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December 3, 2013 10:06:24 PM

This will be the first computer i will build, however want decent specs, like a 4th gen i5, a SSD, 16gb of ram and a decent graphics card. Any ideas?

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December 3, 2013 10:12:22 PM

For the CPU I would recommend a 4670k as it is the one I got and it is just amazing, as for graphics card a gtx 760 would do great, I wouldn't recommend going 16 gb of ram as anything above 8 is a bit of an overkill, also since you have such a nice budget you could get a ssd, if you want me to give you a full parts list tell me!
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December 3, 2013 10:25:35 PM

This will get you a good start and room to grow...


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December 3, 2013 10:46:41 PM

You have similar budget and ideas that I had when I started a build so I will leave what I did here. I did change to an ivy instead of haswell CPU because of price and performance so that part may not be relevant to you along with the mobo.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2aA0N

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 750W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply

The total for this is $845. Now I still need to get a mobo and I was looking at an msi gd65 gaming (Z77) for about $160 so in total$1005 so just about right on your goal.

No matter what you choose good luck, this is my first build and it is a lot of fun
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December 3, 2013 11:46:57 PM

MMM did we all forget the extra cost for Windows in this? Also know your only going to do High level on BF4 on this not Ultra, as the i5 will bottleneck when you get to 7xx or R7/R9s.
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December 4, 2013 12:07:08 AM

P Oh will the I 5 bottleneck in gaming I though it was one of the more perffered chips for gaming maybe I should Of suggested a amd build with the 8350 which wouldn't>>>>
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December 4, 2013 12:22:55 AM

johnnyb105 said:
P Oh will the I 5 bottleneck in gaming I though it was one of the more perffered chips for gaming maybe I should Of suggested a amd build with the 8350 which wouldn't>>>>


Nope scores are lower for that even as compared to the i7 for example with HIGH end cards. Like me to link you to see the multiple tests done that show when you pair the HIGH end cards with i5 and BELOW you are bottlenecking it. Now someone want to make something compared to the i7 that the cards can take advantage of, love to hear of a alternative.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cj8RP4kEGo @ 2:50
and http://www.imagelucidity.com/news.php?id_2=1050&?topic=...

It makes sense, since computers store the code (HDD) that needs to be read in clumps (RAM) before passed to be processed (CPU) on what component (GPU, Printer, NIC, etc.) needs to 'do' with that data code. So a more core / thread CPU will process the data clumps faster to the GPU to render.
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December 4, 2013 12:46:06 AM

I know a lot of folks chose the I 5 over the 7 even toms suggest that that's the money best being spent elsewhere even thoses the I 7 is some what faster the I 5 is the gaming choice for millions of folks if on the intel camp of things Don't want the op to run out and get a I 7 and then theres no upgrade path and bottle where????? maybe I should do a amd 8350 system in parts picker that has no bottle neck considering the I 5 4670 is a just a tad faster then the 8350 from amd ....
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December 4, 2013 12:50:19 AM

julzeli you don't need 16 gig of ram no pc is future proof these days 2 x 4 8 gig in dual channel mode is fine pick a good GPU either amd or NVidia and I can give you a good build if you want to blow money and and wait to the next big thing I can help you with that but if you want a solid solid build today let me know and thanks.
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December 4, 2013 12:58:47 AM

If your building a system around BF4 you should wait !!!! the game isn't polished like cod of duty ghosts no matter what I suggest or other ops it wont make a difference until the bugs are worked out of the game...... Good luck to you ...
















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December 5, 2013 7:20:48 PM

theawolwarrior said:
For the CPU I would recommend a 4670k as it is the one I got and it is just amazing, as for graphics card a gtx 760 would do great, I wouldn't recommend going 16 gb of ram as anything above 8 is a bit of an overkill, also since you have such a nice budget you could get a ssd, if you want me to give you a full parts list tell me!


Yeah, if you could, a full list would be great. Thanks
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December 5, 2013 7:23:36 PM

johnnyb105 said:
julzeli you don't need 16 gig of ram no pc is future proof these days 2 x 4 8 gig in dual channel mode is fine pick a good GPU either amd or NVidia and I can give you a good build if you want to blow money and and wait to the next big thing I can help you with that but if you want a solid solid build today let me know and thanks.


oh ok, thanks for that.
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December 5, 2013 8:03:38 PM

Fixed it for you :) 
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December 5, 2013 11:08:17 PM

Intel i5 4570
MSI N760 HAWK GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Gigabyte GA-B85-D3H Motherboard
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer
Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case
2 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM
Seasonic Ss-600H2U 600W Power Supply
Total around 990 USD.
Price based on newegg.
And if you are getting the pc for gaming don't get 16GB memory.8 GB is enough.
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December 6, 2013 3:38:59 AM

gamer11039 said:
Intel i5 4570
MSI N760 HAWK GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer
Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case
2 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM
Seasonic Ss-600H2U 600W Power Supply
Total around 990 USD.
Price based on newegg.
And if you are getting the pc for gaming don't get 16GB memory.8 GB is enough.


Thanks for that man. I'll have a look at it.
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December 9, 2013 1:52:58 AM

You are welcome.Let me know if you need anything else and don't forget to choose a best answer.
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December 9, 2013 2:11:06 AM

gamer11039 said:
Intel i5 4570
MSI N760 HAWK GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer
Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case
2 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM
Seasonic Ss-600H2U 600W Power Supply
Total around 990 USD.
Price based on newegg.
And if you are getting the pc for gaming don't get 16GB memory.8 GB is enough.


First off, 1155 mobo and 1150 cpu.....

I would suggest this

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $895.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-09 05:10 EST-0500)
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December 9, 2013 6:32:42 AM

camohanna said:
gamer11039 said:
Intel i5 4570
MSI N760 HAWK GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer
Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case
2 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM
Seasonic Ss-600H2U 600W Power Supply
Total around 990 USD.
Price based on newegg.
And if you are getting the pc for gaming don't get 16GB memory.8 GB is enough.


First off, 1155 mobo and 1150 cpu.....

I would suggest this

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $895.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-09 05:10 EST-0500)


Forgot to include the cost of Windows in there, FYI
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December 11, 2013 3:31:04 AM

I chose the 4570 because he said he wanted an intel i5 4th gen processor.And sorry.That motherboard won't work with that processor.Go with this one Gigabyte GA-B85-D3H Motherboard.And i didn't include the cost of OS because you didn't mention you needed one.If you want to cut down the cost you can get MSI N760 2GB gaming OC.
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