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My first build! Gaming PC for $1000. Thanks for all the help!

by JediObiJohn


Mainly needed a build for SWTOR but after realizing a lot of my favorite games were on steam i just decided to go ahead and build a nicer machine. Running Skyrim, guild wars, defiance, and a few others all perfectly. Just a casual gamer so im not trying to break the bank completely.

What worked well- impressed with the GPU- crazy quiet and runs SWTOR on ultra settings with 90 fps on the fleet no problem.

What didnt work well- Dont order from NCIX! Took them two weeks to send me all my parts, while they do well with price matching i would not say it was worth the wait.

UPDATE Re-set my mobo in the standoff screws and the USB ports are now usable! think i might have rushed installing my mobo so it was a little bent. Also flipped my PSU so the fan is now facing down drawing cool air in from the bottom of the case. Thanks for checking out my build!

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TheGreatFalro 1 Build 8 points 45 months ago

Nice dog build! And good cable management too.

If you're looking for a good mouse, check out the Logitech G400s (wired) or the M510(wireless). I own both, and they're excellent all-purpose mice.

MrChrumb 5 points 45 months ago

Lol... I had to look at the pictures just to see the dog :).

Nice build, and cable management.

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

thanks! she's my best bud:)

castortroy 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

for mouse i prefer the razer deathadder

phstuff 2 points 45 months ago

Awesome build!

Looking at purchasing that motherboard ($1000 gaming build aswell). Could you further describe in detail the issue with the USB port was?

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

honestly i think it might have been my fault.. Basically when i mounted it to my case i had to push it towards the i/o shield (with quite a bit of force), had trouble lining it up to the standoff screws basically. so now the very top corner of one of my usb ports is slightly covered by the i/o shield and im unable to use it. i could take it apart but.. well, 2 sides of thinking here: "Hey thats not right! you're missing out on a USB port so fix it!" and "dude.. your computer works.. let it fly." Considering this is my first build and everything works (minus that USB port) im for the latter. also the case i bought, for some unknown reason; had no instructions whatsoever on where to mount my motherboard so that might have been my problem. hope this helps- good luck on your build!

phstuff 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks for your reply :)

I might go for the GA-Z97X-Gaming7 Motherboard, since Microcenter has a deal that makes it the same price as the GA-G97-SLI with the i5-4690k processor. I will make sure to take extra care, as I might end up using alot of USB ports, and it will be my first build.

I also realized that I actually use a gaming mouse, it is a Logitech G-300 ($~20). I like it for the buttons on the top side of the mouse, and below the mouse wheel. I also have 7" hands, and my hands do overhang off the bottom by 1-2", but that doesn't bother me.

Enjoy your new and amazing build!

Memo1010 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Looks like you got a pretty good PC...though for anyone esle who decides to build it you can get faster RAM (1866) for cheeper and still 16gbs composed of 2*8gbs...also you could get 2tb of hardrive space for 60$ at the same RPM and still 3.5".

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

good tips, i'd agree with that

Midgetseth 1 point 45 months ago

Look at corsair's Raptor line for mice, the m40 and m45 are great, sleek and comfortable mice.

ALKW 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

any reason for the 1 stick of ram, because that is way over priced. you couldve gotten different ram that is faster for 80 dollars. Very nice build though +1

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

went back and forth on this- basically i heard from a few diff places that 1 stick of 8gb is faster than 2x4GB so i went with the highest rating/cheapest RAM i could find. Side note- i had to reset the ram after my build because i was having some issues with it. what would you have suggested?

Retiredmagician 1 point 45 months ago

I also agree that dual channel 2x4 would probably been better, but hey if you ever want 16gb of ram just add 1 more 8 and your good haha

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

thats the idea- so far no problems but ill probably add another soon

Willwhitacre 1 point 45 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Willwhitacre/saved/3288TW how do these parts look to all of you pc masters?

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Next time put it in the forums for part list opinions wanted. Also you should use the permalink for it to work.

RayJuly 1 point 45 months ago

Nice build However, I will suggest you use 2 rams instead on one ram for a little bit faster performance. You should buy the Asus Z97-A, but that MB is fine. I would have go for the Evga supernova nex 650w because it is cheaper. For gpu, R9 280x is on sell right now, which is 230 dollars after rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202046 It is faster then gtx 760.

Overall, it was a nice build !

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

yeah.. well its kind of already built but thanks for your input lol.

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

If you are also looking for a keyboard, the K70 from Corsair is freaking awesome, but you could wait for the RGB version if the color is important to you. I've also had a great time using the Corsair M45 mouse for FPS games, it was only like 50 bucks.

jdavis45 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Nice build! Good quality components but I have a few tips for the future...

  • Use dual channel RAM kits (2X4GB) as it is faster and designed to be used on this platform

  • If you have a K series CPU, overclock it! You need an after market cooler like the Hyper 212 Evo. Otherwise, simply save $20-$30 bucks on your CPU... Although you got a nice price on it :)

  • SSD storage is your friend! It's expensive, but worth it in the long run. Even a SSD cache is better. Check out the Sandisk Readycache for an amazing performance boost...

  • Last, get used to Windows 8.1 as it's here to stay. Metro has no intention of backing down in Windows 9.

This is overall very good. Just thought you should here some tips for the future. Pass them on and further more, +1!

jdavis45 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Also, for a mouse I am using the SteelSeries Rival. Highly recommended but I have noticed their drivers are buggy with other brands of USB headphones and keyboards. Just a fair warning! Still, it's an amazing mouse. Corsair has nice stuff too ;)

serenity6 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

That's one pricey video card O.o

IMO it would have been better purchasing AMD R9 280x, it has better performance and is even cheaper too!

JediObiJohn submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

pretty much even performance and ive heard better things about the way intel works with nvidia.

FrankGaming_45 1 point 45 months ago

nice build bro loved it

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