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New $900-1100 gaming build including monitor (help/advice)

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February 13, 2014 1:10:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next few weeks, Feb. 2014

Budget Range: $900-1100. I was hoping to stay under $1000 but am willing to spend $1100 if the extra money translates to worthwhile gains.

System Usage: gaming and general use, photoshop

Are you buying a monitor: yes. i am hoping for a 22-24" 1080p monitor. this will be a part of the total budget.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: open to all. I do have a prime account.

Location: Chicago

Overclocking: not initially but down the road yes.

SLI or Crossfire: yes, i would like the option.

CPU: I am looking to buy an i5, hopefully, 4670k from microcenter. I am also open to lower models within the i5 family.
RAM: 8gb (2 modules)
STORAGE: 120 SSD and 1TB HDD
GPU : i have looked at a few options ... GTX 660, R9 270, or GTX 760
CASE: i was thinking mid tower(cheaper)

games: fps (BF4), rts.

** i have a few build options but would love some input from the community.
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February 13, 2014 1:23:08 PM

This is a good build for BF4. You should get a good cpu cooler eventualy (Overclocking: not initially but down the road yes.). That ASUS mobo keeps SLI option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1107.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-13 16:23 EST-0500)
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February 13, 2014 1:39:24 PM

Here's my input

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1089.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-13 16:38 EST-0500)

I made sure that it would have enough power for SLI and got a quality PSU.
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February 13, 2014 1:41:47 PM

thanks for the input that build ended up pretty close to my upper budget plan.

a few question though, do you think the jump from 760 to 770 justifies the $50 or so?

I am not exactly a snob about pristine graphics. do you think a R9 270 or 660, plugged into this build would suffice? or should i just opt for the additional spending for the added benefits?

my budget consists of a tax refund ($850) and some craigslist money from selling a bike frame ($400). ideally i would like to limit the spending from the $400 by way of craigslist.
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February 13, 2014 1:43:33 PM

thanks!

that was right in my wheelhouse with my most current planned build.

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February 13, 2014 1:50:44 PM

the_cory said:
thanks for the input that build ended up pretty close to my upper budget plan.

a few question though, do you think the jump from 760 to 770 justifies the $50 or so?

I am not exactly a snob about pristine graphics. do you think a R9 270 or 660, plugged into this build would suffice? or should i just opt for the additional spending for the added benefits?

my budget consists of a tax refund ($850) and some craigslist money from selling a bike frame ($400). ideally i would like to limit the spending from the $400 by way of craigslist.


R9 270X vs GTX 760
GTX 770 vs GTX 760

If you are not a fanatic on graphics I'd stick with the 760. You also mentioned that you might like to run SLI later and it will be easier to find another 760 at a lower cost.
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February 13, 2014 8:52:40 PM

the_cory said:
thanks for the input that build ended up pretty close to my upper budget plan.

a few question though, do you think the jump from 760 to 770 justifies the $50 or so?

I am not exactly a snob about pristine graphics. do you think a R9 270 or 660, plugged into this build would suffice? or should i just opt for the additional spending for the added benefits?

my budget consists of a tax refund ($850) and some craigslist money from selling a bike frame ($400). ideally i would like to limit the spending from the $400 by way of craigslist.


770 is around 20% better than 760
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February 17, 2014 7:49:43 AM

I'd like to let you know about a really good deal right now too.
If you have already purchased the power supply I suggest you do not open it just yet.
There is a REALLY nice PSU that is on a ridiculous sale right now at Newegg.

It's a Seasonic 760W 80+Platinum PSU. It retails for $189.99. The sale brings it down to $154.99. A promotional code takes off another $35.00 putting it at $119.99. Then there is a $20 mail in rebate dropping it down to a final price of $99.99. This is the same cost as the one I listed but is pretty much the top of the line PSU out there. Higher 80+ rating and wattage for the same price is a no brainer!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-151-...

Deal ends on: 11:59pm PT on 2/18/2014

So if you have ordered it, buy this one and return the first one unopened.
If you have not purchased it, I suggest you buy the PSU during this sale. It really is a great price on an amazing PSU.
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February 17, 2014 9:06:13 AM

Illumynization said:
I'd like to let you know about a really good deal right now too.
If you have already purchased the power supply I suggest you do not open it just yet.
There is a REALLY nice PSU that is on a ridiculous sale right now at Newegg.

It's a Seasonic 760W 80+Platinum PSU. It retails for $189.99. The sale brings it down to $154.99. A promotional code takes off another $35.00 putting it at $119.99. Then there is a $20 mail in rebate dropping it down to a final price of $99.99. This is the same cost as the one I listed but is pretty much the top of the line PSU out there. Higher 80+ rating and wattage for the same price is a no brainer!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-151-...

Deal ends on: 11:59pm PT on 2/18/2014

So if you have ordered it, buy this one and return the first one unopened.
If you have not purchased it, I suggest you buy the PSU during this sale. It really is a great price on an amazing PSU.


Thanks for the tip!

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