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February 11, 2014 5:13:04 PM

Hi everyone this is going to be my first pc build ever, so I am pretty excited, any tips would be greatly appreciated. Here is my build from the research i have done, for under 1500. Please offer any comments or suggestions to my parts list as well as any tips for actually building a computer. This will mostly be for gaming. Thanks!

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Thermalright Macho-120 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($43.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.62 @ TigerDirect)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.95 @ Adorama)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.97 @ Amazon)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($388.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)

Total: $1419.
February 11, 2014 5:28:04 PM

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February 11, 2014 5:30:03 PM

You would probably save money for a better GPU if you used and AMD FX8320 CPU and an ASUS AMD motherboard.
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February 11, 2014 5:42:25 PM

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 ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1431.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:42 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 5:49:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($145.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($328.99 @ Staples)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($30.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($175.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1380.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:48 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 5:50:47 PM

Alright thanks for the input.
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February 11, 2014 5:58:56 PM

tcb1005 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($145.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($328.99 @ Staples)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($30.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($175.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1380.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:48 EST-0500)


That isn't a very good board at all. 970a-ud3p or bust for a budget AMD board. The 280x you listed is out of stock. This is a far better AMD build for the $$$.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($30.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1338.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:58 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 6:05:40 PM

logainofhades said:
tcb1005 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RF1V/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($145.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($328.99 @ Staples)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($30.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($175.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1380.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:48 EST-0500)


That isn't a very good board at all. 970a-ud3p or bust for a budget AMD board. The 280x you listed is out of stock. This is a far better AMD build for the $$$.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($30.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1338.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:58 EST-0500)


:ouch: I didn't notice the 280x was out of stock. But I must say Seagate hard drives have terrible failure rates compared to WD.
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February 11, 2014 6:49:10 PM

would I be able to sli with that motherboard?
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February 11, 2014 6:51:01 PM

No but you would be able to crossfire two AMD Radeons with that motherboard.
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February 11, 2014 6:52:39 PM

Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card, i thought Nvidia is SLI? I am confused now :o . Also why the older version of windows?
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February 11, 2014 6:55:36 PM

NVIDIA is SLI, Radeon is Crossfire. The motherboard only supports Crossfire and not SLI, so if you use an NVIDIA card in it you wont be able to pair it with another one.
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February 11, 2014 7:00:41 PM

Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB will play the latest games max? How long would it be good for? Would it be better to get a Radeon instead? When I go to upgrade to crossfire I would only have to buy 1 Radeon instead of 2
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February 11, 2014 7:04:56 PM

The 780 will play all of the latest games at Max settings, You however won't be able to buy a second one and SLI it on this motherboard. There are many articles written on AMD Radeon vs NVIDIA GeForce, and to be quite frank, they are both VERY similar. Third if you bought say an R9 280x and decided you want a second one, you could simply plug it into the other GPU slot on this motherboard and plug in a crossfire bridge to link the cards.
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February 11, 2014 7:13:43 PM

Ok sounds good, thanks all for the help. Will probably need some help on the forums when i go to assemble this beast.
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