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December 12, 2013 11:13:57 AM

Would like to see if there are spots where I can save money? Would like to stay under $1500 w/monitor and OS. It won't be a FPS gaming rig, I prefer to play the simulators/strategy games (think Simcity, Anno 2070, civ5) and WoW. The most FPS I get into is CS:GO or Team Fortress. I'll save the FPS and Assassins Creed types (BF4, CoD, etc) for console. Would like to overclock for my first time, I've built 3 systems before with awesome results and they've done everything I wanted them to, but that was in 2006. THINGS HAVE CHANGED! My last PC was a cyberpower laptop and I'm ready to move back into the desktops, especially with tablets taking over my quick web browsing needs.

My needs in order,

1) QUIET, in a relative sense. This will be in the great room near the hub of where my family is most of the time. I don't want a hum/fan noise taking over the room when watching a movie, etc.

2) Gaming. As noted above. I'd like to run these type of games at 1080p, high/ultra. My laptop almost does WoW at ultra. Anno2070...not so much.

3) General performance. Beyond the basics, I do some photo editing. Haven't done any video editing.

Here's what I have from pcpartpicker:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.28 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.84 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1421.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 14:12 EST-0500)

Does everything make sense? Or any suggestions on changes? I don't plan on purchasing anything until late February/March 2014 time frame, so perhaps prices would go down by then.
December 12, 2013 11:19:37 AM

So that is a great build. However I would make a couple of suggestions.

1. Instead of a 760, get a 770 for only ~$60 more, and well worth the increase in price.

2. Go with a slightly cheaper, and better PSU from Seasonic that has the same wattage. I believe with your setup, as long as you don't plan on going SLI, you could go to a 550W PSU.
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December 12, 2013 11:24:35 AM

Looks good but the 760 is weak for this rig bro..... It's not so balanced IMHO. 4670k and z mobo, but 760. :)  Though it's totally fine, but if it were me, I'd get a 770 or an R9 280x. :)  If you don't want to OC, you can get a non K CPu and an H mobo.
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December 12, 2013 11:46:39 AM

Ok, lets try this:

Changed to GTX 770 as the R280X is impossible to find...maybe by my buying time frame. Changed out the PSU as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.28 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1498.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 14:45 EST-0500)



The motherboard price gets me nervous as Microcenter is the only one that has it under $150. But I guess I shouldn't worry about it as I'm 3 months out.
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December 12, 2013 11:47:47 AM

nudave said:
Ok, lets try this:

Changed to GTX 770 as the R280X is impossible to find...maybe by my buying time frame. Changed out the PSU as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.28 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1498.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 14:45 EST-0500)



That is a seriously killer price on that M500. That's a pretty solid system, I say go for it.

The only thing I would change is to upgrade your PSU to a 750W or 850W so you can SLI that GTX 770 later on and get Titan level performance. Otherwise it's a go.
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December 12, 2013 11:52:35 AM

g-unit1111 said:
nudave said:
Ok, lets try this:

Changed to GTX 770 as the R280X is impossible to find...maybe by my buying time frame. Changed out the PSU as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.28 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1498.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 14:45 EST-0500)



That is a seriously killer price on that M500. That's a pretty solid system, I say go for it.

The only thing I would change is to upgrade your PSU to a 750W or 850W so you can SLI that GTX 770 later on and get Titan level performance. Otherwise it's a go.


Yes, but I doubt I would ever need that much GPU.
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December 12, 2013 12:11:41 PM

If you want you still could get a stronger gtx780 at this price range:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.28 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1453.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 15:07 EST-0500)
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December 13, 2013 6:00:28 AM

Ok. I thought about it more last night. Do I really need to overclock? I mean I'm pretty sure a GTX 770 is overkill for me, so why am I overclocking? How much money would I be saving by not overclocking? Maybe $80?
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December 13, 2013 6:59:51 AM

And....nevermind. The H87 board selection is utter CRAP and wouldn't save me money. It would end up being like $20 at most.
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December 13, 2013 10:49:29 AM

nudave said:
Ok. I thought about it more last night. Do I really need to overclock? I mean I'm pretty sure a GTX 770 is overkill for me, so why am I overclocking? How much money would I be saving by not overclocking? Maybe $80?


Yeah that's not the area I would cut if you're going to save money.
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