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Mid to High End Gaming PC - let me know if I'm making any mistakes or wasting money

silenttd

74 months ago

I don't really plan on overclocking at all. I haven't built a pc for years, and I only have a laptop at the moment. I'm really psyched for Star Citizen and want to take part in the Alpha and Beta, but I don't want to be looking to upgrade a bunch when the actual game comes out in a year or two. Please let me know if anything is really overkill and unnecessary. If I can get the cost down without sacrificing too much, that would be awesome.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $99.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $63.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card $549.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart M 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $79.99 @ Microcenter
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $97.27 @ TigerDirect
Monitor Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor $134.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $10.59 @ B&H
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse $39.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1535.74
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 18:36 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

IMO, spend 10 bucks to get some 1866 ram, and 20 to get an EVO instead of that kingston SSD- EVO is rated for a 50% longer life. Also, either downgrade your PSU to support just one card, or upgrade your board.

Your board supports neither SLI nor Crosffire, so... =/

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45gaming

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly getting "faster" ram makes no performance difference whatsoever (OK, it might, but within margin of error). When the ram speed is higher, the timings are usually higher, and they cancel out each other. However, I agree on getting the EVO. I've been researching it, and looks like a very reliable ssd.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming the same or lower cas, there is some benefit for haswell/next gen games minimum frame rates, and little cost difference. For a non budget build, I see no reason not to go 1866. 2133, yes, the price/performance definitely is against it, but 1866 is becoming quite reasonable.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

cas 9 1866mhz is the sweet spot

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are not overclocking there really is no point for the k series cpu, u can if u want but the regular 4670 is only 3$ cheaper but its what ever you want http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Given the price diff, I'd suggest going with the unlocked, k version jsut to keep the option open. He might change his mind. It was ten bucks difference when I bought mine, truly negligible at that budget.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, I would start by going with the FX-8320 with a cooler master 212 evo to cool it. You wouldn't regret it because the 8320 is an equal or better than the i5, and the stock cooler is loud and doesn't cool well while gaming. Then you can get an Extreme 4 motherboard. Other than that it looks great! One thing you could do tho would be to get a 7970 video card instead of the 780 and use that money for a Samsung Evo SSD, mechanical keyboard, and more cooling. This will give you the same performance (better with this SSD), quieter, better quality, and much cheaper. Plus you get three free games (:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $158.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $98.98 @ OutletPC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $63.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $98.99 @ Mac Mall
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card $305.91 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart M 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $79.99 @ Microcenter
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $97.27 @ TigerDirect
Monitor Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor $134.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard $64.99 @ Microcenter
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse $39.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1341.02
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 21:57 EDT-0400
  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The 8320 is not equivalent to the 4670k. While it CAN get top end performance in games that can take advantage 4+ cores, that has more to do with the 4670k being a bit overkill for modern gaming than for the 8350/20 being equivalent.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The 7970 is not equivalent to the 780, and the 780 is currently coming bundled with its own free games.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

An overclocked 8320 is all he will need for gaming for years to come, and tears through internet browsing or any other app you can throw at it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It may or may not be all he needs(some people only need an APU, FFS), but it is not equivalent to the 4670k. If you think he should downgrade, say so, don't tell him it's the same thing when it is not. =/

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

ladies you are both pretty but the 4670k and the 8320 are in my opinion two different classes of processors both better for different things.

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