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January 7, 2014 3:17:29 PM

I'm looking to buy the parts and build this next month. What I'm looking for in this build is for a gaming desktop that will be able to easily run games at medium to high with constant 60fps. This will mainly be used for playing games (StarCraft 2, Dota 2, Borderlands 2) I'm on a budget of around $800- $1,000 USD. I'd like to stick closer to the $800 range, but I understand that higher quality parts will be higher prices. I don't need the latest and greatest parts, just parts that have been proven to do the job.

Here's what I have so far, how does it look? Any tips and/or suggestions for parts would be greatly appreciated. I already have monitors/keyboards/mouse and whatever accessories so I'm not worried about those things. If anything I will upgrade them later on.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2xo5U
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2xo5U/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2xo5U/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.96 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $997.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-07 20:17 EST-0500)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2xo5U

Thanks in advance.
January 7, 2014 3:38:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1022.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-07 18:38 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2014 3:54:37 PM

I would go for something like this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $841.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-07 18:55 EST-0500)

You forgot to add a power supply unit altogether. I changed the RAM to 2x4 because that's all you need for gaming. I've went with a newer, but non overclockable CPU and Mobo and no CPU cooler, you could change the CPU to the 4670k and the Mobo to the Asrock Z87 Extreme4 if you'd like to be able to overclock, then you also can re-add the CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler. I just did this to cut back the price to $800 as much as I can :) .

Edit: Oops hold on, wrong build, now updated.
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January 7, 2014 5:23:46 PM

K33p0ut said:
I would go for something like this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $841.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-07 18:55 EST-0500)

You forgot to add a power supply unit altogether. I changed the RAM to 2x4 because that's all you need for gaming. I've went with a newer, but non overclockable CPU and Mobo and no CPU cooler, you could change the CPU to the 4670k and the Mobo to the Asrock Z87 Extreme4 if you'd like to be able to overclock, then you also can re-add the CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler. I just did this to cut back the price to $800 as much as I can :) .

Edit: Oops hold on, wrong build, now updated.


Yea, I wasn't sure on which power supply unit to get so I just left it out altogether. Figured others would have a better understanding of which power supply units work the best. Overall that looks like a pretty nice build and leaves me with some change. I would like to keep my case if at all possible, does it make any difference in tower size?
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January 7, 2014 6:07:49 PM

SeesouYang said:
K33p0ut said:
I would go for something like this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $841.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-07 18:55 EST-0500)

You forgot to add a power supply unit altogether. I changed the RAM to 2x4 because that's all you need for gaming. I've went with a newer, but non overclockable CPU and Mobo and no CPU cooler, you could change the CPU to the 4670k and the Mobo to the Asrock Z87 Extreme4 if you'd like to be able to overclock, then you also can re-add the CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler. I just did this to cut back the price to $800 as much as I can :) .

Edit: Oops hold on, wrong build, now updated.


Yea, I wasn't sure on which power supply unit to get so I just left it out altogether. Figured others would have a better understanding of which power supply units work the best. Overall that looks like a pretty nice build and leaves me with some change. I would like to keep my case if at all possible, does it make any difference in tower size?


Your case is a full tower whereas mine was a mid tower, basically means that yours is bigger which is not a problem and leaves room for big ass cooling systems and such.
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January 8, 2014 1:11:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1139.85 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-08 15:47 EST-0500)


Thanks for your input, so far this is what I've decided on. It's a bit pricier than I would have liked, but as long as this will last me a good 3+ years I can live with putting this much into my first system. I still have a bit of time left before I actually start ordering any of these parts so I'll see if I can get alternatives and/or deals on these parts.
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January 8, 2014 1:51:46 PM

SeesouYang said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1139.85 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-08 15:47 EST-0500)


Thanks for your input, so far this is what I've decided on. It's a bit pricier than I would have liked, but as long as this will last me a good 3+ years I can live with putting this much into my first system. I still have a bit of time left before I actually start ordering any of these parts so I'll see if I can get alternatives and/or deals on these parts.


If you want to be sure to last at least 3 years, I'd say exchange the GTX 760 for a GTX 770 and go with the case I chose (the Zalman Z11 Plus). Total price will be about the same and you will have better performance. The case is pretty good already. But if you value the case you chose really high then go for that.
Edit: That's for high to max settings by the way. The GTX 760 will probably run 1080p on medium the next few years.
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January 9, 2014 5:49:07 AM

SeesouYang said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1139.85 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-08 15:47 EST-0500)


Thanks for your input, so far this is what I've decided on. It's a bit pricier than I would have liked, but as long as this will last me a good 3+ years I can live with putting this much into my first system. I still have a bit of time left before I actually start ordering any of these parts so I'll see if I can get alternatives and/or deals on these parts.


Honestly, if you want it to last 3 years, you should get a 770.
I made some changes to the build:
Put cheaper RAM, but as good or even better.
Put a really good Mid-Tower case, because you don't need a full tower.
With those changes, I managed to put the best 770 out there and make the build cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1110.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-09 08:47 EST-0500)
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January 9, 2014 12:26:47 PM

So I'm going to be adding the GTX 770 hoping this will last me 3+ years. I can't seem to get rid of the original case that I had picked out. I'm too hung up on this case for some reason. Unless there is some major issue with the Thermaltake Chaser MK1, I don't think I'll be switching it out for another case. The only thing that bugs me about this case (from what I can see) is the plastic parts are somewhat "flimsy". I want this full tower because this is a starting project, I do plan to upgrade it in the future keeping this particular case. The total price is alot higher than what I had hoped for, but I had a feeling the total price would be around here. I'll just wait a bit and see if I can hit any good deals. Perhaps someone here knows the best times to buy these parts online or if there would be any sales coming up?

Thanks for everyone's input.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1207.87 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-09 14:58 EST-0500)
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January 9, 2014 2:53:04 PM

SeesouYang said:
So I'm going to be adding the GTX 770 hoping this will last me 3+ years. I can't seem to get rid of the original case that I had picked out. I'm too hung up on this case for some reason. Unless there is some major issue with the Thermaltake Chaser MK1, I don't think I'll be switching it out for another case. The only thing that bugs me about this case (from what I can see) is the plastic parts are somewhat "flimsy". I want this full tower because this is a starting project, I do plan to upgrade it in the future keeping this particular case. The total price is alot higher than what I had hoped for, but I had a feeling the total price would be around here. I'll just wait a bit and see if I can hit any good deals. Perhaps someone here knows the best times to buy these parts online or if there would be any sales coming up?

Thanks for everyone's input.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1207.87 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-09 14:58 EST-0500)


Really good build, but there's no reason to pay $20 more for the RAM: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8...
Besides that, I'd only switch the case, but I know you have a love affair with that case :D 
Still, that's a great case and you won't regret it. Check out this review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Thermaltake/Chaser_M...
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January 10, 2014 9:30:30 AM

Thanks for that read of the MK-1. After looking at the RAMs I decided to switch out the RAM to the one that you had suggested. Can't wait to get started on this!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1127.87 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-10 12:20 EST-0500)
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January 10, 2014 9:56:44 AM

SeesouYang said:
Thanks for that read of the MK-1. After looking at the RAMs I decided to switch out the RAM to the one that you had suggested. Can't wait to get started on this!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1127.87 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-10 12:20 EST-0500)


Well, I say hurry up, because the case droped $60, and won't be $100 for a long time! Enjoy building your system and most importantly, enjoy gaming on it!
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