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December 4, 2013 12:58:45 PM

I will be honest and my knowledge of computer components is very limited. I have browsed the PCPartpicker website for ideas, but with my lack of knowledge I do not know the quality of each part listed.

I am looking to buy a computer mainly for gaming, browsing the web, and using Microsoft Office and other related software. My budget is anywhere between $1300-$1600 and I need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse included with the components. I would only need one monitor and it has to be 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (if the price is right).

For this computer I would prefer if: the tower case was not white, the parts are of great quality and likely last for 3 years or more, and I would prefer buying from one or two websites to save money of any shipping charges.

Although I do not know how to manually assemble a PC, my brother in law has volunteered to do it for me. It is unfortunate he is too busy to assist me in finding the right components right now.
December 4, 2013 1:09:28 PM

Any preferred sites? Also, do you need OS as well?
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December 4, 2013 1:25:01 PM

HeyyScott said:
Any preferred sites? Also, do you need OS as well?


Newegg and Amazon are very familiar to me. I have bought from both sites in the past with no issues. I would not mind other sites if they are legit, have a solid reputation, and shipping is not too expensive. I think I will stay with Windows 7 at this point. Thanks.

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December 4, 2013 1:29:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.27 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($407.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master V700 700W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1615.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 16:19 EST-0500)

Here is a top quality gaming system.

The 4670K is your best value in gaming. Consistently beats the AMD 8350 in most games. The 4770K costs about $80 extra and will give you a bit more performance in future gaming, but with a price limit, the 4670K is king.

CM EVO is the best value in air cooling.

ASUS is the best in motherboards.

16GB is the new minimum requirement for gaming now, the latest and greatest now can pass 8GB if you want max speed. That is guys are upgrading from 8GB to 16GB and finding the games to run faster.

1TB WD HDD. You can upgrade with a SSD later, for now the best gaming requires your money to go elsewhere.

The R9 290 is a monster in gaming speed and value. As fast as the Titan when overclocked, but cost only 40% as much! If you can wait a few weeks for the custom cooler versions to come out, you will be in real good shape. It will kill any game on your nice display below.

The case has a large side fan to blow right on your video card. A necessity for these AMD monsters to keep them cool and quiet and fast.

The CM V700 is a top quality supply new to CM. It has enough power to really overclock the CPU and GPU if you wish. The CM V series has the best cooling fan in the business.

Windows 8.1

The Dell 1920X1200 IPS display is the best. The extra vertical pixels over the standard 1920X1080 display comes in real handy for on the web and word processing etc.

Enjoy!!!
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December 4, 2013 3:28:54 PM

babernet_1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.27 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($407.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master V700 700W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1615.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 16:19 EST-0500)

Here is a top quality gaming system.

The 4670K is your best value in gaming. Consistently beats the AMD 8350 in most games. The 4770K costs about $80 extra and will give you a bit more performance in future gaming, but with a price limit, the 4670K is king.

CM EVO is the best value in air cooling.

ASUS is the best in motherboards.

16GB is the new minimum requirement for gaming now, the latest and greatest now can pass 8GB if you want max speed. That is guys are upgrading from 8GB to 16GB and finding the games to run faster.

1TB WD HDD. You can upgrade with a SSD later, for now the best gaming requires your money to go elsewhere.

The R9 290 is a monster in gaming speed and value. As fast as the Titan when overclocked, but cost only 40% as much! If you can wait a few weeks for the custom cooler versions to come out, you will be in real good shape. It will kill any game on your nice display below.

The case has a large side fan to blow right on your video card. A necessity for these AMD monsters to keep them cool and quiet and fast.

The CM V700 is a top quality supply new to CM. It has enough power to really overclock the CPU and GPU if you wish. The CM V series has the best cooling fan in the business.

Windows 8.1

The Dell 1920X1200 IPS display is the best. The extra vertical pixels over the standard 1920X1080 display comes in real handy for on the web and word processing etc.

Enjoy!!!


I will save that build as one of my options before I make a final decision. My BIL did state he prefers Nvidia game cards but I can go with an Radeon card as well.

Anyone else have PC builds around my price range?
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December 4, 2013 3:47:25 PM

I'm trying to build you a build that can handle max setting on games like BF4 with high FPS but your monitor,keyboard,mouse request is sort of getting in the way of my budget :3
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December 4, 2013 3:48:35 PM

IceCreamRaider said:


I will save that build as one of my options before I make a final decision. My BIL did state he prefers Nvidia game cards but I can go with an Radeon card as well.

Anyone else have PC builds around my price range?


Yes, I also recommended Nvidia graphics cards only in the past, but AMD has gotten serious. Their drivers are just as good now except for some multi-display issues that will be fixed. Their new cards, especially the R9 290 are incredible values and very fast.

I'd recommend Windows 8.1. Games are being optimized for it now.
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December 4, 2013 4:17:11 PM

HeyyScott said:
I'm trying to build you a build that can handle max setting on games like BF4 with high FPS but your monitor,keyboard,mouse request is sort of getting in the way of my budget :3


I figured that these extra accessories would be a problem since I noticed most people exclude them in PC builds. I once had a nice monitor I used but it broke a couple of months ago. This keyboard and mouse I am using is worn out too so they will have to be replaced.

