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1st Try Building a Gaming PC

#1SageMaduinPosted 8/3/2013 4:18:33 PM
Originally I wanted to spend $1050...then I got carried away and decided to raise it to $1250...NOW I've gone over that. I'd REALLY like to get it below $1250...lower if possible. What do you guys think?
The 16 GB RAM has to stay because I use ProTools a lot and it (and its associated programs) need a lot.

I'm hoping to run the latest games on Max and be able to run games on at least Medium (but still with solid FPS) for about 4 years. I've had my gaming laptop for 4 years now and it ran GW2 very solidly on decent (but not max) settings, but isn't really up to snuff for FFXIV even on medium so it's time to upgrade. I'm also hoping that in about 4 years I might be ok just replacing some of the parts rather than starting from scratch, so that I can consider this purchase an "investment" in a way to justify it. If I'm not on the right track with what I've chosen to accomplish this, please let me know.

Also, I don't plan on overclocking to start out with but I'm hoping I got the right parts to do so in a couple years if I need to by just buying a CPU cooling fan.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nPNY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nPNY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nPNY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($125.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($192.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($17.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1306.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-03 20:15 EDT-0400)
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#2TheFeshPincePosted 8/3/2013 4:22:11 PM
Unless you cut back on the case, GPU (maybe 7870?), monitor, mobo, or drop the SSD, I don't see where you could save money.

What's up with the benchmarks link?
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#3JockoPosted 8/3/2013 4:25:28 PM
I would lose the SSD and gain a little bit of patients. That's more of a luxury part.
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#4HydroCannabinolPosted 8/3/2013 4:30:17 PM
Jocko posted...
I would lose the SSD and gain a little bit of patients. That's more of a luxury part.


This so much.
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#5Cool_Dude667Posted 8/3/2013 4:31:38 PM
Jocko posted...
I would lose the SSD and gain a little bit of patients. That's more of a luxury part.


This.

Its nice to have, and it would make me sad to go back to a mechanical as my primary drive, but its nothing more than a luxury for a gamer.
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#6ShubPosted 8/3/2013 4:38:58 PM
Just to make sure: are you aware that the price of the CPU at Micro Center is an in-store-only deal? If not, better make sure you have a Micro Center near you, or you'll be paying $230 for the i5-4670K. If you do live near a Micro Center, make absolutely sure to take advantage of their CPU+motherboard bundles, you'll save a heap of money. Also, look for in-store discounts on RAM when buying a CPU/motherboard.
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#7SageMaduin(Topic Creator)Posted 8/3/2013 5:12:07 PM
Thanks for the replies so far!

The benchmark links were just from what pcpartpicker.com gives you when you ask for a text copy of your choices.

I'll cut the SSD and then that pretty much solves the problem. People were singing its praises so much I got carried away.

I'll have to tag an extra $20 on to get the CPU from Amazon...thanks for pointing that out.




Beyond all that - are the parts I've chosen good? Will they carry me for a long time?
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#8Last Grand MageX2Posted 8/3/2013 7:03:02 PM
Sage Maduin posted...
Thanks for the replies so far!

The benchmark links were just from what pcpartpicker.com gives you when you ask for a text copy of your choices.

I'll cut the SSD and then that pretty much solves the problem. People were singing its praises so much I got carried away.

I'll have to tag an extra $20 on to get the CPU from Amazon...thanks for pointing that out.




Beyond all that - are the parts I've chosen good? Will they carry me for a long time?


If you have the money for an SSD, get one, even if it does stretch your budget. Even if it's just a smaller one exclusively for your OS, it does wonders.

Of course you can always wait and grab an SSD later, but don't start thinking that SSDs aren't the bees knees, because they are.
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#9fallenswordsPosted 8/3/2013 7:09:24 PM(edited)
you could try to swap the monitor for a nice TV of the same size since they're essentially the same thing at this point.

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DO NOT GET WINDOWS 8!!! it is absolute garbage.

TC, this is very similar to my setup, and i can say that it gets the job done for most current gen games and if need be you can always pick up an addition 760 and SLI if you end up needing more power. (although you will have to update your PSU to accommodate for the extra juice your second GPU will need,
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#10New_PantsPosted 8/3/2013 7:44:42 PM
You're spending $1k+ on a premium PC...

DO NOT SKIMP ON THE SSD BOOT DRIVE. Please don't listen to those people who say to pass it up. It's only $80 just get it, trust me. It's the best thing ever.
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