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600+ USD Gaming Computer - need help for a friend

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April 23, 2014 5:14:49 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next week 4/28- 4-30

Budget Range: 600 may be flexible hoping to get a 700-750 budget before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming for the most part, BF4, Titanfall, Elder scrolls online, DayZ, Starcraft2 (primary)

Location: Hawaii

He's already purchased the CORSAIR CXM series CX600M 600W PSU, Wont need an optical Drive as ill be supplying an old DVD burner, Keyboard and Mouse will be upgraded later. They'll also be using a 22' Vizio (1080p) as their monitor.

I prefer intel over AMD for Cpus (personal bad experiences years ago) i'd also like good value for performance on the GPU also no personal preference here and obviously Windows 7>8 or whatever, the person receiving this computer will likely come back to me with future problems as they don't know much about computers outside of gaming so they don't really computer problems on their own (last computer fried on them heh)

Likely will be using newegg for everything except for the Case which will likely come from amazon, Shipping a case alone from newegg costs 40-55$ heh but i have free shipping on shoprunner for everything else. kind of annoys me that newegg doesnt let shoprunner users (from hawaii at least) use free ship on desktop cases

If anyone from hawaii on these forums have suggestions on where to get desktop cases with reasonable or great please tell me lol

So i need to figure out the following: CPU, MoBo, GPU, Memory, HD/SSD, OS, Case.

My Current list:
  • Intel Core i5-4570 Currently $189 w/ Promo Code
  • Seagate Hybrid Drive 1 TB 79 w/ Code
  • GTX 760 or R9 270/280 (havent read into cards since the 7870/660 days heh)
  • need suggestions on motherboard
  • G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB 2133 72$ or Open to suggestions
  • Windows 7 99$
  • no preference on the case atm, since he hasn't looked at any yet + depends on what kind of motherboard is chosen.

    as it stands without the case, motherboard and GPU everything costs a little over 440, obviously projected to go over the original 600 Budget heh, i did suggest he wait for another paycheck but he wants to get back into PC gaming asap.
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    April 23, 2014 6:01:12 AM

    The CX series of PSU is OK at best, but you might as well use it since it is paid for. No need for the faster memory modules. It is better to go with low latency modules at DDR3-1600. The build below is set up for overclocking, but you may not want to do that. How does this strike you?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $0.00)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($98.88 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1007.79
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    April 24, 2014 12:04:38 AM

    thanks for that input, that will likely be out of his budget unless i can convince him to wait or do two seperate orders :x, i highly doubt he'll do any overclocking unless he learns and isnt afraid of doing it haha.

    any other suggestions?
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    a b 4 Gaming
    April 24, 2014 1:10:23 AM

    Go with 8.1. These is nothing wrong with it. It may be a little bit of a learning curve but it is still an improvement over 7 once you get used to it.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xx3S
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xx3S/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xx3S/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($57.79 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB PCS+ Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $661.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 04:10 EDT-0400)
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    April 24, 2014 2:36:02 AM

    nice and thanks both of you, is there anymore? kinda wish the old sticky was still active w/ the load of builds updated weekly/monthly ;/. wanna be able to give him as many options (intel wise) as possible, amd to me would be more obvious seeing what everyone elsewhere has suggested thus far.
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