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Looking for advice for a ~$1500 new gaming pc build

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June 12, 2014 10:29:37 PM

I have never built a gaming BC before, and only two or three days ago started looking into what components would be useful for one. I have so far compiled this list by myself(did maybe 6 or so hours of research to find out what works with what, what's the better component, etc) however I don't know if I'm getting the most for my money with this. With that being said, here is the list of parts I've found so far
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hgmxbv
I was also planning on this case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
however I am open to any suggestions.

Essentially, I'm looking for someone to tell me if I'm doing things right, or if I have some huge error where maybe my processor is too good and will be wasted on a cheaper motherboard/ graphics card. Feel free to point out a bad part or a few, just know that I put this plan together knowing almost nothing about how to build a PC, so try not to laugh too hard if it is hilariously bad!

I'm open to a complete rebuild if my plan doesn't work at all, but please let me know! I appreciate any advice in advance.

edit** I will be using this PC solely for the purposes of playing PC games such as Battlefield, DayZ, hopefully Star Citizen eventually! I want it to be able to handle graphics intensive games and not run on low settings. I am also planning to get a 1TB hd. Thanks!

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a c 255 4 Gaming
June 12, 2014 11:02:18 PM

For $1 more, this is much stronger from top to bottom. Especially in gaming.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MfYLwP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MfYLwP/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($70.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($390.59 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (32/64-bit) ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
Total: $1378.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 02:00 EDT-0400
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June 12, 2014 11:15:12 PM

I am not questioning your knowledge of these things, I'm just curious so that I can learn what makes a part better. So with that said, why are these parts better? And thank you very much!
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a c 255 4 Gaming
June 12, 2014 11:46:02 PM

Well for starters, the AMD FX cpus are 2 years old now and are getting old and outdated fast. The newest Intels are much better in gaming and just about every other task. AMD's are known for their "value" or "performance for the dollar" but you were going to spend almost $300 on cpu, cooler, and motherboard. That's not cheaper than the i5 + motherboard I picked.

The RAM you selected was good, just overpriced. Same with the ssd. The 120GB ssd + 1TB hard drive combo is better for cheaper.

The 290 is much stronger than the GTX770

The psu you selected has reliability issues. The one I selected is much more reliable.
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June 12, 2014 11:50:53 PM

Thank you so much. I really appreciate your input, I would have no way of knowing any of that without any help.
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a c 255 4 Gaming
June 12, 2014 11:56:01 PM

That's what I'm here for :) 
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