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$1500 PC Build (Opinions and Suggestions Wanted)
Submitted 12 months ago by trixter108

So I'm fairly new to PC building. I'm not completely ignorant to how PCs work because my roomate builds and works on computers all the time and sometimes I help him. I've been playing consoles pretty much my whole life, and about 6 months ago I heard that you can get lots of better performance out of a computer than a console and it is cheaper in the long run. Now I'm the type of guy who likes to research stuff that he hears to make sure it's true. And sure enough! I learned that you can get much better graphics and performance out of PCs and it's a computer too, so I can do everything a normal computer can do on it. So I recently set out to build my own gaming computer. After about 2 months of research and looking at hundreds of different parts, I came up with this little machine here. I set a $1500 budget for everything from the keyboard to the CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.98 @ Outlet PC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.98 @ Outlet PC
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $149.99 @ NCIX US
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $176.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $84.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $203.98 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $34.99 @ Microcenter
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-C2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-C2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-C2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $57.99 @ Microcenter
Monitor Dell U2312HM 23.0" Monitor $189.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard $129.99 @ Newegg
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $59.98 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1475.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 23:57 EDT-0400

I really hope I can get some constuctive feedback on this build because I spent months planning it out. I don't have the OS listed because my roomate is going to let me borrow his to use. He is also going to help me build it and set it up when I order the parts. Anyway, thanks in advance for any help you decide to give me!

-trixter108

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DoHbOyBlAzEd [14 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Give me a few min and I'll see what I can do.

 
 
DeityBlayde [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Build 1: Changes: Monitor (same size cheaper) Keyboard (more hotkeys and faster and cheaper) Memory (same amount faster speed same brand 1866 > 1600)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1AvTc

Budget: 1382.79

Build 2: second option : same things on the 1st except a i7-4770k

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1AvUz

Budget: 1467.80

Both builds cheaper than original.. 2nd build = better processor

edit 1: could use the extra money to go to a liquid cooler for OCing edit 2: also both builds keep a nice black on black color scheme

 
 
trixter108 [Submitter] 1 point 12 months ago

Ok, thanks for the reply. I looked at all the keyboards on the Logitech website, but I must've missed that one. ANyway, looks like a better vhoice than the 710. Also, I've heard that since Intel only suggests 1333 or 1600 speed RAM it sometimes automatically clocks it down to one of those speeds. I can fix that in the BIOS, right? As far as the monitor, I've been looking for a cheaper one, and the one you suggest looks great! Thanks for the help!

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I put this together http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1AAwr

Better rated PSU, little bit less on the monitor but IMO a better one.

I personally like this fractal case more than the 200R, it has good cable management, still a good amount of room to build and comes with 3 fans

Hope you like it

 
 
trixter108 [Submitter] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I really like that case and probably will get it instead of the 200R. I know I don't need the monitor and am looking at going a little less on it. Again, thanks for the help.

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