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March 27, 2014 9:02:17 AM

So this is my first time building a PC and I have been researching for like 4 plus months now about what parts I am going to get. To start things off this is what I am looking for in this PC Build:

1. Good for gaming (i want it to play bf4 and all those new games coming out for next gen consoles and some old games like minecraft)

2. Good for video editing (i am starting a YouTube channel so i want this PC to be good for video editing. Like nothing to intense but some decent video editing)

3. to last at least 5 years to 8 years ( i want this PC to be reliable and last a good time before I upgrade)

So with that being said here is my PC build list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Moiz36/saved/4a6U

I kept my budget to $1,600 that's plus tax and shipping so will that work? Also I am having trouble with the graphics card. I want to know if this card is reliable and if there is another card out there that will deliver better performance for less. Also I have no monitor, keyboard, or mouse so that's included in the budget too (i have already added the peripherals I want in the PC part picker).

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March 27, 2014 9:17:02 AM

Just a few suggestions... Z87 motherboard, stronger GPU, faster RAM, better PSU, bigger monitor... same budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.56 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($142.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.74 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Rosewill RGM-300 Wired Optical Mouse ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1420.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-27 12:16 EDT-0400)
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March 27, 2014 9:21:38 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($156.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($139.86 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.74 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Rosewill RGM-300 Wired Optical Mouse ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1582.00

Here's a better build for the price.
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March 27, 2014 2:58:22 PM

filippi said:
Just a few suggestions... Z87 motherboard, stronger GPU, faster RAM, better PSU, bigger monitor... same budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.56 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($142.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.74 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Rosewill RGM-300 Wired Optical Mouse ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1420.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-27 12:16 EDT-0400)


Wow thanks for the great build. So I did some more research and I have a couple of questions. First I wanted to drop my budget and keep it to a minimum so the highest I will go now is $1,500. I changed my graphics card to and which dropped me down a good $100 (and looking at benchmarks on YouTube the gpu can run battlefield 4 pretty good on Ultra. This is my first PC build and I will be upgrading in the future so I don't want to get anything TOO high end. Plus i am 16 so i will have time to upgrade) and I took the Ennermax Case out and put in a Corsair obsidian 350D with window case. So here are my questions:

1. Is the new build okay? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3hySD
2. My old monitor is IPS and the one you gave me is not, so widescreen or ips?
3. Is it necessary to have a cooler? If yes, I will be getting the Corsair H100i all-in-one water cooler.

THANKS :) 
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March 27, 2014 3:04:19 PM

problems with that build OP:
1) to OC a k series cpu, you need a Z87 board, otherwise don't waste the money on a k series.
2) 16gb is overkill, you're just editing some videos, not like you're rendering videos or scenes, just splicing and adding in basic effects.
3) the barracuda is the least reliable HDD money can buy. Change it to a WD blue or a hitachi.
4) The 660 will struggle will with BF4, 30fps average is not good by any means. Add in recording software, even if it's shadowplay, and you can knock off some more FPS.
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March 27, 2014 3:25:40 PM

woltej1 said:
problems with that build OP:
1) to OC a k series cpu, you need a Z87 board, otherwise don't waste the money on a k series.
2) 16gb is overkill, you're just editing some videos, not like you're rendering videos or scenes, just splicing and adding in basic effects.
3) the barracuda is the least reliable HDD money can buy. Change it to a WD blue or a hitachi.
4) The 660 will struggle will with BF4, 30fps average is not good by any means. Add in recording software, even if it's shadowplay, and you can knock off some more FPS.


So what would you recommend that could still stay in the budget and just try changing motherboard (i want micro atx), ram, hard drive, and graphics card. Also should I add a h100 i cooler or stick with the stock? Cause I am not going to start overclocking right off the bat, im going to wait like 6 months and really learn how to do it.
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March 27, 2014 3:30:50 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.12 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.27 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($141.98 @ Best Buy)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.74 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Rosewill RGM-300 Wired Optical Mouse ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1316.74

Only buy the CPU cooler once you OC.

You can also buy more RAM if you feel like it down the road.
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March 27, 2014 3:46:42 PM

woltej1 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3hAOP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3hAOP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3hAOP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.12 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.27 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($141.98 @ Best Buy)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.74 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Rosewill RGM-300 Wired Optical Mouse ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1316.74

Only buy the CPU cooler once you OC.

You can also buy more RAM if you feel like it down the road.



THANKS! I am really liking this build. So will 8GB of ram work fine? Also should I use the XFX power supply or is it okay if I stick with the Corsair one I added?
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March 27, 2014 3:51:05 PM

well the xfx is cheaper, higher capacity and higher quality so why not go with it? the corsair will get the job done though so whatever floats your boat. 8gb will work fine, and like I said, you can add another set in no hassle down the road once you get the cash.
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March 28, 2014 7:07:48 AM

woltej1 said:
well the xfx is cheaper, higher capacity and higher quality so why not go with it? the corsair will get the job done though so whatever floats your boat. 8gb will work fine, and like I said, you can add another set in no hassle down the road once you get the cash.


Also just another question, is there any alternate motherboard that I can use that are cheaper, say around $60 and $70 that I could get off of Newegg or Amazon?
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