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$1,400 Gaming/Video Editing Build, First Purchase But I Think I Did Good?

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July 4, 2013 6:48:50 PM

Ok, this has been a crazy night of researching and people telling me what and what not to buy, but I think I have a solid build now. I need to capture high-quality gaming footage and render said footage, as well as play the games obviously. As this is my first build ever, and I'm a total noob, any help is appreciated. Here is the build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dmJN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dmJN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dmJN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Creative Labs A60 4W 2ch Speakers ($19.51 @ Amazon)
Total: $1333.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 21:44 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 4, 2013 9:44:56 PM

Here you go. It is a slightly lower CPU, but for what you're doing I think that should be fine. It also has a better GPU (much better), as well as a better PSU and a better SSD. You can stick with the same monitor if you want; it's a good monitor.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1169.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:43 EDT-0400)
a c 278 4 Gaming
July 4, 2013 11:04:54 PM

I'd lose the tin can speakers. If you get a monitor with built in speakers, those will be better than those Creative POS's. The PSU in the above build is a much better choice than the Corsair CX. I'd do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($435.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1365.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 02:04 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 10:27:37 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd lose the tin can speakers. If you get a monitor with built in speakers, those will be better than those Creative POS's. The PSU in the above build is a much better choice than the Corsair CX. I'd do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($435.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1365.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 02:04 EDT-0400)


This does not include a monitor, though... You will have to cut these prices at least $100 or so, and even more ($180) since OP needs an OS.
a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 11:08:30 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1411.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 14:08 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 11:11:17 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1411.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 14:08 EDT-0400)


Great build! I'm loving the SSD, as well as the nice monitor.
July 5, 2013 6:16:23 PM

Thanks for all the help guys.
a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 9:44:04 PM

Grohlvana said:
Thanks for all the help guys.


Any day!
Remember, if someone was really helpful, give them a B.A.! I think that marcopolo's build was great...
a c 278 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 10:49:39 PM

dannyboy2233 said:


This does not include a monitor, though... You will have to cut these prices at least $100 or so, and even more ($180) since OP needs an OS.


I usually don't include monitors - I leave those up to the OP because people get really picky about displays and the opinions on them very greatly from user to user.
a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 11:06:16 AM

g-unit1111 said:
dannyboy2233 said:


This does not include a monitor, though... You will have to cut these prices at least $100 or so, and even more ($180) since OP needs an OS.


I usually don't include monitors - I leave those up to the OP because people get really picky about displays and the opinions on them very greatly from user to user.


Yeah, I completely understand. Both of your guys' builds are great; some people like to have monitors picked for them, and some don't; I guess it's all their choice.
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