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I am building my first PC, some advice on hardware for gaming is needed...?

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August 4, 2014 9:24:24 AM

So I am going to be building my first PC, and it is going to be a gaming rig. Ideally I want to be able to play Skyrim and Minecraft on Ultra settings with mods, and also future proof it for at least a couple years. My budget is $750-$1000. I did a little research and made a cart for my rig on Newegg, but it was deleted.

Consider me a half step above a newb when it comes to computer hardware. I see a bunch of numbers and have a slight idea of what is good, but not really what is compatible.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2014 10:47:50 AM

How does this build strike you? No overclocking, but that can be changed (with a Z97 motherboard, k series CPU and aftermarket CPU cooler).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.19 @ Amazon)
Total: $907.53
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August 4, 2014 11:28:27 AM

sadams04 said:
How does this build strike you? No overclocking, but that can be changed (with a Z97 motherboard, k series CPU and aftermarket CPU cooler).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.19 @ Amazon)
Total: $907.53


So from your recommendations, I can see that the memory in the GPU is not really a focal point, is it normal to have only 2GB? Would going 3 or 4GB be overkill? Those parts are around what I wanted, especially processing power. If I were to substitute the video card for something a bit cheaper, what else would you recommend in the lower $200's?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2014 12:05:59 PM

austikod01 said:
So from your recommendations, I can see that the memory in the GPU is not really a focal point, is it normal to have only 2GB? Would going 3 or 4GB be overkill? Those parts are around what I wanted, especially processing power. If I were to substitute the video card for something a bit cheaper, what else would you recommend in the lower $200's?


2GB is very normal. You are starting to see more 3+GB GPUs, but these are a niche market at the moment. When multiple monitors with higher resolutions are more affordable, the additional memory will be nice to have (when gaming at high detail). If you are considering gaming on two monitors at 1080 / 1200 resolution you will be fine and get good frame rates.

At the same price range you can also pull the R9 280x which is slightly faster than the GTX 770. Below this price point, and in order, would be...
R9 280 / GTX 760 (head-to-head in price and performance) - $250ish
R9 270x (better performance than the similarly priced GTX 660) - $200ish
R7 265 (comparable to the GTX 660) - $150ish

Check out rebates before making a final decision.
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August 4, 2014 12:22:53 PM

You were a great help, thank you!

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