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First Gaming PC Build - Need Suggestions and Advice

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June 4, 2014 12:33:47 AM

I'll try to keep this as short as I can and will answer any questions you might have.

Bought my first gaming PC two years ago. It was good enough until I received Watchdogs. My CPU and RAM can't handle it and seeing as my CPU is a nugget of crap, I thought I'd attempt my first build.

I understand that a lot of models are only slightly better than their predecessor and those models may seem like a waste of money to some. But the current PC I have is so behind, pretty much anything will be significantly better.

My budget is around $1,500 but I don't want something that's going to eat my power bill.

Current Specs:
Case - Thermaltake v4 Black Edition
CPU - Intel Pentium G840 @ 2.80GHz
Motherboard - ASUS P8H61
RAM - 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws
Hard Drive - 500GB Seagate Barracuda
I have no idea what Graphics Card I have

What I'm considering for new build:
Case - CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced
CPU - Intel Core i5 4460
Motherboard - MSI Z97 G45
RAM - Corsair 2x4GB DDR3
Hard Drive - WD Black 2TB
Graphics Card - ??
June 4, 2014 12:57:30 AM

so at first i built you a 1500 pc but honestly its not even necessary to spend that much. you can max out every game out for around 1000. this is what i cane up with. if you wish i can beef it up.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
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: $1077.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 03:59 EDT-0400)


As far as storage goes just get the ssd for your OS and games an use your old 500 hdd for movies, music w/e

The 4670k is the best bang for your buck as far as gaming cpu goes. ts unlocked so many yars down the road when it does start to gey outdated you can OC and squeeze some life out of it. i forgot to incluse a aftermarket cpu cooler but just get a 212evo for $30. ir if you want to spring for something better get a noctua

the 770 will play every game out right now on Ultra. if you want a bit more performance though you can go 780 or r9 290

I hope that provided the answers you were looking for. any questions?
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June 4, 2014 12:59:52 AM

Here's a build that you could consider. SSD as a boot drive would help with boot up speeds a lot. The psu should be enough for the whole system and room for overclocking.

There's windows if you need it, if not you can get rid of it and get a 780Ti or the 2TB wd black drive.

A 780 should be able to play watch dogs on ultra fairly well, and a 780Ti would only do better.

You could try and squeeze the 780Ti into your budget if you want to change the case to something else, if not then the 780 is still a very good card.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($152.13 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($82.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($488.79 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($127.37 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1419.20
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June 4, 2014 1:29:10 AM

The above-mentioned builds have well-chosen parts so I won't add my take on it anymore. I will have to highlight though my opinion regarding the video card. Seeing as that you purchased Watch Dogs and have a $1,500 budget, I'm going to assume you want to play it at smooth framerates and the best detail settings.

If that is the case, then better go with an Nvidia card like the 780ti. AMD cards can offer better prices for the same general performance, but I recommend Nvidia since Watch Dogs in its current state works and plays better with Nvidia hardware.
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