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Hey all,
Here is a preliminary build I just threw together. I need the price to come down a little (Hopefully around 700-800, and I dont really need the OS (I think I can get one from a friend) but I don't know where to sacrifice. I will be able to put more money into it at a later date so upgrading parts is an option. I will be using it for gaming mostly and would like the best quality graphics that I can afford, so that is the main focus of my build. I an completely new to this so I would appreciate help!

Thank you in advance!!!


CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force LX Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.27 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Archgon CB-5021-GD DVD/CD Writer ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($128.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $990.15
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-20 09:20 EDT-0400
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  1. Get a 500w PSU. This really is a must even though you are using a 750ti.
  2. Well, you could spend a lot less on the processor, more on the motherboard, and even less on the heatsink, probably the most frivolous thing on there since that processor and board can't overclock. There are cheaper cases, never even heard of that optical drive, and they can be had for as little as $13.

    350W supply is adequate for a build that has a low power video card and no overclocking capability, but if you want to be able to upgrade in the future, you should invest a little in that area.
  3. Where are you buying all the parts from?
    If you really want the best graphics, lose the CPU cooler, since you`ll not OC and is not needed, and lose the SSD, and get a stronger GPU.

    For example, here`s an option if you`re buying from US, without OS included:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.02 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($285.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $809.60
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-20 09:47 EDT-0400
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.75 @ Amazon)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($92.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $855.65
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-20 09:46 EDT-0400


    this is very good for just a little more. you can switch out the 280 for this 270 to get it closer to the budget:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr927oc2gd

    i suggest keeping the 280 though, it will provide high settings in most (if not all) games
  5. Overclocking without the high costs and, and you can change out the CPU when you have more money (only wasting $70 on the Pentium and it can be run at 4.5Ghz)

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gGZP8d
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gGZP8d/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.29 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.30 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($61.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($219.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $706.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-20 09:48 EDT-0400
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