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Matx Gaming Build $1000 budget. Need help Fast

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December 30, 2013 5:13:49 PM

So I posted on here a few days ago for an ITX build however after looking into it more and doing some more research I think that I would rather go for mATX build. I know that there isn't a huge difference in mid tower and mATX but I still prefer the smaller size even though its not much. The Case that I want to use is the Fractal Design Define Mini. I love the idea behind the case and the look. I also want to use a GTX 770 if possible. From what I can tell it will run all the games that I want and will be decent for the future. If you have suggestions on another card with similar performance I'm down. Last but not least I want a CPU that I can overclock somewhat. I don't want to push it to the max by any means. All that being said I want to stay around $1000 if possible. Going up a little could be ok but nothing to crazy. Thanks for the help guys! You all have always been great with responses so I look forward to your ideas!

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December 30, 2013 5:21:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ J&R)
Motherboard: MSI Z87I Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.06 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1083.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 20:20 EST-0500)

Quite a few things could be changed to save money, lose the cooler, switch up the Mobo to a cheaper option and there is cheaper ram but i like matching ram to the Mobo
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December 30, 2013 5:28:07 PM

for the motherboard i would invest another 50 bucks and go with a g1 sniper m5 or a genie. a single rad closed loop cooler will not significantly outperform an air cooling solution and its twice the price.
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December 30, 2013 5:44:27 PM

Here's this build. (Parts from Newegg)

$100 Case: Fractal Design Define
$350 GPU: GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit (Currently Out of Stock)
$95 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
$225 CPU: i5-3570k Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo)
$75 Mobo: ASRock LGA 1155 H77 Micro ATX
$110 HDD: Western Digital 1 TB IntelliPower 64 MB Cache
$20 Optical: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
$70 PSU: FSP Group 450W Micro ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost: $1045
I put the full cost of the items.
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December 30, 2013 6:20:25 PM

So this is what I'm thinking

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2t12l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2t12l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2t12l/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1227.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 21:18 EST-0500)

Its more than 1000 but I feel like im getting a better setup. Feel free to correct me if im wrong or if you see someplace that I can cut cost without sacrificing anything then let me know. My memory isn't on there at this point. I couldn't find the exact one that I wanted on pc part picker. Its a corsair vengeance 2x4gb 1600 kit.

Thanks again for the responses guys!
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December 30, 2013 6:34:43 PM

gmsbballplayer33 said:
So this is what I'm thinking

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2t12l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2t12l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2t12l/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1227.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 21:18 EST-0500)

Its more than 1000 but I feel like im getting a better setup. Feel free to correct me if im wrong or if you see someplace that I can cut cost without sacrificing anything then let me know. My memory isn't on there at this point. I couldn't find the exact one that I wanted on pc part picker. Its a corsair vengeance 2x4gb 1600 kit.

Thanks again for the responses guys!


I think that's a solid build. If you are okay with mail in rebates, I'd get this Silverstone powersupply (Personal preference though): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You got the 4670k which has over-clocking capabilities, but your motherboard cannot overclock very well. Look into a z87 based motherboard. I like MSI as I have had bad experiences with Asrock with Intel in the past. Try this (again with the mail in rebates): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Will you be reading/writing Blueray disks? Why do you want the Corsair memory? As I understand, it has a high cas timing and is expensive for what you are getting unless you really like the style of it.
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December 30, 2013 6:41:09 PM

This will be in my living room and it will probably second as sort of a HTPC. That being said I want to be able to "borrow" blurays and either burn them to play in another room or rip them to the hard drive. As far as the suggestions you gave, is the power supply that I have listed bad? I haven't heard anything about the new rm series. I have however used their other lines many times before and they have worked wonderfully. The motherboard that you have listed is an ATX motherboard. Will it fit in the mATX case that I have listed? Again as with the power supply I have used the memory before and it seemed to work fine. Is there something that would perform better that you would recommend?
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December 30, 2013 6:58:46 PM

gmsbballplayer33 said:
This will be in my living room and it will probably second as sort of a HTPC. That being said I want to be able to "borrow" blurays and either burn them to play in another room or rip them to the hard drive. As far as the suggestions you gave, is the power supply that I have listed bad? I haven't heard anything about the new rm series. I have however used their other lines many times before and they have worked wonderfully. The motherboard that you have listed is an ATX motherboard. Will it fit in the mATX case that I have listed? Again as with the power supply I have used the memory before and it seemed to work fine. Is there something that would perform better that you would recommend?

Ahh my bad my friend. Overclocking will require a Z87 northbridge in the motherboard, if thats something you are interested in. Your PSU will probably be fine, as many Corsair units are solid. The RAM is expensive for the CAS timing and size. If you want two sticks and the heatspreaders, here is some:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With a mini-atx motherboard though I would just get one stick of 8GB so you can upgrade with another stick in the future. I'm using this for my next build:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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