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Building my first PC. Input on my build would be greatly appreciated!

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March 2, 2014 2:07:17 PM

I am looking to build a pc that is around this $800< price range. I want to play games on high settings and run about 8-12 google chrome windows that are running live text feeds chrome extensions that need to have little to no lag. Here is what I got, what do you guys think? I wouldn't mind spending the extra $80 for the i5 4670k if its really worth the upgrade. As of now I will not over-clock, but will in the future after I learn more about it, since I have zero experience on the stuff. I plan to upgrade to liquid cooler and 8 more gb ram eventually. I want to save as much money as possible without sacrificing too much performance (so does everyone else.. I know lol)

i already have a cd drive, windows 7, monitor 1680x1050(should i upgrade? also will it be better to use a 1080p lcd 32" tv?), keyboard, mouse, and 320gb hard drive.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/32xKF Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/32xKF/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/32xKF/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Microcenter)

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.76 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)

Total: $770.66 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 23:08 EST-0500)

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March 2, 2014 2:38:35 PM

I feel like the gtx 760 is a bit much compared to all the other components here, but if you wanted it that bad, I would move up to a 770, I've seen them for around $300 lately (I just bought one on the evga website for $305)
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March 2, 2014 2:44:45 PM

Also, if you ever want to make upgrades or add parts, you will need more than 500 watts of power, go with 750 and you'll be fairly future proof.
Liquid cooling will never be necessary with these components, just get a good aftermarket cpu air cooler, a couple good fans, and keep your case clean and you'll be fine.
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March 2, 2014 3:17:27 PM

Not a lot of wiggle room budget-wise in your build honestly. I agree about getting a slightly beefier and better quality Psu though. There is a 650w Xfx Psu for 60 dollars on sale right now. Without changing much performance wise, this is what I'd do.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $779.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-02 18:16 EST-0500)

I think for high graphics you'll want a 770 gpu, and I'd get the 4670k Intel cpu over the fx 8320, but you probably won't notice a difference between them. You are pretty set at what you can get for your budget, honestly.
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March 2, 2014 3:29:18 PM

thanks for the fast response! i will def get a more powerful psu and the 770. I will also consider going for the intel 4670k but will need to watch the prices for the next month or so. I plan on having this built within 3 months
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