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March 28, 2014 9:41:13 AM

I would like and intel processor and an nvidia graphics card. I already have mouse keyboard and monitors. I would like 8 gb ram to start but i would like it to be upgradeable to 32 or 64 gb. I would also like it to be sli compatible.
March 28, 2014 9:53:44 AM

Do you need windows, do you need a monitor, mouse keyboard in that price?
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March 28, 2014 9:57:24 AM

Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3hYxl

CPU: i5, simply great for gaming, overclockable

Cooler: h100i for some serious overclocking headroom

Board: Asus MAXIMUS IV Hero. Very nice quality board, 2-way SLI compatible, 32GB RAM max

RAM: 2X4GB Corsair Vengeance. You can go with more later, or swap these out for 8GB modules

Storage: 840 EVO for quick boottimes for both windows and some games. Paired with a 1TB WD Black for some serious extra data storage on a fast drive.

GPU: GTX 770, EVGA. Good brand, good quality. 770 will power games for years to come.

PSU: Corsair TX750m, partially modular and good power with overhead for overclocks and a second GPU

DVD Reader: LG, no blu-ray support

Case: NZXT Black Phantom. Serious airflow and space, good quality

OS: Windows 8, 64 bit, OEM

Total price: $1431.78 USD

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March 28, 2014 10:05:46 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1452.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 13:05 EDT-0400)
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March 28, 2014 10:17:24 AM

Water cooled for pushing the overclocking:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1492.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 13:10 EDT-0400)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1502.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 13:19 EDT-0400)


Slight overclocking with better GPU, pushing your budget(sorry):
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1523.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 13:13 EDT-0400)

or within budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1423.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 13:23 EDT-0400)


Dropped the ram down to 8GB which is still plenty for gaming, took you to a 780 ti GPU:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($724.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1476.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 13:25 EDT-0400)
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March 28, 2014 10:29:56 AM

I don't think there are any 64gb mobos for the cpu. A CPU cooler can be added on once you decided to overclock but the stock cooler is pretty good on the i5s. Also you should take a look at different case's and choose one that looks nice to you and has good airflow. Corsair and fractal make some nice cases. Also cooler master and NZXT.
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March 28, 2014 6:17:58 PM

will i need to oc with these specs and todays games to get good high/ultra graphics performance. Also does the ram speed affect gameplay by very much
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March 31, 2014 8:28:02 AM

You will not need to OC for today's games with the 4670k, maybe in a few years it might be needed.

Ram speed does not effect the gameplay much at all, as long as you have 1333Mhz ram or more you should be fine, pretty much everyone prefers 1600 mhz since it is the same price.
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