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Help with first PC build? Budget is around $800 USD

#1FrankzillaPosted 9/4/2013 5:57:52 AM
Hey guys. I have started picking out parts for a PC, but this is my first ever build, so I'm feeling a little clueless. Here's a list of what I have to this point. After taxes and shipping its about $840, so right around my budget area. What kind of performance can I expect with this PC? I'm playing games like FFXIV and Rome II right now. Any changes any of you think I should make to improve the build, or even to save money if I'm overkilling something? Thanks in advance.

Motherboard: MSI Computer Corp. DDR3 1600 Intel LGA 1155 (Z77A-G45)

Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.2 GHZ 6MB Cache (BX80646I54570)

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card (02G-P4-2662-KR)

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MT/s

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Internal Bare Drive

Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 Plus (CX600)

Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Case: Nzxt Technologies USB 3.0 Tempest 410 Steel Mid Tower Airflow Case
#2Frankzilla(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2013 6:03:01 AM
Forgot to mention that I already have an OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and optical drive!
#3pitt12177Posted 9/4/2013 6:04:28 AM
That CPU is a LGA 1150 socket.

I have a similar build to that right now minus a GTX 670 I got from a friend for cheap.
#4BowsaaPosted 9/4/2013 6:06:55 AM
I'd say go for a 4670k over a plain 4670. For CPU intensive games (Which it seems you will be playing) the ability to overclock is a major boost, since you can gain a solid bit of performance for free by doing it. Also, it seems like you're getting an aftermarket heatsink- either take advantage of it or drop it and use the stock heatsink.
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#5Fade2black001Posted 9/4/2013 6:10:36 AM
You might as well go for a 760 instead of a 660.
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#6SlaynPosted 9/4/2013 6:17:07 AM
What are the prices on the GPU, PSU, and case?
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#7Frankzilla(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2013 6:25:20 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, guys. The GPU is $195, the 4570 is $188, and the case is $60. If I upgrade to the 4670k it's about $230, and upgrading the the 760 is $250.
#8Frankzilla(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2013 6:34:00 AM
Oh, I also upgraded the motherboard to this : Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 2 Way SLI HDMI DVI ATX Motherboard (GA-Z87X-D3H)

Thanks, pitt, for catching that the processor was an 1150--I didn't even notice that...told you I'm clueless!
#9ECOsvaldoPosted 9/4/2013 7:12:30 AM
Check this out - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zTdd
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#10Frankzilla(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2013 8:08:59 AM
ECOsvaldo posted...
Check this out - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zTdd


That looks pretty good (I think). I see you're using the 3470, which is considerably less expensive. What kind of performance do you get out of that?