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August 6, 2014 8:49:35 AM

Hey all,
looking to build a computer for a friend on a tighter budget than I've worked with before. She plays League of Legends, DayZ, Strife, Sims 4, CS:Go and wants to stream with is. To my knowledge none of these games are very graphic intensive (haven't played/seen DayZ) but I'm not to keen on streaming @ 1080p/high frame rate - I know you all can help me out!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the month

Budget Range: $1000USD MAX but would prefer it to be closer to 800 if possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Home use/school

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but not included with the price

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything!

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Win8.1 (included in price)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever pcpartpicker tells me.

Location: Michigan

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel

Overclocking: If it can fit in the budget

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920/1080p

I want to have an SSD in there for the OS, other than that, no stipulations.

Thank you all!

More about : 800 gaming streaming build

a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2014 8:54:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $977.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-06 11:54 EDT-0400
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2014 9:13:52 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $977.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-06 11:54 EDT-0400


This is a really good build for what you are doing. The thing with streaming though is that it mostly depends on your upload speed. Its about 2mb up for 480p, 4-5mb up for 720p, 8-12mb up for 1080p. If you don't have fast enough internet then you can't stream 1080p even if your computer can handle the encoding.
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August 6, 2014 9:33:54 AM

Ahh that makes sense, thought didn't even cross my mind. That build looks fantastic though, thanks for the help and fast response!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2014 9:44:00 AM

CrysisX said:
Ahh that makes sense, thought didn't even cross my mind. That build looks fantastic though, thanks for the help and fast response!


No problem :) 
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August 6, 2014 10:06:42 AM

If I went with a non- OC setup, just snag a H97 board, what CPU should i go with?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2014 10:18:00 AM

CrysisX said:
If I went with a non- OC setup, just snag a H97 board, what CPU should i go with?


I would stick with the OC components even if you don't think you'll want to OC right off the bat. The components aren't much more expensive and it's always good to leave the OC option open down the road. You would also need to go with 1600MHz RAM. Here's an upgraded build with a non "K" CPU, an H97 motherboard, and DDR3 1600 RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($103.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $963.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-06 13:15 EDT-0400
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