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March 8, 2014 1:44:33 AM

Hi all, I want to build a PC that will sit under my living room TV and primarily act as a Roku, cable box, and gaming console replacement. I'm trying to get it done for ~$500-600 (already have OS) and have come up with this so far:

i3-4340 3.6GHz CPU $130
GA-B85M-D3H LGA 1150 mATX $80
CPU/Mobo combo discount $-30
8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM $65
XFX Core Edition 650W $50
PNY GeForce GTX 760 VCGGTX7602XPB-OC 2GB $200
WD 1TB HDD $60
Compucase Vigilance $30
TOTAL $585

My main question of whether or not there is any major bottlenecking, or if one part exceeds another for gaming. I understand that the i3 is only dual core and some games make use of 4 cores, but then I'd need to pour $100 into that and take $100 from something else (i.e. cheaper PSU or GPU).

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March 8, 2014 1:50:08 AM

You should be fine with that setup. Very few, if any games, take advantage of more than even 2 cores. Maybe BF4. Havent looked lately, but youll do just fine for HTPC/Steam gaming duties.
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March 8, 2014 1:51:19 AM

Everything looks pretty good for that price point, and I don't think the i3 will be a bottleneck. But where are you getting prices?
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March 8, 2014 8:41:07 AM

combine1237 said:
Everything looks pretty good for that price point, and I don't think the i3 will be a bottleneck. But where are you getting prices?


Sorry for the late reply (was sleeping.

The CPU and mobo combo prices are from Micro Center (local pickup only)
RAM is Kingston HyperX Black at Newegg.
XFX Core edition 650 is at TigerDirect after mail-in-rebate.
the PNY 760 OC 2GB is on TigerDirect after mail-in-rebate
Compucase Vigilance was at Micro Center (local pickup only)
WD 1TB HDD on Amazon.com
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March 8, 2014 1:41:19 PM

No problem.
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March 8, 2014 1:48:36 PM

combine1237 said:
No problem.


Also looking at this: Asus Z87M-PLUS. In the specs, it says it can handle 1333, 1600, (and 1866+, but only O.C.).

Does that mean it will be able to handle this 1866MHz RAM right out of the box, or only an overclocked 1600MHz? Is 1866 vs 1600 worth it for ~$10 extra?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 8, 2014 4:36:43 PM

In most games 1600 vs 1866 will not make much of a difference, as I can't tell on my ram between 1600 and 1866 for gaming maybe 1 fps?
Edit: It all depends,if the z87 combo is only 10 usd more and you plan to buy an oc processor in the future go for it otherwise don't worry about it.
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