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July 27, 2014 10:45:33 AM

Hey guys and gals,

So I'm building a computer, and I need some help deciding on stuff.

My price range is around $900, up to $1100.

This will be mostly for gaming. I would prefer intel, but I honestly haven't kept up to date with AMD, so if you guys think AMD is a better option, then ok! I'm looking to get the most gaming power out of my budget. I don't really care about aesthetics either, as long as it runs well. (I think The i-5 4670k is still one of the better CPU's?)

I plan on playing games like Arma 3, Battlefield Hardline, Evolve, Elder Scrolls Online, Borderlands, Assassins Creed, etc.

So my main concern is Perfomance. I'd like to be able to run these at medium to high graphics.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read! :) 

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July 27, 2014 10:47:30 AM

Johannel said:
Hey guys and gals,

So I'm building a computer, and I need some help deciding on stuff.

My price range is around $900, up to $1100.

This will be mostly for gaming. I would prefer intel, but I honestly haven't kept up to date with AMD, so if you guys think AMD is a better option, then ok! I'm looking to get the most gaming power out of my budget. I don't really care about aesthetics either, as long as it runs well. (I think The i-5 4670k is still one of the better CPU's?)

I plan on playing games like Arma 3, Battlefield Hardline, Evolve, Elder Scrolls Online, Borderlands, Assassins Creed, etc.

So my main concern is Perfomance. I'd like to be able to run these at medium to high graphics.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read! :) 

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July 27, 2014 11:00:23 AM

I'd do a build like:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ 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 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1104.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 13:59 EDT-0400

Not sure about the PSU, but everything else is great and well give you high/ultra graphics on everything.
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July 27, 2014 11:02:20 AM

Byte70 said:
I'd do a build like:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ 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 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1104.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 13:59 EDT-0400

Not sure about the PSU, but everything else is great and well give you high/ultra graphics on everything.

Corsair is known to use low-end parts in its PSUs, get a EVGA one or the one in the build I posted.
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July 27, 2014 11:04:05 AM

Fixed with better PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ 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 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1054.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 14:03 EDT-0400
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July 27, 2014 11:05:48 AM

Byte70 said:
Fixed with better PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ 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 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1054.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 14:03 EDT-0400

I'm REALLY not sure if 600 watts would run that GPU. maybe go for 750-850 watts?
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July 27, 2014 1:00:03 PM

Byte70 said:
Fixed with better PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ 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 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1054.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 14:03 EDT-0400


How is Radeon? I'm so used to Nvidia... haha, So far this is looking good!
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July 27, 2014 2:20:34 PM

I love Radeon. The R80x is basically the equivalent of the 770 I think.
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July 27, 2014 2:36:46 PM

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3zkQcf) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3zkQcf/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k) | $234.99 @ NCIX US
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $29.98 @ OutletPC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extr...) | $115.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c9d8gx...) | $76.50 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...) | $71.98 @ OutletPC
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $50.40 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929...) | $379.99 @ NCIX US
**Case** | [Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/enermax-case-eca3253bw) | $29.99 @ NCIX US
**Power Supply** | [XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...) | $49.99 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24nsb0) | $13.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $1053.80
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 17:36 EDT-0400 |
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July 27, 2014 2:43:08 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: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1091.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 17:42 EDT-0400
This should give you very good performance. If you don't want an SSD, removing that would get you an upgrade to an r9 290. As for the case, I like this one, but cases are a personal choice, you might like something I don't, as I might like something you don't.
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July 29, 2014 4:43:48 PM

Byte70 said:
Fixed with better PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ 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 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1054.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 14:03 EDT-0400


What case would you recommend that allows me to have an optical slot?
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July 29, 2014 4:50:48 PM

For around the same price the Corsair 500R is a really nice case.
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July 29, 2014 5:12:22 PM

As someone said earlier, the Corsair Carbide 500r is really great for around the same price. Here is a link to it.
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