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2014 Gaming Computer build help - $1500 budget (including Monitor)

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March 13, 2014 11:07:33 PM

This will be my first attempt at building my own gaming computer. Any help provided will be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Location: Hawaii, USA
Budget: 1500 including monitor
Preferred Websites: New egg, tiger direct, etc.

System Usage: Mostly Gaming (Want to be able to play games at highest settings), watching movies, streaming. Games I like to play would be WOW, LOL, Smite, SC2, Diablo, etc.

Parts Preference:

I don't really have any parts preference other than I my CPU, which I am leaning towards the i7 if possible.

I would also like recommendations on a good monitor. It doesn't need to be included in the budget, just wanted to see some monitor options. Thanks.

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March 13, 2014 11:25:28 PM

An i7 isn't necessary for gaming, but it is still nice :p 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($312.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1630.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 02:20 EDT-0400)

To stay under budget total you could downgrade to an i5 and get 2x4GB RAM which still still run everything you need to perfectly fine, i just maxed out your budget...this one costs less, and has an even better graphics card:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($669.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1623.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 02:23 EDT-0400)

This one is the same as the one above, except with a GTX 780:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1443.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 02:23 EDT-0400)

Choose whichever one you want, all of them will play all the games you play at great frame rates, no lag, smooth gaming.
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March 13, 2014 11:27:39 PM

Well actually if you dont plan on doing video editing and just gaming you will get almost no benefit of an i7 0ver an i5.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39Al9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39Al9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39Al9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($87.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($349.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ Mwave)
Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1507.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 02:27 EDT-0400)
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March 13, 2014 11:33:30 PM

I would still like the option to do video editing in the future. That being said, should I go with the i7?
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March 13, 2014 11:33:54 PM

How about a middle in between beast of a Xeon, it can't overclock that well compare to the K version of i5 and i7, but you don't need to overclock for it to be amazing cuz it is already. My highlight would be the huge 29" IPS monitor, it's going to be gorgeous to look at for hours and hours.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus H87M-PRO Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: AOC q2963Pm 60Hz 29.0" Monitor ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1496.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 02:31 EDT-0400)
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