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I need help finding parts for a 1225 dollar gaming build including everything besides rebate

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June 16, 2014 3:52:57 PM

hello, I am trying to finish my part list for a 1225 dollar gaming computer build. Here is the build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mt9yqs I need the price of the computer including everything besides rebate to go down to 1125. I plan on overclocking once I buy water cooling, and need an i7. I also want a very good gpu that will be very fast and give me lots of frames. Since I will be overclocking, I need a good motherboard. I also need 8gb of ram for gaming. SSDs are very fast and neccessary so I need that as well. I thought that cases with power supplies save lots of money, but I don't know how good it is, I could use some advice. I need an optical drive to install computer things. I also know I want to upgrade to windows 8 or 8.1, I want a good gaming mouse, keyboard, and headphones, and also I need a way to get my rebate all from one place. Thank you in advance!

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June 16, 2014 4:03:15 PM

Are you sure a single 120GB SSD will be enough to suffice for your storage?
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June 16, 2014 4:04:04 PM

You said you need 8GB RAM for gaming, but you also need an i7.
Those two statements do not go together.

A game computer does not really need an i7. Similarly, an SSD is a 'nice to have', but not a requirement for a games machine.

What are you using this for, and where are you buying?
Do you need a monitor, mouse/kybd, OS?
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June 16, 2014 4:05:52 PM

May I ask why you need the i7? The i5 4670k is all you need for gaming.

You could save about 100 right there and you would be sacrificing nothing.
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June 16, 2014 4:05:59 PM

And as commented above, you almost certainly need more than 120GB drive space. Be that SSD or HDD, 120 is pretty slim for a games machine.
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June 16, 2014 5:01:52 PM

reesemonster said:
Are you sure a single 120GB SSD will be enough to suffice for your storage?


well I plan on getting more storage by next December
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June 16, 2014 5:12:35 PM

USAFRet said:
You said you need 8GB RAM for gaming, but you also need an i7.
Those two statements do not go together.

A game computer does not really need an i7. Similarly, an SSD is a 'nice to have', but not a requirement for a games machine.

What are you using this for, and where are you buying?
Do you need a monitor, mouse/kybd, OS?

I plan on playing games like bf4, garrys mod, call of duty, minecraft, left 4 dead 2, dayz, rust, chivalry: mideval warfare, and MAYBE planetside 2. I won't be recording or video editing or things like that, just gaming, watching youtube, and doing homework. The i7 issue is that one of my friends who bought a 1500 dollar computer told me to get a i7 for sure and the graphics card isn't as important for gaming. ( I got in a fight with him yesterday thats why i'm on here) and the people online say i7 is not important for gaming, so i have a bit of an enigma. I really don't know what to do. that's why I THOUGHT I needed an i7. Also, could you explain what you said about the ram? I didn't understand. I am buying from different places, ( I use pcpartpicker) and I could use some help as this is my first build.
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June 16, 2014 5:16:51 PM

purplelemonade said:
reesemonster said:
Are you sure a single 120GB SSD will be enough to suffice for your storage?


well I plan on getting more storage by next December


If you are installing games as well as the OS and all your applications, a 120GB SSD will not last 2 weeks, much less until December.

My 128SSD has the OS and all applications on it. Currently ~52GB used.
My meager SteamApps folder (that lives elsewhere) is ~50GB. And I am not a hardcore gamer.

As you can see, that would completely eat up a 120GB drive.
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June 16, 2014 5:19:07 PM

purplelemonade said:
USAFRet said:
You said you need 8GB RAM for gaming, but you also need an i7.
Those two statements do not go together.

A game computer does not really need an i7. Similarly, an SSD is a 'nice to have', but not a requirement for a games machine.

What are you using this for, and where are you buying?
Do you need a monitor, mouse/kybd, OS?

I plan on playing games like bf4, garrys mod, call of duty, minecraft, left 4 dead 2, dayz, rust, chivalry: mideval warfare, and MAYBE planetside 2. I won't be recording or video editing or things like that, just gaming, watching youtube, and doing homework. The i7 issue is that one of my friends who bought a 1500 dollar computer told me to get a i7 for sure and the graphics card isn't as important for gaming. ( I got in a fight with him yesterday thats why i'm on here) and the people online say i7 is not important for gaming, so i have a bit of an enigma. I really don't know what to do. that's why I THOUGHT I needed an i7. Also, could you explain what you said about the ram? I didn't understand. I am buying from different places, ( I use pcpartpicker) and I could use some help as this is my first build.


