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Help me build my first gaming desktop computer please, $1000 budget

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March 15, 2014 2:24:21 PM

Help me build my first gaming desktop computer please, $1000 budget.

I'd like to be able to play all the latest games on max settings w/o a problem. I already have an o/s (win 7 ultimate 64 bit), and I need a monitor than has native resolution of 1920x1080. I don't need a blu-ray drive, I need a SSD for games & o/s, and I'd like it to have a Cooler Master case if possible. I can go up to $1200 if needed, but would prefer to keep it around $1000 or less. Thanks. I'm in the US, so amazon, newegg, etc. are fine for buying the parts.

P.S. I've never built a computer before, so any links to guides would be appreciated also.

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March 15, 2014 2:36:36 PM

Oops, I went a bit over budget! This is what I'd get. Future-proof CPU-wise. Excellent mobo. GTX 770 plays everything on max at 1080p.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($162.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($77.40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.79 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($331.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $1207.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:35 EDT-0400)

Linus Tech Tips have some great build guides
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFb3TNePIg&feature=share&list=PL8mG-RkN2uTwlcLU_rv29Gt4578XfgJm_&index=7
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March 15, 2014 2:47:17 PM

Hmm, that looks very nice. I can spare the extra 7$ :p  Anyone else agree/disagree with fatboyslimerr? I also need a monitor.
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March 15, 2014 2:58:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1192.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:56 EDT-0400)

GTX 770 requires 600w 42A psu, the Seasonic 550w is pushing the limits. This build has room to OC, Cooler Master case almost the same as HAF-912, but has USB3.0 ports in front and no HAF on side. Asus monitor is good quality.
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March 15, 2014 6:22:23 PM

Thanks Karadjgne, I like this build a little better.
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March 15, 2014 7:22:13 PM

me too :p  happy building, and welcome to THE club!
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April 8, 2014 3:16:47 PM

Just avoid Newegg. newegg is risky, buy from anther vendor. My last purchase they sent a used damaged 750 Ti video card with no serial no. RMAd it immediately and they refuse to replace it because "it's damaged and doesn't have a serial number". Hey, that's how they sent it to me and why I am trying to return it!
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