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First time building a PC and need help

I am looking to build a gaming PC. I would like to spend under 1000 for everything. I will need an OS and all peripherals. If possible i would like an SSD for the quick start up and i want the computer to be good enough to run most games on high settings.The computer needs to be reliable and last for several years. If you know how to build one for as low as possible your input will be greatly appreciated. I would like to spend closer to 800 but i know that is a challenge.

Thank you for you input
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  1. Try this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PERFORMANCE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($80.91 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($174.75 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($82.84 @ Mwave)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $981.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-02 00:24 EDT-0400
  2. with this build is there any room to overclock if necessary? also is there an amd build that is similar to this one and possibly cheaper?
    as i stated i have no idea what i am looking for and i trust your input 100% i am just trying to stick to a tight budget and if there is room to cut cost i will if not what performance am i looking at with this build?

    thank you for your quick response
  3. His CPU will not be that overclockable, no. the K series of Intel chips are overclockable. The best thing to do is do your own research and not take our word for it...take them as a starting off point.

    J
  4. shakey01 said:
    with this build is there any room to overclock if necessary? also is there an amd build that is similar to this one and possibly cheaper?
    as i stated i have no idea what i am looking for and i trust your input 100% i am just trying to stick to a tight budget and if there is room to cut cost i will if not what performance am i looking at with this build?

    thank you for your quick response



    If you want to overclock I can then shift this to an AMD build which will allow you to. If you wre curious if how to determine if the Intel CPU can be overclocked, then a "K" at the end of the name will signify it is unlocked and can be overclocked.

    Alright I will be back with an AMD build. But what I can't guarantee is how long it will last. It will all depend on you on how you take charge and care for the computer.
  5. Ok here's what I got. And I will guide you through this.

    I have placed an AMD processor which can be overclock.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1730551/ready-overclock-amd-8350-voltage-multiplier-start.html

    And two notches up graphics card for the AMD. So instead of a 270X I gave you Sapphire 280X. Sapphire OS one of the best and biggest brands for AMD GPU in my opinion.

    A small 64GB SSD for only your OS.

    I gave you a Tier 2 Class A which is similar to Tier 1 but cheaper. This is what is making your build a little bit expensive. Because I provided one that is suitable for overclocking and any other situation. Here's the tier list if you are curious where my information comes from.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html

    The monitor has a 5ms response rate which isn't the best for hardcore gamers but it will do.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($178.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($263.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($29.95 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1136.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-02 01:00 EDT-0400
  6. Awesome. So one more question (sorry if i am wasting your time) is there a way to go cheaper with a good enough graphics card to play games on high-medium, but with the capability to upgrade in a year or so to save money now? We are trying to be smart with our money but at the same time i do enjoy gaming. It doesn't have to be as hardcore as i would like if it is still able to keep up. I don't play many next gen games, mainly play league (i understand it isn't that demanding) but i also have a few games on my steam list that i plan on getting when released next year. So it doesn't have to be a gaming "beast" but i do want a good desktop that i can work with for now.
    Again i do apologize for bothering you sir and i appreciate your time
  7. Don't worry you are not disturbing me. Yes you could save $50 or so and get a AMD R9 280. I chose AMD for you because it is much cheaper than Nvidia. Don't worry mate you are not bothering me.

    But I have one question for you. How about I build an average gaming PC for know that will run games on high and then in a years time you upgrade the GPU.
  8. Actually I downgraded the GPU to a R9 270X and it will run League of Legends maxed.

    http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=4025095


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($178.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($29.95 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1027.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-02 01:28 EDT-0400
  9. As long as it is better than my breaking laptop i would be thrilled lol
    But in all seriousness, if it can play league of legends on high and next gen on at least a mid setting it will be plenty for me. Also if you can give suggestions on what would be good to upgrade in the future with an average build for now that would be great! I have always wanted to learn more about computers and this seems like a great opportunity. With a more average build what performance am i looking at?
  10. shakey01 said:
    As long as it is better than my breaking laptop i would be thrilled lol
    But in all seriousness, if it can play league of legends on high and next gen on at least a mid setting it will be plenty for me. Also if you can give suggestions on what would be good to upgrade in the future with an average build for now that would be great! I have always wanted to learn more about computers and this seems like a great opportunity. With a more average build what performance am i looking at?



    I could reduce the budget of the computer by a lot more. And for upgrades, maybe in a years time I will upgrade the GPU and that's about it.
  11. Actually the 270 can save you $5 if you go with it instead of a 270X. This is almost pointless the 270X will be much better and cost $5 extra. :D

    If you like more help, PM me.
  12. so if you dropped the budget how would it look and what would be its performance?
  13. shakey01 said:
    so if you dropped the budget how would it look and what would be its performance?


    Umm, if I drop it you may not be able to overclock or have a better GPU. And in naming performance in Lol when maxed out, the FPS may drop by 10-20+FPS.
  14. okay. about how much of the cost could that cut? because i may take that route instead of going all out right away
  15. shakey01 said:
    okay. about how much of the cost could that cut? because i may take that route instead of going all out right away


    Can't determine price yet. Will you be overclocking?
  16. its not necessary. as long as performance is pretty good i wont need to at all. more of a gee wizz than a must
  17. shakey01 said:
    its not necessary. as long as performance is pretty good i wont need to at all. more of a gee wizz than a must



    Actually I think the AMD build I posted is string enough instead of getting an Intel and Nvidia build.
  18. what about with a lower budget? like 800 for everything? just wondering where that would put me as far as performance goes? right now i can only run games on very low. but it is a 3 year old laptop. so for around 800 could i build a good computer? or for even cheaper if possible?
  19. Best answer
    Here is the closest I got with OS and monitor included in the build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Killer ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $864.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-02 03:54 EDT-0400
  20. Awesome! i was looking at that processor yesterday. how would that build fare?
  21. shakey01 said:
    Awesome! i was looking at that processor yesterday. how would that build fare?


    This is a budget and will perform pretty strong actually. Take a look at this. There is a YouTube link towards the end that shows benchmarks. It runs Battlefield maxed out at about 40+FPS so LoL will not be an issue.
  22. Well sir, you have no idea how thankful i am for this build. i believe i may go with this to the T. sorry for holding up such a chunk of your time but this may be exactly what i was looking for. if i have any questions in the future, i am happy to know that there will be people so readily available to help!
    Again thank you so much for your help!
  23. shakey01 said:
    Well sir, you have no idea how thankful i am for this build. i believe i may go with this to the T. sorry for holding up such a chunk of your time but this may be exactly what i was looking for. if i have any questions in the future, i am happy to know that there will be people so readily available to help!
    Again thank you so much for your help!



    Don't worry about it that's why I am here to help. Just PM me if you need extra help. Don't mind picking the solution.
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