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Could someone give me a hand tweaking my first gaming PC setup?

#1Lightning BoltPosted 8/23/2013 1:47:37 PM(edited)
Let me get it out of the way that I have virtually no idea what I'm doing.
I read through the sticky, nodding my head and drooling where appropriate, and grabbed a setup TheFeshPrince posted in another thread. (I swapped the power supply as recommended later in the topic)

Thing is that, with the keyboard/mouse/monitor I added it comes well over what I'd want to pay.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vrRO
Really I'd like to get it down to $1000 if possible. If that's a huge drop in quality from a $1100ish price tag or something I can go a bit higher in the name of price performance efficiency.

(There's also a compatibility error message there, but it involves parts I didn't touch so I'm not sure if it's really a problem.)


Could some kind soul point out what cuts I could make to get the price down around $300 without sacrificing too too much?
And would this be all I needed? As in could I just pop those parts out of the box, assemble them, and sit down and play some LoL or whatever; or am I missing something big?

tl;dr: Computer too expensive but I'm an idiot. Can someone help me cut $300 off the price?
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#2Freakwave003Posted 8/23/2013 1:49:16 PM(edited)
Get a cheaper power supply. 750w is more than you need. go for 600ish.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119
#3TheFeshPincePosted 8/23/2013 1:52:38 PM
If you don't plan on overclocking, you can drop the aftermarket cooler. Drop the SSD. The PSU you have picked out is a solid unit and will be good for SLI later, but you can get something else that's cheaper for now if you want to save money.

Also, you can switch from the i5 to an AMD FX-6300 or something and save $100-$150 that way between the cpu and mobo. However, the i5 will perform better for gaming.
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#4TheFeshPincePosted 8/23/2013 2:03:06 PM
This puts you within budget...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vsCP
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#5fuzzymanPosted 8/23/2013 2:16:45 PM
get a better monitor

that screen has terrible angle and it sounds very dim
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#6gastamanPosted 8/23/2013 2:24:47 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vt7o

I'm sure it can be trimmed even more, but this is a quick look into a build.
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#7TheWayOfTheGunPosted 8/23/2013 2:25:38 PM
Don't skimp on the quality of the PSU. It's a very important component and aside from the case, should last the longest.
#8TheFeshPincePosted 8/23/2013 2:35:19 PM
gastaman posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vt7o

I'm sure it can be trimmed even more, but this is a quick look into a build.


Nice. That's solid, gastaman.
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#9gastamanPosted 8/23/2013 3:02:08 PM(edited)
TheFeshPince posted...
gastaman posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vt7o

I'm sure it can be trimmed even more, but this is a quick look into a build.


Nice. That's solid, gastaman.


I try... but it is seriously tough trying to get a $1000 build that includes an i5 4670k / Z87 combo, a decent performing GPU, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS.

Edit: Also, going with the 7950 in this build scores you 4 free games.
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#10Lightning Bolt(Topic Creator)Posted 8/23/2013 6:29:27 PM(edited)
gastaman posted...
I try... but it is seriously tough trying to get a $1000 build that includes an i5 4670k / Z87 combo, a decent performing GPU, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS.


Really? I was kind of under the impression that I was going fairly high-end, putting a full grand into it.
Plus this board moves a lot faster than I thought it would, that was some really quick help. I suppose I'll stare at both the builds you gave me until I see a quantifiable difference that I understand (it's all Greek to me but the sticky should help) and go with the one I like more.

Thanks a ton, FeshPince and gastaman especially, you guys are stars! ^^
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