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$1000 budget gaming PC; need help choosing parts.

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December 8, 2013 5:39:33 PM

This is my first time building a computer, so bear with me. I've been doing a of of research to build something within the budget of $1000, but I'd really like someone to take a look out it to point out my mistakes. This is what I've found so far:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi B85S3+ Ver. 6.x Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Skyline-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 600W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2037m-LED 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $911.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 20:29 EST-0500)

I need something capable of playing new games preferably on high settings as well as streaming/making videos. Now, I'm obviously not a progamer and I don't need anything too crazy, but I enjoy playing a variety of games and I'd be great to finally get to play PC games with friends without having 5fps and crashing. So if I could get advice/recommendations on how these parts are or if there are better options I'd love to know! :D 
December 8, 2013 6:07:24 PM

Prepare to be besieged by facts (Sorry :(  )

I recommend switching your processor to an i5-4670k and get a much better motherboard. Biostar motherboards are utter crap according to my experiences and reviews. I recommend an AsRock, Asus, Gigabyte, or MSi. I also recommend switching to a GTX 760 by EVGA w/ ACX cooler or wait for aftermarket coolers to show up, as the current AMD cards run ultra hot and ultra power hungry. Switch out your PSU, it will most likely fail and damage other components. I recommend one from Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, or Seasonic.

Sorry if I sound mean, just trying to prevent you from frying your computer ;) 

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December 8, 2013 6:21:32 PM

That wasn't mean at all :D 

It's truly helpful and I thank you for it! I'm extremely new to all of this so your reply is exactly what I want and need.

I took your advice and updated my build:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: DIYPC Skyline-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2037m-LED 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $978.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 21:20 EST-0500)

Whaddya think?

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December 8, 2013 6:25:46 PM

You want a Z87 mobo if going w/ the K model CPU if you are going to OC and I wouldn't touch MSI mobos, poor QC, look at Asus, the Rock or GigaByte only, with Haswell may want to look at faster DRAM also if budget permits, 1600/9 is entry level
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December 8, 2013 6:42:13 PM

Thank you for your reply! Would ASRock Z87M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard be a good pick? With that, it brings me right up to my budget. I'm undecided whether I want to overclock (mostly scared I'll fry my computer), but if I wanted to later down the line, what would you recommend for cooling?
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December 8, 2013 6:55:01 PM

For streaming you hands down want an 8320. Check out the TecSyndicate article on this: https://teksyndicate.com/videos/amd-fx-8350-oc-vs-i5-35...

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hnzO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hnzO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hnzO/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: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($350.50 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1078.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 21:53 EST-0500)
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December 8, 2013 7:12:35 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-K ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $991.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 22:12 EST-0500)
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December 8, 2013 8:20:27 PM

Woo! So many replies! :D 

Thank you all so much for your help! Everyone had so much good advice and I think I have a pretty good idea for a build now that I put everyone's suggestions all into one list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hpxp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hpxp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hpxp/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: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150HG 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($7.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $987.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 23:07 EST-0500)

It was hard to make this list since everyone had such good suggestions, but I'm really happy with it. I'm probably going to go with these purchases. If I'm accidentally making a huge error on one of these parts, please let me know haha :D 
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December 8, 2013 8:34:00 PM

FoxyPancakes said:
Woo! So many replies! :D 

Thank you all so much for your help! Everyone had so much good advice and I think I have a pretty good idea for a build now that I put everyone's suggestions all into one list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hpxp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hpxp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hpxp/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: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150HG 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($7.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $987.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 23:07 EST-0500)

It was hard to make this list since everyone had such good suggestions, but I'm really happy with it. I'm probably going to go with these purchases. If I'm accidentally making a huge error on one of these parts, please let me know haha :D 


Very solid :) 
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