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First Time Building - Need Help with Gaming System spec for $1200-$1400 Budget

Last response: in Systems
December 10, 2013 8:16:24 AM

Here is the required information, and let me express my gratitude in advance for anyone helping me out - I have decided to learn how to build my own system and having read around would appreciate some help from those who know as I was a little leery of making sure everything was compatible.

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I have a good spec to go shop for - ideally within the next week or two.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping: Ideally 1200-1400 including OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movie watching

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Whole new box and everything in it (need wi-fi capability too for internet)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, likely Windows 8 64-bit - any opinions on pro vs. non-pro?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably newegg, seems the easiest, but I'm open to suggestions.

Location: Allentown, PA

Parts Preferences: Probably Intel for gaming as that seems to be the consensus. I would prefer quieter components and don't mind using a bit more of my budet for that, if you guys have any suggesetions - i.e., a better case, better fan mounts etc (as long as those aren't too difficult to install)

Overclocking: For a first attempt, I don't think so.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - Don't think my budget would allow for two vid cards, but the option to upgrade might be nice.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 X 1200

Additional Comments: Quiet PC to the extent it isn't horrendously expensive. I'm not trying to max settings on games, would like to play Battlefield 4, Diablo 3 and be able to play games decently for the next year or two, if that's possible.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've got a POS laptop and want a new desktop.

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a c 271 4 Gaming
December 10, 2013 9:38:33 AM

Here ya go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($52.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($151.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($123.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1297.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 12:39 EST-0500)
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