Please help me build my very first gaming PC, $1450 budget

Hello everyone I have decided to switch over from console, and build a PC. My budget is 1450, however that is including a monitor, windows, mouse, and keyboard. I would like to play at 1080p at a stable 90 fps or higher if possible for Star Wars Battlefront. Unless a 1440p 144hz monitor would fit in the budget but I doubt it will for that plus a graphics card to run that high. I will play more games, but since this one is coming out soon it will be a new game requiring more from the hardware, and will be my main game for a long time. Fps is very important to me more so than graphics. I love graphics, but actual performance comes first in my opinion. I doubt I'll mind turning down or off AA and things like it (sorry not very familiar with all the graphical enhancements on a PC) as I come from playing xbox 360 on a 50 inch TV, and for games like Battlefield 4 I would turn down the network smoothing factor to 10 percent. This made the game look worse, and things like staircases sometimes would be ramps until they loaded, but it made hitboxes, and hurtboxes better so you won't get shot around a corner, and your bullets will go more where you aimed. I'm not planning on overclocking as it doesn't seem worth for the price to get parts to overclock, and the labor, strain, and voided warranty of doing so. Unless someone can convince me it's worth it but I heard you will only get about 5 more fps, maybe 10, but that's with a big overclock. Also I'm not planning on crossfire or sli as I would rather upgrade to one of the new graphics cards next year which 2 new gpus would be overkill, unless you are able to fit that 1440p 144hz monitor which then I may consider, but this is a long time to wait, and a lot of money to spend for that. I don't have a super specific theme but wanted the build to look futuristic, Star Wars like, which is why I wanted the Cooler Master Storm Stryker as my case. This isn't definite, but would REALLY love it. If more money is required I know that I can always buy a SSD later, and a better mouse and keyboard later, if it's worth it to upgrade something else now. I know this is a very hard, time consuming question, but I thank you all in advance to whoever helps me. It will be much appreciated.
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  1. $1450 should be plenty to get you started. If you have a flexible budget - an extra $150 will get you an i7, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 980TI - that's pretty much the sweet spot for gaming right now.

    You could do something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($162.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1433.80
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-03 22:57 EST-0500
  2. g-unit1111 said:
    $1450 should be plenty to get you started. If you have a flexible budget - an extra $150 will get you an i7, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 980TI - that's pretty much the sweet spot for gaming right now.

    You could do something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($162.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1433.80
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-03 22:57 EST-0500


    The 1450 is including a mouse, keyboard, windows, and a monitor. I'm not really sure what to get on those either. Also I said I didn't want to overclock unless it was super worth it which doesn't seem to be the case. For that money I could just upgrade the graphics card. Not to mention the case I said I liked is only 10 more than what you have listed.
  3. Like Star Wars, so that's black/white theme build. Almost every component in this build is based on that. A hybrid HDD is included so you can have SSD like performance from a HDD.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($151.88 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card ($318.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1446.54
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-03 23:52 EST-0500
  4. lp231 said:
    Like Star Wars, so that's black/white theme build. Almost every component in this build is based on that. A hybrid HDD is included so you can have SSD like performance from a HDD. Even the mouse is black/white. Too bad the budget ran out. But you can always get a black/white keyboard later on.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($151.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card ($318.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
    Mouse: Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $1446.54
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-03 23:14 EST-0500


    That hybrid HDD is pretty cool thanks for pointing that out. I still don't think it's worth it to overclock. I could drop the i5 6600k down to a 6500 or 6600, the 6600 being to 215, but was recently on sale for 205, and comes with a fan and heatsink. Also the Asus pro gaming h170 is 129 but was going for 119, so that's a total of 90 dollars assuming the non discounted prices. Add 40 to that and now I have the msi 980 going for 442 right now.
  5. LotsofSpaghetti713 said:

    That hybrid HDD is pretty cool thanks for pointing that out. I still don't think it's worth it to overclock. I could drop the i5 6600k down to a 6500 or 6600, the 6600 being to 215, but was recently on sale for 205, and comes with a fan and heatsink. Also the Asus pro gaming h170 is 129 but was going for 119, so that's a total of 90 dollars assuming the non discounted prices. Add 40 to that and now I have the msi 980 going for 442 right now.


