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Gaming PC build! 1000-1100 dollar budget (without peripherals)

hey guys, this is my first post but I've been reading a lot of these threads and you guys look like a knowledgable group. To be completely honest, i know very little about computers, and I've had 6 macs and never have owned a pc. Recently I've been gaming a lot with my friends and stuff and im sure you all can imagine my pain playing on a mac. My friends said that building is the best way to go, so i thought I'd give it a shot.

As for the specifications, i apologize for being vague. All i really prefer is windows 7 and the nxzt phantom but other than that, im not knowledgeable enough to make a decision lol. If it helps, i live in the USA and the games I've been playing the most these past couple of months are WoW, league, Counterstrike GO, and Civilization V.

Don't make fun of me lol. i have 1k to spend, go crazy!

thanks!

no, the 1k doesn't include the monitor/keyboard/mouse and such
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  1. Use my build for frame of reference, go for 1231v3, R9 280, 1TB drive and 8GB RAM, change case to the one you desire.
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    Consider this build:

    I5 is enough for gaming. The 4670k just gives you more future proofing with the ability to overclock. And the games you're playing would be fine with the i5 anyways.

    ASRock z97 extreme4 has nice features and is a pretty good overclocking motherboard. If you're not overclocking now, maybe in the future you'll want to overclock and this will do just fine.

    CPU cooler is just there in case you want to overclock, you could leave it out if you aren't going to be overclocking as of now. Pick it up whenever you're ready to overclock.

    SSD + HDD for boot up + storage.

    R9 280x is a nice card, good enough to play games on ultra 30fps+ in most games.

    Case is a case, you can pick out a different one if you don't really like it.

    XFX 550w psu, its a good psu. Seasonic unit.

    And windows 7 like you prefer. But I'd suggest windows 8 anyways, there's no big difference outside of the start menu in my opinion. It's just an operating system, you'll get use to it eventually.

    Side note: If you don't plan on overclocking and maybe you want to pick up the cpu cooler later down the line, you could take that out and put go with a windforce r9 290 instead, budget will go over a little bit though, but the r9 290 is a stronger gpu.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($210.00 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($130.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1043.88
  3. Did you need stuff like the monitor/ keyboard/mouse in the 1k-1.1k budget?
  4. I assumed that you wouldn't be overclocking your CPU since this is your first PC. This build doesn't include the monitor/keyboard/mouse but I can put one together that has them if you would like.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.90 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1054.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    The Xeon E3 1230v3 is essentially an i7 without the integrated graphics (not needed as you are getting a graphics card) and cannot be overclocked.
  5. Pick Xeon 1231, its haswell refresh!
  6. BigBadBeef said:
    Pick Xeon 1231, its haswell refresh!


    Yeah, just isn't listed on pcpartpicker.com for some reason. But on amazon it is pretty much the same price but 0.1 Ghz faster.

    Edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117316&cm_re=e3_1231_v3-_-19-117-316-_-Product
    Newegg link to E3 1231 v3
  7. And better PCB along with better voltage regulation.
  8. numanator said:
    Did you need stuff like the monitor/ keyboard/mouse in the 1k-1.1k budget?


    no, ill buy that later with a separate budget. I'm more than open to suggestions if you feel you can recommend some, i was thinking about an adder and a black widow but you can convince me otherwise
  9. numanator said:
    BigBadBeef said:
    Pick Xeon 1231, its haswell refresh!


    Yeah, just isn't listed on pcpartpicker.com for some reason. But on amazon it is pretty much the same price but 0.1 Ghz faster.

    Edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117316&cm_re=e3_1231_v3-_-19-117-316-_-Product
    Newegg link to E3 1231 v3


    so to reiterate, i should go with the xenon 1231?
  10. WTHaPenguin said:
    numanator said:
    BigBadBeef said:
    Pick Xeon 1231, its haswell refresh!


    Yeah, just isn't listed on pcpartpicker.com for some reason. But on amazon it is pretty much the same price but 0.1 Ghz faster.

    Edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117316&cm_re=e3_1231_v3-_-19-117-316-_-Product
    Newegg link to E3 1231 v3


    so to reiterate, i should go with the xenon 1231?


    Yes, it is the same just a bit better for $3 more :)
  11. WTHaPenguin said:
    so to reiterate, i should go with the xenon 1231?


    >>Use my build for frame of reference, go for 1231v3, R9 280, 1TB drive and 8GB RAM, change case to the one you desire. <<

    I'm not sure what else you expect me to do, if I were pcpartpick-ered everyone who asked me it would having 2 jobs now instead of one.

    Yes, the one in my profile... see it?:ouch:
  12. numanator said:
    I assumed that you wouldn't be overclocking your CPU since this is your first PC. This build doesn't include the monitor/keyboard/mouse but I can put one together that has them if you would like.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.90 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1054.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    The Xeon E3 1230v3 is essentially an i7 without the integrated graphics (not needed as you are getting a graphics card) and cannot be overclocked.


    ill research a little more and give this a go. now, what peripherals would you recommend? i have about 500 for a monitor/keyboard/mouse but i don't have to spend all the 500 if i don't have to. also, is there a way i can get the Os for free or cheaper? like does it come in a disk that i could borrow from a friend?

    thanks
  13. For keyboard, mouse and monitor this is what I strongly suggest:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($111.98 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Razer Naga Molten Wired Laser Mouse ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $440.19
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    The keyboard I picked is absolutely amazing. Just don't get a 2014 Razer mechanical keyboard. They didn't put MX switches in them making them cheaper and over priced.
  14. MasterDell said:
    For keyboard, mouse and monitor this is what I strongly suggest:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($111.98 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Razer Naga Molten Wired Laser Mouse ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $440.19
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    The keyboard I picked is absolutely amazing. Just don't get a 2014 Razer mechanical keyboard. They didn't put MX switches in them making them cheaper and over priced.


    The 280x won't take full advantage of a 144hz monitor so if OP is looking to save some he could grab a 60 hz or 120hz monitor instead.

    I have heard good things about that keyboard and can tell you that I prefer mechanical over the non-mech keyboards [mech at home, non-mech at work :( ]. I have the Das Keyboard 4 which I like a lot but it doesn't have many bells and whistles (and is expensive), just solid build quality.

    For the mouse, I don't have too much experience but I have a Logitech G500s and it works well enough for me (with a few programmable buttons). It usually goes for around $50
  15. Yeah, I was worried OP wouldnt be able to take advantage of the 144Hz.. But this is a very good budget monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236305&cm_re=vx2238h-_-24-236-305-_-Product
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