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Building my first PC! Could use advice.

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March 1, 2014 4:07:55 PM

Hey guys. I'm planning on building myself a new PC sometime within the next 2 months. I have never built a PC before so this is a new experience for me and although I'm pretty comfortable using computers and have a decent knowledge of hardware, I would really like as much advice as I can get in terms of what hardware to buy or general build tips.

I think the build itself won't be that bad, theres plenty of resources online, so what I'm mostly interested in is your guys thoughts on hardware.

I'm looking to spend roughly $2000 and I want to end up with the best gaming PC I can within that budget.

I don't follow hardware news that closely so the first thing I want to ask is if theres any significant new releases coming in the near future. Obviously hardware gets better all the time, but is there anything coming out in the next 3-4 months that I would regret not waiting for in the long run?

Beyond that I'd just like any general advice, if you want to outline a build that you would go for that would come at around $2000 that would be awesome. All I really know at this point is that I'm probably going to get a 128gb SSD and a 2 TB HD.

Thanks!

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March 1, 2014 4:19:05 PM

First off, do you need a keyboard, mouse, or speakers? I'm assuming that you will need a monitor.

Second, the new GTX 790 is one upcoming piece of hardware, as well as the Maxwell chips, but the 790 will be (probably) well over $1,000, so yeah. But, if it is anything like the 690 and the 590, is will be one killer GPU.
March 1, 2014 4:28:15 PM

Hi jacob.

I do need a monitor but I have a keyboard, mouse, and headset already (don't plan on buying speakers).

Thats pretty steep at over $1000 for a GPU, I assume if I went with that I'd have to get a mediocre CPU and end up just being bottlenecked pretty hard by that? Right now I'm looking at a 780ti they're around $700 on newegg, how much better will the 790 be than a 780ti?

Thanks!
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March 1, 2014 6:01:00 PM

Just spent a couple hours looking at parts and came up with this build, what do you guys think?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/32u9d

Its a bit over budget but to be honest I can wait on a few more pay checks if thats the system I decide to go with.
March 1, 2014 6:48:08 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($729.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($253.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2004.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 21:48 EST-0500)
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