Looking to build a new rig- a little "out of the loop" and need help!

Hi everyone,

Well, I'm looking to build a new rig. Let me start by telling you what I do have, as of now:

AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.01 GHZ
4 Gig RAM
AMD Radeon HD 7800
Windows 7 64 Bit
Standard hard drives (256 and 500GB)
Standard (I believe silver rated) 700 W PSU
Standard mid tower case
Samsung SyncMaster 2253bw

I'm going to keep the hard drives for photo storage and stuff, and the PSU is fine. But most everything else I'd like to upgrade. There are a lot of great games coming out this year and I'd love to enjoy them on a nice rig.

Here's what I had in mind (and I am completely open to changing them).

FYI: I do NOT plan to overclock.

Motherboard: No idea- l just want something good and reliable. Preferably no more than $100.

CPU: Core i5-4590 (that was after doing some research)

Ram: Have no idea how much or what type to get. Again, I am doing your basic usage and gaming. No photo or video editing.

Case: I'd like a cool mid tower that is EASY to build with and setup. Thinking about the $80 range...

SSD Drive: Yes, I want one to put windows and a few games on at a time. I'd prefer not to spend more than $150. Not sure what's the best though.

Video card: Thinking it's time for an upgrade. I was looking at the Radeon r280x and it appeared to get about double the performance of my current one.


And a monitor... I'd like to get a bigger and more vibrant screen. A big thing for me is to get it LED-lit, because I have an eye-condition called Keratoconus and when the lighting is low I see "ghost" images and stuff.

I was thinking of this: ASUS VS278Q-P Ultrafast 1ms 27-Inch LED-Lit Monitor ($250).


So, I'll go with what you guys suggest. You're much smarter than me in this area. I hope my information helps and thanks so much for your suggestions!


Best,

Frank
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  1. Is there a certain budget you're aiming for?
  2. Let's see, well for the motherboard, CPU, RAM, case, SSD drive, video card, and monitor, I'd prefer not to go over $1150.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($142.95 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    Monitor: Dell S2340M 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1111.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 23:15 EDT-0400

    The 280x is a nice choice. Its a good powerful card and it comes with I believe 3 free games. Also theres the Raptr thing with AMD and the FreeSync. There are some really nice features that come with AMD cards. The monitor is IPS mostly because the colors are a lot better but IPS monitors don't come in good refresh rates but I don't think it would matter much with most games.

    Hope I helped you out :)
  4. Thank you for your suggestions.

    A few followup questions:

    1. Is the CPU cooler necessary if I won't be overclocking?

    2. The motherboard seems to have a lot of features I won't be using (dual cards, overclocking, etc.) Is there a comparably solid gaming motherboard that is cheaper.

    3. The SSD had really bad reviews on Amazon and Newegg. Any reason for that?

    4. The case- is there anything good, like that one, but cheaper?

    5. How does the monitor I suggested compare to the one you suggested? I like that the one I suggested is 27 inches :)


    Thanks!
  5. 1. No, but it is a nice touch to keep the CPU cool, which in most cases increases the life of a CPU.
    2. Really thats what gaming motherboards are. Network Cards, Audio engines, netter dual graphics, and easier hardware tuning. If you want me to suggest a normal Motherboard I can.
    3. Yeah, I read some good reviews on it so I thought it would have been a better choice, but the 840 EVO is a good SSD.
    4. Yeah, Corsair has a lot more D series cases. Heres a list:
    -450D($129): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I6BJ8MQ/?tag=pcpapi-20
    -650D($179): http://www.bestbuy.com/site/corsair-obsidian-series-650d-mid-tower-case/2097854.p?id=1218309758524&ref=199&loc=8BacdVP0GFs&siteID=8BacdVP0GFs-XPpbGCb.kLYzRcG2pP0iCQ
    -750D($129): http://www.microcenter.com/product/418428/Obsidian_Series_750D_Full_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case
    -900D($279): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011022ww
    Also if you want to look into another series of Corsair I can give you some more links to other series by them. There cases are all really solid nice cases.
    5. Although the monitor is bigger, you mentioned you wanted more vibrant colors. The IPS panel I suggested would give you better colors. If you want size over the colors I can trade that out for you :)

    This is the build with the new SSD and monitor:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1193.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-14 00:58 EDT-0400
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