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February 9, 2014 3:32:51 PM

I've been searching around looking for a perfect first gaming rig. I want to spend 700-75o, but i understand that can be difficult. I know i want to use an I5 CPU and have THE BEST graphics card i can get.
This is something i've started with. any suggestions please!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/durdenbarish/saved/3HJ0

I want to play first person shooters
big into skyrim
very much want to play Day Z
and any PC releases of big titles
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February 9, 2014 3:37:56 PM

are you dead set on having an i5 or would an AMD equivalent be ok?

edit? will you need KB, mouse, speakers, headphones, OS, monitor?
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February 9, 2014 3:46:03 PM

Here's what I recommend you.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.48 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $802.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 18:45 EST-0500)
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February 9, 2014 3:47:37 PM

You could save a lot of money by changing from a i5 to a fx 6300 or Athlon 760k. You will not feel any performance loss and if you are big into gaming that money could go into a better graphics card.
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February 9, 2014 3:47:44 PM

animal said:
are you dead set on having an i5 or would an AMD equivalent be ok?

edit? will you need KB, mouse, speakers, headphones, OS, monitor?




I'm pretty set on the I5. but mostly because of what i've read about them and how they compare to AMD.

But im willing to listen to any opinions involving the other side of fence. I keep getting hung up on an entirely too expensive graphics card. CPU/Motherboard/Graphics card opinions very much welcome
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February 9, 2014 3:49:29 PM

The only upgrades to a GTX 770 would be a GTX 780 or a GTX 780 Ti. I wouldn't recommend running any of those two on a low end AMD processor.
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February 9, 2014 3:52:58 PM

Oh and also this is only for the PC no worries about monitor keyboard etc.

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February 9, 2014 3:53:34 PM

For big upcoming titles, you probably won't max, although you will get very high settings easily. If you can stretch your budget, get an i5 4670k, cheap cooler master 212 cpu cooler, a decent mobo, and oc a little. Also, get a good psu as upcoming games will likely start to strain your cpu and gpu, and if they go beyond the limits of your psu, your whole system will just shut down, and if you are unfortunate, your parts will be damaged
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February 9, 2014 3:53:52 PM

Seladon said:
The only upgrades to a GTX 770 would be a GTX 780 or a GTX 780 Ti. I wouldn't recommend running any of those two on a low end AMD processor.


Would this create a bottleneck in the CPU? why wouldnt you recommend this?
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February 9, 2014 3:56:01 PM

If you got a 780/ti with an fx 6300 or lower, you will have far greater bottlenecks than an i5 with a 770
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February 9, 2014 3:57:15 PM

Yes, that would bottleneck. Not in all games, but do you want a PC that will only perform well in some games, and get limited or some others ?
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February 9, 2014 3:58:33 PM

here is an AMD build that can be overclocked to approximate performance of an non-overclocked i5:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($155.44 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $804.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 18:58 EST-0500)

you can use an FX-8350 and still make your $850 budget
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February 9, 2014 3:59:48 PM

Seladon said:
Yes, that would bottleneck. Not in all games, but do you want a PC that will only perform well in some games, and get limited or some others ?


Guilty Crown fan *High Five*
OT: At a price difference of $120 I think that it is worth is because you can then throw that money somewhere else (gpu) and more than make up for that difference in preformance.
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February 9, 2014 4:08:33 PM

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OT: At a price difference of $120 I think that it is worth is because you can then throw that money somewhere else (gpu) and more than make up for that difference in preformance.


In the video that you linked yourself about needing or not an expensive CPU for gaming, Austin said that for a high end build with something like a GTX 770 or above, you should probably get an i5. Here, we're talking about a GTX 770. And you're even talking about lowering the CPU for a higher-end GPU, which, I'm sorry to say that, but really, it makes no sense. Getting an i5 will both get more in-game performance, and help a lot for other kind of tasks.

animal said:
here is an AMD build that can be overclocked to approximate performance of an non-overclocked i5:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($155.44 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $804.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 18:58 EST-0500)

you can use an FX-8350 and still make your $850 budget


This could be a good choice if you weren't cutting on the GPU. I guess it would be possible to balance things out and change up the 760 for a 770, which would then make it a decent second possibility.
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February 9, 2014 4:24:24 PM

Fitzitz said:
For big upcoming titles, you probably won't max, although you will get very high settings easily. If you can stretch your budget, get an i5 4670k, cheap cooler master 212 cpu cooler, a decent mobo, and oc a little. Also, get a good psu as upcoming games will likely start to strain your cpu and gpu, and if they go beyond the limits of your psu, your whole system will just shut down, and if you are unfortunate, your parts will be damaged


is a cpu cooler necessary if i go with the 4670k?
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February 9, 2014 5:08:46 PM

You can't overclock on B85 chipset. Here's the best price you could get for a 4670k :

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $903.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 20:08 EST-0500)

But it's really not that necessary, in my opinion the i5-4570 is probably going to be more than enough.
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