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Ian_H. 53 months ago

The past couple weeks I have been scouring the internet trying to find the best parts for my reasonable budget of $1300. After lots of searching I think I've come up with quite a nice build. I've already ordered my motherboard, and before I order the other parts I would like to get your guys' opinions before ordering the other parts. Without further ado, here's my part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ian_H./saved/LKRnTW Thanks in advance guys! Oh, and I should probably add that this computer is specifically for gaming.

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optimusgaming 1 point 53 months ago

Ditch a set of the 4 ram get a hyper EVO and get a z97+i5 and you are set

optimusgaming 1 point 53 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.97 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $99.78 @ OutletPC
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.94 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $349.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Thermaltake Core V71 ATX Full Tower Case $129.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Dell E2215HV 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $129.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $28.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1265.49
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-02 14:29 EST-0500
Ian_H. submitter 1 point 53 months ago

With most new games' recommended ram at 8GB I like to have the wiggle room with the extra 4 GB.

optimusgaming 1 point 53 months ago

But by sacrificing the 4gb:

  1. You have a better CPU

  2. Better cooler

  3. Better MOBO

  4. Better upgrade path

Ian_H. submitter 1 point 53 months ago

Well the CPU cooler you mentioned was actually cheaper so that doesn't really matter, and honestly, I prefer the 8350 over the 4690k. Better price to performance ratio. What do you mean by upgrade path?

optimusgaming 1 point 53 months ago

Inter products have a better upgrade path in the long run ie: z97 can support up to the i7-4790k and 32 ram whereas if you ever decide to go for intel you are going to have to get a better mobo and cpu which will make upgrading hellae xpensive. Since the build is still in your budget but indeed under it I would say the Price to performance ratio isnt half bad.

MattisAwesome19 1 point 53 months ago

Having the 750W is a bit overkill. You'd be fine with a 500W and save that twenty bucks for another game :)

Ian_H. submitter 1 point 53 months ago

I plan on getting another card in the future, hence the bigger PSU. Probably should have mentioned that lol