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April 26, 2014 5:11:45 PM

Hello guys, I would just like some advice on a new gaming PC build :) . As per the standard format sticky...:
Approximate Purchase Date: 0-2 Months. I think my current PC is on its last legs, and frankly I'm excited about an upgrade, so would like to purchase it fairly soon.

Budget Range: $800-1300 before MIR. MIR's are nice and all, but kind of tedious sometimes (in my opinion).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Entertainment (movies, Youtube, etc.) > Work (basic Word, Excel)

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe... I have a 1600x900 one right now, but I feel like an upgrade to 1080p would be worthwhile, and having a lower response time would be great too.

Parts to Purchase: CPU, RAM, HDD, Case, GPU, PSU, Motherboard. SSD if there is spare $, but I sincerely doubt that'll happen :p 

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I'm thinking about W7 just due to all the negativity around W8 but I could be persuaded to choose W8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg please and thanks

Location: Michigan, USA

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer Intel just because they (processors) seem to perform better, but AMD is fine if it makes more sense. All others do not matter too much, just nothing too "sketchy". I don't care about color-coding the PC either, as I'm not looking to buy a windowed case. I would also like an Nvidia card, they just seem to perform better for the price range I'm looking at (GTX 770ish) and I have an MSI GTX 560Ti right now and love it.

Overclocking: Yes, I'm aiming for a 4.5GHz on a chip like the i5-4670k or FX 8350 (probably higher if I opt for this guy as its stock clock is already 4.0GHz). I'd prefer an air cooler just because water cooling seems a bit daunting to me right now.

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, although if I need a graphics upgrade without replacing the motherboard in a few years I may consider picking up another card to SLI.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 currently. Looking to buy a 1080p+ one however.

Additional Comments: Would like to use this for BF4, Minecraft, Sleeping Dogs, etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current PC is showing its age (pre-built machine purchased from Dell in 2008 ;*( ). Lags quite a bit just playing Minecraft with default texture pack, Fancy and Far; it also cannot play BF4 well at all. BSOD's quite often, sometimes 2-3 times a day (most often once every day though). Generally just old and I'm looking for a machine to run newer games in the coming years.

Thanks all for the advice :) 
April 26, 2014 5:29:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($77.31 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1356.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 20:36 EDT-0400)
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April 26, 2014 6:02:52 PM

Parthu Revanth said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($77.31 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1356.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 20:36 EDT-0400)


Wow nice! Couple questions though.
Do you think the 16GB RAM is necessary? Or I would I be better off getting 8GB and investing the extra $80 on the PSU?
Also I found a pretty nice looking GTX 770 on Amazon for only $327 (http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Expre...). Only issue I see is that it is a PNY card and they aren't generally popular (either from lack of quality or something else...?). Would I be fine opting for it, or safer off just choosing the EVGA.
I looked at the Mobo you linked, but got scared of how many reviews mentioned audio issues or DOA's. I see TH approved it which is reassuring, so do you think that the people who had a positive experience just weren't as inclined to post a review?
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April 27, 2014 2:19:07 AM

(2X4)8GB RAM enough, you can increase ram later.Get a EVGA GTX 770,it is better than PNY GTX 770.
850 Watts PSU added you can add another GTX 770 in future


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1329.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 05:18 EDT-0400)

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Build with 120GB SSD


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1389.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 05:27 EDT-0400)
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April 27, 2014 5:44:02 AM

Parthu Revanth said:
(2X4)8GB RAM enough, you can increase ram later.Get a EVGA GTX 770,it is better than PNY GTX 770.
850 Watts PSU added you can add another GTX 770 in future


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1329.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 05:18 EDT-0400)

(or)

Build with 120GB SSD


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1389.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 05:27 EDT-0400)


Thanks for this, I might change a few things, but as a whole this looks awesome.

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