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Help with my $800 gaming pc build, please?

#1RoboT_RipperPosted 2/2/2014 3:35:18 PM
Hey everybody, so I'm trying to get together an ~$800 gaming pc for myself. Games I plan on playing at first are Skyrim, Battlefield 4 and Starcraft 2.

I'm having some trouble getting close to $800. I wanted to go with an i5 that can be overclocked and a 2gb video card so I started from there. This is what I came up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2M7AB


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2M7AB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2M7AB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2M7AB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($62.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $956.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-02 17:28 EST-0500)





Any suggestions on what might be overkill with what I'm trying to do? Is the SSD really a big deal? Is the graphics card a lot more than i need? I imagine I'll need to get a PSU. I had no idea what I was doing when choosing the mobo other than socket type.


I'm looking at the given CPU as there is a seemingly good deal going on right now ($20 rebate, free AC4):

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/113074/newegg---msi-geforce-gtx-760-2gb-gddr5-pci-express-video-card-assassins-creed-iv-game

Also saw a deal for this case, that's not on my list:
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/113108/newegg---corsair-graphite-series-230t-atx-mid-tower-case-black


Any and all guidance is appreciated!
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#2phantasyPosted 2/2/2014 4:08:34 PM(edited)
don't buy that 60gb ssd. for that price its not worth it. Put in another $20 and you can get a 120gb.

take a look at this $1000 for everything. to get it to $800 probably need to go with amd cpu.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2M90c
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#3RoboT_Ripper(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2014 4:08:01 PM
You're right. I originally had that but then decided to drop down to 60GB to cut costs, but that doesn't really make sense for what I would be saving. I would probably have regretted that decision. Thanks.
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#4al3azmiPosted 2/2/2014 4:35:57 PM
Why are you even using a reader? you dont need it, and find other places to buy windows, i brought Win7 ultimate for 25$ like Reddit, and get a flash drive and format the HDD using the flash
also, do not use a SSD for now, just to cut down the cost, after you have more money get the SSD preferably a 180GB and put your important stuff on it, currently i am putting the windows OS and 2 games on it "League of legends and WoW"
for the RAM take a 2x 4GB, unless its higher in price "its better for duel channeling"

for the PSU, you are out of luck, just last week amazon had a deal for XFX 750W modular for just 60$ and now its back to 140$, i'd suggest you buy the other things and wait for a price drop,
Also, for the PSU only get either XFX or SeaSonic even if the Watt VS Buck is too much, they are the best and could possibly last long "The 650W XFX one could pull up to 830W before shutting down, other PSU's cant go beyond the limit they have for example, SuperNova 1000W from EVGA cant even go 1000W..."

finally, please go to tomshardware, the community can help you much better there.
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#5RoboT_Ripper(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2014 4:44:49 PM
al3azmi posted...
Why are you even using a reader? you dont need it, and find other places to buy windows, i brought Win7 ultimate for 25$ like Reddit, and get a flash drive and format the HDD using the flash
also, do not use a SSD for now, just to cut down the cost, after you have more money get the SSD preferably a 180GB and put your important stuff on it, currently i am putting the windows OS and 2 games on it "League of legends and WoW"
for the RAM take a 2x 4GB, unless its higher in price "its better for duel channeling"

for the PSU, you are out of luck, just last week amazon had a deal for XFX 750W modular for just 60$ and now its back to 140$, i'd suggest you buy the other things and wait for a price drop,
Also, for the PSU only get either XFX or SeaSonic even if the Watt VS Buck is too much, they are the best and could possibly last long "The 650W XFX one could pull up to 830W before shutting down, other PSU's cant go beyond the limit they have for example, SuperNova 1000W from EVGA cant even go 1000W..."

finally, please go to tomshardware, the community can help you much better there.


Thanks for the reply. I want the reader for Blue Ray as I don't have a BR player or PS3. My gf has a ton of BRs that we can't watch at my place.

Searching elsewhere for windows is a smart idea. I'll do some checking around.

I didn't consider 2x4 for the RAM. That's something I can research too.

I'll make a tomshardware post too.
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#6scenicridesPosted 2/2/2014 11:13:35 PM
I like the rig besides the 2x4 gigs of ram which you need
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#7RoboT_Ripper(Topic Creator)Posted 2/3/2014 2:15:52 PM(edited)
Wanted to post an update i made to my topic on a seperate message board.


Thanks again for all of the feedback guys. Microcenter is looking to be an awesome idea. I'll see the following savings:

PCU:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CO8TBOW/?tag=pcpapi-20
Amazon price: $209.99
Microcenter: $179.99

Mobo:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRJSV9O/?tag=pcpapi-20
Amazon: $139.79
Microcenter: $94.99

Total savings: ~$75
Huge thanks for that!


There is a one day deal on Amazon for pc components. I ordered an SSD:
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G
Original price: $234
Today only: $74.99

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-HyperX-2-5-Inch-SH103S3-120G/dp/B007R67FNA/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_t_4

I figured 120GB will hold me over for now, and in a month or so I can look for a 1TB HDD if needed. I already have a 100GB external HDD. I should be fine for the time being.

But I missed out on the video card deal I mentioned in my original post.

I switched to the following RAM per your suggestions of 2 sticks, and will keep the Blue Ray reader for reasons stated earlier:

Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.42 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.00 @ Amazon)


I think I'll get this case for $70 after rebate (this is up for debate. But it looks cool as hell and would look perfect in my room...):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156280

So now I still need to select a GPU, PSU, and find a cheap copy of Windows 7. I'm at about $575 already. Guess my budget is going to be bumped up to around $900. Should be able to find windows 7 for less than $40 from what I've seen. That puts me at $615.

Still need:
GPU
PSU

Original budget: $185 left
Stretch budget: $285 left

I'll post back with what I come up with...

*edit*
Is this a bad idea?

Corsair CX430 V2 430W Power Supply. $20
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/113232/tigerdirect---corsair-cx430-v2-430w-power-supply

There's also this:
Seasonic SS-660XP2 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Full Modular Power Supply $80
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/113228/newegg---seasonic-ss-660xp2-660w-80-plus-platinum-full-modular-power-supply
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