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1st PC build in 12 years. Am I doing this right?

jabberw0ck
  • 72 months ago

After building all of my previous computers myself, I bought an HP system out of laziness seven years ago. It is definitely time for an upgrade and I've since realized how much I have missed the customization available when building a machine myself. I would greatly appreciate any advice and/or comments you may have. I'm hoping to keep the cost around $1,200.

This will primarily used as a gaming machine for WOW and whatever I pick up from Steam sales.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor $114.49 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $143.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $88.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Diamond Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card $179.99 @ Micro Center
Case Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case $57.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $95.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $256.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard $41.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1120.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 20:12 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

you could save a few bucks by getting a fx 6300 and a 500w psu from corsair but other than that it looks fine to me..and also you probably wont see that much difference with the 1866 ram...1600 ram would be fine! (also would save cash) but your build! looks good!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks OK if you're totally set on an Intel, but this should get you more performance for under $1200:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $143.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $119.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $88.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Diamond Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card $194.99 @ Micro Center
Case Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case $57.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $95.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $256.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard $41.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1160.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 20:20 EDT-0400
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

better processor and mobo, got a cheaper monitor for 1080p (i would say this is the best 1080p IPS monitor for the money) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hXWyqs

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I think 60 Hz would probably be fine for your cpu and gpu combination. Not sure though...

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