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#331
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It shouldn't really affect the lifespan noticably (non-OC lifespan is >10years), but I don't think overclocking is worth it atm, it's mostly for the sake of overclocking.

No SLI, no OC and no full size ATX opens up this path:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.07 @ More Computers)
Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£28.98 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£43.00 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £374.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-02 12:18 GMT+0000

I know it's nowhere near your budget, but why spend money on features you don't need. The RAM will run at 1600MHz because of the B85 chipset, but the cheapest 1600MHz CL9 RAM is only 0.39£ cheaper so I figured why not, you might be able to get better timings with this one.

You could also easily get the 4790K, just for the higher clockrates. Even getting a Z97 mobo and using the stock cooler until you decide to overclock would still be well within your budget.

It shouldn't really affect the lifespan noticably (non-OC lifespan is >10years), but I don't think overclocking is worth it atm, it's mostly for the sake of overclocking.

No SLI, no OC and no full size ATX opens up this path:
[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/PJJTNG]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/PJJTNG/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31230v3]Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] (£55.07 @ More Computers)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx24c11t3k28x]Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory[/url] (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] (£28.98 @ Ebuyer)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cs450m]Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] (£43.00 @ CCL Computers)
[b]Total:[/b] £374.98
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-02 12:18 GMT+0000[/i]

I know it's nowhere near your budget, but why spend money on features you don't need. The RAM will run at 1600MHz because of the B85 chipset, but the cheapest 1600MHz CL9 RAM is only 0.39£ cheaper so I figured why not, you might be able to get better timings with this one.

You could also easily get the 4790K, just for the higher clockrates. Even getting a Z97 mobo and using the stock cooler until you decide to overclock would still be well within your budget.
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#332
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Setsul-heavenly stuff-

holy shit, thank you!

with the excess money would you recommend going for a 4790k build or getting a new gpu?

i love you

[quote=Setsul]-heavenly stuff-[/quote]
holy shit, thank you!

with the excess money would you recommend going for a 4790k build or getting a new gpu?

i love you
333
#333
2 Frags +

Absolute best TF2 performance you've ever seen -> 4790K
60fps max quality in every game -> R9 290 or GTX 970

Even though it's a micro ATX case the N200 can fit every GPU I know of so you don't have to worry about the length.
If you decide to go with the 4790K I'll look for a good Z97 mobo so you don't have to worry about flashing the BIOS.

Glad I could help.

Absolute best TF2 performance you've ever seen -> 4790K
60fps max quality in every game -> R9 290 or GTX 970

Even though it's a micro ATX case the N200 can fit every GPU I know of so you don't have to worry about the length.
If you decide to go with the 4790K I'll look for a good Z97 mobo so you don't have to worry about flashing the BIOS.

Glad I could help.
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#334
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SetsulAbsolute best TF2 performance you've ever seen -> 4790K
60fps max quality in every game -> R9 290 or GTX 970

Even though it's a micro ATX case the N200 can fit every GPU I know of so you don't have to worry about the length.
If you decide to go with the 4790K I'll look for a good Z97 mobo so you don't have to worry about flashing the BIOS.

Glad I could help.

I'm moving away from TF so a 970 seems best, the monitor I wanted has gone up in price slightly so juding from your latest part list I'll be spending £624.57 in total, so I have £275 left. Gonna add a 970 in that case! I have these two in mind:
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Gigabyte GV-N970WF3OC-4GD

I really appreciate your help.

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[quote=Setsul]Absolute best TF2 performance you've ever seen -> 4790K
60fps max quality in every game -> R9 290 or GTX 970

Even though it's a micro ATX case the N200 can fit every GPU I know of so you don't have to worry about the length.
If you decide to go with the 4790K I'll look for a good Z97 mobo so you don't have to worry about flashing the BIOS.

Glad I could help.[/quote]
I'm moving away from TF so a 970 seems best, the monitor I wanted has gone up in price slightly so juding from your latest part list I'll be spending £624.57 in total, so I have £275 left. Gonna add a 970 in that case! I have these two in mind:
[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx970gaming4g]MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G[/url]
[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn970wf3oc4gd]Gigabyte GV-N970WF3OC-4GD[/url]

I really appreciate your help.
[img]http://media.giphy.com/media/miWWqgkbpeCje/giphy.gif[/img]
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#335
3 Frags +

I'd say take the MSI 4G. Higher clockrate and from what I've seen and heard one if not the best overclocking 970.
Both the MSI 4G and the XL2411Z are my go to recommendations for a 970 respectively 120/144Hz monitor, I really like your choices.

