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December 18, 2013 1:09:49 AM

Hey, i just want another pair of eyes to check and see if these parts are up to par, haven't built a PC for myself yet and i'm making this my first one. My budget i was looking at keeping below $1200.00. Overall i was looking for Medium entry quality which i think I've achieved but mainly, i'm not sure if i have the prices where i need them or if i could cut something off somewhere.

System components are here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2mbb6

i'm pretty competent, and just want people with more experience to bounce ideas off me.

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a c 312 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2013 1:21:29 AM

middle of the road performance.

for $1200 you could get better performance

what are your thoughts on this matx build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2maFb ?

you take a bit of a hit when it comes to cpu... but you gain on the gpu.

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the 5900rpm hdd you picked is slow.

the gtx650 is underpowered

the intel i5-3570k is ivy bridge (last generation). it might be worth an upgrade to haswell.

is that monitor set in stone or are cheaper alternatives acceptable?
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a c 375 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2013 1:26:14 AM

it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
i5 haswell
bigger hdd
GTX 760
bigger psu
popular led monitor from asus

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($222.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.81 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($25.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1159.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 04:24 EST-0500)
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December 18, 2013 2:03:45 AM

Thank you ssddx for the responce and no, nothing in that line-up was set in stone, like the fans and the thermal paste you could just overlook. And for AMD Radeon, i really like the selections you have, didn't realize ivy bridge was that oudated.
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a c 312 4 Gaming
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December 18, 2013 2:09:46 AM

well ivy brigdge isnt *that* outdated. it is still relevant. however considering haswell isnt too much more... its not much of an issue.

just provided the build (i've been posting that one all around today it seems.....) for reference to give you some ideas.
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December 18, 2013 2:55:46 AM

ssddx said:
well ivy brigdge isnt *that* outdated. it is still relevant. however considering haswell isnt too much more... its not much of an issue.

just provided the build (i've been posting that one all around today it seems.....) for reference to give you some ideas.


yeah, see im more up to-date with software more than i am with hardware (x.x) so i'm not familiar with nothing. I did like the build you provided and i recommended it to a friend, but im not really into AMD processors, but i thank you kindly regardless. And you've helped me to start seeing what parts are more popular than other's as i'm starting to see a trend.

I should have specified that I am kinda Intel exclusive.
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a c 312 4 Gaming
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December 18, 2013 3:32:24 AM

you can make a similar build with intel... but its going to cost $150 more simply because intel is charging much more for the cpus (+$100) and the z87 boards are more expensive than the amd boards ($20-50)

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