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New gaming build request?! *$1000 budget*

Alright so I’m going to put it right out on the table. I’ve never built a computer before but luckily one of my friends has some experience and said he would help. I’ve been using my macbook pro for the past few years. I’ve upgraded a few things here and there to it but just flat out sucks for gaming. I play a lot of diablo and league of legends. I would like to be able to play them seamlessly at high quality.
I would like to stay around $1000. I have a $200 gift card to best buy if there’s anything I can buy there. I’m guessing this price will exclude a keyboard, OS, and monitor.

Would appreciate the help!
-Mike
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    This is a decent 1k build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87M-Plus Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $994.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 12:55 EDT-0400)

    The CPU is available at best buy for $250 so you could use your gift card towards that.

    This would be able to play anything for the next year or 2 at ultra settings at 1080p
  2. Use the $200 gift card to buy small peripherals, cables and the OS if you can. Prices for those types of items are usually not that much better on line when compared to in-store.

    Do you have a preference on monitor size?
  3. alright great!.. honestly i’ve been playing on my 15in laptop but wouldn’t mind a 21inch obviously at 1080p
  4. maddogfargo said:
    Use the $200 gift card to buy small peripherals, cables and the OS if you can. Prices for those types of items are usually not that much better on line when compared to in-store.

    Do you have a preference on monitor size?


    forgot to reply.. is there specific brand thats good and relatively cheap?!
  5. Asus makes some good ones and samsung make some great monitors but they are a bit more $$ typically.
  6. numanator said:
    Asus makes some good ones and samsung make some great monitors but they are a bit more $$ typically.


    Alright, i’ll take a look at those. What about the OS? Could i go with windows 7 to save some money?
  7. Yeah Windows 7 is fine. Some people have said that windows 8.1 will give you a bit better performance on some games but some people have also had trouble getting older games to run. The OS choice is all up to you (I still have windows 7)
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