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First Gaming PC Build. Help Please.

Hey guys,

I'm trying to build my first pc becuase I wanted to switch from console to pc gaming.I've been doing a ton of research and was wondering if you guys can suggest any changes or additions I should make to my current build. I would like to keep the build around $1000. I plan on playing games like Battlefield 4, Total War:Rome 2,DayZ and a lot of other games with my friends. I would like to play on max settings but high would be fine. Please take a look at what I have so far and suggest anything I should change. Thanks.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DatLIlJoker/saved/4AGg

My build:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Memory:G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage:Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

GPU:EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB FTW ACX Video Card

Power Supply:Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

Opt. Drive:Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor:Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor
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  1. Best answer
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Mwave)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1038.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 22:28 EDT-0400)

    I swapped for a better GPU and a LED monitor instead. I have an IPS monitor and I don't like the tearing.
  2. Here is what I'd consider (you build is a bit top heavy on the CPU front, but that is just my opinion):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($185.56 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.49 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.19 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1008.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 22:29 EDT-0400)
  3. I edited my build and was wondering if you guys can look at it again.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DatLIlJoker/saved/4Dpp
  4. The 4670k and the i5 4430 will perform similarly without OC'ing the 4670k. You will save $30-50 (depending on the deal). It's up to you, but since you picked the Mobo I used in the previous build (which doesn't support OC'ing the 4670k) I would opt for the cheaper CPU that performs pretty close to the 4670k.
  5. If you wanted more gaming power, than you might consider something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.74 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $931.64
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-10 02:29 EDT-0400)

    Obviously the AMD FM2+ CPU isn't the top of the line, but for gaming it should do pretty good, especially since I selected the R9 280x GPU (which is quite a bit better than the R9 270 GPU).
  6. ok, Thanks a lot for the help and quick responses
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