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January 21, 2014 7:55:58 PM

Hey guys! I am going to be building my first gaming computer and I wanted to make sure that I am building the best capable at a reasonable price. If you see anything that could be changed for the better, please do! Right now the computer comes out at around $1000. If it is at all possible to reduce the price and keep the quality, that would be awesome! Also, I would love to stay with Intel and NVIDIA, but if you have a good suggestion, please feel free to share! I really appreciate the help as it is much needed! Thank you!

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($43.34 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1069.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 22:40 EST-0500)
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January 21, 2014 8:02:53 PM

Looks good, nice specs friend!
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January 21, 2014 8:24:24 PM

GameOfPwns said:
IMO id get a GTX 760, Unless you really want to stick with the 660 ;)  660 is a good choice to


Since Schwing17 said "If it is at all possible to reduce the price and keep the quality, that would be awesome!"...I dont think the extra 70.00 is in his/her budget for a 760. Like you said though, a 660 is a solid card too.

EVGA FTW!
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January 21, 2014 8:37:27 PM

Hey guys!

Thanks for your opinions so far! So far I have done a TON of research on various components and this is just what I saw would be the best; however, I am still a noob in building PCs! I am still not sure about the whole overclocking thing and what parts/brands make a stable computer. Also, I would like to build a PC that can play games on at least high settings and be used for school work in the future. Like I said, if I am able to reduce the price and still have a solid gaming/school-work PC, I am totally up for suggestions!
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January 22, 2014 9:11:18 AM

i would suggest the following build as it will give you great gaming performance at the same price
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($43.34 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3($90 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ NCIX US) u can find cheaper ram modules for about 60-65$
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM(80$ @NCIX.US) 120 gb kingston ssd drive (80$)
Video Card: EVGA GTX 770(320$)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Seasonic 620W (about 65$)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1100 approx
i added i5 4570 insted of 4670k as it is a great value for money with performance close to 4670k. dont worry though it wont bottleneck your system at all :) 
i replaced your choice of motherboard because my option is much cheaper with pretty much the same features except it has only 1 pcie 3 slot. but if dual graphic cards are your plans than you can get a great motheboard for that purpose for 130$ called ASUS Z87-A ATX LGA1150.
with the money saved from this i added a gtx 770 for your system which is a great gpu which can run any game at ultra settings. also got u a 120ssd drive for super fast loading times. but if u dont need very fast loading times u can remove that to save money or get something else into your build though i highly recommend an ssd. i think for a 1000$ system u must have a good high end card like 770 :) . also if you dont plan to overclock than you can remove the cpu cooler as the stock cooler should be more then enough for stock settings. u can also save some money buy getting a cheaper case but your choice of case is pretty neat looking so u should stick with that. u can also save money by getting an i5 3330 for 170$ which is also a great cpu which wont bottleneck your system at all. hope this helps you in deciding what pc to get :) 
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January 22, 2014 2:43:42 PM

The ASRock is a LGA 1155 CPU slot rather than a LGA 1150! Do you have any other alternatives of motherboards for the LGA 1150 CPU slot size?
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January 23, 2014 2:24:46 AM

Schwing17 said:
The ASRock is a LGA 1155 CPU slot rather than a LGA 1150! Do you have any other alternatives of motherboards for the LGA 1150 CPU slot size?


oh sorry didnt notice that. that motherboard will perfectly suit an i5 3330 though which is also a great processor. for an i5 4570 you should go with ASUS Z87-A ATX LGA1150. its for about 130$ at ncix but its a great motherboard and supports sli as well. for a more budget friendly motherboard check out ASUS Z87-K ATX LGA1150 Z87 for 100$ is a great buy. it also supports sli so its totally worth taking a look at :) 
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January 23, 2014 3:02:10 AM

Go for the Western Digital caviar blue 1tb 7200rpm
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January 23, 2014 7:01:18 PM

Alright, I have done a bit more research and I feel like I have a solid setup at a great price! What to do you guys think?

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $999.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 21:53 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2014 7:23:00 PM

Hmmmm. What components would you suggest to price slash to get as much as possible performance?
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January 23, 2014 7:41:24 PM

I am not sure still, what are the pros and cons of overclocking? Will it improve my game play experience? Or would I be better settling with one that cannot overclock?
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January 24, 2014 7:17:00 AM

Schwing17 said:
Alright, I have done a bit more research and I feel like I have a solid setup at a great price! What to do you guys think?

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $999.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 21:53 EST-0500)

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($43.34 @ Amazon)
Motherboard:ASUS Z87-K ATX LGA1150 Z87 ($100 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ NCIX US) u can find cheaper ram modules for about 60-65$
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM(80$ @NCIX.US) 120 gb kingston ssd drive (80$)
Video Card: EVGA GTX 770(320$)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Seasonic 620W (about 65$)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1100 approx
get this build man....u must have a gtx 770 for a 1000$ setup. its gonna give u max performance with no bottleneck
dont go with a 660 or 760....they are just not suitable for a your setup as they will bottleneck the whole system
u can find cheaper parts for power supply or case but whatever you do gtx 770 is must
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January 24, 2014 7:41:54 AM

Won't the GTX 760 give me about 60 FPS on max settings on almost all games? I did some research on benchmarks, saw some game play and that is what I saw. I think that the GTX would be a perfect fit for the system. What are the benchmarks/specs on the GTX 770? Will the Intel i5-4570 ever bottleneck the system at all?
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January 24, 2014 8:30:25 PM

Gaming PC Build Complete!

I would like to thank everyone for the help in developing the best computer possible at a decent cost! I will be able to run almost every game on max settings, use it for school work, and hopefully have a long-lasting system with great aesthetics! I am super geeking out about this now and I cannot wait to get my hands on this PC in the near future!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2H6UN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2H6UN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2H6UN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1010.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 23:25 EST-0500)
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January 25, 2014 9:14:03 AM

great build but to top it all i really suggest you add an extra 60$ to your budget and get the gtx 770. its a great value and no your i5 will never bottleneck your 770. and there are some games the 760 cannot max out at 60fps just check these benchmarks
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_7...
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/battlefield_4_vga_...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_7...
as you can see in the benchmarks the gtx 760 cant get you 60 fps in every game. you may also have noticed that the 770 being a 320$ gpu competes with the more expensive gpu's such as gtx 680 and 7970. so for your system a 770 would be the perfect fit...rest of your setup seems fine.

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January 25, 2014 12:19:00 PM

Go with 1tb Seagate Barracuda IHD and get a 760. Other than that, great!
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