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May 4, 2014 5:37:09 PM

I am trying to figure out what type of hardware I would need to build a gaming PC. I am new to the PC building world and would like to know what particular components you would suggest for my first build. I have a 1200$ maximum budget. Down below are a few parts that I would prefer to be in my build. I have a while until i'll be buying these things so feel free to plan for the future.
1. Fractal Design Define R4
link to case: http://
2. Corsair air flow series LED fans
link to fans: http://
3. Rosewill wireless adapter
link to adapter: http://

Parts that I require: (Case, fans, and wireless adapter linked above)
Case
CPU
Air cooling heat sink
GPU
PSU
Wireless adapter
Motherboard (USB 3.0 and 2.0 if possible)
RAM (8GB or 16GB)
HDD
SSD
and lastly, fans.
I also need a monitor. An optical drive is optional and my friend is giving me a copy of windows 8, so I don't need to purchase an OS. Thank you in advance for any recommendations or answers, and FEEL FREE to make any corrections or suggestions. Once again, thank you very much for any support.
Also, I have all of my peripherals covered.

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May 4, 2014 6:01:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3E2sk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3E2sk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3E2sk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.36 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.92 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Rosewell N900PCE Wireless Adapter ($32.99)
Total: $1195.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-04 21:00 EDT-0400)

I tried to stick to a blue/black theme. For some reason, PCPartspicker didn't have the blue fans you wanted, so I just used the purple variant (make sure you buy the blue ones you wanted separately).
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May 4, 2014 6:11:16 PM

zeph_yr said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3E2sk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3E2sk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3E2sk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.36 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.92 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Rosewell N900PCE Wireless Adapter ($32.99)
Total: $1195.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-04 21:00 EDT-0400)

I tried to stick to a blue/black theme. For some reason, PCPartspicker didn't have the blue fans you wanted, so I just used the purple variant (make sure you buy the blue ones you wanted separately).


Thank you very much for your input. I will definitely buy these parts if there aren't any other solutions that I find more favorable.
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2014 8:48:14 PM

I'm sure you'll be satisfied it, but I would wait for one more reply, just in case I missed something.
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May 5, 2014 1:48:07 PM

Trust me, I was planning on reading many more replies. I have the entire summer for answers and suggestions, so I will be well informed by the time i'm buying my PC.
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May 5, 2014 2:01:46 PM

I would advise asking this question again by the end of summer. Prices can change quite a bit over a few months, not to mention new things being released. Really doesn't do much good months in advanced.
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May 5, 2014 2:16:17 PM

I will indeed
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