upgrade from the i5 to the i7, id have to reduce cost somewhere, and the harddrive seems like an ok place to do so.


You do not need an i7. Stick with an i5. the GPU is what you want to worry about for games.
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October 16, 2013 7:59:41 PM

tiny voices said:
derek1986 said:
ok make the switch to the i7-4770 Haswell, if i reduced the Harddrive to 500GB from 1TB, will i still be ok?

im on a budget and to upgrade from the i5 to the i7, id have to reduce cost somewhere, and the harddrive seems like an ok place to do so.


You do not need an i7. Stick with an i5. the GPU is what you want to worry about for games.


so stick with i5, stick with my 1TB Hybrid Drive and switch to the HD7950 3GB?

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a c 358 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 8:05:53 PM

I would just get a standard 1tb HDD.

YEs the 7950 change for sure.
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