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New Gaming Build Advice Please - $1000-$1500

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February 18, 2014 12:09:46 PM

Hi everyone, thanks for the help. I'm building a gaming PC for a friend and can use some help

Approximate Purchase Date: I plan on buying it over the next month or two, I'm hoping to search sites once I know what I want to look for good deals

Budget Range: $1,000-1,500, would prefer closer to 1,000 (who wouldnt) but for good reason I would gladly go up to 1,5000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, average word documents and internet

Are you buying a monitor: 2-3, but these are not included in the budget


Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / tigerdirect, but i would do any safe site

Location: Long Island, New York

Overclocking: Most likely not

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not in the beginning, maybe for an upgrade in a few years? Would appreciate opinions on this

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080. MAYBE 1920 x 1200 if there is good reason for it

Additional Comments: Nothing really, thank you for the help!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 18, 2014 12:38:47 PM

So you plan to use Eyefinity or Surrond with 3 screens?
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February 19, 2014 1:40:29 PM

My friend isn't sure what he wants. He said he wants two monitors, possible 3 in the future, so I'd like to build it so it can handle at least 3
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a b 4 Gaming
February 19, 2014 1:45:32 PM

Here's a very nice build at the upper end of your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($72.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
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: $1466.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 16:45 EST-0500)

I went with the 850W PSU and Z87X board so that the system is ready to add another GTX 780 in SLI down the road. A 650W PSU would easily power the system as-is, but would require a PSU upgrade for SLI.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 19, 2014 1:47:51 PM

4Gb card since you want to use multiple monitors. 850w psu so you can sli in future.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Wil9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Wil9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Wil9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
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: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($346.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1269.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 16:48 EST-0500)
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February 23, 2014 2:51:20 PM

Thank you for the help. I think I'll alter the two a bit, mix and match a little, but that really helped, I appreciate it!
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