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April 7, 2014 3:59:06 PM

I am 14 years old and I do know a lot about computers i'm getting an obsidian 900d case and idk what parts to get or if I could even build one can someone help me out I want it to stay under $1,300 and I want it to be the best it can. (I want at least 8GB of ram). I am also looking for the cpu to be separate from the motherboard so I can upgrade the cpu later if I need/want to. If you have any other case recommendation I would be up to here it thanks!
April 7, 2014 4:03:19 PM

are you getting the obsidian 900d free or is that going to be factored in to the build price of $1300?
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April 7, 2014 4:06:57 PM

Do you need the OS?

If you had a price total, what would be your goal exactly?
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April 7, 2014 4:09:06 PM

Yes I need windows 8.1 and I could go to $1,500 and the case will be a factor and I do not have a exact goal just less than or equal to $1,500
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April 7, 2014 4:11:10 PM

Well as far as the CPU being separate from the motherboard, this is the norm. As for the RAM, 8GB is the defacto minimum these days, particularly for a gaming computer.

I am not all about just giving you a list telling you what to get. It's better to give you some choices and let you ultimately decide. Otherwise you get lot's of "experts" measuring their appendages by shooting down everyone else's build.

First off, do you have any idea what CPU brand you want to go with? Intel? AMD? Or don't care?

Do you have a GPU preference? AMD/ATI? nVidia?

Do you have a manufacturer in mind for motherboard? Or don't know / don't care?

After that, we can certainly give you some ideas. I personally think at this point Intel is better from a performance point of view. AMD is definitely more budget friendly. Power considerations lean towards Intel. As for GPU's, I am split, I like both and think there is value in both. So here particularly some guidance from you will make me feel better about suggesting a specific card.
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April 7, 2014 4:13:59 PM

This is what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($141.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($115.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1503.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 19:13 EDT-0400)

Easily max out games and provides space to upgrade in the future.
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April 7, 2014 4:14:31 PM

I do like intel but I need to stay under $1,500 so which ever and the gpu I don't have experience with so I would not know as far as the motherboard goes I don't know because I have never build a computer before so I would deffinatly need some more info and specs about those
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April 7, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Also it's not that difficult to build a gaming computer, if you watch youtube videos on how to build a gaming computer you should be ready to go.
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April 7, 2014 4:16:37 PM

the other thing is that case isn't budget friendly by any means. if this is your first build i would take a look at a vast majority of cases. im kinda partial to nzxt personally, i have had 2 of their cases and they are quite nice for the price. they aren't ground breaking but they get the job done for a decent price.
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April 7, 2014 4:19:44 PM

Thank you I would take any other suggestions in there is any. from anybody
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April 7, 2014 4:20:10 PM

Tracy Miles said:
I do like intel but I need to stay under $1,500 so which ever and the gpu I don't have experience with so I would not know as far as the motherboard goes I don't know because I have never build a computer before so I would deffinatly need some more info and specs about those

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($141.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($115.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1278.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 19:24 EDT-0400)
GTX 780- powerful Graphics card which can play games around max settings

Core I5 4670k- The standard CPU in the $1000 pc gaming, again very fast and powerful and can run games very well and also is overclockable

Motherboard supports a second GTX 780 at the time of upgrade as well as slots for more ram

8GB ram is the sweetspot in gaming pcs currently

850W Gold+ PSU- Very reliable and provides room to add in a second 780 in the future

NZXT Phantom- Looks great, spacious, and has room for plenty of upgrades.

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April 7, 2014 4:21:10 PM

Just a side note, a build around $1000 should play games fine on high settings and might be a route to take if it's your first gaming pc.
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April 7, 2014 4:21:44 PM

I like RazerZ's build, but the PSU isn't what I would pick. Corsair makes good supplies, the RM series isn't one of their best though. HardOCP tested a supply from that series and it failed some of their tests. Something from Seasonic, or Corsair in the AX, HX, or TX series are good. Also 850W maybe a little excessive, 750W should do with a little power to spare.

My preference is ASUS motherboards, but I would never say don't get GigaByte based purely off my anecdotal experience with them.

So really other than the PSU, I wouldn't change a thing. The Hyper 212 EVO is exactly what I would recommend too.
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April 7, 2014 4:25:03 PM

techgeek said:
I like RazerZ's build, but the PSU isn't what I would pick. Corsair makes good supplies, the RM series isn't one of their best though. HardOCP tested a supply from that series and it failed some of their tests. Something from Seasonic, or Corsair in the AX, HX, or TX series are good. Also 850W maybe a little excessive, 750W should do with a little power to spare.

My preference is ASUS motherboards, but I would never say don't get GigaByte based purely off my anecdotal experience with them.

So really other than the PSU, I wouldn't change a thing. The Hyper 212 EVO is exactly what I would recommend too.


Good point, changed the PSU to the HX series.
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April 7, 2014 4:25:16 PM

RazerZ do you or anyone have a different case not to be picky but I am just wondering.
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April 7, 2014 4:28:53 PM

do you have screens, keyboard, mouse? if so are they good? $1500 is going to get you excessive power if you are only running a 720p 19" screen.
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April 7, 2014 4:32:01 PM

I need a new monitor and keyboard and mouse but that is not included in my budget I am buying some razer brand keyboard and I need suggestions for that and the mouse and monitor
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April 7, 2014 4:38:58 PM

Depends on how much you want to spend on a monitor. The default these days is 1080p. However 1440p or 144Hz is the cream of the crop for gaming, but they are pricey. GSync is another thing to consider if you're going for nVidia. From all I've read, GSync is a game changer (sorry for the pun) when it comes to gaming.

I really like Razer keyboards, but I have no experience with their mice. From all I've read though, they are one of the best.

