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March 14, 2014 11:04:01 PM

Hi guys, so I'm not exactly a computer building wizard but I really would like a decent gaming PC which is a decent price (for a student.) I think I've found some decent parts but I would be extremely grateful if anyone could tell me if they ARE good or I should swap them for something else and if they're compatible with each other. Also I have no idea what kind of graphic card to get, but I plan on using this computer for games like BF4, Thief, Borderlands 2, Titanfall etc etc. Thanks!
P.S. Please speak in extremely simple language as I have really no idea what anything means!

Intel Core i5-4670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H LGA 1150 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Internal Super Multi Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b 4 Gaming
March 14, 2014 11:13:39 PM

what is your budget?
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March 14, 2014 11:15:56 PM

Oh sorry I forgot to say. I really don't want to go past maybe $1100 - $1300 (AUD) but if necessary I can.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 14, 2014 11:22:15 PM

if you have a local micro center near you the 4670k is cheaper then newegg price. in a few weeks intel dropping the newer 4690 haswell refresh it be about 20.00 more and slightly faster then the 4670. also keep an eye out for the newer nvidia 800 gpus. the mawell line is slowly rolling out.
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March 14, 2014 11:24:04 PM

People will probably pick apart everything in the build and talk about how certain brands of MBs or RAM or whatever is better then what you have, and it's good to read what they say and do some research, everyone has their favorites. I'll simply go over what I like about the parts

The CPU is great performance for the cost, although it's not the K so OCins will be difficult.

The MB is also good for the cost and if there's a issue I've always had good success with GBs service departmant

RAM is fine and 8GB is a good start for a system

Seagate is always a winner in my book

Gold rated PSU from Corsair... good to go

Disk drives get used once a year

Don't know much about the case except from what I've just been reading... I personally wouldn't spend $100 on that, sorry not a lot of good I can say. It's more the price then anything. You can get a Cooler Master HAF or something for less.

As far as GPU goes the GTX 760 is a great GPU in the $250 range and will play pretty much anything you want as of now. It's kind of the benchmark GPU atm and a good starting point. There's plenty of information, especially on this site about GPU performance per cost, Google is your friend.

The only thing that I'd change, and this is because it's something I've had for a while now, is getting a SSD, probably around 256gig (samsung 840evo is great). If you've never used a good SSD in your system then you're in for a surprise because holy crap are they awesome. On the flip side.. once you go SSD then you'll start to hate every computer without one.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 14, 2014 11:25:50 PM

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/Danbuscus250/saved/43Is
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $275.00
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 $132.00
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $99.00
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD $95.00
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.00
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB $399.00
Case Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower $49.00
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $139.34
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $22.00
Total: $1279.34

this does not include windows, no monitor or keyboard/mouse. do you need those things?
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March 14, 2014 11:29:34 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
what is your budget?


Danbuscus25 said:
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/Danbuscus250/saved/43Is
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $275.00
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 $132.00
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $99.00
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD $95.00
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.00
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB $399.00
Case Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower $49.00
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $139.34
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $22.00
Total: $1279.34

this does not include windows, no monitor or keyboard/mouse. do you need those things?


Fine without keyboard and mouse, can probably find windows somewhere around the house. Thanks!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 14, 2014 11:30:14 PM

no problem :D 
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March 14, 2014 11:33:16 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
no problem :D 


So overall I chose some decent parts? Is there anything else I should get? Someone mentioned that I should get an SSD but I have no idea how that would benefit me.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 14, 2014 11:41:57 PM

an ssd stores stuff just like a hard drive, but there are no moving parts so they last a lot longer and are way faster. the purpose for a ssd is to boot windows and commonly used programs really fast.
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March 14, 2014 11:46:24 PM

Jake Lloyd said:
People will probably pick apart everything in the build and talk about how certain brands of MBs or RAM or whatever is better then what you have, and it's good to read what they say and do some research, everyone has their favorites. I'll simply go over what I like about the parts

The CPU is great performance for the cost, although it's not the K so OCins will be difficult.

The MB is also good for the cost and if there's a issue I've always had good success with GBs service departmant

RAM is fine and 8GB is a good start for a system

Seagate is always a winner in my book

Gold rated PSU from Corsair... good to go

Disk drives get used once a year

Don't know much about the case except from what I've just been reading... I personally wouldn't spend $100 on that, sorry not a lot of good I can say. It's more the price then anything. You can get a Cooler Master HAF or something for less.

As far as GPU goes the GTX 760 is a great GPU in the $250 range and will play pretty much anything you want as of now. It's kind of the benchmark GPU atm and a good starting point. There's plenty of information, especially on this site about GPU performance per cost, Google is your friend.

The only thing that I'd change, and this is because it's something I've had for a while now, is getting a SSD, probably around 256gig (samsung 840evo is great). If you've never used a good SSD in your system then you're in for a surprise because holy crap are they awesome. On the flip side.. once you go SSD then you'll start to hate every computer without one.


So overall okay, that video card and what's the most decently priced SSD in your opinion?
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March 15, 2014 8:28:07 AM

Charmandork said:
How does this look for a final build?
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/charmandork/saved/43JG


Looks pretty good and will run Titanfall and BF4 very well. Keep in mind that down the road if you want to OC the 4670K you may want to get a better CPU cooler. This all depends on the airflow in your case, how much you OC, and the ambient temp in your room though. For now, the stock cooler is fine and that CPU won't get close to maxing out on anything currently out there.

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a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2014 6:34:00 PM

You might want dual channel ram aka 2 by 4 gb stick instead of 1 8 gb stick. A 1 tb hdd is fine in most cases but the more storage the better. If you wan to get an ssd avoid the kingston. The samsung ssd is a great buy when you have the money. Also a nice cooler like the hyper 212 evo is good to buy when you need it, but if not overclocking it is nice buy not necessary,
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