I need a $700 Gaming PC Build

I have $700 to spend on a gaming PC. It's your choice whether you want to make an overclocking build.

Processor: Must be Intel. I'd definitely prefer Haswell, unless you can make an extremely good case for Ivy/Sandy bridge.


GPU: Doesn't have to be super powerful. Just needs to be able to run Warframe and Planetside 2 at max settings. I plan to upgrade later.

Motherboard: It needs USB 3, obviously. That's about it.

Case: Needs USB 3

Storage: I don't need all that much storage, so if you could, just put a SSD in there. I have an external HDD for files and such.

PSU: It needs to be able to accommodate everything you guys put in (obviously), and if you're going with an overclocking build, take special care to make sure it all works for the PSU.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Do you need a copy of Windows?
  2. Why must the CPU be Intel? For cheaper budgets such as yours it's much easier to put together a value for money build using an AMD CPU or APU.
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    This will definitely get you there if you don't need Windows. The i5 will also be much better than AMD for normal computing as well:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $690.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 17:42 EDT-0400)
  4. I don't need Windows, and I prefer Intel because its clocks are more efficient. What I mean by that is if you have a 4 GHz Intel processor and a 4 GHz AMD processor the Intel one will be faster.
  5. I have a question. I saw the MB you picked out didn't have a HDMI port. Does this mean I won't be able to play games in 1080p? I also have an extra monitor that connects via the DVI port. Will I still be able to use both monitors? Other than that, the build is superb.
  6. You would have to hook up the monitors to the graphics card, that's how you get the good performance, and you can still run two monitors. The i5+R9 270 will get you High/Ultra combo in BF4 pretty easily. The 270 is a great little graphics card :)
  7. Okay. Thanks for confirming that I can connect one monitor via HDMI and one via VGA. How exactly would I do that?
  8. Just plug them in lol Windows should usually just automatically add the second monitor, but you may have to do it through the display settings (rare)
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