I'd say take the MSI 4G. Higher clockrate and from what I've seen and heard one if not the best overclocking 970.
Both the MSI 4G and the XL2411Z are my go to recommendations for a 970 respectively 120/144Hz monitor, I really like your choices.
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#336
2 Frags +

Final build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.07 @ More Computers)
Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: *MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (£265.95 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£28.98 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£43.00 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: *BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£224.63 @ Aria PC)
Total: £865.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-02 15:38 GMT+0000

Thanks Setsul!

Final build:

[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/7BmWP6]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/7BmWP6/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31230v3]Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] (£55.07 @ More Computers)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx24c11t3k28x]Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory[/url] (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
[b]Video Card:[/b] *[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx970gaming4g]MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card[/url] (£265.95 @ Ebuyer)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] (£28.98 @ Ebuyer)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cs450m]Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] (£43.00 @ CCL Computers)
[b]Monitor:[/b] *[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] (£224.63 @ Aria PC)
[b]Total:[/b] £865.56
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-02 15:38 GMT+0000[/i]

Thanks Setsul!
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#337
4 Frags +

i was the idiotic friend who told spannzer what to buy

in my defence, i did it at like 22:30 and i had no idea what he wanted so i just picked him some high grade shit

banter

also setsul you are genius for picking msi 970 <3

i was the idiotic friend who told spannzer what to buy

in my defence, i did it at like 22:30 and i had no idea what he wanted so i just picked him some high grade shit

banter

also setsul you are genius for picking msi 970 <3
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#338
1 Frags +

Looking to get a new pc. budget is around $1200-$1400.
I'll be mostly playing tf2, cs:go and dota 2, but i'm starting to play a lot of modern AAA games (gw2, far cry etc) also want a new monitor (probs looking to get the BenQ XL2411Z)
I'll be reusing keyboard and mouse.

Looking to get a new pc. budget is around $1200-$1400.
I'll be mostly playing tf2, cs:go and dota 2, but i'm starting to play a lot of modern AAA games (gw2, far cry etc) also want a new monitor (probs looking to get the BenQ XL2411Z)
I'll be reusing keyboard and mouse.
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#339
2 Frags +

UK or US? I can never tell with all the fake flags.
1200-1400 USD or GBP?
Budget including the monitor?
Overclocking yes/no?

Rough sketch, I'll adapt it depending on your actual location and budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£56.11 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£76.17 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (£269.94 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£29.77 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£36.00 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£224.63 @ Aria PC)
Total: £972.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 09:19 GMT+0000

UK or US? I can never tell with all the fake flags.
1200-1400 USD or GBP?
Budget including the monitor?
Overclocking yes/no?

Rough sketch, I'll adapt it depending on your actual location and budget:
[url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8TChBm]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8TChBm/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31230v3]Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] (£56.11 @ Amazon UK)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2k4g3d169ds3]Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] (£57.99 @ Amazon UK)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct256mx100ssd1]Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] (£76.17 @ Amazon UK)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx970gaming4g]MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card[/url] (£269.94 @ Ebuyer)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] (£29.77 @ CCL Computers)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450sx2b9]XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply[/url] (£36.00 @ Aria PC)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] (£224.63 @ Aria PC)
[b]Total:[/b] £972.49
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 09:19 GMT+0000[/i]
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#340
0 Frags +

no to Overclocking, yes to include monitor in budget
I live in Australia:) so my budget = $1200-$1400 AUD

no to Overclocking, yes to include monitor in budget
I live in Australia:) so my budget = $1200-$1400 AUD
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#341
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Well I did not see that one coming.
It makes things a lot more difficult since the monitor is so expensive in Australia (almost 1/3 of your budget).

I prioritised the CPU over the GPU, it's more important for TF2 and CS:GO and with the case and PSU I picked you can easily put a better GPU in there without having to replace anything else.

