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Buying a PC but unsure if this is even a good gaming PC build or how much it will cost

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May 30, 2014 2:26:20 AM

I'm gonna buy a PC for gaming, hopefully this will last me for 5-7 years before I need to replace it completely, I don't even know if that is the right mindset for this PC build so I really need help or I might regret never asking anybody. I don't know if the pieces themselves are good or if they are compatible with each other so any insight, recommendations, and/or comments are welcome.

Case - Gigabyte GZ-F3 w/o PSU Casing
Processor (CPU) - INTEL CORE I5-4570 (3.2GHZ) 6MB/4CORES/4THREADS/4600 HDGFX/22NM LGA1150
Motherboard - ASUS® H81M-E S1150/DDR3/3PCIE/USB 3.0/DVI/GLAN MATX Motherboard
Memory (RAM) - G.Skill RipJaws X (Dual) 2x4gb ddr3 1333 CL9 (F3 10666CL9D 8GBXL)
Graphics Card - MSI N760GTX 2GB DDR5 256BIT TWIN FROZR OVERCLOCKED VIDEO CARD
Memory - 1TB 3.5" SATA 6GB/s WD BLACK
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive - ASUS 24D3ST 24X SATA BLACK DVDRW
Power Supply - COUGAR SL600 600WATTS POWER SUPPLY

I don't know the first thing about overclocking so I don't plan to do that. I also don't plan to put 2 GPUs but am thinking about what one of my friends told me about him having a NVIDIA Physx but am absolutely clueless as to whether having that is good or not or what does that even do. I also don't know if I'm missing parts for this PC and if this is gonna burn my pocket and even after that, still won't be enough.

I really hope someone will help me on this, I don't have a clue if I'm doing anything right at all.
a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 2:34:38 AM

Give us your maximum budget to get some builds that would work there is some very knowledgeable people here that will give you specific part list to buy for best build possible.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 2:37:34 AM

well you cant overclock because the CPU is locked and the motherboard cant support it.
its a good build no doubt. it will last you the 5, but in between 5 and 7 you might consider a GPU upgrade. Cougar power supplies are not the best but no the worst, i wouldnt SLI on it so stick with a single GPU upgrade when that day rolls around. For 720p no sweat, at 1080p certain games will not be 'perfect' but easily still playable and bearable (at medium settings at the least). For now (and at least 4 years) its looking very very good.
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May 30, 2014 2:37:57 AM

Around $850 to $900
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 2:39:07 AM

Few recommendations:

1. RAM: Buy G.Skill Sniper/RipJaw X series RAM with CAS 9, speed 1600MHz and 1.5V.

2. Mobo: Because you don't want to use more than one GPU and seemingly wants to stick with two RAM sticks so you can stick with Asus H81 microATX (This is not a full ATX mobo)

3. CPU: Better get i5 4670

4. Storage: Get Samsung 840 Evo 120GB for your OS/boot disk and get WD Blue Caviar 1-2TB as data storage disk drive.

5. If you want this PC to last long then better get the power full or near to it GPU. Get nVIDIA GTX 780 or 780Ti. Physx is not a hardware but technology that comes with their GPUs.

6. PSU: You would probably need 600-650W and nothing more. Get Seasonic 80+Bronze/Gold rated PSU within 600-650W range and you'll be much better off.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss65...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr6...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12i...

Case is your own choice as per your requirement and aesthetics.

Regards,
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 2:43:49 AM

Here is my suggestion if you have a microcenter nearby get 4670K for CPU and z87 motherboard as they have 4670k for $189.99 and with motherboard combo they reduce total price by $30 more. As far as how long it will last well in computer world even if you get $3000 computer it wont last for 5 years this particular setup is actually at a sweet spot best bang for the money pretty much.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $876.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-30 05:42 EDT-0400)
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May 30, 2014 2:46:37 AM

Beezy said:
well you cant overclock because the CPU is locked and the motherboard cant support it.
its a good build no doubt. it will last you the 5, but in between 5 and 7 you might consider a GPU upgrade. Cougar power supplies are not the best but no the worst, i wouldnt SLI on it so stick with a single GPU upgrade when that day rolls around. For 720p no sweat, at 1080p certain games will not be 'perfect' but easily still playable and bearable (at medium settings at the least). For now (and at least 4 years) its looking very very good.


I have not played any games that have been made past 2002 for the PC because my current PC is a laptop can't even play warcraft 3 unless everything is low. I just want to play skyrim at high settings so will this build be enough for that or should I change some parts?

Thanks for your answers, didn't think I'd get a response this quick :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 2:59:01 AM

Tight budget!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81-D3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($62.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $930.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-30 05:58 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 3:11:37 AM

In AMD this is the powerful beast that you could get. Check the specs particularly GPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $906.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-30 06:10 EDT-0400)
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May 30, 2014 3:17:45 AM

I'm from the Philippines so I don't know if those things can be delivered here though, was checking some of the prices I can buy here and saw that the video cards you guys were suggesting are around $385 to $460 here so I don't know what to do on the video card. You guys have any advices or suggestions for the video card?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 30, 2014 5:00:20 AM
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