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October 30, 2013 1:57:42 AM

Hi all, I'm returning to PC gaming and desktop computers after spending the last several years on consoles and laptops. I'm trying to put together a system, primarily for gaming, that will last a couple years. Thanks for any advice!!!

Approximate Purchase Date: over the next week

Budget Range: $1200 - $1500 After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net, online movies (ie. netflix / hulu), word processing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: I need everything

Do you need to buy OS: Have a licence of Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Melbourne, FL, USA

Parts Preferences: I would like an Intel CPU, don't have too many other preferences.. like stuff from Cooler Master, Corsair, Asus..

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Don't think so

Your Monitor Resolution: need to purchase, want 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm playing Skyrim with a few mods, FF14: a Realm Reborn MMO, Crysis 3, Guild Wars 2, Batman Arkham City.. Want to be able to play on high settings

Why Are You Upgrading: want to get back into PC gaming and need a new base computer

Here's a system I started:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master RC-912-KKN4 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1411.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 04:48 EDT-0400)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1V2mW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1V2mW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1V2mW/benchmarks/

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October 30, 2013 2:05:08 AM

i would recommend you a 770 ot 780. they both just got reduced 100 $.


everything else is fine.
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October 30, 2013 2:15:20 AM

Edited for you.

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 ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master RC-912-KKN4 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1453.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 05:14 EDT-0400)
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October 30, 2013 2:28:40 AM

Nice build - should be fine for some future games too :) 
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October 30, 2013 10:31:30 AM

Thanks for the suggestion!! My first instinct had been an nVidia GPU, but then it seemed for the current and next round of games, AMD Radeons were a better fit. Mostly because that's what the consoles are running. Why do you guys recommend the 770? Thanks for taking the time to help me out!
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October 31, 2013 1:21:17 AM

the real beast atm is the R9 290x. else i would recommend any nvidia.
the nvidia solutions work really silent and cool provide a high oc-potential and are pricy. that's why i'd take a 760/770/780.
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November 7, 2013 8:41:25 AM

Thanks guys! I appreciate the help!
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