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Need Help - First Gaming Build - $1600

Hey guys, I want to build my first gaming PC, but I need help with the parts.

Budget: $1600
Usage: Gaming, Game Development, Streaming, Web Surfing
Parts Preferences: GPU - AMD (Maybe Asus Radeon R9 290X or 280X) CPU - Intel or AMD (Haswell Refresh or Vishera)
Need OS: No
Need Monitor: Just If budget isn't above $1600 (Resolution: 1920x1080)
CrossFire: Maybe later
Overclocking: Maybe

Thanks in anticipation.
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  1. This is what I would get for your needs:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($307.15 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1600.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  2. TechCIDLC said:
    This is what I would get for your needs:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($307.15 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1600.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks, that's a great build. Btw, what's the difference between a SSD and a HDD?
  3. SSD has no moving parts and is much faster at loading than HDD.
  4. Best answer
    This is another option. You'll lose some CPU performance but increase GPU performance and you get a better case. The Asrock motherboard has a better audio codec and LAN controller.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.90 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($459.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1602.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    You should note that neither of these builds are overclockable.
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