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December 28, 2013 1:00:46 PM

I'm currently building a gaming PC for a friend who'd like to play the latest games on a 60" tv. He'd like me to center the build around an EVGA GTX 780 and try to stay around $1k (if that's possible). Would anyone be willing to put together a parts list for this or offer some advice. Thanks so much in advance. I greatly appreciate any responses.

Here's the new build format:

Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better but willing to wait if necessary

Budget Range: Approx. $1k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming on 60" tv

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I live on Canada/US Border (Canadian side) so I'd prefer Canadian sites but can usually buy from US sites as well.

Location: See above

Parts Preferences: He'd prefer an EVGA GTX 780 graphics card but he's open to suggestions.

Overclocking: Not likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 6:00:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2rQYT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2rQYT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2rQYT/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($123.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($58.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($529.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Thermaltake VO600A1W3N ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($68.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $988.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 21:00 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 6:08:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.59 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.21 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $994.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 21:07 EST-0500)\


Couple bucks more than Bodeen2012s build.
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December 28, 2013 6:36:24 PM

It would be much better if he were to opt for a slightly weaker GPU in favor of a more powerful CPU and a better mobo and a SSD. The FX-6300 would probably bottleneck the 780.

How about this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.06 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($339.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1041.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 21:36 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 7:41:36 PM

intel build non overclocking
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2rU9t
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2rU9t/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2rU9t/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.00 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Thermaltake VO600A1W3N ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($72.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $985.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 22:41 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 7:48:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.21 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($457.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1025.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 22:47 EST-0500)


Loose the cooler, drop the case, for a stronger graphics card and faster ram plus a more reliable HD.
My original build with the GTX 780 was good but with a stronger CPU we would blow your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.21 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1074.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 22:52 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 8:33:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.59 @ B&H)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($21.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $1095.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 23:24 EST-0500)

This is the best I could do with a 780 in the build. A much more sensible build would be this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1020.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 23:32 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 9:09:32 PM

I think my build sums everything up in this forum along with Sacaras build. If your going to overclock then just add a Hyper 212 evo for $30 more. My ram is 1866mhz which is faster than Sacaras i also recommend going with the Seagate Barracuda iv had the hard drive for 4 years using for boot and everything with out a fail. Nonetheless both builds are similar.
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