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March 7, 2014 6:56:58 PM

Hi. I'm a first time building in need of any help and advice I can get, its been years since I looked at getting a new computer and I feel pretty lost. I'm open to suggestions on pretty much anything. Thanks in advance for any help.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: around $900 or less total Before Rebates and After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet

Parts Not Required: I have a monitor, mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm completely open to suggestions

Country: USA Baltimore Maryland

Parts Preferences: I'd like to get an nvidia graphics cards and intel processor but I'm open to suggestions

Overclocking: No I think that might be to advanced for me

SLI or Crossfire: open to suggestions

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: I need some version of windows (as always I'm open) and would like to be able to play Skyrim and Farcry 3 at high/max settings if possible. I'd also like to be able to upgrade sometime in the future if possible.
March 7, 2014 7:17:18 PM

you can start from here
i5 haswell + GTX 760
you can add OS yourself :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $777.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-07 22:16 EST-0500)
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March 7, 2014 7:19:41 PM

I think that this components are really good for youre price range. Hope this helps :) 
Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz Quad Core Processor - $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product...

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB (Non Ti) SuperClocked Edition - $239.99
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-SU...

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB RAM ( 2 x 4 GB ) 1600 MHz - $75.96
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengean...

Gigabyte LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Motherboard - $114.99
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-...

Corsair CX750W Builder Series Bronze Certified PSU- $79.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM - $84.99
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital...

Asus Black 12X Internal Blu-Ray Drive - $56.23
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD-ROM-In...

NZXT PHANTOM ATX Full Tower Case Phantom Black with Green Trim - $99.99
http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-PHANTOM-To...
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March 7, 2014 10:51:08 PM

Sorry to disagree a little with the other posts there good builds no doubt i just think at $900 you should be able to have an amazing gpu at least a gtx 760, more preferably the gtx 770. Especially since you said you didnt want to overclock your cpu, paying extra money for an unlocked intel is pointless.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/367dL Im under your budget and its higher than amd radeons' but I included an os that you said you needed and i also upgraded your gpu to a gtx 770. However I only just noticed that your resolution supports only to 1024x768 I think that you might want to upgrade the resolution a bit to a newer model to really take advantage of your beast. However, If you want to keep your monitor and dont want to upgrade it, a gtx 770 might be overkill on such a low resolution as a gtx 760 would be plenty fine at 768p. With the extra hundred you saved you could upgrade the hdd(Barracuda is pretty fast to begin with) to an ssd namely a 256gb if you want a bit of speed boost. There are many options you have to play with when you have $900 to spend, and ultimatly your final decision is going to be very dependent on your personal preferences.
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March 8, 2014 1:13:34 AM

Sharphawk1234 said:
Sorry to disagree a little with the other posts there good builds no doubt i just think at $900 you should be able to have an amazing gpu at least a gtx 760, more preferably the gtx 770. Especially since you said you didnt want to overclock your cpu, paying extra money for an unlocked intel is pointless.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/367dL Im under your budget and its higher than amd radeons' but I included an os that you said you needed and i also upgraded your gpu to a gtx 770. However I only just noticed that your resolution supports only to 1024x768 I think that you might want to upgrade the resolution a bit to a newer model to really take advantage of your beast. However, If you want to keep your monitor and dont want to upgrade it, a gtx 770 might be overkill on such a low resolution as a gtx 760 would be plenty fine at 768p. With the extra hundred you saved you could upgrade the hdd(Barracuda is pretty fast to begin with) to an ssd namely a 256gb if you want a bit of speed boost. There are many options you have to play with when you have $900 to spend, and ultimatly your final decision is going to be very dependent on your personal preferences.


These all look fantastic, thank you all so much. I "think" I like your build best Sharphawk1234 but I have a few questions, please forgive my ignorance. There was a note at the bottom of your build that concerned me "Compatibility Notes: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

Could that be a issue? Should I get a difference case instead?
Also do you think I'll need an extra heat sink of some kind?

