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Building My New (and First!) Gaming Rig :: Need advice/ opinions. $1600 budget

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April 26, 2014 2:43:12 PM

Hello, I'm going to be constructing a new gaming rig at the beginning of the summer because I am sick and tired of dealing with overheating problems on my HP laptop and would like a major performance upgrade. I already own a mouse and headset, but need a monitor and keyboard. I am relatively new, but have several friends who have built custom pc's. I am not pro nvidia/amd for gpu's (or Amd/intel for cpu's). I would like cooling and performance to be a major focus, but noise and aesthetics to be kept in mind (no ugly colored parts please. Any and all of the parts could be changed, but i have a budget of $1600 (plus or minus $50-ish). I would like to play games like Battlefield 4, Rust, and other resource demanding games on a monitor with at least 120Hz refresh rate. I am also open to personal opinions experiences with any of the parts. As for the case, I would like to have a mid tower.

(side note: I am a beginner at this, but I am familiar with computers and and their parts.)

Part list (feel free to comment about certain parts, or balancing, etc.): http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ghubs/saved/3FXb

Thanks for helping me create my very own PC.

Cheers,
Ghubs

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a b 4 Gaming
April 26, 2014 2:52:59 PM

Get a i5 4670k, It is better for gaming.
Get a 650 Watts PSU, It is enough for your Build.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($399.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cougar Turbine 120 (4-Pack) 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1571.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 17:54 EDT-0400)
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April 26, 2014 3:01:20 PM

Ghubs said:
Hello, I'm going to be constructing a new gaming rig at the beginning of the summer because I am sick and tired of dealing with overheating problems on my HP laptop and would like a major performance upgrade. I already own a mouse and headset, but need a monitor and keyboard. I am relatively new, but have several friends who have built custom pc's. I am not pro nvidia/amd for gpu's (or Amd/intel for cpu's). I would like cooling and performance to be a major focus, but noise and aesthetics to be kept in mind (no ugly colored parts please. Any and all of the parts could be changed, but i have a budget of $1600 (plus or minus $50-ish). I would like to play games like Battlefield 4, Rust, and other resource demanding games on a monitor with at least 120Hz refresh rate. I am also open to personal opinions experiences with any of the parts. As for the case, I would like to have a mid tower.

(side note: I am a beginner at this, but I am familiar with computers and and their parts.)

Part list (feel free to comment about certain parts, or balancing, etc.): http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ghubs/saved/3FXb

Thanks for helping me create my very own PC.

Cheers,
Ghubs


Hi,
-The FX 9370 is an overclocked FX 8350, which is an overclocked FX 8320. Why spend $80 on factory overclocked processor, when you can do it yourself very easily.
-For the same price as the 4GB GTX 770, you can get R9 290, which has more horsepower than the GTX 770.
Benchmarks:
R9 290 vs GTX 770

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1068?vs=1037
-Good quality 650w power supply will do the job just fine, you will have space even for overclocking the processor.

Here is something for less than $ 1500,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1440.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 18:02 EDT-0400)
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