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March 31, 2014 10:39:30 AM

I've been working with a gaming build in the budget range of $850-900, have done a good amount of research, and finally came up with this build. I was hoping to get a second, third, fourth, etc opinion on it. This is my first build in a loooong time so I had a lot to relearn. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. (Details below the build)

Here's the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skepticaldan/saved/3JSP

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $215.98
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 $76.99
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $62.99
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB $259.99
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower $44.99
Power Supply: EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V $34.99
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $15.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.98
Total: $856.87

Desired Main Uses:
-Gaming (good-high settings on modern games if possible, don't plan on doing much if any OC),
-Audio Recording through a direct input USB Guitar Recording device,
-Occasionally formatting large raw video files
-Browsing, school work, general use

Connects to Internet via Ethernet Cable

Mostly Unsure About:
-Choice of motherboard
-Choice of memory (went with the least expensive set I could find in 1.5v)
-Power Supply Selection

Thank you!

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March 31, 2014 10:46:24 AM

I would recommend you to add another 5$ to your 900$ budget and get Haswell system!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $904.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 13:45 EDT-0400)
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March 31, 2014 10:59:27 AM

Ahmadjon said:
I would recommend you to add another 5$ to your 900$ budget and get Haswell system!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $904.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 13:45 EDT-0400)


I've heard others say that as well but I'm on the fence about it. Can you tell me what advantage Haswell has over Ivy Bridge?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 11:06:06 AM

Haswell is faster up to 15% and it eats less power than Ivy-Bridge and I think it's always better to get the latest available hardware! Also Haswell refresh CPU will be supported by Z87 motherboards!
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March 31, 2014 11:10:54 AM

Ahmadjon said:
Haswell is faster up to 15% and it eats less power than Ivy-Bridge and I think it's always better to get the latest available hardware! Also Haswell refresh CPU will be supported by Z87 motherboards!


Ok, I'll give Haswell some more consideration. Thanks. I assume I'd need an aftermarket CPU cooler for it though. I hear 4670s get pretty hot.
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April 1, 2014 1:02:51 AM

skepticaldan said:
Ahmadjon said:
Haswell is faster up to 15% and it eats less power than Ivy-Bridge and I think it's always better to get the latest available hardware! Also Haswell refresh CPU will be supported by Z87 motherboards!


Ok, I'll give Haswell some more consideration. Thanks. I assume I'd need an aftermarket CPU cooler for it though. I hear 4670s get pretty hot.


Yes Haswell is a bit hotter but my 212 EVO keeps it pretty cool, but Haswell not too hot as people say!
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April 9, 2014 12:30:43 PM

skepticaldan said:
I've been working with a gaming build in the budget range of $850-900, have done a good amount of research, and finally came up with this build. I was hoping to get a second, third, fourth, etc opinion on it. This is my first build in a loooong time so I had a lot to relearn. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. (Details below the build)

Here's the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skepticaldan/saved/3JSP

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $215.98
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 $76.99
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $62.99
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB $259.99
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower $44.99
Power Supply: EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V $34.99
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $15.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.98
Total: $856.87

Desired Main Uses:
-Gaming (good-high settings on modern games if possible, don't plan on doing much if any OC),
-Audio Recording through a direct input USB Guitar Recording device,
-Occasionally formatting large raw video files
-Browsing, school work, general use

Connects to Internet via Ethernet Cable

Mostly Unsure About:
-Choice of motherboard
-Choice of memory (went with the least expensive set I could find in 1.5v)
-Power Supply Selection

Thank you!


I am pretty much building this system and this is what I am using :) 

Motherboard- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155
Ram- Kingston Beast 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2400
Power Supply- Stick with the one you chose!

Hope I could help :D 
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