Looking for advice and help on building a gaming PC -$1000+

Hello,

My current gaming computer isn't performing as well as it used to with current games and it has crashed several times in the past couple of days :??: Similar types of crashes happened with my old computer before it went to a better place, may it rest in peace.

I've been looking around on popular custom gaming rig sites such as CyberPower and iBuyPower for ideas and I know that custom builds are possible without overpaying for their services. I am not as knowledgeable as you gentlemen and ladies so I thought that I'd ask for advice.

Some things that I hope I could get in the rig: i5 or i7, nVIDIA GTX 970 or similar. 250 SSD, ~1TB HD, 8GB DDR3, liquid cooling, an ideal amount of fans, and enough power supply. If the price goes over $1000 that would be fine, but that's a rough estimate and a goal price.

Thank you in advance for your help!


GT
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  1. Hey there, I put this build together with all of your requirements, I went slightly over budget to include some more quality parts but anyways, here you go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($295.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1083.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 02:01 EDT-0400
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($315.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $988.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 02:08 EDT-0400

    - 1231 v3 is a i7 4770 without a igpu and you can not OC, but pretty sure you can bump the base clock.
    - A nicer case. The 450d in my opinion is a waste when compared to many other cases. R4 is silent and has a lot of expantion.
    -
  3. Phil923 said:
    Hey there, I put this build together with all of your requirements, I went slightly over budget to include some more quality parts but anyways, here you go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($295.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1083.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 02:01 EDT-0400


    Hi, Phil.

    Thank you for your recommendations. I like them all, but as I was reading up on the motherboard suggestions there are many reviews saying that it breaks within a year for a lot of people and sometime shorts their PSU. Do you think that there is another good alternative?

    Thank you,


    GT
  4. The R4 is a pretty amazing case and I forgot about it, kind of funny considering I have the R5 :P

    I guess the Xeon would be a pretty good choice, but I still prefer the i5's OC ability. However if he plays games with 4+ core support or software that can use hyperthreading that would be a great choice.
  5. gt1310 said:
    Phil923 said:
    Hey there, I put this build together with all of your requirements, I went slightly over budget to include some more quality parts but anyways, here you go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($295.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1083.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 02:01 EDT-0400


    Hi, Phil.

    Thank you for your recommendations. I like them all, but as I was reading up on the motherboard suggestions there are many reviews saying that it breaks within a year for a lot of people and sometime shorts their PSU. Do you think that there is another good alternative?

    Thank you,


    GT


    The ASUS Z97-A is a popular choice, great bios, great quality, nice features. About the same price.
  6. Bossyfins said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($315.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $988.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 02:08 EDT-0400

    - 1231 v3 is a i7 4770 without a igpu and you can not OC, but pretty sure you can bump the base clock.
    - A nicer case. The 450d in my opinion is a waste when compared to many other cases. R4 is silent and has a lot of expantion.
    -


    Hi Bossyfins,

    I like the set up and the case, but since I'm thinking of maybe OCing since liquid cooling is an option for me I don't know if Xeon would be a good choice. I'll read up more on it.

    Thank you,

    GT
  7. Phil923 said:
    gt1310 said:
    Phil923 said:
    Hey there, I put this build together with all of your requirements, I went slightly over budget to include some more quality parts but anyways, here you go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.30 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($295.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1083.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 02:01 EDT-0400


    Hi, Phil.

    Thank you for your recommendations. I like them all, but as I was reading up on the motherboard suggestions there are many reviews saying that it breaks within a year for a lot of people and sometime shorts their PSU. Do you think that there is another good alternative?

    Thank you,


    GT


    The ASUS Z97-A is a popular choice, great bios, great quality, nice features. About the same price.


    Maybe I need to stop reading so many reviews on all of the components.
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