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February 11, 2014 3:29:34 PM

Hey guys i need some help! I'm trying to put a great build together for about a $1000.. I'm not looking to do this all at one so you all know. I plan on spreading it out a few months and buying things here and there. I was wanting to start by using an Intel i5 40 3.4GHz processor but honestly after that idk where to go with so many options available... I want this gaming computer to be able to play games at 60fps on max settings.. any help would be great guys!
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February 11, 2014 3:44:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
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) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $946.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 18:44 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 3:47:54 PM

I would put your money in the bank...then buy the parts all at once. the issue is that vendors like intel and nvidia and amd are dropping new cpu and gpu about ever 12 months. some time this year is the haswell refresh and the haswell-e cpu are dropping. also nvidia is starting to roll out the new maxwell gpu. some time this year we should be seeing the newer amd gpu. the other issues is if you buy a part and then 5 months from now power on your new build and the part wrong or dead you cant return it. myself I build around a locked intel cpu and a h chipset mb and use the money for the best gpu I could put in the build. I look at the next toms itx gaming pc build up. the newer itx cases and mb are looking good for people looking for small foot print gaming pc. for atx case the r33/r400 when there on sale are not bad. if you can with the build funds try getting a 120g boot ssd.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 3:49:33 PM

do you need OS and peripherals?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($218.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($18.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($74.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $984.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

this is assuming no monitor, keyboard, and mouse required though, so let me know if you need changes
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 3:50:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $999.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 18:49 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 3:51:27 PM

Wow now thats a nice build. How did you fit in the 770 CONFUSED
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 3:55:42 PM

With an OS and monitor:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $997.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 18:51 EST-0500)

Without monitor coming in a few
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 4:05:07 PM

With OS only:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $999.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 19:05 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 4:13:01 PM

Sorry guys i should have been more specific! I'm not including monitor keyboard n mouse n my build. Yes I need them but I need a great gaming computer first.. every time I tried fitting in the 770 graphics card I went over budget so I'm glad there was a solution to that! I'm also not thinking of going amd only intel.. All my friends say intel so I'm going with that. I know there is that heated debate but idk intel for me I'm thinking. And okay well ill try n just save the money up all at once since I nvr even considered a faulty piece and screwing myself out of the money.. Thank you guys again!!!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 5:02:52 PM

No problem my friend.
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February 11, 2014 7:41:48 PM

W's thinking of upping my max budget to 1200-1300 to fit in the nvidia gtx 780 graphics card. Any opinions? Or should I back down to the 770 or 760?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2014 1:09:58 AM

if you're into high quality graphics capabilities then definitely yes, the GTX 780 is an absolute beast, and is actually at a pretty decent price point for what it brings, compared to a GTX 770 you're paying 200 more, but you're also getting a lot in return, more memory, bigger memory bandwidth and bus width, more processing units and CUDAs, and will propel you from 1080p gaming to 1440p gaming (with some restriction, a single GTX 780 cannot handle everything at 1440p but will handle the majority of games out there)

if you're just looking to max or nearly max everything at the 1080p level on a decent/modest single monitor setup, then the GTX 770 is the right choice for you imo, it's a perfect balance between high end performance and price at $310, only go higher if you truly want the best and will be utilizing such power often.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2014 4:44:55 AM

Here it is if you want to go with a 780. But like lmaonade said, the 770 is fine for how much you are already paying


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1392.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 07:44 EST-0500)
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February 16, 2014 10:30:20 PM

I like this set up! Thank you! I'm Gunna go with the 780 I think so I don't have to worry about upgrading for a couple years hopefully!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 5:42:42 AM

Ok well make sure you select best answer and also please upload your build to pcpartpicker and then share it with us. ALso, if you run into any problems, just send me a pm or post another thread. Hope you enjoy your build.
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February 17, 2014 9:06:17 AM

After some debate and searching around I came up with this final build which the case will fit my corsair H110 that I already have..

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2UNy5
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 9:22:38 AM

The Corsair 500R is listed as compatible with the H110, so you'll be fine there. That's a pretty nice build to trust to a no-name PSU. The PSU is the most important component in your computer since it provides power to all your expensive components. It's not an area where you can try to save money. The SeaSonic 620W PSU would be enough to power the system. If you want a little headroom then you can get a 750W PSU.
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February 17, 2014 9:30:20 AM

I was wanting to get a 750 for the head room. What would u suggest for a 750 psu?
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February 17, 2014 9:35:24 AM

Corsair GS 700 Watt 80+ Bronze be a good choice?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 9:41:57 AM

Well if you are getting a 750w psu, might as well get a 850w psu so you can sli later on with the gtx 780. Here is a 750w psu http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg750m and here are some nice 800w psus http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg850m http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbef... http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss85... http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-power-supply-hale8285... Sure they are a bit more expensive but really worth it if you are gonna sli later on. I would get the nzxt psu because they have nice quality psu and you dont have to worry about mail in rebate cause its amazon.com and you get free shipping. Otherwise I hope you enjoy your bulid. Like I said before, make sure you upload it to pcpartpicker.com
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 9:43:06 AM

Me and shortstuff posted at around the same time lol. Make sure you read both of our posts.
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February 17, 2014 9:57:32 AM

Alright thanks guys!!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 9:59:23 AM

So which psu are you going with, also are you gonna sli later on or not.
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February 17, 2014 3:49:55 PM

I was thinking the corsair cx750m 750 Watt 80+ bronze.. what's the difference from a cx and a tx? And I may go sli in a year or so but not any time soon. I'm already over my budget lol if this power supply I was thinking still isn't good enough I guess I have no choice to go better. It's on sale and I get a $20 mail n rebate so it will come to $64.99
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 3:55:12 PM

Well if you are gonna sli sure it might be in a year or so, you still wont be able to do sli 780 with a 750w psu. It wont happen you will have to get a 800w psu. There really isnt a big difference in my opinion
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 4:08:07 PM

jgarver53 said:
I was thinking the corsair cx750m 750 Watt 80+ bronze.. what's the difference from a cx and a tx? And I may go sli in a year or so but not any time soon. I'm already over my budget lol if this power supply I was thinking still isn't good enough I guess I have no choice to go better. It's on sale and I get a $20 mail n rebate so it will come to $64.99


a tx is a higher quality product line, cx psu's are decent but they use lower quality materials on the inside.
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