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Ultimate Office/Gaming, Complete Build Under $1300, How's it looking?

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January 4, 2014 11:48:04 AM

Hey Tom's Hardware Members,

I am new to pc building, but I have spent many (and I mean MANY) hours reading, browsing, studying, and comparing pc builds and their parts over the past few weeks.

My objective is to build a new home computer with my father to replace his 6-year-old, retail desktop.

After spending a ton of time looking for the right parts. I finally threw together a build that I am satisfied with. It seems like it would look great, function well, and offer the best overall experience when switching between gaming and surfing the web, processing documents, etc.

So, I would appreciate it if you some of you knowledgeable members could critique the build to help me with creating when everyone desires: the best 'bang-for-your-buck' computer.

Here is the pc-part picker list:

**I chose an H60 and not a standard cpu cooler due to aesthetics. This case is not only small, but it has a window also. After looking at the H100i in this case, I couldn't stand to see a bulky fan in it.** For the monitor, I would prefer to have built-in speakers; however nearly all of the reviews of monitors with speakers say that the built-in-speakers suck. So, I figured I would forget about them and go with an amazing looking, slim monitor instead.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Griffith/saved/3l1t


CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Q87M-E/CSM Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($138.42 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1228.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 14:46 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2014 12:13:52 PM

Looks like a solid build. But that's just me just wait for everyone else to start replying of what they think.

-Eco
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2014 12:53:09 PM

do you need an OS ?
if not , then thats a solid budget for a good overall PC. your gpu however doesnt match your high budget i.e. you should get a better GPU for similar budget: this is what i can suggest ->

You should get a higher GPU if you going for a cooling system and an overclocking proof.

Just to mention this one has much improved GPU then the current one you chosen. and a bit modified parts list to adjust the budget for best performance.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.53 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($339.99 @ B&H)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.41 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1271.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 5, 2014 3:36:03 AM

Niko_boy said:
do you need an OS ?
if not , then thats a solid budget for a good overall PC. your gpu however doesnt match your high budget i.e. you should get a better GPU for similar budget: this is what i can suggest ->

You should get a higher GPU if you going for a cooling system and an overclocking proof.

Just to mention this one has much improved GPU then the current one you chosen. and a bit modified parts list to adjust the budget for best performance.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.53 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($339.99 @ B&H)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.41 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1271.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I'd go with this build but replace the GPU with the GTX 770 due to 280X bitcoin and 770 is slightly better then the 280X
a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2014 10:41:33 PM

Shocking777 said:
Niko_boy said:
do you need an OS ?
if not , then thats a solid budget for a good overall PC. your gpu however doesnt match your high budget i.e. you should get a better GPU for similar budget: this is what i can suggest ->

You should get a higher GPU if you going for a cooling system and an overclocking proof.

Just to mention this one has much improved GPU then the current one you chosen. and a bit modified parts list to adjust the budget for best performance.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.53 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($339.99 @ B&H)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.41 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1271.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I'd go with this build but replace the GPU with the GTX 770 due to 280X bitcoin and 770 is slightly better then the 280X


yeah sure that'd be great choice aswell.
even i prefer nvidia over AMD , but 280x somehow do a bit better according to some benchmarks so i go for that.
However 770 is a good deal too!
!