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November 5, 2013 6:17:23 AM

Hey guys this will be my first time building a computer so I thought I would come here for help. Any suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Also If there are any tools or accessories needed for assembling the computer just included them in the price below.


Approximate Purchase Date: November

Budget Range: 900-1100 Before Rebates and Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, 3D modeling surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, TigerDirect, Amazon

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC. I run 3DS Max and want to play games like Arkham Origins, Final Fantasy XIV, and etc at the highest settings. Also I would like the video card to be good for the next two years or so of gaming.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is starting to show its age and cannot keep up with the newest games and applications.
a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2013 6:36:22 AM

Here is what I would consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1162.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 09:38 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2013 6:40:35 AM

^ He's not interested in overclocking so get 4670(no k) and less expensive mobo that doesn't oc
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a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2013 8:02:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $966.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 11:00 EST-0500)
I didn't add a CPU to that list because I see you want to play Final Fantasy XIV. If you don't have that game yet, then you can get it for free, when you buy a CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
It says $229.98, but the game is free so it will deduct it off, making the CPU at $199.99
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a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2013 7:55:29 PM

Intel Non-OC'ing setup (socket 1155):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1100.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 23:09 EST-0500)

Haswell Non-OC'ing build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1095.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 23:03 EST-0500)

AMD option here for just a reference:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1105.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 22:53 EST-0500)

* CPU OC'er friendly, if you want to use it later and works quite well in multi-tasking.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2013 7:59:15 PM

I wouldn't drop down as low as a i5-3350P, I would say non k 4670 or i5-3570. Both are great
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