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Hey guys was wondering if you could help me build a gaming pc for myself this holiday season. Ive never built a pc before and only know basics on hardware. My max budget is 1100$. I already have a monitor and mouse but will need everything else. I live in the US and was advised to stick with intel and nvidia products. I dont have any parts picked out because like i said im not too tech savy. Any help would be appreciated, thanks for the help and happy holidays!
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  1. Was browsing motherboards and was curious should i go with i7 or i5?
  2. Best answer
    If you plan to overclock,I prefer this build.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.49 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($348.99 @ Directron)
    Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1090.39
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-27 02:19 EST-0500

    If you won't plan overclock,this build would be best.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H97 GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($116.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.49 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($348.99 @ Directron)
    Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $968.40
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-27 02:23 EST-0500

    PS. Both build can play game ultra mode .
  3. Thank you for your help. There are a lot black friday/ cyber monday sales going on. Any good items i should snag for this rig?
  4. Any other opinions
  5. I will still need to add a OS and optical drive to this build any recommendations?
  6. MoiBoi said:
    I will still need to add a OS and optical drive to this build any recommendations?


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.43 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $103.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-27 20:18 EST-0500
  7. This is my favorite build for your price point, if overclocking. If you don't want to OC let me know I've included the perfect CPU at almost any price, a great cpu cooler for OC'ing, good mobo and ram, one of the fastest hard drives that isn't an SSD, and single best graphics card you can buy for under $500. There is a good case and an excellent power supply, an optical drive, your OS and a nice keyboard/mouse combo package. Let me know if you have any questions or don't plan to OC. Hope this helps:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($348.99 @ Directron)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.85 @ SuperBiiz)
    Keyboard: Microsoft 5SH-00001 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($18.94 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $995.68
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-27 20:22 EST-0500
  8. Thanks Jasonite. At this point i dont know if i want to overclock. If its not too much to ask what kind of rig would you build without over clocking. At this point im keeping my options open i just need to research more on over clocking but im still open to it
  9. MoiBoi said:
    Thanks Jasonite. At this point i dont know if i want to overclock. If its not too much to ask what kind of rig would you build without over clocking. At this point im keeping my options open i just need to research more on over clocking but im still open to it


    Just change the CPU to the i5-4590, take away the cpu cooler. You can change your mobo if you want, to something like the Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H or MSI H97 PC MATE or Asus H97-PLUS, but you don't need to.

    If you do, then you will not be able to overclock in the future, the cpu and mobo are locked. I'd recommend my original specs. Then you don't need to OC, but if you choose to you can. The keyboard/mouse combo I put has a wireless keyboard. If you want wired, try the Microsoft Desktop 400 combo.

    J
  10. Ok so after hours of research i took your advice jasonite and came up with this http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MoiBoi/saved/KR3scf
    Sorry i cant format using my phone.
    i was only worried about the psu, the one you posted had a 49% 5 stars so i looked around for something similar and found the corsair. What are your thoughts on it? Will the corsair work or my better off with the antic you posted?
    Thanks again for your input everyone it really helped and any final thoughts or advice on the final build would greatly appreciated.
  11. MoiBoi said:
    Ok so after hours of research i took your advice jasonite and came up with this http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MoiBoi/saved/KR3scf
    Sorry i cant format using my phone.
    i was only worried about the psu, the one you posted had a 49% 5 stars so i looked around for something similar and found the corsair. What are your thoughts on it? Will the corsair work or my better off with the antic you posted?
    Thanks again for your input everyone it really helped and any final thoughts or advice on the final build would greatly appreciated.


    Here's a list that we use to judge the quality of the PSU: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html

    Take a look at yours, it's down at tier 3, which is for donkey punchers. I know you're not a donkey puncher. I'd aim for something in the second tier given your build, especially if you plan on overclocking at some point in the future. I'd go with the Antec. Hope that helps!

    J
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