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1040 Dollar Budget PC

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December 30, 2013 3:17:32 PM

Budget: 1040
Location: East Coast US
Site Preferance: CPu WILL be picked up from microcenter for sure, and for the others, any website as long as it is all in one place. Will buy form microcenter if cheaper.
Part preferance: I would prefer intel/nvidia but it doesnt matter that much if AMD can offer better preformance in GPU. And if its required to save some money for other things, I wouldnt mind and AMD 8350/20.
Overclock: Yes
OS?: Yes need an OS


I have monitor/keyboard

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December 30, 2013 4:31:13 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-K ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.06 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1022.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 19:31 EST-0500)

amd build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2sXW8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2sXW8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2sXW8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.06 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1017.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 19:38 EST-0500)
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December 30, 2013 4:51:35 PM

The rest of the build is great, just not too sure of the case (Someone recomend me on?). I probably would take the Intel build.

For the case, I would probably could get a few more bucks to get a decent one.
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December 30, 2013 5:08:55 PM

shadowwolf43 said:
The rest of the build is great, just not too sure of the case (Someone recomend me on?). I probably would take the Intel build.

For the case, I would probably could get a few more bucks to get a decent one.

the bit fenix case is a nice budget case . i have used it and was really surprised at how well it was put together . here is a review on it . also price doesn't always = quality
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4913/bitfenix-merc-alpha-...

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December 30, 2013 6:00:57 PM

Bodeen has a nice build, but a lot of the prices are not displayed correctly. There's a lot of prices on PCPartPicker that has not been updated yet, especially at NCIX. For example, the Bitfenix Alpha is $60, not $30. The XFX 650w is $80, not $60. The Asus Z87-K is $140, not $113.
Here's what I would suggest with the correct prices:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.59 @ B&H)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: i5-4670k + ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Bundle @ Microcenter ($314.98)
Total: $1032.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 20:18 EST-0500)

-The i5-4670k + ASRock Z87 Extreme4 bundle deal at Microcenter in-store pickup.
-Pick up the ODD and HDD at microcenter as well.
-The XFX 550w psu is $50 after rebate at NCIX. On PCPP it says $60, but that's because it didn't upgrade the price yet.
-Buy the RAM and GPU at Newegg.
-For all of the other components, use NCIX. They price-match so you'll pay the same price as opposed to buying from a different retailer, but you only use one retailer. So for Windows 8.1, use NCIX to price match it to OutletPC's price of $95. For the CM Hyper 212 EVO, use NCIX to price match B&H price of $33.
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