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Review please: First-time build. $1000 gaming + general use

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January 18, 2014 2:25:51 PM

Appreciate feedback on the build below. Teaming up with my 15-year-old son for a first-time build.
Thanks -Neal

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2-4 weeks
Budget Range: $1,000
System Usage: Some game use (Starcraft, Tomb Raider, Minecraft). Single, hi-def monitor, but don't need extreme settings on games. + General home use.
Location: Washington, DC

Notes:
* Trying to keep this under $1,000.
* No OC: Save cost, and probably beyond our skill at this point
* Stock cooling (see above - no OC)
* The 15-year-old wants a cool looking case, and thus the choices of the CM Storm Enforcer.
* No SSD right now b/c we had to cut costs somewhere.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DrkZ

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.04 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1004.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 17:23 EST-0500)

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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 2:37:08 PM

That is a very solid build. I can actually not suggest any changes!

The 760 should max out all games you listed so you need not worry about that.
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January 19, 2014 8:53:15 AM

Thanks for the second set of eyes.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2014 1:14:52 PM

njr7 said:
Thanks for the second set of eyes.


No problems, have fun building it.
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