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Help with Affordable High End Gaming PC by 1st Timer (Skyrim, i5-3570k, GTX 770 4gb)

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December 16, 2013 9:33:22 AM

Attempting an affordable yet powerful gaming PC build. Coming over from consoles to play a heavily modded Skyrim, with hopes that my setup can handle some new next-gen games as well.

In the past 2 weeks the internet has giving me a crash course in PC parts / compatibility. Hoping some of the community Gurus can weigh in on if I'm doin this right.

I have a Gateway DX4831-01e that I plan to sell used for $250 - $300 and about $600 cash and that is basically my budget.

Ok, so here's what I got!
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2kMgB

*Plan to add a SSD down the road.
*Plan to eventually add another 8gb of ram for 16gb total.
*Don't need an OS, already have windows 7 64 bit.
*Considering buying i5 chip used to save about $40.
*Also thinking about getting the GTX 770 4gb used as well. Are used GPUs a bad idea??
*Insistent on 4GB GPU due to Skyrim's high use of VRAM when modded.

Interested to hear any alternatives, suggestions, advices, cautions from anyone who has the time to give feedback. Especially if there is a better option I should be considering for PSU, Cooling or Case. Consider buying used CPU & GPU would give another $100 to add to other parts.

Thanks for helping out.


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a c 295 4 Gaming
December 16, 2013 9:44:24 AM

You can definitely do better than that for $1K. For Haswell builds you need 2 x 4GB, not 1 x 8GB. 16GB will not do anything for gaming so you don't have to worry about that.

This is what you should get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($222.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($151.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1048.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 12:43 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2013 9:46:53 AM

I would not recommend you to buy used parts. Especially a CPU/GPU, two most important part of gaming pc. Considering that, your overall build looks fine. You however forgot about hard drive.
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December 16, 2013 10:16:08 AM

Scott: I have several 1TB HDDs that I can install. And I have 2 which have OS on them. So one would probably go with the used Gateway I would sell. The other is main HDD in this PC until I can get a SSD.

g-unit: thanks for the RAM tip, stuff I'm still learning...
*Question (might be dumb) about the 400R case, can those 3.5' bays be modified to fit the 2.5 SSD?
*Is the i5-4670k really better than the 3570k? I looked and it seemed like the improvements in the newer model were intangible, same base / turbo.
*I noticed the PSU you chose was less watts. Did I just over do it? whats the advantage? I was thinking extra umph, leaves the ability to SLI GPUs at some point.
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a c 295 4 Gaming
December 16, 2013 10:39:14 AM

YimYames18 said:
Scott: I have several 1TB HDDs that I can install. And I have 2 which have OS on them. So one would probably go with the used Gateway I would sell. The other is main HDD in this PC until I can get a SSD.

g-unit: thanks for the RAM tip, stuff I'm still learning...
*Question (might be dumb) about the 400R case, can those 3.5' bays be modified to fit the 2.5 SSD?
*Is the i5-4670k really better than the 3570k? I looked and it seemed like the improvements in the newer model were intangible, same base / turbo.
*I noticed the PSU you chose was less watts. Did I just over do it? whats the advantage? I was thinking extra umph, leaves the ability to SLI GPUs at some point.


When you port your hard drive over you have to do a full re installation of Windows or your PC will crash on boot every single time. And I definitely agree - do not buy anything used, especially the CPU.

To answer your questions:

1. Yes all Corsair cases can accommodate SSD installation without the use of extra brackets.
2. It's faster yes. The stock speed is about the same but the differences lie when you overclock, and the motherboards will support next year's models (Broadwell). Where Ivy Bridge will be discontinued.
3. Yeah for a single card 750W is not necessary, and the Corsair CX are not necessarily known for being top quality. The CX750 is made by Channel Well where the Seasonic unit is much better quality.
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