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1st Build Mid-Level Gaming Computer for about $1000

linehank
  • 71 months ago

Hi:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/linehank/saved/kRxbt6

Like all of us, I've done the typical research on this site and around the internet to hopefully put together a decent mid-level gaming computer that will be relevant for the next few years and upgradable beyond that; however, because I am new at this, I may have made some major mistakes more obvious to veteran gamers. Any comments or input you might have would be greatly appreciated.

I don't necessarily need to play all games on maxed out settings and I'd like to be able to use this computer for personal/office use as well. I am trying to keep the total cost at about $1000. I already have a good monitor.

Thanks, Kyle

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just switch that psu and you will be fine. Get a seasonic, corsair, evga, antec or silverstone.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for looking it over.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I would TRY to get a 3GB or 4GB model of the 760. I have a 760 and it can definitely play games at 1080p at good frame rates on ultra with everything enabled, however you ARE going to run into VRAM issues. That card is going to be good for a couple years, but you can save yourself a little bit of pain down the road by upping the VRAM.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no 3GB model, and the 760's 256 bit bus won't fully utilize 4GB.
Also what games are you experiencing VRAM issues with? linehank is better off going with a 770 or a 280(X)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You start to run into a ceiling at 1440p. Most of the higher end games, I max VRAM. The speed is quite fine actually.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll probably go with the 3G or 4G cards mentioned below.

  • 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 $219.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $279.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Micro Center
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard $59.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1089.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-23 14:55 EDT-0400

Much better build

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $104.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $74.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $369.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1134.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-23 14:57 EDT-0400

And this will be an awesome build if you dont care going AMD and pumping it to 1100.00usd

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the input. I'm going to make some of your suggested changes.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to clarify, I am still not a first time builder. Only now am I slowly buying the parts for my first build. So I am as new as they come lol

My questions is why did you have the network adapter listed in your build? Can't it go right into the MOBO?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new at this too. I am only about 4 days ahead of you.

Good question. I thought I had read somewhere (in the hundreds of web pages I have read) that I needed one or that it had certain advantages, but I'm not sure and would love to be told otherwise. I do remember reading that a wired adapter is better than a wireless adapter for gaming.

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