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$1000 High-Performance Gaming Computer (No Experience)

SenorTerabyte

50 months ago

Hello! I need advice on building a desktop that can run a game like Fallout 4 at recommended settings.

Here are the recommended settings of Fallout 4 (according to www.systemrequirementslab.com and PCGamer):

CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent RAM: 8 GB OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required) Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent Free Disk Space: 30 GB

-I have no experience at building computers. My budget is around $800-1200, but I want it to be as cheap as possible while being high-performance so I still have leftover money for other games. I live in the U.S. As stated above, I will use it for high-performance gaming as well as schoolwork and things like that. I don't need any peripherals. I would prefer Windows 8 as my OS.As long as my PC can fit under a desk, I don't care too much about size. I do plan on overclocking my PC. As long as the PC is not white (lots of dirt tends to get to my PC), I don't care too much about my case design or color scheme. I plan to buy this on Black Friday 2015.

Preferred Parts: CPU: I prefer Intel processors, especially the 4690k and 4790k. CPU Cooler: I prefer fans, I can deal with some noise. Motherboard: I don't prefer any motherboard. Memory: I prefer at least 16 GB, as Fallout 4 takes 8, and I will record gameplay. I don't prefer any certain brand of memory. Storage: I do want an SSD and at least 1 TB of HDD storage. I don't prefer any brand for either. Video Card: I prefer NVIDIA graphics, but Radeon is acceptable. Case: I don't prefer any case brand, but I need a case that supports an optical drive. Power Supply: I don't prefer any PSU brand. Optical Drive: I don't prefer any optical drive brand. OS: I prefer Windows 8.

Thanks for your help :)

EDIT: I will not buy any used parts whatsoever. I don't need an OS anymore.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1220 V3 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $182.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $43.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.33 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $293.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $92.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $994.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-10 09:33 EDT-0400

Well, I tried for a solid skylake build, but I didn't like the price point to toss it up to you for a look, so went back to haswell for a great, fast solid build that should last you a long time.

CPU: Awesome performer. Has hyper-threading and runs as well as the Haswell i7's. Meant for servers, not speed (but anything over 3.0GHz will not be a hindrance on this or any game by any stretch of the imagination when it comes to i5's and i7's), so it is locked, but can last for a long time.

MOBO: Great looking motherboard

RAM: Great RAM that matches mobo. cas 10 1.5v 1866MHz

SSD: Crucial makes excellent SSDs and this one hits that bang-for-buck pretty well.

HDD: Solid. Seagate is another option. My Seagate Barracuda has never given me problems, but didn't know if you were one of those leftists who has a disdain for Seagate because of there first batch.

Video Card: This one looks great and really shines in 1440p@60Hz and is overkill for the likes of 1080p. If you still prefer the nvidia, I would go for a 980 that matches (minor OCD about that since I tried for a matching build in this list xP).

Case: This I don't know about really. It's Phanteks which is generally built well and looks great for a good price.

PSU: Tier 2 on TH, but if that fact alone won't satisfy you, the reviews should with the use of google. This thing is a great fit and completely adequate with the rig.

I did forget the ODD: Did you need Blu ray or normal DVD burner? I stuck a solid DVD burner so I hope you enjoy that. Just barely under.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it's right at the top of your budget, but you get skylake i5 and 16GB of DDR4, with a 970 and enough power in the AX series corsair PSU to SLI in the future if you want. Honestly, best bang for your buck IMHO:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $248.95 @ B&H
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $103.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $303.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $86.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1249.16
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1209.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-10 02:47 EDT-0400
  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your help, guys. I took parts/ advice from some of the builds and made a "combo" build. How does this look? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1241 V3 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $253.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler -
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card $304.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1011.72
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $956.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-10 14:58 EDT-0400
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