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Building my first gaming PC and could use a little bit of help.

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May 18, 2014 12:46:55 PM

Well I recently started playing games on the computer again after a couple years away. I have built 1 computer about 5 years back that was more on the budget side than performance side. Sadly that computer just can't keep up anymore and I've decided to build one more on the gaming side of things. My problem is that I've been away from the computer side of things for so long that i just don't know whats good anymore. I've done a little bit of research so i have a general idea of a build that i want but I could always use any advice/criticism or tweaks that could make this build better. I already have windows 7 from the previous build that i upgraded so that's not needed. I haven't been able too choose a monitor,keyboard,mouse, or a case/fans because of the many options available. I don't need it to be some amazing machine but want it to last and make gaming enjoyable for me. I appreciate any help provided :) 

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3MqmI) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3MqmI/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3MqmI/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $189.99 @ Micro Center
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $29.99 @ Micro Center
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...) | $159.99 @ Micro Center
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmy8gx3m2a1...) | $89.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $139.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.99 @ Micro Center
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770tf2gd5o...) | $314.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx750...) | $69.99 @ Micro Center
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $19.99 @ Micro Center
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1074.91
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 15:29 EDT-0400 |

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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 12:55:18 PM

Im guessing you live right next to microcenter.
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May 18, 2014 1:10:30 PM

Well its probably about 30 minutes drive away so its not to bad. And compared to the fry's electronics thats by my house the prices are alot better.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 1:12:15 PM

are you planning on doing to heavy overclocking and running two graphics cards in the future?

that ud4h motherboard is awesome but its fully designed with sli/cfx gpus in mind. not to mention that it has very beefed up power phases and such to allow stability in modestly high overclocks in the 4.6ghz+ area. the hyper 212 evo wont get you that far, you would want a phanteks/noctua to get to there, plus you would also want a much better power supply (gold rated seasonic/xfx etc.) to feed the power supply clean waves that it can take advantage of for enhanced overclocking stability.

if this is the case then i would change out for the xfx gold rated pro 750w and throw a phanteks ph14 in there so you can get to 4.6ghz, maybe a little higher.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($314.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $1127.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 16:06 EDT-0400)

if a modest overclock is all you need.... 4.3ghz +/-, and your not interested in going sli/cfx.... then you would be much better off dropping a few items to a lower tier and squeezing in a gtx780. its about $55 more than your original list but that $55 would equal a huge boost in gaming performance.
(note you should be able to get a simpler less expensive asus z87 from microcenter with the 4670k bundle)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($459.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $1131.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 16:10 EDT-0400)
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May 18, 2014 1:23:16 PM

Thanks for the advice nikoli! I have been reading about the PSU i had chosen and literally everywhere says its not very good and should be swapped out. I do want to dabble a little bit into overclocking but nothing heavy. Simply a beginner in that area. As far as the mother board that i chose it was in a bundle with the CPU but it was not the cheapest. Ive cross posted this on other forums and spoken with friends and that was a recommended one out of the bundles they currently have. I will most likely drop down on my memory to 1600mhz as well. As far as the Video Card is concenred, the one i chose was one recommended to my by a friend. I don't plan on doing any SLI and assumed the one i chose was already decent and had some longevity to it. I looked at the 780 and got a little scared at the price though:/ I was thinking about how much I was already spending and knew i still had the monitor, keyboard,mouse as well as the case and fans to purchase.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 1:35:54 PM

i would go back and talk to the microcenter guys about a motherboard that doesn't offer sli/cfx support since it will be cheaper. check the options then read some reviews on the models they are offering. the antec power supply in the one build i picked is a solid psu with quality components and plenty of wattage for an overclocked 4670k and an overclocked 780. i linked the 1866 ram because its only about $5 more than 1600 ram anyways, though you might want to look for some standard/low profile ram as sometimes the hyper 212 evo can cover some ram slots and certain ram with tall heat spreaders will get in the way.

the 770 is a solid video card, obviously the 780 is better, but if you go with a 770 you can still save more money over your original $1070 build. you dont need 750w for your setup if you never plan on dual graphics cards... any quality 600-650w power supply will work fine.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($314.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $977.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 16:35 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 5:16:38 PM

Also you can usually get cheaper ram which is just as good as the pricier options for 70-75.
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May 20, 2014 7:09:04 PM

I ended up just going directly to micro center and buying everything there. I figured i may drive 45 mins but ill save on parts as well as shipping. This is what i ended up getting. I should of went with a bigger SSD i can already see it. And i still need to get 3 140mm fans. For it being so long i defintely think i did pretty good and stayed around the budget i wanted to. I saved about $100 by using my own copy of windows 7 home premium and put that money to a monitor. Pics will come this weekend when i have a good camera and im off work. Total came out to $1499.01 and i have $67 in mail in rebates to do. So $1432.01

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($339.99)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
Other: KINGWIN Red 120mm ($5.99)
Other: KINGWIN Red 120mm ($5.99)
Other: KINGWIN Red 120mm ($5.99)
Total: $1324.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 22:06 EDT-0400)



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a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2014 8:47:23 AM

clean out windows 7. after its fully installed and fully updated you can delete quite a bit of junk. look online for guides to do this.
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