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Building the "Dream Machine" (Building my first gaming PC and would like advice)

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December 5, 2013 2:55:13 AM

Hello Tom's Hardware forum members,

My name is Brend and I am a new member of the forums but I've been a lurker for a while when looking for PC related questions and I've finally gained the means to create my own PC the way I want it. I have already found the parts to build a computer but before I purchase anything I want to get some opinions of what I've found and if there are better options.

I'm using the template I found stickied at the top of these forums.

Approximate Purchase Date: I plan on purchasing these parts December 6th (this Friday)

Budget Range: I plan on keeping the budget of this computer to be at most $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies/videos, web browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: No (I plan on upgrading eventually but for now I'm using an older one but any advice about monitors wouldn't be ignored.)


Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: No (Using Windows 7 x64 ultimate edition)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but I'd using any reliable website with good prices.

Location: Seattle, Washington State. United States.

Parts Preferences: I would mostly prefer to use Intel and Nvidia but any reliable and fairly priced part would be fine.

Overclocking: Maybe (no plans at the moment but I would like to leave my options open)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Same as OC)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I would like the PC to run quiet and be easy to assemble.

And Most Importantly, why are you upgrading: I am upgrading from my college laptop (duo core, 3 GB Ram, cheap video card) which just doesn't cut it for gaming and now that I am working I can finally build a gaming PC.


Parts List

Motherboard

ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$200 ($16 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K
$224 ($23 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
EVGA 04G-P4-3768-KR GeForce GTX 760 FTW 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card w/ EVGA ACX Cooler
$319 ($30 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
$150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
$90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD/HD
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive
$190 ($16 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
$70 ($8 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...

Drive
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$62 ($8 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0
$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
$34 ($6 warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If you have any questions I'll try to respond as quickly as possible and thank you for your time.
Also for anyone that has read this far I referred to it as the "dream machine" because that is what a co-worker called it when I told him my situation.
December 5, 2013 3:00:50 AM

For so much money, you could get a gtx 770 in your build. You don't need an Asus Z87-PRO. You will be good with the Z87-A. And you don't need a 62$ optical drive either. You won't notice a difference from a 20$ optical drive.
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December 5, 2013 3:15:20 AM

What about this?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2fnkg

You even get a good monitor and stay within the budget :) 
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December 5, 2013 3:58:33 AM
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Something like the below should suit your needs nicely.

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 ($29.26 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1362.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 06:58 EST-0500)
December 5, 2013 4:04:31 PM

mikerockett said:
Something like the below should suit your needs nicely.

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 ($29.26 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1362.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 06:58 EST-0500)


This is a good build. The only thing I would change is get the XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold. It's fully modular and will comfortably handle SLI 780's. Also I would get a mid tower case, but that is just personal preference.
With 1500, you should definitely have a 780 in your build. If you are trying to fit a monitor in the 1500 budget then a few things should be changed... but that's a different story.
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December 5, 2013 4:32:40 PM

I would go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.26 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.93 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($142.53 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1367.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 19:32 EST-0500)

Sexy Red and Black theme going on ;) 
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December 5, 2013 5:34:00 PM

Suggestion, I'd pass on paying the additional warranty, normally if a component is going to fail, it's generally within the first 60 days or so
December 6, 2013 1:02:25 AM

I just want to thank everyone who posted suggestions and I would like to mention I read them all and put them into consideration for my final build.
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