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April 8, 2014 5:18:59 AM

I am looking for a building a gaming PC, or at least expanding from what I already have.
My current system: http://www.staples.com/Lenovo-H535-Desktop-PC/product_3...

I also have a Radeon HD 6570 in there. Not a good card but it works well enough.
If I keep using this case, optical drive, and HDD, what other components would you recommend?
I plan to get into overclocking and I would play games like modded Skyrim, Crysis 3, Battlefield games, and other next gen games. What I was thinking:
CPU: i5-4670k
MOBO: ?
GPU: 750ti or 760
RAM: Thinking 16gb. Probably 1866mhz or 2400mhz.
I don't really have a budget, but would prefer to keep it around/under $1000.

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April 8, 2014 6:01:48 AM

Well, if you replace your motherboard you are also going to have to purchase a Windows License. Here's what the other parts would look like:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3o9Cx

1866 is the fastest memory that doesn't require you to customize a RAM profile in BIOS and it's the most stable of the overclocked memory speeds on the market at the moment. Unless you are running a bunch of stuff in the background or streaming your gaming via twitch, there's no need for 16GB, 8GB will be more than enough.

A lot of the games on the market are video memory hogs (Skyrim in particular) so you'll want to go with a either a 760 or 770 with double the video memory as the standard for that class. If you don't need to replace your case or HDD, you can afford the 770 so you might as well make the leap.

If you can afford it, I would also recommend a solid state drive for your operating system. I recommend the 250GB Samsung 840 EVO - very reliable, pretty fast and usually fairly inexpensive. I think it's $139.99 right now and it would be worth every penny in terms of your day to day computing experience.
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April 8, 2014 6:16:22 PM

game junky said:
Well, if you replace your motherboard you are also going to have to purchase a Windows License. Here's what the other parts would look like:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3o9Cx

1866 is the fastest memory that doesn't require you to customize a RAM profile in BIOS and it's the most stable of the overclocked memory speeds on the market at the moment. Unless you are running a bunch of stuff in the background or streaming your gaming via twitch, there's no need for 16GB, 8GB will be more than enough.

A lot of the games on the market are video memory hogs (Skyrim in particular) so you'll want to go with a either a 760 or 770 with double the video memory as the standard for that class. If you don't need to replace your case or HDD, you can afford the 770 so you might as well make the leap.

If you can afford it, I would also recommend a solid state drive for your operating system. I recommend the 250GB Samsung 840 EVO - very reliable, pretty fast and usually fairly inexpensive. I think it's $139.99 right now and it would be worth every penny in terms of your day to day computing experience.


Thhe only question I have is should I look for RAM that is more low profile than the Corsair Vengeance? It has a pretty tall heatsink.
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