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Build for friend with good price/performance balance for playing EVE Online, Left 4 Dead 2, and League of Legends at 1366x768.

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  • League of Legends
  • Price/Performance Balance
  • Systems
  • EVE Online
  • Intel HD 4600
  • Left 4 Dead 2
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February 26, 2014 1:03:08 PM

Hello everyone, I have been asked by a friend to put together a new computer that will be replacing an aging pre-built (AMD dual-core processor, 3GB DDR2 RAM, a 512 MB 128-bit Visiontek Radeon 3650 that's on it's last leg, and 32-bit Vista) and want to stick with a good balance of price and performance. The most demanding tasks in this computer's immediate future will be playing EVE Online, Left 4 Dead 2, and League of Legends at a resolution of 1366x768, with the hope of upgrading to a dedicated graphics card and a new 1920x1080 monitor down the line before Alien Isolation is released. I do prefer Intel over AMD for the processor and with the exception of the operating system I would like to get all of the parts from either Micro Center or Newegg in the next week or so. My main concerns are any compatibility issues that I may be unaware of and if the integrated Intel graphics will suffice for his needs until we upgrade to a dedicated graphics card. Also, there are no plans to overclock this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $682.80

Thank you for taking the time to review my parts list.

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February 26, 2014 1:10:43 PM

I don't think you don't need that expensive motherboard. There are way cheaper options that will serve your purposes available at both newegg and micro center
February 26, 2014 1:19:58 PM

Here is my suggestion. I went with a Gigabyte motherboard instead of MSI. I've just had better luck with Gigabyte boards, so that's my personal preference. I went with faster 2133MHz speed RAM for the same price, a cheaper HDD, cheaper case, higher quality PSU, and Windows 8.1. I also didn't limit the retailers to Newegg and MicroCenter. I just stuck with the cheapest retail sites.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($113.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $664.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 16:18 EST-0500)
February 26, 2014 1:56:59 PM

You don't necessarily need a 4670K for 720P resolutions, you can actually save money on the CPU and then invest in other hardware like upgrading your monitor later on to 1080P. And I would definitely not purchase a Corsair CX - there's way better PSUs you can get. Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.52 @ NCIX US)
Total: $656.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 16:56 EST-0500)
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