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Mike Hawk

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So I have very little knowledge on building computers, but this is what I've come up with so far:

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Ts9pgL
 
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($24.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($33.53 @ NCIX US) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($33.53 @ NCIX US) 
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($84.99 @ NCIX US) 
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($84.99 @ NCIX US) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card  ($294.99 @ NCIX US) 
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case  ($99.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($86.98 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit  ($83.89 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: Asus VX238H-W 23.0" Monitor  ($110.98 @ Newegg) 
Keyboard: Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
Speakers: Logitech Z323 30W 2.1ch Speakers  ($49.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1173.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-15 15:49 EDT-0400
 
The processor I picked is roughly $230, so price is more around $1400
 
I want to know how that looks in terms of a good gaming computer. If at all possible, I'd like to cut down on the price while still being viable for triple A games. I'd love to get the price under $1000. 
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I gave the cost cutting a shot, while at the same time managing to throw in a better CPU for the same or less money.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($29.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit  ($30.00)
Monitor: Asus VX238H-W 23.0" Monitor  ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($49.95 @ B&H)
Speakers: Logitech Z323 30W 2.1ch Speakers  ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $943.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-15 17:09 EDT-0400

 

Note that there is no graphics card in the list yet because I highly recommend you wait a few weeks for the new cards to release/be in stock. They're much better for the money than current offerings. Also, you can buy windows keys at kinguin.com for less than full retail price and they offer buyer protection for a very small fee which insures you if anything goes wrong. In order to get this build near or under $1000 you may have to cut down on some other stuff entirely, like the SSD or the speakers among other things.

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Like twins said, just wait on the gpu. If you wait just a little bit you can spend that same money and get WAY more performance. You could even get an rx 480 which is supposed to be on par with the 980 for around 200 dollars. Then you could spend some extra money on other things. Just take the build that twins made, add an rx 480 or even the 1070 from nvidia when either of them get release, and you'll be set.

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I gave the cost cutting a shot, while at the same time managing to throw in a better CPU for the same or less money.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($29.49 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($59.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($84.99 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($47.49 @ OutletPC)

Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($64.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit  ($30.00)

Monitor: Asus VX238H-W 23.0" Monitor  ($130.98 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($49.95 @ B&H)

Speakers: Logitech Z323 30W 2.1ch Speakers  ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $943.84

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-15 17:09 EDT-0400

 

Note that there is no graphics card in the list yet because I highly recommend you wait a few weeks for the new cards to release/be in stock. They're much better for the money than current offerings. Also, you can buy windows keys at kinguin.com for less than full retail price and they offer buyer protection for a very small fee which insures you if anything goes wrong. In order to get this build near or under $1000 you may have to cut down on some other stuff entirely, like the SSD or the speakers among other things.

This looks pretty good. Come to think of it i may have some old speakers I can salvage so I may end up taking that off the list. I'll also check up on an old monitor to see if it works at all. 

What exactly am I losing out on cutting out the SSD? I know it makes faster booting and some apps open faster, but I honestly think I'd be fine with 1 TB of storage and losing a little speed on boot up if it means saving ~$100

I'm fine on waiting on a GPU, I won't be building this for a little bit, just planning out a build right now. What GPU should I be looking out for?

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This looks pretty good. Come to think of it i may have some old speakers I can salvage so I may end up taking that off the list. I'll also check up on an old monitor to see if it works at all. 

What exactly am I losing out on cutting out the SSD? I know it makes faster booting and some apps open faster, but I honestly think I'd be fine with 1 TB of storage and losing a little speed on boot up if it means saving ~$100

I'm fine on waiting on a GPU, I won't be building this for a little bit, just planning out a build right now. What GPU should I be looking out for?

 

All the SSD does is speed up boot time and make apps on it load faster, not completely necessary but really nice to have. One upcoming card to look at would the RX 480, base model is said to start at $200 and it's speculated to be around the GTX 980 in terms of performance. Should be good for playing AAA games at great settings. I imagine you could play a new game like Mirror's Edge Catalyst on Ultra 1080p with it.

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