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First time building mid-range gaming pc...help needed!


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#1 maske3344

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:17 PM

I am trying to build my first mid-range gaming pc, and I am hoping to get some good tips from those who have some experience.

I will be using this pc in my college dorm and hope to keep the rig without upgrading it for at least 4 years (may be too idealistic...idk).

I will be playing league and overwatch probably everyday (at 1080p and with little latency); more graphically demanding games like Crysis, Witcher 3, and other rpg, fps and many triple A games (hopefully at 1080p on all of these as well).

My budget is around $1200 with all the accessories.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT I DIDN'T PUT THE GRAPHICS CARD BECAUSE I ALREADY HAVE GTX 960

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/list/p6dPnn) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/list/p6dPnn/by_merchant/)
 
Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/xwhj4D/intel-cpu-bx80662i56500) | $199.99 @ SuperBiiz 
**Motherboard** | [MSI Z170A SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/yLPzK8/msi-motherboard-z170asliplus) | $111.98 @ Newegg 
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/4vWrxr/gskill-memory-f42400c15d16gvr) | $67.99 @ Newegg 
**Storage** | [Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/3kL7YJ/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e250bam) | $89.99 @ Newegg 
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/MwW9TW/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex) | $47.49 @ OutletPC 
**Case** | [Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/8v38TW/phanteks-case-phec416pswbk) | $87.98 @ Newegg 
**Power Supply** | [EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/h3FXsY/evga-power-supply-220gs0650v1) | $90.98 @ Newegg 
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/wtgPxr/microsoft-os-kw900140) | $83.89 @ OutletPC 
**Monitor** | [Asus VG248QE 24.0" 144Hz Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/rkphP6/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $249.99 @ Best Buy 
**Keyboard** | [Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/6P2kcf/cooler-master-keyboard-sgb3010kkmf1us) | $33.98 @ PCM 
**Headphones** | [Logitech G230  Headset](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/nMLypg/logitech-headphones-981000541) | $34.99 @ Best Buy 
**Other**| zip ties| $6.88 
 | *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
 | Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1116.13
 | Mail-in rebates | -$10.00
 | **Total** | **$1106.13**

 

 | Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2016-08-01 16:12 EDT-0400 |
 
 

I am not going to buy some accessories I put in the list, but I put them anyway just to estimate the overall price. I am thinking of buying this headset instead: https://www.amazon.com/OMG-Computer-Heaphones-Microphone-Isolating/dp/B01A73ZIL0/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1470014116&sr=8-5&keywords=gaming+headset

For keyoboard and mouse, I am not sure what to buy. I am trying to get something durable and noiseless.

 

 

Questions

1. I have trouble deciding which motherboard to get...

Can some one please recommend me other motherboards that are better?

 

2. Do you know/have any good keyboard, mouse, and headset? Possible durable and noiseless? I don't mind mechanical keyboards, just to make sure..

 

3. When should I buy each parts? I don't if I should start buying some of them now or wait till november (I looked at the price charts of each component, but couldn't see major price drops during the holidays; some even rose in price).

 

Thank you 



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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 03:21 PM

For parts: Replace Samsung 850 Evo with something better like http://pcpartpicker.com/product/KzyxFT/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct250mx200ssd1

Windows 10 Retail is better http://pcpartpicker.com/product/wskwrH/microsoft-os-kw900016
 

You do realize that GTX960 is way too weak for 144 Hz gaming?

 

For questions:

 

1. You cannot overclock CPU anyway so first option is OK. That "business" stuff is just marketing BS, it tries to say board not for overclocking. No difference on games.

 

3. Intel probably won't cut prices as many buy Intel even when Intel makes total crap. AMD Zen may cause some pressure for prices but I expect that pressure goes for higher end segment (hexa/octa cores).


Edited by Drillingmachine, 02 August 2016 - 03:21 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2016 - 09:07 PM

OMG! Thank you!

I didnt really know the difference between OEM and retail, so I was really confused when I saw multiple OS with different prices.

That relieves my worry about moving windows from one pc to another when I decide to build another one in the future.

(yea...I'm a total noob lol...learning though)

 

For some reason, I put gtx 960 when I actually have gtx 780...I don't know how I managed to mess up the numbers that badly...

So from what I have read , gtx 780 is better than gtx 960???

 

For the motherboard, I don't want to strain it too much because I want to last as long as possible (ideally 4 years). Do you think it's good enough to let me play games at 1080 and 60fps (doesn't really care that much about higher fps as long as I have 30+fps...)? 



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Posted 03 August 2016 - 04:12 AM

GTX 780 has poor driver support now, but you can use it.

 

LGA1151 motherboards has no valid upgrade path from i5-6500 so motherboard doesn't really matter. Fullhd@60 Hz shold be OK with GTX780.






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