It's 5$ over budget though. I could shave off those 5$, even without dropping down to a cheaper CPU, but I'd prefer not to.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.00 @ IJK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($399.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1405.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 00:21 EST+1100

Well I did not see that one coming.
It makes things a lot more difficult since the monitor is so expensive in Australia (almost 1/3 of your budget).

I prioritised the CPU over the GPU, it's more important for TF2 and CS:GO and with the case and PSU I picked you can easily put a better GPU in there without having to replace anything else.

It's 5$ over budget though. I could shave off those 5$, even without dropping down to a cheaper CPU, but I'd prefer not to.

[url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/HjJ9FT]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/HjJ9FT/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31231v3]Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($84.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx318c10frk28]Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory[/url] ($92.00 @ Centre Com)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw]Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($86.00 @ IJK)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-r9280atdbd]XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card[/url] ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-neoeco520c]Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply[/url] ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($399.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Total:[/b] $1405.00
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 00:21 EST+1100[/i]
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#342
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Posting on behalf of a friend, his budget is $1000-1500 USD, he plans on playing games like Dota, TF2 and CS:GO. He also would like to get a new monitor, but does not care if it is 120 or 144hz. Does not need a keyboard or a mouse. Thanks

Posting on behalf of a friend, his budget is $1000-1500 USD, he plans on playing games like Dota, TF2 and CS:GO. He also would like to get a new monitor, but does not care if it is 120 or 144hz. Does not need a keyboard or a mouse. Thanks
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#343
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1000-1500$ is a pretty wide range. It's also a bit excessive just for Source Engine games.
Do you mean he doesn't care about 120Hz vs 144Hz or about 60Hz vs 120/144Hz? Does he care about colours? What about input lag?
Overclocking yes or no?

I'm assuming he's got a steam account, he can add me if he wants to.

1000-1500$ is a pretty wide range. It's also a bit excessive just for Source Engine games.
Do you mean he doesn't care about 120Hz vs 144Hz or about 60Hz vs 120/144Hz? Does he care about colours? What about input lag?
Overclocking yes or no?

I'm assuming he's got a steam account, he can add me if he wants to.
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#344
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valkeriPosting on behalf of a friend, his budget is $1000-1500 USD, he plans on playing games like Dota, TF2 and CS:GO. He also would like to get a new monitor, but does not care if it is 120 or 144hz. Does not need a keyboard or a mouse. Thanks

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 4 79.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.59 @ Directron)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($264.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1387.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 14:21 EST-0500

[quote=valkeri]Posting on behalf of a friend, his budget is $1000-1500 USD, he plans on playing games like Dota, TF2 and CS:GO. He also would like to get a new monitor, but does not care if it is 120 or 144hz. Does not need a keyboard or a mouse. Thanks[/quote]
[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Tg9zWZ]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Tg9zWZ/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k]Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($219.99 @ Newegg)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/scythe-cpu-cooler-scmg4000]Scythe Mugen 4 79.0 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz97d3h]Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($118.79 @ Amazon)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdhp256gg25]Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($101.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($53.59 @ Directron)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp42972kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card[/url] ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcaarcr2bl]Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm]SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe]Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($264.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $1387.27
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 14:21 EST-0500[/i]
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#345
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PlatypusvalkeriPosting on behalf of a friend, his budget is $1000-1500 USD, he plans on playing games like Dota, TF2 and CS:GO. He also would like to get a new monitor, but does not care if it is 120 or 144hz. Does not need a keyboard or a mouse. ThanksPCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 4 79.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.59 @ Directron)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($264.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1387.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 14:21 EST-0500

I really like this build and it also fits my budget perfectly. The only thing I changed was the CPU from a 4690K to a 4790K. I also mainly plan on playing source games, but would this build with the 4790K also be able to run games like Arma 3 or Farcry 4 on mostly maxed settings? Thanks in advanced, I'm somewhat new to building PC's.

