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November 28, 2013 8:49:31 AM

I used to be "in the know", however after years of not paying attention, I am completely lost now.

Here is what I am looking for:

Mainly play WoW (two accounts, two screens), but also need it to run games such as Battlefield 4.

I need it from a website with financing. Perfect credit so thats not an issue, but wanting one with no interest so I have looked at tigerdirect, as well as newegg. Id prefer tigerdirect, unless you guys know a better place. (in other words, if tigerdirect is now "bad", then I am open to new sites)

I CAN spend up to 1000. I dont need the system to be "overdone", just good enough to run my games flawlessly. So Id prefer it to be less than 1000, but if I must, Ill spend it.


I assume that Intel still > AMD. So Id prefer Intel. 8 gigs of ram.

I know how it feels to be a "computer nerd" and I used to love being one. Im just outdated now, and hoping some of the new generation nerds wouldnt mind helping me out with this.

if there are any questions, feel free to ask, I tried to cover all I could.
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November 28, 2013 8:53:51 AM

I'm guessing your currency is US$ then.

For the most part, intel > AMD however they tend to trade blows. Right then, to business.
I'll come up with a build, 1 sec.
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November 28, 2013 8:55:40 AM

I apologize. yes, US$ :) 
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November 28, 2013 9:02:15 AM

Alright, it went up $64 when changing to mainly tigerdirect/newegg. But here it is.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2anIA
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2anIA/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2anIA/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($107.27 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1075.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-28 12:01 EST-0500)

From the cheapest vendors:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2atq8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2atq8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2atq8/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.55 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1008.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-28 14:21 EST-0500)

EDIT: I'd go with the 280x listed below over the 7970 I picked.
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November 28, 2013 10:01:33 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2apSr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2apSr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2apSr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $967.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-28 12:56 EST-0500)

Also if you are close to microcenter (BF ad), then you can save more on BF sale on the i5+MB bundle by going to store to pick up. http://www.microcenter.com/
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November 28, 2013 6:02:54 PM

The link doesn't work for me but yes, it should be. Double Dissipation is just what they call the design when it has 2 fans on it.
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November 30, 2013 2:11:45 PM

A few more questions, I am ordering later than I expected.

The case does not matter, correct?


Memory

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Patriot Viper 3 8G, 1866 mhz


The motherboard originally suggested by Jook-D is no longer in stock, so this is the next thing that popped up

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Asus z87-k (instead of z87-A_ Does that matter?


I also noticed both of you suggested windows 8. With the price changes of some of the hardware, I am wondering if there is a problem if I continued to use windows 7 home edition. I could probably squeeze in windows 8 if i had to, but I did not knwo if there was a particular reason for suggesting 8, or not. If there is, by all means please say so.

Another question. cin19 suggested a cooler for the CPU, do the stock ones with Intel still work well. Currently mine is overheating, and I have to place a fan beside the computer to keep it from freezing up. My choice here is basically a cooler, or a new hard drive.

Other notable changes:

Instead of suggested power supplies, I will be using my old power supply, 750 watt.
Optical Drive: Old DVD rom that I was using.
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November 30, 2013 2:18:51 PM

Case looks good and RAM looks good. The only real difference I see between the Z87-A and the Z87-K is that the K lacks SLI support for dual graphics cards. The technology isn't supported by that many applications as of yet and I've always personally preferred the single graphics card solution anyway. So the motherboard is good too.

The only reason I suggested W8 is that it has some performance improvements over W7 in some games and applications. W7 is still fine though. The current stock CPU coolers are still decent. If it's not doing what you need it to you could buy an aftermarket cooler further down the line, such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO.

By the way, which brand/model is that old power supply?
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November 30, 2013 2:21:28 PM

IF you can find a better motherboard on tiger direct, I will be more than happy to switch. I just decided to use the tigerdirect to get everything so that we can take advantage of no interest for 18 months

Case takes 7-21 days to ship. In her words "screw that, we will find another one" lol


the power supply is Corsair 750w

Found it

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

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November 30, 2013 2:44:11 PM

I found the gigabyte on tigerdirect, couldnt find either of the ASUS (which stinks, I always liked ASUS but the gigabyte board I had was a good one as well. Only 2 brands ive used the past 5 years)


And im using pcpartpicker this time so that its not blocked

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

With this. I am at 900 dollars.

Case, I wont worry about and ill just find one

That leaves 100=200 dollars left for either

Windows 8

or

Power Supply you suggested



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November 30, 2013 2:51:44 PM

The power supply you have seems fine and you can stay on Windows 7 if you'd like. :p 
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November 30, 2013 2:56:36 PM

Awesome JOOK-D

Too bad you dont take credit cards or id tip you!!!!

I really appreciate you helping a noob :) 
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November 30, 2013 3:02:19 PM

Hah, no problem. :)  Enjoy it!
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