    I thought you're Star Wars theme build was based on that case you've picked, which is black/white?
    Not overclocking, then you can go with a lock Core i5, but you're not saving too much where it can be put towards a better gpu. Z170 isn't just for OCing, some features other chipset don't have is the ability to run SLI or CFX at x8/x8. 20 PCIe Gen 3 lanes from the chipset so there is plenty to go around, when you see the need to add a nvme drive, and ram can go beyond 2133MHz.
    Forgot ram in that build, changed some parts and added ram.
  6. LotsofSpaghetti713 said:
    That hybrid HDD is pretty cool thanks for pointing that out. I still don't think it's worth it to overclock. I could drop the i5 6600k down to a 6500 or 6600, the 6600 being to 215, but was recently on sale for 205, and comes with a fan and heatsink. Also the Asus pro gaming h170 is 129 but was going for 119, so that's a total of 90 dollars assuming the non discounted prices. Add 40 to that and now I have the msi 980 going for 442 right now.


    Hybrid HDs aren't going to do much for your system's performance that an SSD won't handle. After 7200 RPM there's nothing else but an SSD to increase load times, then there's the fancier PCI SSDs and M2 SSDs. But really, for load times, you want an SSD over a hard drive.

    If your budget includes monitor and peripherals that's fine, but you don't have to get the good ones right away. Get some cheap ones to start with (a CM Storm should suffice) and then get the good peripherals later on when you can afford a nice mechanical keyboard and mouse.

    Maybe try this - it's possible to get Skylake on a budget without sacrificing:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.50 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1238.31
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-03 23:57 EST-0500

    That gives you $250 for OS, monitor and the CM Storm set I mentioned previously.
  7. lp231 said:
    LotsofSpaghetti713 said:

    That hybrid HDD is pretty cool thanks for pointing that out. I still don't think it's worth it to overclock. I could drop the i5 6600k down to a 6500 or 6600, the 6600 being to 215, but was recently on sale for 205, and comes with a fan and heatsink. Also the Asus pro gaming h170 is 129 but was going for 119, so that's a total of 90 dollars assuming the non discounted prices. Add 40 to that and now I have the msi 980 going for 442 right now.


    I thought you're Star Wars theme build was based on that case you've picked, which is black/white?
    Not overclocking, then you can go with a lock Core i5, but you're not saving too much where it can be put towards a better gpu. Z170 isn't just for OCing, some features other chipset don't have is the ability to run SLI or CFX at x8/x8. 20 PCIe Gen 3 lanes from the chipset so there is plenty to go around, when you see the need to add a nvme drive, and ram and go beyond 2133MHz.
    Forgot ram in that build, changed some parts and added ram.


    All I meant was futuristic looking to resemble Star Wars, and that was the best case I found that would do that. The only other thing would be the mouse and keyboard to fit the futuristic theme, not necessarily black and white, just mainly futuristic thus Star Wars like. Also I don't plan to crossfire or sli it seems overkill at 1080p especially once I upgrade to the new graphic card next year.
  8. LotsofSpaghetti713 said:

    All I meant was futuristic looking to resemble Star Wars, and that was the best case I found that would do that. The only other thing would be the mouse and keyboard to fit the futuristic theme, not necessarily black and white, just mainly futuristic thus Star Wars like. Also I don't plan to crossfire or sli it seems overkill at 1080p especially once I upgrade to the new graphic card next year.


    If you're looking for a case with a black / white theme, try the NZXT H440 in white/black or the Phanteks Enthoo Pro in white, both are very solid cases, and both are $50 cheaper than the Storm Stryker.

    IMO it's pointless to buy with upgrading in mind. It may seem like a good idea in the short run, in the long run you wind up spending twice, or in some cases 3 times as much.
  9. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($66.22 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr Video Card ($442.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT H230 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1444.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-04 00:13 EST-0500
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