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    Default Gaming rig for around 700-750 dollars?

    Hello, it is my first time building a computer and my budget is around 700 dollars. Is this good enough to create a machine that will run most games?

    I had posted months before, but it's only now that im actually decided on getting one. Someone had suggested these two: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZF67 and http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZFSM

    Are these good for the price and is there anywhere from these that i can improve and/or save money on? It was a few months ago so im not sure if anything new has come out since then. Thank you

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    [PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $708.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-08 05:07 EDT-0400

    I want to know what that someone has been smoking tbh.

    The only part I'm remotely worried about is the HDD as I've never really used Hitachi's. They're supposedly very good today. I'd upgrade the CPU cooler sooner or later. It still is equal or even beats the H55. (lowest-end AIO watercooling setups, like the h55, are VERY bad)


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    Thanks! How would you rate this build and would it be better if i shelled out more money in parts like the HDD you said?

    I'd be willing to spend a bit more money if it makes a big difference

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    For the HDD, I'd go for a WD Black. It's 88USD though, so you'll end up at about 742USD on using this one over the Hitachi.

    As for the CPU Cooler, quite a few picks there but that's going to cost you considerably more. NH-D15 or 240/280MM AIO Watercooling setups require either a case with such mounting vents or be able to support the height of an NH-D15.
    The NH-D15 runs for about 90USD, the better 240MM are at least 100USD and up.


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    Will be taking these into consideration. I also forgot to ask, what didn't you like about the two initial builds i posted?

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    Both the builds you posted have rather... less 'good' CPUs. A dualcore CPU for modern gaming is just no. It's good for casual gaming but if you want more performance and/or longevity, you're better off with a quadcore.
    The AMD one is... well, AMD CPU. The top tier CPUs are Intel only. Mainly due to performance of when just one core is used from the 4.

    Both builds only have 4GB of RAM. This is a flat out NO.

    Either way, I've poked around yet again since I felt I could do better (forgot the max of 750USD ):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.79 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $709.71
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-08 14:50 EDT-0400

    It's only 710USD so perhaps you could spend a bit more on other stuff (again, either the HDD or CPU cooler).

    Now for the 2nd one but it's 770USD instead of your max of 750:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.79 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $769.71
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-08 14:42 EDT-0400


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    Im gonna opt with the 2nd build, but with this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119227
    Is everything compatible with it?

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    It should be. Hurry up before the rebates end. lol ><


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    Snow, what sort of performance can you expect from that first $700 build you posted? for hardcore gaming would there even be any benefit if you spent an extra $300 or is that just throwing money away for performance you dont really need?
    To be THIS good takes

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    It should be able to handle most, if not all, new games without too much trouble (unless it's shit optimized etc). It should handle pretty well for at least 2 years.

    I'd primarily spend the extra 300USD on a better case, ssd and cooling. Perhaps get the top tier i5 which is only about 30USD more. Depending on if you want to OC, probably a better mobo as well. Another possibility is another 8GB of RAM (16GB total) but that depends on what you plan to do. 8GB should still be good enough these days.

    edit: derp. I have a 660Ti right now and it handles Skyrim with heavy ENBs on Full HD pretty well. If there's a sudden FPS drop, it doesn't go lower than 40FPS.
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