If this is a gaming machine, then you do not need to spend the extra on an i7.
A good GPU is far more important than i5 vs i7. No matter what your 'friend' says.
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June 17, 2014 5:11:39 PM

USAFRet said:
purplelemonade said:
reesemonster said:
Are you sure a single 120GB SSD will be enough to suffice for your storage?


well I plan on getting more storage by next December


If you are installing games as well as the OS and all your applications, a 120GB SSD will not last 2 weeks, much less until December.

My 128SSD has the OS and all applications on it. Currently ~52GB used.
My meager SteamApps folder (that lives elsewhere) is ~50GB. And I am not a hardcore gamer.

As you can see, that would completely eat up a 120GB drive.


Do you think I should get a 320 gb hard drive and a better gpu or should it just be the ssd and video card and the i5? My budget cannot go above 1125 dollars, and I can get an upgrade on something by christmas, what should it be?
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June 17, 2014 5:20:05 PM

purplelemonade said:
USAFRet said:
purplelemonade said:
reesemonster said:
Are you sure a single 120GB SSD will be enough to suffice for your storage?


well I plan on getting more storage by next December


If you are installing games as well as the OS and all your applications, a 120GB SSD will not last 2 weeks, much less until December.

My 128SSD has the OS and all applications on it. Currently ~52GB used.
My meager SteamApps folder (that lives elsewhere) is ~50GB. And I am not a hardcore gamer.

As you can see, that would completely eat up a 120GB drive.


Do you think I should get a 320 gb hard drive and a better gpu or should it just be the ssd and video card and the i5? My budget cannot go above 1125 dollars, and I can get an upgrade on something by christmas, what should it be?


If you are installing games, a single 120GB drive will not be enough. By the end of the month, you will be looking for more drive space.
Your call.
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June 17, 2014 6:20:57 PM

USAFRet said:
purplelemonade said:
USAFRet said:
purplelemonade said:
reesemonster said:
Are you sure a single 120GB SSD will be enough to suffice for your storage?


well I plan on getting more storage by next December


If you are installing games as well as the OS and all your applications, a 120GB SSD will not last 2 weeks, much less until December.

My 128SSD has the OS and all applications on it. Currently ~52GB used.
My meager SteamApps folder (that lives elsewhere) is ~50GB. And I am not a hardcore gamer.

As you can see, that would completely eat up a 120GB drive.


Do you think I should get a 320 gb hard drive and a better gpu or should it just be the ssd and video card and the i5? My budget cannot go above 1125 dollars, and I can get an upgrade on something by christmas, what should it be?


If you are installing games, a single 120GB drive will not be enough. By the end of the month, you will be looking for more drive space.
Your call.

Sorry, what i meant was should I get a 320 gb hard drive and a better gpu, OR more SSD space and everything else the same? AND what should I do with mah rebate??
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June 18, 2014 1:06:50 PM

Id just make sure you can get the i5 4670k with a 250gb SSD and either a 770 (or equivalent) or 780.
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June 18, 2014 2:04:24 PM

I will be honest, there are a lot of problems with your build so I chopped it up and changed a ton of things.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($70.32 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($104.29 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Headphones: Turtle Beach Ear Force Z11 Headset ($30.01 @ Amazon)
Total: $1120.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 16:57 EDT-0400

In your budget, you won't be able to get an intel overclocking build with the monitor and accessories. the i5 4590 is sufficient.
For the case, never get a case + PSU combo they are terrible and logysis makes junk power supplies that do not out put the stated power. That power supply you had would not power a high end card like the gtx 770.

Having only a 120gb SSD will make things tight for space but you can't afford a 250gb SSD at this time. A 1 TB HDD would probably be a better start and you can add SSD later and move your windows over to it. THats up to you, if you think you can get away with only 60gb for programs other than windows then good luck:

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