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multipurpose Gaming/Video rendering build. $1000-$1200

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June 5, 2014 1:10:42 PM

I am about to make my second build ever. The last one worked great until it didn't after about 3.5 years. (I plan on keeping the parts I can scrap and building a second budget machine after this one is done)

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1000-1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video rendering, surfing the internet
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: ALL
Buy OS: No. Will run Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Location: Bergen County, NJ
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel
Overclocking: NO
SLI or Crossfire: NO
Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080. May upgrade later

Since I am vehemently against any overclocking and since I need a well rounded power machine, I am leaning toward a Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB. Does this make sense? I put these parts together, but am not married to any of them:

CPU: Intel E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB
Motherboard: MSI H97 Guard-Pro LGA 1150 Intel H97
momory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X PCIE 2GB DDR5
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F2kcRB

Any problems or areas where I can do better? Perhaps bump up the GPU?



June 5, 2014 4:00:44 PM

Any ideas? TIA!
June 6, 2014 6:07:33 AM

OK, given my proximity to a Micro Center, I am now considering bumping this up to a full i7. I'm still not planning on overclocking but Microcenter makes the K version cheaper than the non K. Any thoughts? I am probably going to order today...

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI H97 Guard-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1087

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PQgsnQ

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June 7, 2014 5:15:26 PM

I suffered a little scope creep... the SSD came on strong at the end. This is what I purchased:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($146.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.51 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1308.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 20:14 EDT-0400)
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June 7, 2014 5:23:19 PM

Spiderm0n said:
I suffered a little scope creep... the SSD came on strong at the end. This is what I purchased:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($146.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.51 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1308.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 20:14 EDT-0400)


Great build but better if you went with a 650w PSU and an R9 280X which is faster
and you could have gone with Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H
But other than that the build is good
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