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May 22, 2014 9:40:26 AM

I am looking to buy/build a good, long-lifed gaming computer. However, I have NO clue what I am doing here. I have some friends who know about this stuff, and at the end of the day they will order with me... But friends are opinionated, so I want to get a few other opinions and see what all there is. To make it easy for you I will list a few requirements and preferences.

Requirements/preferences/uses:

1. Lots of memory
2. Not as picky about stellar graphics (more about game-play for me)
3. I record and upload to YouTube
a. I heard about dual hard-drives being good for that?
4. I would want to do online gaming
5. I could spend 1000, but the cheaper the better. Friends say 500-700.
6. I want parts that will last me years.
7. For the Monitor I figured I could just use like an old one to save money, but I am not particularly picky as long as it is HD and large. I literally thought you could just pick any monitor
8. I will probably do Windows 8.1 from what I have read
9. Peripherals aren't really my top priority at the moment. I have nice headphones so great speakers aren't a necessity. I have a mouse. And a keyboard can't be too individually different... Can it?
10. Primary games (just what I plan so far, when I Purchase I will start actually watching PC Games)
a. Minecraft
b. Sims 4
c. Elder Scrolls games
d. Real-Time Strategies (Age of Mythology, Anno, etc)
e. Steam Games

Also, while we are at it can you tell me two things: What the heck is "overclocking?" And is there a whole lot of importance as to what case you get? To me it seem like the bigger, more airy the better.


This is a build I have arranged, maybe comment on it:
Here are some things I am currently looking at, tell me what you think. I have never used this PCPartPicker so sorry if I did it wrong:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $729.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 16:43 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:45:26 AM

What about monitor, OS, keyboard/mouse, speakers. etc.?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:46:52 AM

Like cball1311 said , do ya need a windows dvd , mouse , keyboard , monitor or speakers ?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:51:13 AM

Overclocking is for cpus that bottleneck their GPU's
For the case , it all depends on how you do your cable management , you can have a small atx mid tower case and have good management with better airflow than an atx full tower case that is very big but has very bad cable management
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May 22, 2014 9:55:11 AM

cball1311 said:
What about monitor, OS, keyboard/mouse, speakers. etc.?


I updated it, sorry
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 10:06:40 AM

This will run most all games now and near future at high-ultra settings 60 FPS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.96 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $993.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:07 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 10:13:10 AM

For 1000$ i'd get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ B&H)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1000.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:07 EDT-0400)

For 700$


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $711.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:12 EDT-0400)


And for 500$

Nothing
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May 22, 2014 10:40:18 AM

andrei65 said:
For 1000$ i'd get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ B&H)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1000.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:07 EDT-0400)

For 700$


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $711.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:12 EDT-0400)


And for 500$

Nothing


So is a high powered CPU not necessary? I thought that would be the last thing you cut on?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 10:52:08 AM

cwb50 said:
andrei65 said:
For 1000$ i'd get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ B&H)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1000.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:07 EDT-0400)

For 700$


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $711.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:12 EDT-0400)


And for 500$

Nothing


So is a high powered CPU not necessary? I thought that would be the last thing you cut on?


These two builds are good but you need to put the money where it counts...CPU and GPU. $105 for a budget build case is totally unnecessary, in my opinion. The 4570 will give you better performance and the GTX 770 outperforms the 270X by a lot.

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-270X-vs-GeForce-GTX-770
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 10:52:35 AM

It's not really necessary as long as you're not buying a 780 ti / 290x / titan z / titan black ... to 780/290
I've put in a z87 mobo in there for upgradeability
though if you wan't an i5 i'll be really hard to fit that in there and keep the other components decent at the same time

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ B&H)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ B&H)
Total: $962.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 13:52 EDT-0400)
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May 22, 2014 1:43:14 PM

Here are some things I am currently looking at, tell me what you think. I have never used this PCPartPicker so sorry if I did it wrong:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $729.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 16:43 EDT-0400)
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