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Gaming PC - first time builder

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


    everything else is fine.
  2. 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)
  3. Nice build - should be fine for some future games too :)
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks guys! I appreciate the help!
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