Cases are really a subjective thing. It's kind of like preferring Ford over Dodge, no two people are going to have the same taste or preferences. Maybe it'd be better to set the budget on a case and look at a few that you find aesthetically pleasing and then ask for opinions.
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April 7, 2014 4:42:00 PM
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April 7, 2014 4:42:42 PM

Tracy Miles said:
I need a new monitor and keyboard and mouse but that is not included in my budget I am buying some razer brand keyboard and I need suggestions for that and the mouse and monitor


I would stay away from Razer products in general due to their low quality to price ratio.
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April 7, 2014 4:43:15 PM

What is a budget for a case that would fit my $1,500 total budget? and I am going for this gpu or should I change? Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card
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April 7, 2014 4:45:19 PM

Tracy Miles said:
What is a budget for a case that would fit my $1,500 total budget? and I am going for this gpu or should I change? Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card


When building a gaming pc always put the internals as a top priority. The case should be around $100 and should have room for upgrades.
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April 7, 2014 4:50:27 PM

how much of a monitor do you want do you have any preferences? high refresh rate, larger size, multitasking potential, multi monitor setups.
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April 7, 2014 4:51:17 PM

multi monitors for sure but other than that whatevers good.
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April 7, 2014 4:51:45 PM

Tracy Miles said:
I like these two http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caso530m1
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-750d
and ok so I am going to try and build this but what if I cant and fuck up? what do I do? it looks kind of difficult but I really want to and how long does it take? and do any of you have a link to good monitors 1080p +?


If you follow the instructions in a youtube video, and preferably have a parent help you there is little room for error.

Here's a link to a great priced 23" monitor

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
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April 7, 2014 4:52:12 PM

i would say %10 of your budget should go to a case at most, unless you want something specific for the future like water cooling or something of the sort. as for products go their keyboards i enjoy (i like my mechanical keyboard) but in reality it doesn't matter to much for that. mice i like my logitech well over the 3 razer mice i have owned. as for gpu that 780 ti is one hell of a card.
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April 7, 2014 4:54:24 PM

I like water cooling and I ony have a mom and she doesn't even know how to work a computer. and thank you for the monitor link could it be used for multi monitor purposes?
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April 7, 2014 4:55:04 PM

I tend to stick with functional rather than flashy cases, I'm an old guy and I shove my computer under a desk. So side windows and fancy colors or designs are wasted on me. That's my tastes though.

For me, Corsair has the Carbide and Graphite series that are straight forward decent cases in the $100-$120 range. Then the Cooler Master 690 series (they have been building variations of this case for a long time) are decent. Fractal is a relatively newcomer, but they make some very nice looking cases in that price range.

Mainly what you are looking for is that you like the looks of it and whether it has good airflow and the front panel connections you need. I would say at a minimum that it have USB 3.0 connectors, may USB 2.0 as well, but not necessary. Also you probably want to have HD front panel audio connections. Beyond that, if you plan on having external drives what size(s).
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April 7, 2014 4:59:29 PM

with multimonitor setups you want to stay at 24" with a 3 monitor setup. It gets too big and takes up too much space and is hard to look at with bigger sizes.
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April 7, 2014 4:59:53 PM

Im not sure what sizes just good ones that can hold memory for uploading a lot of youtube videos and playing bo2 and Minecraft and stuff like that but I think I am going to buy this case it is a good price range http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-750d
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April 7, 2014 5:02:23 PM

full tower are for sli and bigger motherboards and when u have alot of stuff in the case. Mid tower are perfect for most people even gamers. Mid towers will be cheaper on average aswell.
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April 7, 2014 5:05:46 PM

Can you send me some links to full towers that look similar to that one then?
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April 7, 2014 5:08:38 PM

that is a full tower if that is what you want but I just thought I would mention they're overkill for most uses.
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April 7, 2014 5:09:59 PM

Then would this be too big or do u have any recommendations?
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April 7, 2014 5:15:23 PM

I like that thanks and what about a desk u got any good recommendations cause mines shit.
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April 7, 2014 5:21:13 PM

my personal preference for a desk is a big keyboard and mouse tray underneath and leg room. It depends on how much space you have and what you want though.
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April 7, 2014 5:26:50 PM

got any links?
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April 7, 2014 5:33:54 PM

I do not I would recommend a brick and mortar store like Ikea or something though so you could physically experience them.
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April 7, 2014 5:45:45 PM

ok and is the 300r optimized for overclocking?
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April 7, 2014 5:49:07 PM

basically it if has good airflow or can use water cooling is good for OCing. I don't think it would matter that much really what you got in that size for OCing.
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April 7, 2014 6:00:45 PM

change the case in the build razerZ http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3nQyd made for you to the one you like and use that would be my recommendation. the build in that video is last generation so all the parts are outdated. The water cooling in the youtube video is ok, I would recommendation a contained corsair water cooling kit if u wanted water cooling.
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April 7, 2014 6:04:30 PM

can you send me a link for a water cooling kit and what abt the leds where do u get them and what about fans?
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April 7, 2014 6:21:31 PM

ok thanks so how do I build this computer?
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April 7, 2014 6:25:30 PM

which water cooling series would you recommend?
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April 7, 2014 6:39:32 PM

the smaller water cooling ones can replace ur rear exhaust fan and you can read about them on the corsair website for a description. watch youtube videos on how to build a pc and alot of individual components will have videos aswell and u could look up a couple guides google as well for extra referencing. There is nothing non standard about this build really that would change building it compare to pretty much any guide. Maybe the water cooling would need a seperate guide but it would be easy anyway. I have never missed with LED myself but you can look up seperate guides for those aswell.
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April 7, 2014 6:46:33 PM

Well pick whoever you want for best answer, but just saying the build I posted you can't go wrong with it.
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