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First time Building Gaming PC need help (Budget: $1,800 - $2,000)

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December 25, 2013 6:19:44 PM

With the new Consoles out I decided now would be a good time to finally build a gaming PC. After looking around at other posts on builds people suggested this is what I've got so far.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2pX3w
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2pX3w/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2pX3w/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.95 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.55 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 750W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Logitech G19s Wired Gaming Keyboard ($174.80 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1982.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 20:56 EST-0500)

Budget (As stated in title): $1,800 - $2,000 Range (including O.S., Monitor, and Keyboard)
Mainly for gaming with some web browsing.
Games I plan on playing: Bioshock Infinite, BF4, WoW, Xcom, and Skyrim to list a few.

I'm still new at this, so I don't really plan on Overclocking for now. Any changes, criticism, advice would be greatly appreciated.
a b 4 Gaming
December 25, 2013 7:24:32 PM

That rig looks fine to me, though there are ways of shuffling money around to optimize performance.
Are you particularly attached to the 27" screen and keyboard ($180 for a non-mechanical keyboard is a bit of a rip-off TBH)?
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December 25, 2013 9:12:25 PM

manofchalk said:
That rig looks fine to me, though there are ways of shuffling money around to optimize performance.
Are you particularly attached to the 27" screen and keyboard ($180 for a non-mechanical keyboard is a bit of a rip-off TBH)?


I'm not particularly attached to the monitor or keyboard really. I don't really have a reason for choosing either one other then "They looked cool". I was guessing there were ways of shuffling money around to optimize performance, I just don't know where to put it though. Any alternative on where to better put it would be appreciated.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 25, 2013 9:34:13 PM

Just realized that screen is a PLS 1440p monitor, I thought it was just needlessly large and expensive. Its a good quality screen with a large resolution, but it does cost a fair bit. If you downgraded to say a ~$200 1080p screen you could get a stronger graphics card and round out another part of the build, though you will be losing that resolution, and a good monitor will outlast a good computer.
Your decision to make I guess, I would err toward getting the monitor over stronger graphics personally.

The keyboard is my personal recommendation, but like all peripherals there is an element of personal preference, you might not like it. I suggest you look into mechanical keyboards and switch types to decide which is best for you.
http://www.cmuniversity.net/switches.php?lang=en

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.07 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($86.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($557.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Ducky DK9008 Shine 3 Blue LED Backlit (Brown Cherry MX) Wired Standard Keyboard ($149.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Total: $2009.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-26 00:26 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2013 7:45:46 PM

manofchalk said:
Just realized that screen is a PLS 1440p monitor, I thought it was just needlessly large and expensive. Its a good quality screen with a large resolution, but it does cost a fair bit. If you downgraded to say a ~$200 1080p screen you could get a stronger graphics card and round out another part of the build, though you will be losing that resolution, and a good monitor will outlast a good computer.
Your decision to make I guess, I would err toward getting the monitor over stronger graphics personally.

The keyboard is my personal recommendation, but like all peripherals there is an element of personal preference, you might not like it. I suggest you look into mechanical keyboards and switch types to decide which is best for you.
http://www.cmuniversity.net/switches.php?lang=en

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.07 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($86.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($557.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Ducky DK9008 Shine 3 Blue LED Backlit (Brown Cherry MX) Wired Standard Keyboard ($149.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Total: $2009.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-26 00:26 EST-0500)


I will definitely looked into Mechanical Keyboards and give them a shot. Thanks for all the help!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 29, 2013 8:08:27 PM

Take a second look at your storage.
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ OutletPC)

At the price of your system do you really want to squeeze things into a 120GB SSD? Consider a 240GB minimum or skip it.

Given you plan to game, the 500GB hard drive will be eaten with game installs in no time. Consider a 1.5TB drive or a 2TB as minimum size.
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January 1, 2014 8:58:59 PM

tsnor said:
Take a second look at your storage.
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ OutletPC)

At the price of your system do you really want to squeeze things into a 120GB SSD? Consider a 240GB minimum or skip it.

Given you plan to game, the 500GB hard drive will be eaten with game installs in no time. Consider a 1.5TB drive or a 2TB as minimum size.


Well for the Hard Drive, I went with what manofchalk suggested getting: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive. Isn't that good enough for the Hard drive?

As for the SSD, I did end up getting the 120GB on it. Good news is, that I haven't opened the package so I can still return it and get something else instead. You said 240GB as the minimum, going on the build manofchalk suggested what do you think I should go with on the SSD? 500GB? 750GB? 1TB?
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January 6, 2014 12:24:30 PM

I can recommand you watching this video :) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odBZVl9DsqU
In the discription I have (in my opinion) the best parts you can get for around $2000 and in the video you will see some examples of the performance of the PC and how you need to build the PC. So if you're interested check it out :)  I have put a lot of work in it!
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