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Is this a good gaming PC build for under $1500?

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February 26, 2014 11:35:34 AM

I am going to be building a gaming PC very soon and I want to make sure I have chosen good parts. I got Staples to price match Microcenter's price of $249.99 for the i7 4770k so I went for it instead of the i5 4670k. I also opted for 16 gigs of Corsair 1600 RAM since it was such a good deal.The other parts I'm still deciding on. This PC will be used for gaming (BF4, Minecraft mostly), and some video editing. I am going for a black and red theme with the parts if possible. I do not need a monitor or peripherals. Thanks for your help!

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Staples)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ 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 ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99)
Total: $1475.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 14:20 EST-0500)

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February 26, 2014 11:37:07 AM

Yes this is a decent build! But for gaming 8GB would be more than enough!
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February 26, 2014 11:40:41 AM

Ahmadjon said:
Yes this is a decent build! But for gaming 8GB would be more than enough!


Thanks for the quick reply! I agree about 16 being too much, but I couldn't pass up the deal and it was still under $1500 with 16gb.
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February 26, 2014 11:41:54 AM

BlackRoseImmortal said:
Ahmadjon said:
Yes this is a decent build! But for gaming 8GB would be more than enough!


Thanks for the quick reply! I agree about 16 being too much, but I couldn't pass up the deal and it was still under $1500 with 16gb.


Then yeah great build you are lucky :) 
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February 26, 2014 1:37:19 PM

BD-R and 16GB of RAM aren't necessary for gaming and even light video editing. Drop both of those and upgrade your cooler to something like a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme or an NZXT Kraken X60. Also get the Asrock Z87 Extreme 4 or 6 over the Fatality. The Extreme 6 is one of the best sub-$150 overclocking boards for socket LGA 1150. And instead of the Asus 780, get the Gigabyte Windforce 3X model instead. Much better cooling.
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February 26, 2014 1:42:30 PM

g-unit1111 said:
BD-R and 16GB of RAM aren't necessary for gaming and even light video editing. Drop both of those and upgrade your cooler to something like a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme or an NZXT Kraken X60. Also get the Asrock Z87 Extreme 4 or 6 over the Fatality. The Extreme 6 is one of the best sub-$150 overclocking boards for socket LGA 1150. And instead of the Asus 780, get the Gigabyte Windforce 3X model instead. Much better cooling.


Z87 G45 gaming also not bad board and if he's not going OC to much Hyper 212 would be the best, Asus quieter than Gigabyte and shorter! :) 
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March 1, 2014 11:11:15 PM

Change CPU cooler to cooler master hyper 212 evo.

If you want to SLI: get 850 watt psu
In not: get 650 watt psu
Get evga acx oc edition of the 780 if you can.

And you should be donee.
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