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July 25, 2014 6:57:38 PM

So recently i decided it is time to finally do something about my six year old pc. I've never built a system before and I only have a vague idea on how to assemble one. So I was wondering if anyone here could help me with the components/ any other materials i would need to build one on my own. My budget is $1,400 i would like to stay under that, but if there is something that i could purchase that would boost my pc's performance significantly i could make an exception. Also the computer would be used primarily for gaming and I've already got me a decent monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Any help would be appreciated :) 

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July 25, 2014 7:02:14 PM

On youtube they have various videos to teach you how to assemble :)  Also do you need an OS?
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July 25, 2014 7:03:52 PM

Yea sorry forgot to mention that outside of the mouse, keyboard, and monitor i will need everything else
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July 25, 2014 7:14:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1372.28
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 22:12 EDT-0400

Hope this helped, added an SSD for fast loading times, etc. You download the OS on the SSD and put your frequently used programs there as the SSD is MUCH faster than a regular HDD :)  Also you have space for overclocking here and cooling is no issue!

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July 25, 2014 7:33:06 PM

Thank you that is very helpful! I noticed you put windows 8 on there instead of 7 admittedly I don't know much about operating systems but I thought 7 was preferred by gamers. Was I wrong in thinking this or is the difference minimal now?
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July 26, 2014 1:22:41 AM

Windows 7 is MUCH better for gaming, but Microsoft are dropping support for it in a year :( 
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