[quote=Platypus][quote=valkeri]Posting on behalf of a friend, his budget is $1000-1500 USD, he plans on playing games like Dota, TF2 and CS:GO. He also would like to get a new monitor, but does not care if it is 120 or 144hz. Does not need a keyboard or a mouse. Thanks[/quote]
[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Tg9zWZ]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Tg9zWZ/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k]Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($219.99 @ Newegg)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/scythe-cpu-cooler-scmg4000]Scythe Mugen 4 79.0 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz97d3h]Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($118.79 @ Amazon)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdhp256gg25]Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($101.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($53.59 @ Directron)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp42972kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card[/url] ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcaarcr2bl]Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm]SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe]Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($264.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $1387.27
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 14:21 EST-0500[/i][/quote]


I really like this build and it also fits my budget perfectly. The only thing I changed was the CPU from a 4690K to a 4790K. I also mainly plan on playing source games, but would this build with the 4790K also be able to run games like Arma 3 or Farcry 4 on mostly maxed settings? Thanks in advanced, I'm somewhat new to building PC's.
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#346
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Some minor improvements and put a few deals in there:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1366.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 17:05 EST-0500

Some minor improvements and put a few deals in there:

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dTHM6h]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dTHM6h/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k]Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($309.99 @ Newegg)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/enermax-cpu-cooler-etst40tb]Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($34.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extreme3]ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($104.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct256mx100ssd1]Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx9704gd5toc]MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card[/url] ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r]Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($39.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-tachyon650]Rosewill Tachyon 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($74.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($249.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $1366.40
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 17:05 EST-0500[/i]
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#347
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Hi again Setsul! Here's my updated part list that I built with some advice from friends. I loosened up my budget, so now I can go up to $1000 just fine :3

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.06 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Apotop 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($60.97 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB DEVIL Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($17.55 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($137.58 @ OutletPC)
Total: $982.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 14:25 EST-0500

Hi again Setsul! Here's my updated part list that I built with some advice from friends. I loosened up my budget, so now I can go up to $1000 just fine :3

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fsdzWZ]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fsdzWZ/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54430]Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($182.06 @ OutletPC)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] ($28.88 @ OutletPC)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($75.66 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/apotop-memory-u3a4gx216c9bb]Apotop 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($67.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdp128gg25]Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($60.97 @ OutletPC)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9270x2gbd5a2dhe]PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB DEVIL Video Card[/url] ($149.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($34.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr]EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($69.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24f1st]Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($17.55 @ OutletPC)
[b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700578]Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)[/url] ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-23mp55hqp]LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor[/url] ($137.58 @ OutletPC)
[b]Total:[/b] $982.12
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 14:25 EST-0500[/i]
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#348
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setsul i pray that u have a job that involves pc hardware..

advice in this thread is so on point

setsul i pray that u have a job that involves pc hardware..

advice in this thread is so on point
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#349
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#347
Sorry I didn't have the time to look up pricing and availability of monitors in the US like I said 2 pages ago.

Some improvements though:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.94 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($31.50 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB DEVIL Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($16.95 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($137.58 @ OutletPC)
Total: $933.05
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 15:48 EST-0500

There aren't any fully modular PSUs on sale right now, best I could do was semi-modular.
If you don't care about that my budget options are on sale again. EVGA B1 500W (saves 25$), Corsair CX430 (saves 30$)

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
There's 67$ left, so if you want to use up more or all of the budget you can get, depending on wether you want to focus on TF2 or pretty games performance you could get:
A top of the line i5 and a 280
or
a slightly better i5 and a 280X
or
a Xeon E3-1231 v3 (all the tf2 fps)
or
just go to town, drop the cooler and the semi-modular PSU and bring on the pretty graphics with an i5-4590* and a R9 290.
*I changed the mobo to make sure it'll work with the 4590, you can keep the Pro4 and use a 4570 instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($16.95 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($137.58 @ OutletPC)
Total: $995.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 16:09 EST-0500

#348
No hardware related work for me right now, but I used to build servers and workstations in case you were wondering. I'm a bit out of touch with the professional side, but this thread helped me keeping updated on the consumer side of things.

#347
Sorry I didn't have the time to look up pricing and availability of monitors in the US like I said 2 pages ago.

