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May 20, 2014 9:24:15 AM

I am planning on building my first gaming PC and I was hoping someone could review my build and make any suggestions. It looks good to me but I just want to be sure before I order the parts in the next month or so. I do have a thread on this from a while ago, but I have further educated myself on PC's since then and I believe I have finalized my parts list.
All I'm asking for is for someone to review my parts list and make any suggestions. Here's the link to pcpartpicker:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3NCvr

Thanks a bunch.

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May 20, 2014 9:26:18 AM

I would drop the sound card and use the money for a better GPU. Unless you plan to professionally edit and record audio, the motherboard audio is just as good as a sound card will be.

ALso, you cannot overclock that CPU on that motherboard. You need a Z87 motherboard. Either get a z87 board or drop the cooler and get a non-k i5.
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May 20, 2014 9:27:21 AM

Here is a purist gaming build. You can add on peripherals by clicking "Edit Part list" Also, to make room for peripherals, I would get a 280X or 280.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1264.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 12:26 EDT-0400)
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May 20, 2014 9:32:12 AM

You have an unlocked CPU on a non-overclocking motherboard. It will certainly work, but if you don't want to OC you can get a non-K CPU (and drop the cooler too) to save a little money; if you do (or might) want to OC, get a Z87 board from the outset, as a new Windows license will also be needed if you upgrade your motherboard later.
You can reduce the size of your PSU to 550W without any capacity worries, even if you overclock.
Most likely, you will not need a sound card, as motherboard sound is a lot better than it was ten or fifteen years ago.
Other than that, anything else would be an unnecessary niggle.
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May 20, 2014 10:01:24 AM

mamamia13 said:
Here is a purist gaming build. You can add on peripherals by clicking "Edit Part list" Also, to make room for peripherals, I would get a 280X or 280.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1264.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 12:26 EDT-0400)



That is an excellent build! +1 from me. You can OC with this, and that 290 is killer too!
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May 20, 2014 10:04:14 AM

Thanks for all the answers, I'll drop and the sound card and look into upgrading my GPU. As for overclocking, I'm not really interested, it's not something I really need to do. What do you recommend for a good GPU? Im thinking of either going for a GTX 670 or a GTX 770?
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May 20, 2014 10:17:50 AM

mamamia13 said:
Here is a purist gaming build. You can add on peripherals by clicking "Edit Part list" Also, to make room for peripherals, I would get a 280X or 280.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1264.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 12:26 EDT-0400)


Thats a pretty nice system, I might have to consider that. I know the 290 is a great card, but I prefer Nvidia to AMD so I would probably change out the card. Would a GTX 780 be on par?
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May 20, 2014 2:44:19 PM

LinERideR said:
mamamia13 said:
Here is a purist gaming build. You can add on peripherals by clicking "Edit Part list" Also, to make room for peripherals, I would get a 280X or 280.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1264.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 12:26 EDT-0400)


Thats a pretty nice system, I might have to consider that. I know the 290 is a great card, but I prefer Nvidia to AMD so I would probably change out the card. Would a GTX 780 be on par?


It will most definitely be on par. The only reason I recommend a 290 over a 780 is that they both have great gaming performance and will last a long time. But, Nvidia cards are much more expensive for the price so AMD is the best choice. Also, AMD cards usually have more VRAM for multiple monitors and for video related processes.
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