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~$1200 Gaming PC Build Advice Needed

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March 19, 2014 3:19:24 PM


Putting together a new gaming rig/television/portal to the outside world. Advice appreciated ^^


Approximate Purchase Date: ~April 5th (2 weeks)

Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,300 (Looking for an ideal pricepoint in this range after rebates [rebates suck though])

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primary usage is for computer games (Dark Souls II is next on the list.), movies/streaming, internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Best deal

Location: City, State/Region, Country - College Station, Texas

Parts Preferences: None, but I'm guessing that at this price point it will be Intel?

Overclocking: Maybe in the future (if stalling on upgrades)

SLI or Crossfire: Only if this hits a superior price/performance point (unlikely)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1200

Additional Comments: No special requirements, I'm just looking for the best possible rig for my money. If there is some sort of recommended hardware on the horizon outside my preferred build date, I could postpone if recommended...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My most recent PC is getting old, and DS2 is on its way out. It was a budget build back when I put it together so nothing is really worth keeping vs replacing.

More about : 1200 gaming build advice needed

a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2014 3:27:13 PM

A build like this is suffice. GTX 780 paired with i7 4770k is nearly unbeatable. The 780 will also perform great at that resolution.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1221.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 18:26 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2014 3:29:13 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1164.89

This comes in a little under budget and should destroy every game you throw at it. I gave you a really good power supply in case you want to SLI in the future. It also has a big SSD to store your most-used games and OS.

But if you really want to be future proof: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cPVU
Over budget by $50 but has a GTX 780.
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March 20, 2014 12:27:44 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I was wondering zeph_yr, why you suggest the i7 over the i5. Looking around the site, it seems that most build suggestions, even those around 1K, go with the i5.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2014 12:50:26 PM

Xeon e3 v3 is the same as i7-4770 without integrated gpu
Benefit over i5 is hyper threads
Fractal node 304 very nice small case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus H81I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1196.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 15:50 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2014 3:09:26 PM

pat12ic1c said:
Thanks for the suggestions. I was wondering zeph_yr, why you suggest the i7 over the i5. Looking around the site, it seems that most build suggestions, even those around 1K, go with the i5.


i7's are useless for gaming. They are identical to i5's except for Hyperthreading. This allows the processor to mimic an 8-core processor with only 4 cores. But the catch is that programs have to have built-in support, and currently there are no games that take advantage of hyperthreading. Video and picture editing is usually where hyperthreading is useful.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2014 11:05:51 PM

Here's one for 1300$

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3gD8v

GTX 780 ti and i5 4670k hyper 212 evo z87 extreme 4 2x4gb CV CC 200r corsair cx600 m.

An core i7 would give you max 3 - 4 frames increase over the i5 in any games, might help a tiny bit more in games like minecraft or heavily modded games but not woth the price difference. This rig would be able to easily play everything on ultra at your resolution even a GTX 770 would. An i7 is mainly used for workstations, graphic designers, renderers, photoshop also for people who don't mind spending too much etc.

If you really want to learn how to overclock, i suggest going with a third gen instead of a hasswell and upgrade your psu to a TX series or higher. Even an core i3 would do you good but an i5 is more reassuring plus that cabinet has a massive interior for modding the only thing is that it doesn't look "cool" but is awesome quality, parts, installation. Later install liquid cooling, chassis fans etc. if you want to. If you want to make it look "cool" go to local hardware store and ask for some colored LEDs and attach them.
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March 26, 2014 3:04:58 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Xeon e3 v3 is the same as i7-4770 without integrated gpu
Benefit over i5 is hyper threads
Fractal node 304 very nice small case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus H81I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1196.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 15:50 EDT-0400)


He said he was gonna overclock. Itd be better for him to go with an i5-4670k coupled with a 780ti.
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March 28, 2014 9:18:26 AM

I think I'm definitely going to go with the i5. Concerning the gpu, however, several of you have suggested the 780ti over the 780. Do you think the extra $180 on the price tag is well worth the performance gains? Also, with regard to the mobo, are there any particular considerations I should have in mind?
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March 29, 2014 1:02:46 AM

pat12ic1c said:
I think I'm definitely going to go with the i5. Concerning the gpu, however, several of you have suggested the 780ti over the 780. Do you think the extra $180 on the price tag is well worth the performance gains? Also, with regard to the mobo, are there any particular considerations I should have in mind?


Gtx 780 ti vs gtx 780:

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-780-Ti-vs-GeForce-G...

In my opinion I would definitely go for the 780 ti since it will definitely be better on latter games. Even f you can fit it into your budget.

For the mobo: since you are going to learn how to OC or rather wil start doing it keep it to z87 line of models best for OC ing.

For mild overclocking keep it to either GS OR CX series only for corsair PSUs and for mobos for e.g: ASrock extreme series 3,4. MSI gaming series mobos z87s.Gigabyte ud4h x series.
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March 29, 2014 3:25:22 AM

For 1080p , gtx 780 is plenty. Gtx 780 ti is overkill

Gigabyte d3hp/d3h is plenty
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