Some improvements though:
[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6XKt4D]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6XKt4D/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54460]Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($172.94 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/enermax-cpu-cooler-etst40tb]Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($31.50 @ Newegg)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($75.66 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct128mx100ssd1]Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($62.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9270x2gbd5a2dhe]PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB DEVIL Video Card[/url] ($149.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($34.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-110b10750vr]EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas12414]Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($16.95 @ OutletPC)
[b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700578]Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)[/url] ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-23mp55hqp]LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor[/url] ($137.58 @ OutletPC)
[b]Total:[/b] $933.05
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 15:48 EST-0500[/i]

There aren't any fully modular PSUs on sale right now, best I could do was semi-modular.
If you don't care about that my budget options are on sale again. [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b10500kr]EVGA B1 500W (saves 25$)[/url], [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430]Corsair CX430 (saves 30$)[/url]

[b]BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE![/b]
There's 67$ left, so if you want to use up more or all of the budget you can get, depending on wether you want to focus on TF2 or pretty games performance you could get:
A top of the line i5 and a 280
[b]or[/b]
a slightly better i5 and a 280X
[b]or[/b]
a Xeon E3-1231 v3 (all the tf2 fps)
[b]or[/b]
just go to town, drop the cooler and the semi-modular PSU and bring on the pretty graphics with an i5-4590* and a R9 290.
*I changed the mobo to make sure it'll work with the 4590, you can keep the Pro4 and use a 4570 instead.

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GRQHrH]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GRQHrH/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54590]Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($189.69 @ OutletPC)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97manniversary]ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($71.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct128mx100ssd1]Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($62.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9290dc2oc4gd5]Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card[/url] ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($34.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b10500kr]EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply[/url] ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas12414]Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($16.95 @ OutletPC)
[b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700578]Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)[/url] ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-23mp55hqp]LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0" Monitor[/url] ($137.58 @ OutletPC)
[b]Total:[/b] $995.61
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 16:09 EST-0500[/i]


#348
No hardware related work for me right now, but I used to build servers and workstations in case you were wondering. I'm a bit out of touch with the professional side, but this thread helped me keeping updated on the consumer side of things.
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#350
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Looking to get a PC, budget is $700-$1100.
I need a new monitor (will get the BenQ XL2411Z if it fits in budget), got keyboard and mouse.
I'll be mainly using this for tf2, and I'd prefer being able to get over 120 fps consistently, with an fps config.
Thanks in advance.

Looking to get a PC, budget is $700-$1100.
I need a new monitor (will get the BenQ XL2411Z if it fits in budget), got keyboard and mouse.
I'll be mainly using this for tf2, and I'd prefer being able to get over 120 fps consistently, with an fps config.
Thanks in advance.
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#351
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.59 @ Directron)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1116.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 17:21 EST-0500

non-oc build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.97 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Directron)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.59 @ Directron)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1071.48
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 17:25 EST-0500

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HyDRHx]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HyDRHx/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k]Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($219.98 @ NCIX US)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] ($34.29 @ Amazon)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz97md3h]Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($109.00 @ Amazon)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdhp256gg25]Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($99.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($53.59 @ Directron)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9270xgaming2g]MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card[/url] ($179.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($44.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm]SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
[b]Total:[/b] $1116.79
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 17:21 EST-0500[/i]

non-oc build

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z4tDMp]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z4tDMp/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54590]Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($189.97 @ NCIX US)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab85md3h]Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($72.99 @ Directron)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($53.59 @ Directron)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp42972kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card[/url] ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($44.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm]SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
[b]Total:[/b] $1071.48
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 17:25 EST-0500[/i]
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#352
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#350
Overclocking yes or no?
Platypus posted a decent overclocking build, although I would'Ve used slightly different parts.
I'll post a non-overclocking build.
Imho overclocking isn't really worth it atm, the 1231 v3 + non-OC mobo are cheaper than a 4690K + OC mobo and that's not even factoring in the kind of cooler you need just get even with the Xeon. I reckon you'd need round 4.5GHz for that.

About PSUs see #349.
You can drop to the 128GB version of the SSD to save some money.
The R9 290 is absolute overkill for TF2 (even a 260X would be enough), but it kind of fits the 1231 and shows what's possible with your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1096.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 17:17 EST-0500

#350
Overclocking yes or no?
Platypus posted a decent overclocking build, although I would'Ve used slightly different parts.
I'll post a non-overclocking build.
Imho overclocking isn't really worth it atm, the 1231 v3 + non-OC mobo are cheaper than a 4690K + OC mobo and that's not even factoring in the kind of cooler you need just get even with the Xeon. I reckon you'd need round 4.5GHz for that.

About PSUs see #349.
You can drop to the 128GB version of the SSD to save some money.
The R9 290 is absolute overkill for TF2 (even a 260X would be enough), but it kind of fits the 1231 and shows what's possible with your budget.

