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June 2, 2014 11:57:37 AM

I have built a gaming computer and it is the first time I am doing something like this. I have a tight budget ($1500), is it a good computer for its price?
Here is the link to all the parts----http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gd7kjX

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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 12:09:51 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Archgon CB-5021-GB Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1463.18

a 750ti for $1500 is a terrible build. This is much more appropriate performance for price.

Also, got rid of that sound card as most modern mobos have very good onboard audio, but if you feel like you need a sound card it's just a simple part to order after the fact, not essential to the build.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 12:13:22 PM

I would say no, unless you really have a good reason to spend $100 in a blu-ray drive, and with the right motherboard, you'll get fine sound from onboard, (maybe comparable to a cheap soundcard, not entirely sure).
Also picking an older generation "S" cpu, and the gpu is a bit slow for the budget. ;) 

Please tell me if you REALLY need the BLU-Ray and/or sound card, then i think i can make you a faster build. while still being under $1500!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 12:13:23 PM

Kept the same monitor, case and blueray drive.

1. Updated your CPU to 1150 socket. You could upgrade it to the i7 4770k if you think you will use the hyperthreading.
2. Changed your motherboard to a full ATX size. The one you had chosen was compatible, but was only micro ATX size. Not a huge issue as it would have fit, but a microATX board in a full tower case just looks funny, not to mention limits your upgrading options
3. Upgraded your HDD to a 7200rpm
4. Gave you an SSD for faster boot times, load times. This is optional, and you can take it out if you want to save even more money.
5. a MUCH more powerful graphics card, the most important part of a gaming machine
6. gave you a PSU that costs less, but is still very high quality.
7. Took out the sound card. It depends on what you are using for speakers/headphone, but for most people the integrated sound in the motherboard is more than enough.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Archgon CB-5021-GB Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1393.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 15:12 EDT-0400)
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June 2, 2014 12:13:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($253.78 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.57 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($161.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($90.56 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.38 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($280.78 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($196.44 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($103.66 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($23.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($182.63 @ Amazon)
Total: $1505.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 15:12 EDT-0400)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($253.78 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.57 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($161.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($90.56 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.38 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($280.78 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($196.44 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($103.66 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($23.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($182.63 @ Amazon)
Total: $1505.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 15:12 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 12:15:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vgWVD3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vgWVD3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vgWVD3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1436.85
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 12:20:44 PM

i7 4770K + 16GB of RAM + GPU for Ultra/High settings in any game.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yWqx23

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z 70SB150200000 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1448.87

EDIT: and you still get the soundcard, your prefered case and the screen.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 12:55:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T40-W 105.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($83.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($469.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Samsung S23C200B 23.0" Monitor ($146.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1468.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 15:51 EDT-0400)

This is by far the best build for gaming
Does he really need 16gb of ram and a 4770k ? He never did mention that hes gonna do video editing
A sound card is useless in my opinion , and you can easily fit the same case in my build
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