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Building a gaming rig $1200-$1500

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May 12, 2014 11:59:59 PM

I am new to the computer building game and am trying to build a computer that can play most games on the highest graphic settings. I don't know every component I will need, and I want to make sure the computer will last me for a good amount of time. So far, these are the parts I have put together using PC part picker at the recommendation of a friend

CPU - Intel core i5-4670k 3.4 ghz processor
CPU cooler - corsair h60 54.0 CFM liquid CPU cooler
Motherboard - ASRock z87 extreme 6 ATX LGA1150
Memory - corsair XMS3 (2x4G) DDR3-1600
Storage - Samsung 830 series 128G 2.5" SSD + Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200rpm internal hard drive
Video card - MSI Radeon R9 280X 3G Twin Frozr video card
Case - NZXT Phantom 410 white ATX mid tower

I know I need more parts like the power supply, case fans, and an optical drive, but like I said, I am new at this and would greatly appreciate any comments or help so I can get the best performance without breaking the bank. I am willing to consider different parts for the most part, but I really like the case and would most likely get it. What can I do to maximize this build and make sure I have all of the parts and cooling necessary?

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May 13, 2014 12:08:00 AM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($338.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1184.87

here's a base build, sub in parts as you see fit, otherwise you can buy it as is.
May 13, 2014 3:21:27 PM

This is what I have it down to so far. My only concerns are keeping everything cool enough with enough fans, as well as do I need a sound card or any expansion or networking cards? Just want to make sure that I get everything I need
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May 14, 2014 1:02:27 PM

with that mobo you shouldn't, they have pretty good on board stuff. Unless you have like a 7.1 headset and reaaaaaalllllly care about sound, otherwise not worth the money.
May 14, 2014 10:25:52 PM

Sick thanks man