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May 27, 2014 7:59:01 AM

Decided to get back in to the hardware Sid of things. The GPU in my HP DV7 took a dump and need/want a desktop to get back in to PC gaming. As for programming, I'm with what I have which consists of my HP and late '08 Macbook. I want to ride myself of mobile computing and run dual-boot OS' on one system plus play some of the latest games.

Here's my starting platform. I removed a couple items for a wider array of options. Trying to keep <$1000 budget.

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

For my GPU, I got with a hardware buddy of mine and he told me for entry level gaming and budget saving to go with a 770 series (Thinking of EVGA) but for some of the prices, I could sacrifice on the GPU for the later. Whats the news on the R9 <\> series GPU's?

I'm pretty set, and content, with the i5 4670k, anything else would be more than I would need for a solid year or the latest comes to be the same price for a slight upgrade.

I really just want to hear some input of opinions as to what I can do to better keep a budget line. I can better explain through any questions. This is just what I got so far.
a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2014 11:13:48 PM

you're pretty much making a new rig , you'll need a new dvd of windows because you won't be able to use the same os as most pcs come with oem versions of windows
the 770 is a great choice , and that card is NOT an entry level one , it's more of a gaming one and will play every game smoothly from high to ultra settings
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May 29, 2014 2:41:56 AM

Well with budget costs, and limited sales or rebates, I might opt for a 660 or 750 if i can either find a good sale. Then once I've gone through the build and boot, maybe before the end of the year upgrade or through in another.

I'm not worried about the OS, lol. I've got a couple of disks and I'll boot with Ubunto for Linux based programming or whichever I see fit.

Anyways, my main deal at this point is cost.

Are manufacturer refurbished parts worth the money to be saved? Found a nice price on an MSI Z87-G45 Gaming mobo that was refurbished by the manufacture.
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May 29, 2014 2:53:27 AM

I never buy refurbished products , so can't recommend you anything , but i think it is worth the saved money
you do not need ddr3 1866 ram it won't make any difference if you use 1866 or 1333 , and you can already save about 10-15$ there
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a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2014 2:54:02 AM

i'd also recommend you to get a new power supply if you're gonna overclock , at least a 620w one
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May 29, 2014 5:30:35 AM

Not really I looking to OC anytime soon. Im not building my rig to benchmark. I just want a simple sound setup. I will worry about OC systems later on. Right now, I've got my plate full with work and programming.

Anyways, I really just wanna know what the difference is between manufacturers for GPU? Is one company's 770 better than another company's 770? Who make the better GPU per each classification at a bang or buck?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2014 5:45:32 AM

if you're not overclocking then why get a k cpu ?
for nvidia gpu's i prefer these :
MSI , EVGA , ASUS or PNY
for AMD
Sapphire , HIS , MSI

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($87.89 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $821.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-29 08:43 EDT-0400)

this includes a 770
but if you're not buying a gpu now it would be about 480$

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($87.89 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $481.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-29 08:44 EDT-0400)
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