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Building a $1000 Gaming PC (CPU, RAM, Mobo, GPU, PSU)

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June 1, 2014 8:52:26 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm planning to build a computer myself for the first time and i would really appreciate your help on choosing the right components.

Approximate Purchase Date: June/July
Budget Range: $1000 (rebates and shipping are not important)
System Usage: Gaming
Parts Needed: CPU, RAM, Motherboard, Video, PSU (no monitor, case and hd)
No OS needed
No overclocking
No SLI or Crossfire
My Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Plus points for reduced noise

I'm open to suggestions for AMD or Intel so anything goes! :D 
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 1, 2014 9:00:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x466h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x466h/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x466h/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $996.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-01 23:59 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
June 1, 2014 9:04:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($426.48 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1006.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 00:04 EDT-0400)
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June 1, 2014 9:12:32 PM

CTurbo said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x466h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x466h/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x466h/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $996.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-01 23:59 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the quick response! But i'm not looking storage or case. Could you update the build adding that money to improve the rest?
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 1, 2014 9:15:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jc2prH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jc2prH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jc2prH/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($548.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 00:15 EDT-0400)
June 1, 2014 9:18:12 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($426.48 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1006.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 00:04 EDT-0400)


Hi Nuckles!
Is it really necessary to add the CPU cooler? Can't i just use the stock default?
If it's really better to add a custom one, is it mandatory to do it since the first day or i could wait for a month to get it?
June 1, 2014 9:22:33 PM

CTurbo said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jc2prH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jc2prH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jc2prH/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($548.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 00:15 EDT-0400)


Thanks again!
I wasn't thinking about getting a SSD right now, but maybe in a few months. Can you say the difference between a normal hd and a ssd is really noticeable?
a b 4 Gaming
June 1, 2014 9:33:13 PM

You don't need a custom cooler, just they will be cooler and quieter than the stock one, so no you don't have to get one straight away or ever if you don't want to. A SSD will make a huge difference in the time that it takes for your computer to boot up and also if you install the programs you use most on there as well, they will open a lot quicker as well.
June 1, 2014 10:22:56 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
You don't need a custom cooler, just they will be cooler and quieter than the stock one, so no you don't have to get one straight away or ever if you don't want to.


I never tried to change the cpu cooler myself. In case i buy it, would you say is somehow risky and not recommended for beginners to do it or i'll be fine?

Nuckles_56 said:

A SSD will make a huge difference in the time that it takes for your computer to boot up and also if you install the programs you use most on there as well, they will open a lot quicker as well.


Is there any problem on having a not-so-big ssd as primary disk and a big normal hd for the rest?
a b 4 Gaming
June 1, 2014 10:27:47 PM

The only slightly risky part is when you have to apply the thermal paste, but there are some good tutorials here on this website and also on youtube too, so if you follow them, you should be just fine. There is no problem with using a smaller SSD as the boot disk/highly used programs disk and a larger normal HDD for the rest as the rest doesn't need the same level of speed for the most part.
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 5:34:51 AM

Most people on here use a 120-128GB ssd for windows and programs only, and then a large 1TB+ hard drive for data. That is typically the best way to go. Because you get the speed of an ssd and the storage space of the big hard drive. Large ssds are very expensive.

The stock cooler is fine at stock speeds for EVERY cpu that comes with a stock cooler. Since I almost never recommend overclocking, I almost never recommend an after market cooler. It's something that could be added later if you feel the stock cooler is too noisy.


If it was my money, I would probably do this. I would probably go for the regular 290 over the 290x and I'm a big fan of these Xeons for people who want i7s since they are the same. Note: the e3-1231v3 is the same price, but partpicker doesn't have it listed yet.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k8ZkjX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k8ZkjX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k8ZkjX/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $964.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 08:32 EDT-0400)



The 1231v3 is the newer version of the 1230v3. It's 100mhz faster and should have better thermals. Not bad for the same price. http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=E3-1231V3B&c=fr&p...
June 2, 2014 7:10:07 PM

CTurbo said:

If it was my money, I would probably do this. I would probably go for the regular 290 over the 290x and I'm a big fan of these Xeons for people who want i7s since they are the same.


I read that this xeon you are telling me it's almost the same to i7s, is there any substantial difference apart from the price?
The same question goes for the 290 and 290x cards.

Regarding the memory, i never heard of A-Data brand, is it good enough or you just put them for budget limits?
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 2, 2014 7:38:14 PM

The Xeon e3-1230v3 is the same as the i7 4770 except:

1. it's integrated graphics has been disabled.
2. It has been down clocked 100/200mhz
3. It supports ECC RAM
4. It has a few extra instruction sets
5. It runs cooler



AData makes good memory, but you could get some G.Skill 1600mhz for $2-3 more if it makes you feel better.


