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Looking for thoughts on a Midrange Gaming PC under $1,400

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February 16, 2014 8:37:02 PM

What do you all think of this for a PC to be used for Moderate gaming (Civ V, Dragons Age II, and X-Com). My max price is $1400. No plans for over clocking or SLI.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($156.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($175.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1336.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 23:34 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 8:43:08 PM

Unless you really need the 4TBs of storage, drop one of the drives and put the money to a better graphics card, either the 760 or 770.
Also do you have a power supply picked out?
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February 17, 2014 6:54:50 AM

Gam3r01, hjj174:

Thanks for the input. Sorry, I should have spelled this out in my original post; the reason for the dual 2TB hard drives is I am setting up a RAID1 for redundancy for my data. I've got too many pics and movies of the kidos to trust to one hard drive. I have a cloud backup solution, but I don't upload as often as I should.

Not sure what happened with the power supply, for some reason it did not save on my last go around with pc part picker. Please see updated version below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($156.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.44 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($175.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1361.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 09:26 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 10:05:32 AM

If you must use two HDDs that can work fine. The rest of the build is solid.
February 17, 2014 1:03:35 PM

Gam3r01,

Thank you for your advice.
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