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May 26, 2014 10:46:11 PM


I am making the switch from console this summer, and have put together what I feel like will turn out to be a great gaming PC for around $1500. I am wanting this build to be small, but pack a lot of punch for the price point. I'd also like it to be relatively quiet, or at least that is what I aimed for. However, seeing as I am brand new to the PC gaming scene, I am not the best judge on what is great and what is poor quality for my price point, and what will give me superior performance than what I have listed below. If you have any suggestions that will benefit my build, while still maintaining the price cap, or maybe even decreasing the price, I would be very grateful. Thank you!

My build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3RDJl
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3RDJl/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3RDJl/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($43.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.73 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Samsung S22C350H 21.5" Monitor ($149.97 @ TigerDirect)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($39.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1462.11

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May 26, 2014 10:52:14 PM

Try a coolermaster hyper 212 evo cpu cooler instead of the Scythe - cheaper and good reviews

ram - try 2 x 4gb 1866 - should be about the same price

Motherboards - have a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z...

Do you need an OS?

Otherwise - nice build!
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May 26, 2014 11:15:41 PM

i7Baby said:
Try a coolermaster hyper 212 evo cpu cooler instead of the Scythe - cheaper and good reviews

ram - try 2 x 4gb 1866 - should be about the same price

Motherboards - have a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z...

Do you need an OS?

Otherwise - nice build!


Thank you for the reply!

I looked at the coolermaster hyper 212 evo, and if I was doing a bigger build that would be my first pick. However, considering my case size, it isn't a viable option. The thing is Massive. That is the only reason I didn't select it. Otherwise, thank you so much for the helpful tips! I will definitely take them into consideration. Do you have any advice on a smaller CPU cooler that would fit the build better?

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May 26, 2014 11:18:05 PM

I'm used to GBP but if you can save enough from swopping the SSD to a HDD and a cheaper cooler so you can upgrade the GPU to a 780 GTX that is what I would do.
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May 27, 2014 12:18:26 AM

sizzling said:
I'm used to GBP but if you can save enough from swopping the SSD to a HDD and a cheaper cooler so you can upgrade the GPU to a 780 GTX that is what I would do.


Thanks for the feedback!

Do you have any suggestions for a cheaper CPU cooler that would fit my build and give me the same performance as the Scythe? Also, I'm pretty set on getting an SSD, and considering the price of it, I don't see a good reason not to purchase it. I also have a 1TB HDD in my possession already, so storage space isn't an issue. I'm just wanting something that runs a bit faster than an HDD is all. Thank you again for the suggestion!
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May 27, 2014 1:27:16 AM

BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Try a low profile Noctua cpu cooler eg http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Thanks for the suggestion!

At this price, this fan is a steal! I've replaced it on my parts list and I'm sticking with it. Thanks again!



Best way to cool a CPU is by using a liquid cooling system instead of a fan . It is really SUPER quiet . Try this Cooler Master Seidon 120V @ 49.99 $ Amazon

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May 27, 2014 7:13:51 AM

yeseswin97 said:
BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Try a low profile Noctua cpu cooler eg http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Thanks for the suggestion!

At this price, this fan is a steal! I've replaced it on my parts list and I'm sticking with it. Thanks again!



Best way to cool a CPU is by using a liquid cooling system instead of a fan . It is really SUPER quiet . Try this Cooler Master Seidon 120V @ 49.99 $ Amazon



Thanks for the suggestion!

From what it looks like on both of the CPU cooler specifications the Noctua is actually a bit quieter than the Cooler Master liquid cooler. Not to mention the price difference! I think I'm gonna stick with the Noctua for this build. Do you have any other suggestions? Do you know what kind of performance I will get from this build as far as gaming is concerned? Thanks again!
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May 27, 2014 8:24:50 AM

BeararmJo said:
yeseswin97 said:
BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Try a low profile Noctua cpu cooler eg http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Thanks for the suggestion!

At this price, this fan is a steal! I've replaced it on my parts list and I'm sticking with it. Thanks again!



