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First gaming PC build, $1000 - $1200 budget, complete noob at this, please help

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July 13, 2014 1:15:40 AM

Alright, so before I start I'd like to specify that Im a complete noob at this and have very little knowledge on building a gaming PC... with that said I had a couple friends help me choose/suggest parts so I could make my own build... I came up with this.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKdqP6
Please feel free to criticize my build and make any changes or suggestions. Also, for some reason the motherboard that I choose says that its not compatible with the CPU, is that correct? And if so, what motherboard should I go with? Im currently at around $1200 with that build, if I include the monitor, keyboard and mouse, but I still have a little room for improvements ($1400 max) if necessary.
Also another option that I had for the mother board was this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
And also a couple options for the hard drive:
http://www.amazon.ca/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Interna...
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH IN ADVANCE!
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July 13, 2014 1:42:45 AM

Yeah you paired an Ivy Bridge processor (socket 1155) with a Haswell motherboard (socket 1150). You need to look for processors with 4xxx model numbers, not 3xxx.
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July 13, 2014 2:01:19 AM

doubletake said:
Yeah you paired an Ivy Bridge processor (socket 1155) with a Haswell motherboard (socket 1150). You need to look for processors with 4xxx model numbers, not 3xxx.


Oh alright, thanks a lot, yeah as I said before I wasnt too sure of what I was doing. Should I then change the processor or the mother board (if you could recommend one that'd be great). Also is the power supply enough for the build? Thanks again.
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July 13, 2014 2:08:00 AM

I'd recommend going for the newer processors since you'll get more features along with the new motherboard chipset (more native SATA 6Gbps ports, SATA Express, M.2, more USB3.0, etc).

As for the power supply, if you can spare the change, go for something higher end (in terms of quality) like a Seasonic G-550 or X-650, or something from PCPower & Cooling. If you want to stick to Corsair, go for the higher end HX line.
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July 13, 2014 2:10:09 AM

Here is my custom suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.90 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $907.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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a c 130 V Motherboard
July 13, 2014 2:35:15 AM

Pl check this build. It includes Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse as well. Also it is based on Haswell Refresh

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($111.50 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($56.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Memory Express)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VX248H 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($256.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Corsair Raptor K30 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($52.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Mouse: Corsair Raptor M30 Wired Optical Mouse ($42.45 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1369.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 13, 2014 12:44:31 PM

This is a great build. This cpu is good because it allows for overclocking and is not as pointless as a Xeon which is pointless unless your running google. The motherboard is much better quality while retaining the same brand. The PSU is now 80+ gold rather than bronze at the same price (you get more efficiency). The CPU cooler will drop temps BY LOADS compared to the stock cooler. The video card is a lot better; 4GB VRAM at a cheaper price from a reputable brand. The money saved allowed for an SSD all within your price budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99)
Total: $1175.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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July 13, 2014 12:48:08 PM

Also this monitor is SUPERB!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.47 @ Amazon)
Total: $166.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

This monitor is also good for a lower price:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Monitor: BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $129.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 13, 2014 2:22:46 PM

Thanks to everyone for the help and suggestions! This helped a lot, will be posting final decision soon.
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July 14, 2014 4:31:08 PM

Ok, so here it is the final build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/84tQcf
Thanks a lot for all the suggestions, I changed the CPU and the motherboard. I already have a monitor, mouse and keyboard... and I do not plan to overclock, so is it still necessary an extra CPU fan, on top of the one that it comes with? Thanks again to everyone.
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July 14, 2014 8:51:47 PM

Good build as per your requirement. I've made just one change in it. I've changed the CPU to i5 4690 (Haswell Refresh) because you have selected H97 chipset series mobo then why not haswell refresh CPU. Rest you are good to go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($320.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.20 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1019.04
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

You don't need extra cpu fan (cpu cooler) because you are not overclocking and this is a factory locked CPU.

Good Luck
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