Savageite82 Feb 23, 2014 @ 5:01pm
Help a noob build a 1000-1100 PC
So I've been doing a lot research in the last month about building my first PC. All I will be using this for is games and I will have it connected to my Home theather..So basically it will be another console. As far as what I know I want is Intel I5, GTX 770 2GB, 1 TB HDD, 8 GB of Ram a mid tower case and I would like a full modular power supply as well. Experts please help me. I will be buying from Newegg or Amazon most likely.

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Rove Feb 23, 2014 @ 5:25pm 
AMD FX $1000~
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $179.99
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ $121.98
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 $142.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM $101.99
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB $328.99
Case Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower $34.99
Power Supply XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $99.99
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $16.98
Base Total: $1090.91
Promo Discounts: -$20.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $1027.90

Intel i5 + Nvidia build $1000~
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87W ATX LGA1150 $98.99
Memory Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $149.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM $101.99
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB $309.98
Case Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower $34.99
Power Supply EVGA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $74.99
Optical Drive LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer $20.44
Base Total: $1030.41
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Shipping: $5.95
Total: $1011.36

I personally use and like AMD for both CPU & GPU so I'd recommend that. Other people make different brand choices. Either of these builds should be good-enough. You can also swap the GPUs between them if you would want to mix it up a little.
Last edited by Rove; Feb 23, 2014 @ 5:27pm
Savageite82 Feb 23, 2014 @ 5:40pm 
Ok thanks for the quick reply. Here's one I just threw together but it's a little more then I want to spend because I do need to buy Windows as well.
Rove Feb 23, 2014 @ 5:53pm 
Originally posted by savageite82:
Ok thanks for the quick reply. Here's one I just threw together but it's a little more then I want to spend because I do need to buy Windows as well.

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If you want some cheaper builds try my saved builds:

My recommendation for a build that will be under $1000 Windows 8.1 64bit included is this:
Base Total: $908.89
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Combo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Total: $838.89

Windows 8.1 64bit costs $90~ here:
so it rings in at $1000~ less the rebates and discounts and plus any shipping.
Last edited by Rove; Feb 23, 2014 @ 5:53pm
Savageite82 Feb 24, 2014 @ 12:15pm 
Originally posted by Syke:

I'm liking this one but would a better motheboard benefit me at all? Also I'd probably just go with 2g on the video card.
Rick Sanchez (Banned) Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:29pm 
Originally posted by savageite82:
Originally posted by Syke:

I'm liking this one but would a better motheboard benefit me at all? Also I'd probably just go with 2g on the video card.

I'd suggest a better mobo if you're willing to spend more to get one. A better mobo supports faster RAM speeds (1866 C9 RAM would be nice) & more of it (64GB, 32GB or 16GB limit), RAID, SLI/CrossFire, more SATA for extra drives, better SSD support & CPU overclocking. Some boards like Asus ROG boards are made for gamers and overclockers. I only picked that mobo to stay within your budget. It is still good for basic functionality like a graphics card, sound card and up to 32GB 1600mhz memory. You really only need 8GB for a gaming rig. It would be better to get a z87 board and the 4670K.

You might want to look at better cases also. I only picked that one because it was cheap to stay in budget, bottom mount PSU, can take any size graphics card and the Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler fits in it. I personally have the HAF X. That isn't a cheap case, but there are plenty of options to look at.

You should also look into getting an SSD at some point.
Last edited by Rick Sanchez; Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:13pm
Rumpelcrutchskin Feb 24, 2014 @ 3:35pm

edit: swapped to better quality mobo that enables you to add second GTX 770 in the future if needed.
Last edited by Rumpelcrutchskin; Feb 24, 2014 @ 3:53pm
Na`Vi dH Feb 24, 2014 @ 6:19pm 
AMD to keep it on the cheap side; on the flip side NVIDIA you paying for name and a little more!
_I_ (Banned) Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:20pm 
amd has the bottom end cards, but nvidia has the mid-top end,3107.html
Savageite82 Feb 25, 2014 @ 4:59pm 
Now let me ask aother dumb question about motherboards.. Do they effect the sound quality? Since I'll be using this like a Steam Machine I would like better audio if that makes sense.
Rove Feb 25, 2014 @ 5:20pm 
I suppose. They all seem fairly similar (I'm not a audiophile) what with supporting 7.1 channels as standard now. You can always get a soundcard if you are a audiophile and then regardless of motherboard you can get the sound how you want it.

Azza ☠ Feb 25, 2014 @ 5:28pm 
Your plan of the Intel I5, GTX 770 2GB, 1 TB HDD, 8 GB of Ram is ideal for gaming...

You will want to consider between Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen) and Haswell (4th Gen), both are excellent picks. Motherboard needs to match with the CPU, as they work together to reduce bottlenecks - CPU to memory as well as CPU to graphics processing, means a 60-80% boost over 1st Gen PCs and AMDs.

Get a non-K version of the i5, overclocking is seriously not required and a waste of cash these days. Get a good one, highest you can afford.

For the motherboard, get a gaming one if you can afford. A bit more expensive, but much better layout and quality in components in most cases. Gigabyte G1 Sniper or Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) series are very good. Some also have really good quality sound cards and other extras too builtin, which is normally overlooked.

Get 8GB DDR3 RAM 1600MHz - CL9 (standard) or CL7 (faster but more expensive) timing, this is optimal levels for gaming purposes. Slower can tend to bottleneck, however faster memory won't show more than a 1% performance gain so is normally a waste of cash unless multi-tasking with heavy applications. 16GB 2400Mhz, etc, won't be used towards gaming so you can ignore it.

For the graphics, get GTX680 or GTX770 for hardcore gaming, you won't be disappointed by the performance, specially at optimal 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 1080p resolution with high/ultra texture settings.

For the PSU, make sure the cables are detactable. Look for around the 650-700W mark, with the lowest noise curve at 60-80%. The idea is to never max out the juice but run happily, with stable rails and quietly too. Separated high from low rails is ideal too, so all components get an even flow and don't steal from one another. Future proofed for SLI, etc. The easily way to look for a quality railed PSU is when it has the 80PLUS Gold or Platinum label on it.

For the hard drive, try get a 1-2TB Western Digital Black Edition or Seagate with high cache. Then in the future add a small 64-120GB SSD (Solid State Drive) in front of it for caching. This is the only bottleneck left. With SSD - boot and shutdown times < 5 seconds, while applications/game launch blazing fast. You wonder how you lived without it.

For audiophile, you either spend a lot and buy the best or skip it. Once you have hear the quality, you will however be blown away. 2.1 Box Speakers are best in most cases, 5.1 or 7.2 surround can cost an arm and a leg. I personally have the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD (the only good sound card I would recommend from Sound Blaster, the rest sucks) going into digital optimic 5.1 surround - it sounds like a movie theater.
Last edited by Azza ☠; Feb 25, 2014 @ 5:47pm
Savageite82 Feb 27, 2014 @ 3:10pm 
Thanks again guys. As far as the sound system goes I already have that covered with a 5.1 setup with Klipsch speakers. Also since this will be hooked up via HDMI to my TV(well Actually receiver) I will only be running the games at 1080p.
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