Best way to cool a CPU is by using a liquid cooling system instead of a fan . It is really SUPER quiet . Try this Cooler Master Seidon 120V @ 49.99 $ Amazon



Thanks for the suggestion!

From what it looks like on both of the CPU cooler specifications the Noctua is actually a bit quieter than the Cooler Master liquid cooler. Not to mention the price difference! I think I'm gonna stick with the Noctua for this build. Do you have any other suggestions? Do you know what kind of performance I will get from this build as far as gaming is concerned? Thanks again!



Liquid cooling is preferred to Fan cooling.I dont know why you are not using it . Any ways thanks for considering my suggestion .

You would experience a High range performance which means you will be able to play most of the games at High settings and some even at ultra, provided you are using single monitor . As far as your monitor is concerned , I would certainly not buy that monitor as Samsung products usually have poor build quality . I would recommend any of these below for your budget

AOC IPS i2367Fh
ASUS VS228H-P


These are better monitors at a cheaper price .

A 256 Gb ssd wont be enough for a gaming computer . I would recommend another HDD for storeage.If you feel that its getting out of your budget , the you could reduce your ssd to a 128 gb version and get another HDD .(anything is fine which has 7200 rpm as you are not using the hdd as your primary drive.)

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May 27, 2014 6:37:47 PM

yeseswin97 said:
BeararmJo said:
yeseswin97 said:
BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Try a low profile Noctua cpu cooler eg http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Thanks for the suggestion!

At this price, this fan is a steal! I've replaced it on my parts list and I'm sticking with it. Thanks again!



Best way to cool a CPU is by using a liquid cooling system instead of a fan . It is really SUPER quiet . Try this Cooler Master Seidon 120V @ 49.99 $ Amazon



Thanks for the suggestion!

From what it looks like on both of the CPU cooler specifications the Noctua is actually a bit quieter than the Cooler Master liquid cooler. Not to mention the price difference! I think I'm gonna stick with the Noctua for this build. Do you have any other suggestions? Do you know what kind of performance I will get from this build as far as gaming is concerned? Thanks again!



Liquid cooling is preferred to Fan cooling.I dont know why you are not using it . Any ways thanks for considering my suggestion .

You would experience a High range performance which means you will be able to play most of the games at High settings and some even at ultra, provided you are using single monitor . As far as your monitor is concerned , I would certainly not buy that monitor as Samsung products usually have poor build quality . I would recommend any of these below for your budget

AOC IPS i2367Fh
ASUS VS228H-P


These are better monitors at a cheaper price .

A 256 Gb ssd wont be enough for a gaming computer . I would recommend another HDD for storeage.If you feel that its getting out of your budget , the you could reduce your ssd to a 128 gb version and get another HDD .(anything is fine which has 7200 rpm as you are not using the hdd as your primary drive.)



Here is my revised build after your suggestions:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hzRdxr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hzRdxr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hzRdxr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($148.09 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Gelid Solutions FN-FW12BPL-18 75.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ NCIX US)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($39.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1509.44

Thank you so much for the help! Also, the new MOBO I put in has built in wifi. Will I need the WNA or does the MOBO take care of that? Thanks again!
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May 27, 2014 6:41:35 PM

Get the Z97 equivalent mobo. You won't need a wifi card if you've got a wifi mobo - with one built into it.

Otherwise, looks fine
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May 27, 2014 8:10:47 PM

i7Baby said:
Get the Z97 equivalent mobo. You won't need a wifi card if you've got a wifi mobo - with one built into it.

Otherwise, looks fine


Thanks! I'll do that. Do you have any idea how my build will handle overclocking? If any? It isn't something I need, I'm just wanting to make sure.
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May 27, 2014 9:20:50 PM

BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Get the Z97 equivalent mobo. You won't need a wifi card if you've got a wifi mobo - with one built into it.

Otherwise, looks fine


Thanks! I'll do that. Do you have any idea how my build will handle overclocking? If any? It isn't something I need, I'm just wanting to make sure.


Thanks for taking my suggestion into consideration , once again.