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gC2ssY]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gC2ssY/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31231v3]Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97manniversary]ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($71.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($54.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct256mx100ssd1]Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.49 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9290dc2oc4gd5]Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card[/url] ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($34.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-110b10750vr]EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($249.98 @ NCIX US)
[b]Total:[/b] $1096.37
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 17:17 EST-0500[/i]
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#353
1 Frags +

Hi, I originally had a post on this thread, however my money totals have changed.
I am wondering if the PSU carries enough for that specific GPU and how many frames the CPU and GPU will output in TF2. I'm intending to buy this for TF2 only. If you could Setsul, please give me some insight on this build.

Nothing over $1400 AUD. Thank you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($105.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($279.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($399.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1311.00

Hi, I originally had a post on this thread, however my money totals have changed.
I am wondering if the PSU carries enough for that specific GPU and how many frames the CPU and GPU will output in TF2. I'm intending to buy this for TF2 only. If you could Setsul, please give me some insight on this build.

Nothing over $1400 AUD. Thank you.

[url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/vXp7ZL]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/vXp7ZL/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690]Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($259.00 @ Centre Com)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-h97plus]Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($128.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbsr]G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($105.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42765kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card[/url] ($279.00 @ Mwave Australia)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r]Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($79.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500]Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply[/url]
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($399.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Total:[/b] $1311.00
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#354
1 Frags +

You went from 1600 AUD to 1400 AUD?
Originally you said you might play some more demanding games with the 760. Did that change? TF2 barely needs any GPU power, although I really wouldn't cripple the build if there's any chance you might ever play any other game.
My recommendation for the R9 280 if you're not using Linux/SteamOS still stands.

The PSU is more than enough, even 400W would be fine.

Would micro ATX be ok? It saves some money.

You also dropped the SSD and the optical drive.
I'm not sure if you realised it, but just by dropping the overclocking and going mATX a 120GB SSD easily fit within the budget again.

With the Xeon E3 1231 v3 you can get the same CPU power as with an overclocked i5-4690K, only cheaper. I'm not sure if I just didn't give it any thought and made an OC build because your original build was one or if the Xeon was more expensive back then.

Either way, here's a general idea of what's possible with your budget.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Team Zeus Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.00 @ IJK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($399.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1398.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-12 19:23 EST+1100

I've got both some better parts and some budget options ready to roll, depending on if you're fine with dropping down to a 270X* or not and wether or not you want an ODD (I really recommend it, not being able to use any discs is a pain in the a***).
*3-17% slower than the 280 depending on the game, >10% only happens if you use the really fancy effects that cost tons of fps on either GPU. Same goes for 270X vs 760, if you don't use stuff like DDoF or FXAA they're pretty much on par.

You went from 1600 AUD to 1400 AUD?
Originally you said you might play some more demanding games with the 760. Did that change? TF2 barely needs any GPU power, although I really wouldn't cripple the build if there's any chance you might ever play any other game.
My recommendation for the R9 280 if you're not using Linux/SteamOS still stands.

The PSU is more than enough, even 400W would be fine.

Would micro ATX be ok? It saves some money.

You also dropped the SSD and the optical drive.
I'm not sure if you realised it, but just by dropping the overclocking and going mATX a 120GB SSD easily fit within the budget again.

With the Xeon E3 1231 v3 you can get the same CPU power as with an overclocked i5-4690K, only cheaper. I'm not sure if I just didn't give it any thought and made an OC build because your original build was one or if the Xeon was more expensive back then.

Either way, here's a general idea of what's possible with your budget.
[url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/ymhhBm]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/ymhhBm/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31231v3]Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b85mpro4]ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($84.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-tzbd38g1600hc9dc01]Team Zeus Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($95.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw]Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive[/url] ($86.00 @ IJK)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-r9280atdbd]XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card[/url] ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430m]Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-xl2411z]BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($399.00 @ CPL Online)
[b]Total:[/b] $1398.00
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-12 19:23 EST+1100[/i]

I've got both some better parts and some budget options ready to roll, depending on if you're fine with dropping down to a 270X* or not and wether or not you want an ODD (I really recommend it, not being able to use any discs is a pain in the a***).
*3-17% slower than the 280 depending on the game, >10% only happens if you use the really fancy effects that cost tons of fps on either GPU. Same goes for 270X vs 760, if you don't use stuff like DDoF or FXAA they're pretty much on par.
355
#355
2 Frags +

Now that I've decided to build a new PC, which retailer should I order parts from? The two big ones I know of are Newegg and MicroCenter, but I know there are others.

