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First Build but a little over budget

gremlinfat
  • 71 months ago

I got into pc gaming as a kid, but have mostly relied on consoles for the last 15+ years, so I'm very out of the loop when it comes to pc components/brands. I now want to get back into pc gaming. I really enjoy the civilization series and other strategy games, but I also want to be able to play The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc on PC for the mods. Graphics are important to me, so I'm looking for a build that can play current and future games on pretty high settings with good frame rates. I don't have a specific budget in mind per se, but not more than this current build. I am really looking for suggestions on better bang for the buck or if I have something in here that I don't need for a gaming rig. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XsYcGX PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $178.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $154.89 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card $489.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $139.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ TigerDirect
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.23 @ Amazon
Wired Network Adapter Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter $29.71 @ Amazon
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Wired Gaming Keyboard $121.98 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse $72.78 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2192.48

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10: Alternative with better specs and less cost. e.g. G.SKILL F3-1600C9D-16GAR
  • Corsair HX750: At that price, you can purchase Seasonic brand/oem power supply for less cost. e.g. Seasonic SSR-750RM
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Common consensus is that i7 doesn't offer any advantage over i5 for gaming. You could also save a bit and get an i5 locked version, because it doesn't sound like you will be overclocking and it really offers no benefit because the cpu is already way fast.

Depending on what games your playing, Id also consider getting an IPS monitor. They offer superior colors and contrasts.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so I reduced the RAM to 8GB but went up from 1600 to 1866. Also removed the high priced keyboard/mouse, will have to shop around for these. I have a 32 inch LCD that is a little old, but may can save money with that over a monitor, unless thats a bad idea. Also added a some backup storage.
I'm going to have to do more research into the i5 vs i7 thing, but for only $100 difference it might be worth sticking with i7. I also didn't see any power supplies rated highly that were really that much cheaper (the seasonic had some rough reviews as far as lifespan). Overall I dropped a few hundred off the price while adding more storage.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $178.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $83.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Seagate SV35.5 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $90.00 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card $489.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $139.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ TigerDirect
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Wired Network Adapter Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter $29.71 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1767.58
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.16 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $139.99 @ NCIX US
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $96.24 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $96.24 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.00 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB Superclocked ACX Video Card $579.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case $89.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $114.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.23 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan $14.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan $14.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $19.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $19.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $19.98 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard $71.78 @ NCIX US
Mouse Logitech G400s Wired Optical Mouse $44.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2185.50
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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the formatting tip, I have edited. I didn't really mean that price isn't a factor. From looking around the forum, I think I may have overkilled some things. I do want a decent amount of future proofing though. Like I alluded to, I'm a little over my head here. I may browse around for cheaper mouse/keyboard options. As far as RAM, I assume I'll need 16 GB in the future, but I'm not sure if I need to go for the video card I selected quite yet, as that may not be necessary and price drops will likely come along.

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