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#1Calamity_FNBPosted 11/14/2013 6:39:22 PM
This build is basically my dream build at the moment. I've done a ton of research overall to make sure that this build:

1. Has the ability to upgrade if needed on a majority of parts.
2. Has a nice base price, including mail-in-rebate.
3. Minimizes mail-in-rebates
4. Is optimized to have the best part available for the specific price point
5. Will be able to run most/all current gen games at medium settings at above 30 fps.
6. Will, along with that, be able to handle a screen recording program such as DXtory
7. Will be able to handle most of what I toss at it, albeit, with significant loading times in some areas.
8. Has a nice case with steady airflow.
9. Has a modular or semi modular power supply.

There is one goal I would like to reach however, 1000 dollars. At this point it's just gracing that point. If it's not possible to do this however, I will deal with it, as I plan to buy this on Cyber Tuesday or Black Friday. Or, if that's not possible, near Christmas.

Notes:
Getting a monitor is necessary, as well as the keyboard and mouse, as I've been using a laptop and everything that could get handed down is either too old or in a poor resolution. I'm also willing to ignore most of these rules if they are not needed, I would just prefer to have a nicer build with few glaring flaws/abnormalities like poor airflow or cable management. Oh, and I don't need an OS. I can get that easier another way.

Sorry about the long winded explanation, I just don't want to be criticized for having a lack of information, as I've seen in many other threads.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22rjn
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22rjn/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22rjn/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.11 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1038.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 20:23 EST-0500)
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#2VIP86Posted 11/14/2013 6:47:37 PM
You are basically spending 600 or so bucks on the tower itself. That's basically nothing. There really isn't anything you can cut around, although you really should get 2x4gb sticks of ram instead of one. Also a SSD will help out with load times, but that's probably out of your budget.
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i5-3570K| MAXIMUS V GENE| ASUS DCUII 670| CORSAIR XMS3 8GB| CORSAIR 350D| INTEL 520 180GB| CORSAIR H110i| CORSAIR AX750
#3Calamity_FNB(Topic Creator)Posted 11/14/2013 6:55:36 PM
VIP86 posted...
You are basically spending 600 or so bucks on the tower itself. That's basically nothing. There really isn't anything you can cut around, although you really should get 2x4gb sticks of ram instead of one. Also a SSD will help out with load times, but that's probably out of your budget.

Thanks for the info, I was thinking that, but I wanted to play it safe and see. I'll took you advice on the ram, and manage to cut down the price a bit. Along with a combo that I added with my video card.


Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1022.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 20:54 EST-0500)

With this add-on, my last question would be, considering what you said, is this an adequate build overall?
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#4VIP86Posted 11/14/2013 6:58:08 PM
It's a nice build. However, if you happen to live near a Microcenter, they have cpu/motherboard combos to drop down the price of your build by quite a lot.
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i5-3570K| MAXIMUS V GENE| ASUS DCUII 670| CORSAIR XMS3 8GB| CORSAIR 350D| INTEL 520 180GB| CORSAIR H110i| CORSAIR AX750
#5Calamity_FNB(Topic Creator)Posted 11/14/2013 7:00:28 PM
VIP86 posted...
It's a nice build. However, if you happen to live near a Microcenter, they have cpu/motherboard combos to drop down the price of your build by quite a lot.

Unfortunately I do not. The closest one is a 5 hour drive from here. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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