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First Custom Gaming Build. $ 1200 Dollar Budget

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June 19, 2014 5:56:37 PM

Hey guys,

I'm new to PC gaming and would like to build a computer under $ 1200. I plan to use it mostly for gaming and would like to be able to run recent and future games (Skyrim with graphics mods, BF4, Dragon Age Inquisition, etc) at 1080p on max settings. This is my first build and any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PGBWBm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PGBWBm/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($469.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Enermax ECA3310B-R ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1138.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 20:41 EDT-0400

Thanks in advance!

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June 19, 2014 6:02:27 PM

Better!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($469.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1182.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 21:02 EDT-0400
June 19, 2014 6:36:01 PM

That looks like a good system. I hope we can help.
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June 19, 2014 6:42:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3GG6qs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3GG6qs/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($469.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1213.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 21:41 EDT-0400

What about the monitor and how many monitors? Keyboard and mouse.
June 19, 2014 7:26:20 PM

Thank you guys for the quick replies. I already have a decent monitor and keyboard somewhere in my house. I was planning on buying a cheap mouse off eBay.
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