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$800-$1000 Gaming PC?

Hi, I'm looking to put together my first PC, but everything is insanely confusing and I'm worried I'm gonna mess it up somehow like buying incompatible parts or something stupid like that.

I want a PC that will run current games like BF4 / Dota 2 / Skyrim / Maybe WoW with its new x-pac apparently updating graphics, and I want to spend in the upper mid range area but also have room to upgrade at a later date.

I also would like an SSD, but its not absolutely mandatory.

My current monitor has a max resolution of 1680x1050, not sure if that affects anything. I also already have speakers, keyboard and mouse, the only non-computer part thing I need is the OS and I'm pretty sure I want windows 8.1.

The $1000 price is not a max, if you think a little more money can make a big difference in some part then go for it.

Thanks in advance.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
    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 ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1138.34
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    200$ over your price but i believe this wont have to be upgraded for a while
  2. Somber said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
    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 ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1138.34
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    200$ over your price but i believe this wont have to be upgraded for a while


    This was pretty much my build except without the SSD and with a cheaper, mid tower.
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9jYkWZ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9jYkWZ/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G1.SNIPER Z97 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1048.80
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 16:29 EDT-0400
    Here's a good build. I can make a lower priced build if you want but your CPU upgrade path would be hindered. This build will max games out no problem at 1920x1080. Since you're playing lower res you'll have no problem. If you're looking to save you could get a 270 or 270x GPU instead and they'll max out games at your res no problem
  4. Thanks for a responses guys. Gonna bookmark this and come back when I get my next paycheck. One question though: If I happen to buy a new monitor with a high res later, would that first build still be good enough?
  5. gibb94 said:
    Thanks for a responses guys. Gonna bookmark this and come back when I get my next paycheck. One question though: If I happen to buy a new monitor with a high res later, would that first build still be good enough?


    Oh yeah this is a powerful build. Especially Over clocked
  6. Alright so I live in Canada and I'd like to order it all from the same place so I'm compiling a wish list on Newegg.ca to return to later for purchasing. I couldn't find:

    the power supply
    XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply

    video card
    MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card

    or the cooler
    Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler

    I just copy pasted everything from your list into Newegg.ca and got most of it, just those 3 things didn't come up. Could you go onto the canadian newegg specifically and give me a comparable or even slightly better version of these?

    Again thank you, you've all been really helpful
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