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March 15, 2014 4:23:01 PM

Hello, I've been using a few days researching about which gaming PC build I am planning to get. This is my results so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3at8O

I only wanna use around 1100$ for my gaming build.

Is this a good build? anything needs to be changed?

I play games like Aion, Neverwinter, LoL, WoW, Tera Online, Tomb Raider, BF4, CoD, Skyrim etc..
How much FPS would I get in games like that?

Help would be highly appreciated.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2014 4:59:16 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: Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($338.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $994.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 19:59 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2014 5:15:14 PM

Great build (the ORIGINAL BUILD the OP made). It's basically identical to mine.
I completely agree on the main components.

*One issue:
That CPU cooler has Voltage-controlled fans and most Asus boards only support PWM fans for fan control of the CPU. I recommend THIS ONE instead:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12s

You can MAX the quality on most games, at 1920x1080 @60FPS. You'll want to tweak the quality of some of the more demanding games to maintain your desired frame rate but even those will look almost full quality.

Other:
1) Recommend Windows 8 64-bit OEM ($90 USD), and Start8 ($5)

2) Tweaking tips for demanding games:
a) run game and FRAPS
b) Turn VSYNC OFF (or force with NVidia Control Panel)
c) Tweak quality settings (anti-aliasing, shadows, DOF etc) for best results at desired frame rate (either 40FPS VSYNC OFF, or 60FPS VSYNC ON).

I use VSYNC OFF unless the screen tearing bugs me (which it often does). With VSYNC ON I tweak so that I can maintain 60FPS at least 90% of the time, then I force ADAPTIVE VSYNC for most games.

**Again, I force Adaptive VSYNC for most games (you can Google why).

Summary:
That's a really great gaming PC and you'll be very, very happy with it. You will need to learn how to tweak for optimal results in some games though.

Again, that's with a focus on VSYNC ON, or VSYNC OFF as discussed above, and Adaptive VSYNC is a great tool.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2014 5:19:04 PM

Update:
If saving some money is critical then I guess you'd have to rethink some parts. In the above build a difference CPU cooler is given for example. However, that cooler is NOISIER than the Noctua coolers; it's not "loud" it's just not silent. I've used both and the Noctua is so quiet when gaming I can't even hear it if someone stops the fans.

If you need to save a little money then I'd need an EXACT budget otherwise I'll just recommend your original build with the different Noctua cooler I linked.

THIS is the motherboard I'd recommend if you need to bring the price down a bit:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a
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March 16, 2014 2:17:36 AM

Thank you so much, just the answers I needed. Also, one little question. What is the difference between the Asus Z87-A and Z87PRO?
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March 16, 2014 2:22:12 AM

Update:
Is the CPU Cooler you suggested same good for overclocking as the one in my gaming build? If you don't think about the price, which CPU Cooler would be the ''best'' for my gaming build with Asus Z87-PRO?
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