If not please let me know, I really appreciate all your help.
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March 8, 2014 1:26:24 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($47.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1001.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 04:25 EST-0500)
i suggest that you add $100 and get the 1080p monitor because games will look horrible on that resolution
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March 8, 2014 1:43:02 PM

Sea-Of-Infinity said:
Sharphawk1234 said:
Sorry to disagree a little with the other posts there good builds no doubt i just think at $900 you should be able to have an amazing gpu at least a gtx 760, more preferably the gtx 770. Especially since you said you didnt want to overclock your cpu, paying extra money for an unlocked intel is pointless.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/367dL Im under your budget and its higher than amd radeons' but I included an os that you said you needed and i also upgraded your gpu to a gtx 770. However I only just noticed that your resolution supports only to 1024x768 I think that you might want to upgrade the resolution a bit to a newer model to really take advantage of your beast. However, If you want to keep your monitor and dont want to upgrade it, a gtx 770 might be overkill on such a low resolution as a gtx 760 would be plenty fine at 768p. With the extra hundred you saved you could upgrade the hdd(Barracuda is pretty fast to begin with) to an ssd namely a 256gb if you want a bit of speed boost. There are many options you have to play with when you have $900 to spend, and ultimatly your final decision is going to be very dependent on your personal preferences.


These all look fantastic, thank you all so much. I "think" I like your build best Sharphawk1234 but I have a few questions, please forgive my ignorance. There was a note at the bottom of your build that concerned me "Compatibility Notes: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

Could that be a issue? Should I get a difference case instead?
Also do you think I'll need an extra heat sink of some kind?

If not please let me know, I really appreciate all your help.

Basically the mobo supports usb 3.0 while the case only supports 2.0 so if you plan on using usb 3.0 than probably look for another case, If not (I personally only use usb 2.0) this case should be fine. I actually really like this case because it comes with 3 fans preinstalled which should provide for very good ventilation. I do not think you will need another heat sink especially because your not overclocking unless someone else has a different opinion. If you do not like something I put in feel free to mix in match to your liking i.e. red case instead of blue.

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March 8, 2014 11:34:24 PM

Sharphawk1234 said:

Basically the mobo supports usb 3.0 while the case only supports 2.0 so if you plan on using usb 3.0 than probably look for another case, If not (I personally only use usb 2.0) this case should be fine. I actually really like this case because it comes with 3 fans preinstalled which should provide for very good ventilation. I do not think you will need another heat sink especially because your not overclocking unless someone else has a different opinion. If you do not like something I put in feel free to mix in match to your liking i.e. red case instead of blue.


I think I understand, thank you. I found a version of your case but with the usb 3.0 system

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-challengeru3

its the same price after rebate from newegg, if you agree I'll pick that one up instead. One last question Usb 3.0 is compatible with usb 2.0 devices correct?

thanks again
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March 8, 2014 11:37:09 PM

ahmedkhalifa1999 said:

i suggest that you add $100 and get the 1080p monitor because games will look horrible on that resolution


Thanks, I do plan on getting a new monitor at some point, I'll keep your monitor suggestion pinned for when I do but right now I'm saving it all for the system its self.
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March 9, 2014 8:31:31 AM

Sea-Of-Infinity said:
Sharphawk1234 said:

Basically the mobo supports usb 3.0 while the case only supports 2.0 so if you plan on using usb 3.0 than probably look for another case, If not (I personally only use usb 2.0) this case should be fine. I actually really like this case because it comes with 3 fans preinstalled which should provide for very good ventilation. I do not think you will need another heat sink especially because your not overclocking unless someone else has a different opinion. If you do not like something I put in feel free to mix in match to your liking i.e. red case instead of blue.


I think I understand, thank you. I found a version of your case but with the usb 3.0 system

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-challengeru3

its the same price after rebate from newegg, if you agree I'll pick that one up instead. One last question Usb 3.0 is compatible with usb 2.0 devices correct?

thanks again

That looks to be a very good case as most Rosewills are. Yes usb 3.0 is compatible with 2.0.

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March 11, 2014 8:58:15 AM

Sea-Of-Infinity said:
Sharphawk1234 said:

That looks to be a very good case as most Rosewills are. Yes usb 3.0 is compatible with 2.0.




They were out of the G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB you suggested what about the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
as a replacement?

That should be good but its a little more high end thats why its a little bit more expensive.
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March 11, 2014 9:57:53 AM

Sharphawk1234 said:

That should be good but its a little more high end thats why its a little bit more expensive.


Thank you so much for all your help, I really appreciate it, you've been awesome!
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