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First time PC build US$1100 budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.40 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.00 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $954.92

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 14:52 EDT-0400)

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 I will be using this PC to mostly play games. Games I want to play are Farcry 3, Batman Orgins, Starcraft 2, Bioshock Infinite, and most new games coming out. Budget is US $1100 budget. I dont mind spending a few bucks if the product is much better. I will be playing in 1080p for the most part. Just want to know if you think this is a good first time build and if you may have better suggestions. Thanks for helping.

 

Motherboard

Asus P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77

 

CPU

Intel Core i5-3570K

 

RAM

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (DDR3 1600Mhz) (2x4gb)

 

GPU

MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr OC ( I dont know which of the 760 is best cooling, power consumtion, and preformance. Just saw that is card ran cooler, less power, and preformed better than referance.) :wacko:

 

Hard Drive

Western Digital Blue 1TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)

 

Case

Cooler Master HAF 922

 

Power Supply

Corsair CX750 750w 80+ bronze

 

OS

Windows 8 64-bit (full version) OEM

 

I do at some point want to SLI the gtx 760 and buy an aftermarket cooler for the CPU (suggestions) and do you think i will have to upgrade my PSU when i do plan to SLI? I already have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Only have really tried learning these things for about 5 months and Linus always said fourms here are super helpful. :)

 

 

 

 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.40 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.00 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $954.92

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 14:52 EDT-0400)

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My recommendations:

Change your power supply from CX750 to CX750M, $4 price difference for some modular connections.

 

Your video card choices, assuming GTX 760 with aftermarket cooler, are all pretty much the same price from all manufacturers.

 

Choose between Gigabyte Windforce, EVGA ACX, Asus Direct CUII, MSI Twin Frozr.  Personally, I think at this point it comes down to preference in aesthetics, and I would go with EVGA ACX.

 

For aftermarket CPU cooler, it depends on your budget, and whether you want to get high overclocks or silent performance.

 

Here is a list of CPU coolers that I've have had used/experienced and would recommend (from cheapest to most expensive)

 

Hyper 212 (EVO) $30

Xigmateck Dark Knight $50

Noctua NHD14 $70

 

Then you get to AIO coolers

From reviews, I'd say Swiftech H220 and Kraken X60 are your best bets.

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