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My predicament is that I would like to get back into pc Gaming but need to balance performance, cost and upgradability. While I could most likely build a system that would meet my needs and remain affordable, I do not believe I have the technical expertise to create a system that will be easily (or capable) of upgrades in the future.

I have no great personal need for an i7 processor, as from what I have read (Please correct me if I am mistaken) the i5 will suit my needs for now. I should be able to upgrade in the future when games become more demanding, or the technology is more affordable correct?

Summary of My Needs

I need a system that will meet my performance needs. I would like it to be able to run Next Gen games (Currently on the market and in the near future) on max settings or close to it. Games including Battlefield 4, Watchdogs (I think it is on PC) and other such marvels of graphic delight.

I need a system that will allow me to upgrade as time goes on, allowing me to remain in the upper tiers of performance.

I need a system that will not tear me a new one (Something under $1500.00, preferably under $1000.00).

Conclusion

Overall, I want to be able to get back into PC Gaming now, and am willing to invest more down the road to remain in the max/ultra settings realm. I do not care or need bells, whistles, lights, shiny doodads or other such fiddle faddle (Unless it is free ;))

I have enough technical that I feel I could uncomfortably but successfully build my own system if that is indeed the best route. The cheaper, the better. For now.

Thank you all in advance for your help!
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  1. I would suggest that you start here with these configurations. This is a $1000 intel system.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/system-configuration-recommendation-54.html
  2. are you going to need a keyboard/mouse, OS, speakers, headphones or monitor included?
  3. I have a spare keyboard and a mouse lying around, if there is a way to use my 32 inch flat-screen TV as a monitor, I could do that otherwise I will most likely be investing in a monitor. I took a look at the configuration you recommended terry4536, how well will this system upgrade in the future and how will it handle games (Low, Medium, High or Max/ultra)?
  4. I came up with this build using the aforementioned budget build as a starting point. I would like feedback on its viability to meet my needs (performance) and help shaving a few $'s off the price tag (without sacrificing gaming performance). Most items were chosen based on a balance of price and rating. Thanks again!

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eptH
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eptH/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eptH/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Hitachi Travelstar 1TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: AOC e2752Vh 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
    Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($12.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1415.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 14:38 EDT-0400)
  5. Hi Jacktheoff, since you asked.

    I would make a few changes. For $130 that mother board is strictly average. Staying with Gigabyte you have option #1 (+$15) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128591 or #2 (+$35) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128617. Both are better choices I would go with #2 myself.
    I would choose 1866 CL9 instead of 1333 (+$20 -!5% on sale)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

    And lastly if you have any budget left, I would recommend a 120GB SSD over the 64 GB. I would recommend this Tier 2 PSU over the Tier 3 PSU you chose (+$20) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107.
  6. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: AOC e2752Vh 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $1397.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 20:10 EDT-0400)

    shaved off a few dollars, but better overall quality than what you had
  7. Thank you for your help! I like this build. I will do some more research on my AMD options but unless something extraordinary peaks its head I will be going this route.
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