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$1100 First Gaming Build [Buying Today]

Yoshi_Bre0002

62 months ago

I am slightly flexible on price so if performance can be greatly increased by adding ~$100 or so I am open to the idea.

So my laptop died on me and its time to finally move to a dedicated gaming rig. Right now it will be used to run DOTA 2, CS:GO, and TF2, but will add more games later on down the line. I have two builds that I am deciding between

1) PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $192.27 @ TigerDirect
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $96.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $76.97 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $174.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor $144.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1028.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-16 14:27 EST-0500

2) PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $192.27 @ TigerDirect
Motherboard Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $101.20 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $76.97 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $174.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor $144.99 @ NCIX US
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $32.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1066.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-16 14:28 EST-0500

Price difference is neglible so which build do I go with. Once again I am open to suggestions for modifying either build.

Thanks for you help.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd go with the second one, and the only thing i would change would be the PSU. Just grab an 80+ gold one and you'll be good. Maybe jump to the 650w. It'll give you upgrade room.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

After reading through some other builds I decieded I needed to change out my PSU. I was looking at going with https://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-rm550

I know its a little more expensive, but it seems like a PSU is not something to skimp on. Plus having a fully modular seems nice for cable management.

Thank you for taking the time to help me.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, PSU's are something you don't want to skimp on. I think the 550W will do fine for you now, but if you plan on SLI'ing in the future you might want to jump to the 650w. And if you ever decide to OC, you need an unlocked cpu, and a better cooler than the stock one. Not a problem man, I love helping people on this site while business is slow in my shop.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

As for now I have no intention to overclock, which is why I opted for an locked CPU and the H97 MoBo. I also do not plan on SlI'ing so I think i'm going stick with the 550W. I guess it now time to start reading up on building instead of piecing parts together. Any build guides you recommend following?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Go on youtube and look up "How to build a computer" and check out the videos from Newegg or Linustechtips. Both are really good and in depth, you'll become addicted quick lol. I'll never forget what my teacher told me about building computers, "It's like legos for adults"

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