Would a build with either the Geforce 770 or 780 be affordable in my price range?
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December 4, 2013 4:24:37 PM

babernet_1 said:
IceCreamRaider said:


I will save that build as one of my options before I make a final decision. My BIL did state he prefers Nvidia game cards but I can go with an Radeon card as well.

Anyone else have PC builds around my price range?


Yes, I also recommended Nvidia graphics cards only in the past, but AMD has gotten serious. Their drivers are just as good now except for some multi-display issues that will be fixed. Their new cards, especially the R9 290 are incredible values and very fast.

I'd recommend Windows 8.1. Games are being optimized for it now.


The question I have with AMD cards is how much heat do they produce in comparison to Nvidia cards? I heard they are more loud and produce more heat compared to Nvidia cards.

I have read mixed reviews for Windows 8. I would not benefit from the touchscreen options myself since I prefer the classic keyboard and mouse.


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December 4, 2013 4:34:42 PM

IceCreamRaider said:
HeyyScott said:
I'm trying to build you a build that can handle max setting on games like BF4 with high FPS but your monitor,keyboard,mouse request is sort of getting in the way of my budget :3


I figured that these extra accessories would be a problem since I noticed most people exclude them in PC builds. I once had a nice monitor I used but it broke a couple of months ago. This keyboard and mouse I am using is worn out too so they will have to be replaced.

Would a build with either the Geforce 770 or 780 be affordable in my price range?


It's possible but depends on what kind of monitor/keyboard/mouse you want. Any specific ones you have in mind?
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December 4, 2013 4:50:05 PM

IceCreamRaider said:
babernet_1 said:
IceCreamRaider said:


I will save that build as one of my options before I make a final decision. My BIL did state he prefers Nvidia game cards but I can go with an Radeon card as well.

Anyone else have PC builds around my price range?


Yes, I also recommended Nvidia graphics cards only in the past, but AMD has gotten serious. Their drivers are just as good now except for some multi-display issues that will be fixed. Their new cards, especially the R9 290 are incredible values and very fast.

I'd recommend Windows 8.1. Games are being optimized for it now.


The question I have with AMD cards is how much heat do they produce in comparison to Nvidia cards? I heard they are more loud and produce more heat compared to Nvidia cards.

I have read mixed reviews for Windows 8. I would not benefit from the touchscreen options myself since I prefer the classic keyboard and mouse.




Good points. Yes, you need to wait until the new custom cooler cards come out later this month. They run silent and full speed. As I wrote, a $400 R9 290 will overclock with a non-reference cooler and beat the mighty $1,000 Titan. You simply cannot pass up that deal.

8.1 is pretty close to 7. You can use the mouse and keyboard. But yes, Windows 7 is the best thing Microsoft has ever done. People seem to become used to Windows 8.1 though. It is considerably more secure and hackers go after the the older operating systems first.
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December 4, 2013 6:13:32 PM

HeyyScott said:
IceCreamRaider said:
HeyyScott said:
I'm trying to build you a build that can handle max setting on games like BF4 with high FPS but your monitor,keyboard,mouse request is sort of getting in the way of my budget :3


I figured that these extra accessories would be a problem since I noticed most people exclude them in PC builds. I once had a nice monitor I used but it broke a couple of months ago. This keyboard and mouse I am using is worn out too so they will have to be replaced.

Would a build with either the Geforce 770 or 780 be affordable in my price range?


It's possible but depends on what kind of monitor/keyboard/mouse you want. Any specific ones you have in mind?


Not really. A 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 monitor is what I am looking for.
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December 4, 2013 6:21:50 PM

babernet_1 said:
IceCreamRaider said:
babernet_1 said:
IceCreamRaider said:


I will save that build as one of my options before I make a final decision. My BIL did state he prefers Nvidia game cards but I can go with an Radeon card as well.

Anyone else have PC builds around my price range?


Yes, I also recommended Nvidia graphics cards only in the past, but AMD has gotten serious. Their drivers are just as good now except for some multi-display issues that will be fixed. Their new cards, especially the R9 290 are incredible values and very fast.

I'd recommend Windows 8.1. Games are being optimized for it now.


The question I have with AMD cards is how much heat do they produce in comparison to Nvidia cards? I heard they are more loud and produce more heat compared to Nvidia cards.

I have read mixed reviews for Windows 8. I would not benefit from the touchscreen options myself since I prefer the classic keyboard and mouse.




Good points. Yes, you need to wait until the new custom cooler cards come out later this month. They run silent and full speed. As I wrote, a $400 R9 290 will overclock with a non-reference cooler and beat the mighty $1,000 Titan. You simply cannot pass up that deal.

8.1 is pretty close to 7. You can use the mouse and keyboard. But yes, Windows 7 is the best thing Microsoft has ever done. People seem to become used to Windows 8.1 though. It is considerably more secure and hackers go after the the older operating systems first.


I was hoping to get the pc system set up around the holidays so that is a bit concerning for me. I did find an Arctic cooling Accel VGA cooler on Newegg that might help with the heating problems but set me back by $75:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know I will have to eventually upgrade the OS at some point but I do have the disk for Windows 7 as of now. I will have to think about the OS before buying my components.


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December 5, 2013 10:51:31 AM

Any other good builds that would fit in my budget? Thanks.
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