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New $900 gaming build to replace an aging laptop

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January 24, 2014 2:44:27 PM

Hello, I am going to build a a new pc to replace my aging laptop. I am going to be playing bf4, skyrim, crysis 3, bioshock infinite, and other grphics intensive games at relatively high settings at 1080p. I want to pay around $900 not including the monitor, mouse, keyboard, or windows.

Im pretty sure im going to get a gtx760 or similar card, and this build is going to be haswell based as ive already decided on the Msi z87-g45 for my motherboard. Could someone help me out on which parts to get? Im thinking also to buy a touch screen monitor. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.

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January 24, 2014 2:57:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.49 @ Staples)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.58 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $910.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 17:54 EST-0500)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($110.41 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.49 @ Staples)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.58 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 17:55 EST-0500)

Both are pretty good. No need to settle for a 760, when you can have more.

I don't see a need for a touch screen monitor. Not unless you'd like to get your prints all over your fine screen.

I don't know if you're into OC'ing and need an optical drive.

The top build has an SLI and CF ready motherboard.
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January 24, 2014 3:53:31 PM

I dont need an optical drive or a case, and I will be over-clocking. Sli isn't a must but is nice. I would prefer an intel based build.
Do you think adding a ssd to the below choise is a good idea?
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