For overclocking your CPU (which is an intel core i5 4670k) i suggest you go with Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU)

For overclocking your GPU you can use any of these

EVGA Precision ( Features are specifically designed for EVGA cards ) (Download here )

MSI Afterburner (Works very well with all cards )

Simply click on the MSI AFTERBURNER for download link

While downloading overclocking softwares for your GPU i Highly recommend NOT to download BETA versions as they might damage your cards . Download only the full version after all bugs have been checked .

For monitoring your CPU as well as GPU you might consider this ,

CPU-Z
GPU-Z

Your motherboard has built in wifi and bluetooth . Moreover it has 1 LAN port. So you need not buy a network adapter
ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150

Now you are clear with everything.So go ahead , order your parts and get ready to assemble.

Thank you .
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May 28, 2014 12:12:41 AM

yeseswin97 said:
BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Get the Z97 equivalent mobo. You won't need a wifi card if you've got a wifi mobo - with one built into it.

Otherwise, looks fine


Thanks! I'll do that. Do you have any idea how my build will handle overclocking? If any? It isn't something I need, I'm just wanting to make sure.


Thanks for taking my suggestion into consideration , once again.

For overclocking your CPU (which is an intel core i5 4670k) i suggest you go with Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU)

For overclocking your GPU you can use any of these

EVGA Precision ( Features are specifically designed for EVGA cards ) (Download here )

MSI Afterburner (Works very well with all cards )

Simply click on the MSI AFTERBURNER for download link

While downloading overclocking softwares for your GPU i Highly recommend NOT to download BETA versions as they might damage your cards . Download only the full version after all bugs have been checked .

For monitoring your CPU as well as GPU you might consider this ,

CPU-Z
GPU-Z

Your motherboard has built in wifi and bluetooth . Moreover it has 1 LAN port. So you need not buy a network adapter
ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150

Now you are clear with everything.So go ahead , order your parts and get ready to assemble.

Thank you .


Thank you so much for the help! I think I've secured my build, and am ready to start purchasing. Just want to make sure there are no other suggestions either of you might have for it. Thank you both so much for helping me through this! I definitely wasn't expecting the learning curve to be this huge! It's been great to have some friendly help.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7xX66h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7xX66h/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7xX66h/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($148.09 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Gelid Solutions FN-FW12BPL-18 75.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ NCIX US)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1478.39
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May 28, 2014 12:19:41 AM

BeararmJo said:
yeseswin97 said:
BeararmJo said:
i7Baby said:
Get the Z97 equivalent mobo. You won't need a wifi card if you've got a wifi mobo - with one built into it.

Otherwise, looks fine


Thanks! I'll do that. Do you have any idea how my build will handle overclocking? If any? It isn't something I need, I'm just wanting to make sure.


Thanks for taking my suggestion into consideration , once again.

For overclocking your CPU (which is an intel core i5 4670k) i suggest you go with Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU)

For overclocking your GPU you can use any of these

EVGA Precision ( Features are specifically designed for EVGA cards ) (Download here )

MSI Afterburner (Works very well with all cards )

Simply click on the MSI AFTERBURNER for download link

While downloading overclocking softwares for your GPU i Highly recommend NOT to download BETA versions as they might damage your cards . Download only the full version after all bugs have been checked .

For monitoring your CPU as well as GPU you might consider this ,

CPU-Z
GPU-Z

Your motherboard has built in wifi and bluetooth . Moreover it has 1 LAN port. So you need not buy a network adapter
ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150

Now you are clear with everything.So go ahead , order your parts and get ready to assemble.

Thank you .


Thank you so much for the help! I think I've secured my build, and am ready to start purchasing. Just want to make sure there are no other suggestions either of you might have for it. Thank you both so much for helping me through this! I definitely wasn't expecting the learning curve to be this huge! It's been great to have some friendly help.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7xX66h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7xX66h/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7xX66h/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($148.09 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Gelid Solutions FN-FW12BPL-18 75.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ NCIX US)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1478.39


No more suggestions . You're Clear ;) 

Thanks for considering me and nice meeting you . Thank you .
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