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December 22, 2013 11:40:54 AM

Hey all,

After way too long wasting my time with consoles I'm coming over to the fence and fulling embracing the dark side that is PC gaming. The new gen consoles do nothing for me, I see nor anticipate nothing special in terms of titles. Meanwhile, Steam and PC titles in general are borderline dizzying in their depth and breadth. I'm kicking myself for holding off this long.

The two games I know for a fact that I'll be playing are Starbound and DayZ, I'm more of a single player guy in general and don't need a super screamer for heavy multiplayer/Battlefield, etc. But of course, the beauty of PC gaming is that I can always simply upgrade. To any noobs out there, if you're on the fence... just take the time. NewEgg tutorials alone are so easy it's a joke. If you can't build a PC nowadays, then you simply don't have the 'DIY gene' or don't want it bad enough.

I DIGRESS! Here's my parts list -- I'm pretty set on this, but I'm totally open to suggestions. And I made this list under the 'single supplier' simply as a point of reference. Only I can do the individual leg work of finding deals, rebates, etc. This is a "What do think of these components" type of post. No keyboard listed as I'm using an old one.

Being told anywhere I can substitute parts and shave off some dough would be appreciated. Thanks everybody. Be well!

**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53470) | $189.99 @ Newegg

**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $35.98 @ Newegg

**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77...) | $149.48 @ Newegg

**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...) | $79.99 @ Newegg

**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $54.99 @ Newegg

**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.99 @ Newegg

**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42765k...) | $265.66 @ Newegg

**Power Supply** | [Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu...) |-

**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $17.99 @ Newegg

**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $102.98 @ Newegg

**Monitor** | [Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs248hp) | $167.58 @ Newegg

**Mouse** | [Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-mouse-rz0100840100r3...) | $54.48 @ Newegg

**Total** | $1179.11

a b 4 Gaming
December 22, 2013 12:05:11 PM

sorry but first few questions :
what is your exact budget ?
if you planning to overclocking CPU / GPU or a SLI in future ?
anything else you like to mention ?

coming to build Z77 mobo isnt needed if you not going for an overclocking CPU that is non 'K' version of i5. a B75 mobo is good enough. ( though it is also recommed for future proofing to get an overclocking cpu/mobo combination );

for GPU it can be improved and swapped for a R9 270x or 280x or a 770 if you have a little higher budget.
though you already mentioned you dont really play high classed games like BF4 but you may want to in future so yes.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 22, 2013 12:14:21 PM

hey iron,

heres an option for you, has an ssd, better gpu, better psu, better cpu, for a little bit less money

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.43 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT NZXT H230 Black ATX Mid Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1159.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 15:12 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2013 9:14:43 AM

sheag123 said:
hey iron,

heres an option for you, has an ssd, better gpu, better psu, better cpu, for a little bit less money

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.43 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT NZXT H230 Black ATX Mid Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1159.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 15:12 EST-0500)



Good stuff, thank you! Couple notes for you as well as a previous poster here: My budget, I'd like to keep at around $1000, so we're right there. Not planning to overclock anything, nor SLI so that 'K' CPU you have listed might get switched. Also, if I don't OC I can forego the CPU cooler, right? I don't mind the noise, I'll be wearing headphones and clean wiring/presentation is something I take pride in. Thanks for the case option as well, as that has been the single most frustrating choice!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2013 9:17:10 AM

yep you can absolutely cancel the CPU Cooler , the intel Stock will be fair enough to keep it cool + it isnt really that noisy though
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