Now that I've decided to build a new PC, which retailer should I order parts from? The two big ones I know of are Newegg and MicroCenter, but I know there are others.
356
#356
4 Frags +
ViperStrikerNow that I've decided to build a new PC, which retailer should I order parts from? The two big ones I know of are Newegg and MicroCenter, but I know there are others.

microcenter is great if you have a location near you, and amazon is good.

[quote=ViperStriker]Now that I've decided to build a new PC, which retailer should I order parts from? The two big ones I know of are Newegg and MicroCenter, but I know there are others.[/quote]
microcenter is great if you have a location near you, and amazon is good.
357
#357
0 Frags +

After my budget increasing to about 600 us dollars, I decided that this would a good starter pc to keep me playing videogames until I want to sit down and bulid a beast of a computer. It's primarily to play source games, but also some games as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.85 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $558.77
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 13:03 EST-0500

After my budget increasing to about 600 us dollars, I decided that this would a good starter pc to keep me playing videogames until I want to sit down and bulid a beast of a computer. It's primarily to play source games, but also some games as well.

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3LtPYJ]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3LtPYJ/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54440]Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($169.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h81probtc]ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($51.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d1609ds1s00]Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($72.98 @ OutletPC)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.85 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43753kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card[/url] ($129.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210001]NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($31.98 @ OutletPC)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9]XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply[/url] ($49.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $558.77
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 13:03 EST-0500[/i]
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#358
0 Frags +
BasedMagikarpAfter my budget increasing to about 600 us dollars, I decided that this would a good starter pc to keep me playing videogames until I want to sit down and bulid a beast of a computer. It's primarily to play source games, but also some games as well.

Some small changes.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.59 @ Directron)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($66.23 @ Amazon)
Total: $589.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 13:13 EST-0500

[quote=BasedMagikarp]After my budget increasing to about 600 us dollars, I decided that this would a good starter pc to keep me playing videogames until I want to sit down and bulid a beast of a computer. It's primarily to play source games, but also some games as well.[/quote]
Some small changes.
[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h8LzWZ]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h8LzWZ/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54590]Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97manniversary]ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($71.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-ted38192m1333hc9dc]Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory[/url] ($57.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($53.59 @ Directron)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43753kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card[/url] ($139.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1]Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg520m]Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($66.23 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $589.76
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 13:13 EST-0500[/i]
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#359
2 Frags +

Pushed it a bit further.
Slightly better CPU.
GPU should get you around 30-50% more fps in any non source game.
Also another case, all 3 should be basically interchangeable, just get whatever you like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.85 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($139.80 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($36.34 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $599.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 16:51 EST-0500

Semi-modular PSU
Same PSU non-modular might be better than the CX430M, there's no reviews on it yet and there's no reviews on the CX430M so it's just an estimation going by other PSUs with different wattage on the same platform.

Pushed it a bit further.
Slightly better CPU.
GPU should get you around 30-50% more fps in any non source game.
Also another case, all 3 should be basically interchangeable, just get whatever you like.

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kGxXFT]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kGxXFT/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690]Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97manniversary]ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url] ($71.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/a-data-memory-ax3u1600c4g9dr]A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($59.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($51.85 @ OutletPC)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9270xdc2t2gd5]Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card[/url] ($139.80 @ Newegg)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcacore1100bl]Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case[/url] ($36.34 @ Mwave)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430m]Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($29.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Total:[/b] $599.94
[i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i]
[i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 16:51 EST-0500[/i]

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-arcm450]Semi-modular PSU[/url]
[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-arc450]Same PSU non-modular[/url] might be better than the CX430M, there's no reviews on it yet and there's no reviews on the CX430M so it's just an estimation going by other PSUs with different wattage on the same platform.
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#359's is a bit better than mine, I'd forgotten how low the 270xs had dropped

#359's is a bit better than mine, I'd forgotten how low the 270xs had dropped
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