The 290 is just a 290x that has been downclocked and has some SPUs disabled. The 290 offers 90% of the performance for like 60% of the price making it a better value.
June 3, 2014 6:04:44 PM

CTurbo, you are convincing me for good :D 

It seems there's almost no advange, at least for me, to spend extra money on the i7 if the xeon is that good.
What about the i5 you first posted? Is there a big difference between 5 and 7?
a b 4 Gaming
June 3, 2014 6:06:31 PM

For gaming there is almost no difference at all, with highly threaded workloads which you are most likely not to be doing there will be a large difference
June 3, 2014 6:14:10 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
For gaming there is almost no difference at all, with highly threaded workloads which you are most likely not to be doing there will be a large difference


you mean the xeon vs i7 or the i7 vs i5? :D 
a b 4 Gaming
June 3, 2014 6:23:48 PM

i7 vs i5 and as for the xeon vs i7 there will be almost no difference at all
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 3, 2014 8:03:07 PM

In gaming, there is very little difference between the i5 and i7(Xeon), but an i7 is faster in everything else a PC can do. It's up to you if you want to spend the extra $50 for hyperthreading. Just don't let that $50 come at the expense of other components.
June 3, 2014 8:24:00 PM

For now, i'm going to go with the I5 4590, since the xenon is for some reason a lot more expensive in my country.

Also, i can't get the ASRock H97 PRO4 here, and i had some bad reviews from the MSI Z87-G41. Any other options?
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 3, 2014 8:26:41 PM

Any H97 motherboard.
June 3, 2014 8:31:33 PM

i can't get any h97 :( 

The most similar is "Asus H87-plus"
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 3, 2014 8:32:19 PM

What really? No H97 at all? Well yeah then a H87 is the next best thing.
June 3, 2014 9:13:55 PM

So far:
I5 4590
Asus H87M-E
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 3, 2014 9:16:56 PM

Looks good!
June 4, 2014 8:41:38 AM

I can get the G.Skill Sniper the same price as the G.Skill Ripjaws X, is there any detail to take into account to decide for any of them?
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 4, 2014 8:46:17 AM

Nah get whichever is faster and if they're the same it won't matter.
June 4, 2014 10:49:10 AM

Now with the PSU:

I can get any of this:
Seasonic M12ii 620w 80plus Bronze
Antec High Current Gamer M 750W
Corsair CX600M 600w CX Series


So far:
I5 4590
Asus H87M-E
G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB


Btw, i can get an I5 4670 for almost the same price as the 4590. Is it worth it?
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 4, 2014 2:21:03 PM

The SeaSonic or Antec would be great! Don't get that Corsair. I would not pay more than about $10 for the 4670 over the 4590. There is only 100mhz difference. The Samsung Evo 250GB is great but usually the Crucial M500 240GB is usually a lot cheaper and it is just as reliable.
June 4, 2014 4:15:03 PM

A few updates:

Today i bought the ram and the ssd :D 
Now i read your message about the Crucial ssd, but i'm checking local prices and there's almost no difference between the Samsung i bought, and the Crucial, so go Samsung!

Regarding the cpu, I decided to keep the 4590, which i'm getting the following days.

I'm still deciding about the PSU.
There's a considerable difference on the prices, being the Seasonic cheaper than the Antec. Also for almost the same Antec price, i can get a cooler master gx 750w or a cooler master silent pro m 700w.
What do you think about this?

Btw, i still didn't buy the Asus H87M-E, and now i have the possibility to get a H97m-e or a h97m-plus.
Is that worth to spend a few more bucks for any of those? Regular or plus?
a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2014 4:47:35 PM

Yes, as getting a h97 board will mean that you can upgrade to one of the next generation intel CPUs if you want
June 4, 2014 6:21:31 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
Yes, as getting a h97 board will mean that you can upgrade to one of the next generation intel CPUs if you want


Great! I'll go for it.

Any thought about the psu?
a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2014 6:26:10 PM

I would go the seasonic PSU personally, mainly because I haven't heard much about the cooler master ones.
June 4, 2014 6:41:42 PM

I'm reading details about that seasonic psu and there's the following item:
Haswell Support: No

i read far into datail and it seems this psu in particular will work wrong with a haswell based cpu, is that true?
June 4, 2014 7:43:33 PM

I've reduced options in two:

Antec High Current Gamer M 750W Modular
Xfx Pro 650w Xxx Ed. Semi-modular
a c 276 4 Gaming
June 4, 2014 8:06:44 PM

Get which ever one is cheaper. They are both made by SeaSonic.
a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2014 8:06:48 PM

I would go the Antec one personally
June 5, 2014 1:08:19 PM

Quick question!

I have the i5 in my hands, but i'm not sure about the installation regarding the thermal grease. Should i use some right now? Or that's for further maintenance?
June 5, 2014 4:31:45 PM

Thanks!

I'm almost ready to start building the whole thing.
Thank you very much both of you for the help provided, my heroes!

I'll update the post when the thing is ready and running :D 

(btw, i finally purchased the Antec psu)
July 16, 2014 8:23:22 AM

kennysp said:
Nuckles_56 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($426.48 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1006.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 00:04 EDT-0400)


Hi Nuckles!
Is it really necessary to add the CPU cooler? Can't i just use the stock default?
If it's really better to add a custom one, is it mandatory to do it since the first day or i could wait for a month to get it?


OFC You Need a Cooler, you don't want your pc to catch on fire do you?
!