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Hey, My son-in-law has been going through difficult times, and I wanted to come up with a decent Intel based PC gaming system that we can build together. Hopefully it will distract him, and he may learn some things too. He is a big Skyrim fan and does some modding. So far he has not gotten into overclocking. His present system has an AMD A10-5700 chip, an Acer Aspire M34320 mobo, 12 GB of DDR3 665 MHz RAM & an ASUS VS238 2 GB graphics card running on Windows 7 (without a solid-state drive). My last build was about a year ago so I am a little out of touch. I was hoping to get some recommended builds for a mid range cost -- say under $1000 (less is OK too). Specifically I'm looking for advice on what chip, motherboard and graphics card or a good bundle. I need help with the usual performance versus cost dichotomy and having the flexibility to upgrade later would be a plus too. Thanks.

Max
Edited by maxsomno - 9/24/15 at 11:54am
post #2 of 16
First off, are you near a Microcenter? That can stretch your buck or save you a pretty penny.
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1000usd,cad,aud?with keyboard,mouse,windows,monitor?
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@KBOMB, My son-in-law lives in Indianapolis so I'm sure there is a comparable store nearby to him. I live in a small town and do most everything by mail. If you know of any specials please let me know. Thanks

Max
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@KBOMB, My son-in-law lives in Indianapolis so I'm sure there is a comparable store nearby to him. I live in a small town and do most everything by mail. If you know of any specials please let me know. Thanks

Max
does he need a keyboard,mouse,window,monitor?
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@PontiacGTX, Sorry, $1000 USD or the equivalent. Most of the peripherals could wait until later just for the cost savings (although I know he would like a bigger monitor). I have a Razer synapse gaming keyboard, mouse & earphones with custom lighting effects -- they look great, but in retrospect I don't think it was worth the cost at least for me. I have to leave some things for him to do on his own. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on a good monitor with a larger screen at a decent price. I like Windows 7 and have chosen not to upgrade to 8. I have heard good things about Windows 10, but I don't have any experience with it at all. Thanks

Max
Edited by maxsomno - 9/24/15 at 4:10pm
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then he also needs a Monitor? You could find some at 99usd,check pcpartpicker
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK EREBOSS BLACK 56.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.90 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A (NFC Express Edition) ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card ($314.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $926.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-24 19:42 EDT-0400
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@PontiacGTX, That's a nice system. Great minds think alike -- I suggested to my son-in-law that he should go with the same chip & mobo (or maybe kick it up a notch with the ASUS Maximus VII Hero but still close to $1000 overall). That's a good price for an 8 GB graphics card. He can always add a solid-state drive later. I built my own current system using pcpartspicker and was pleased with how everything turned out. Thank you for your time & effort. I have been googling for medium range PC gaming systems to see what else is available. I hope he gets excited about building his own system. Stay tuned to see the final build...

Max
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then he also needs a Monitor? You could find some at 99usd,check pcpartpicker
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK EREBOSS BLACK 56.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.90 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A (NFC Express Edition) ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card ($314.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $926.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-24 19:42 EDT-0400

This looks nice, just wish it had an SSD, less of a CPU cooler, and a Z97 board. Give me a few minutes. Also, i5s should be used for gaming, not i7s, as hyperthreading can't be used in too many games to make much of a difference at all.
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CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon X5650 Xeon X5650 Supermicro C602  Quadro 2000 (780 Ti within next 4 years) 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
24GB 300 GB, 10,00 RPM WITH VTEC YO!!! Crucial MX100 256GB WD Black 1TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Black 1TB WD Black 1TB Stock HP heatpipe coolers Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 21 Stock HP Delta 80+ PLATINUM 1000W HP Z820 
Mouse
HP 
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Delta IV Heavy
(17 items)
 
Atlas V 431
(21 items)
 
 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon X5650 Xeon X5650 Supermicro C602  Quadro 2000 (780 Ti within next 4 years) 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
24GB 300 GB, 10,00 RPM WITH VTEC YO!!! Crucial MX100 256GB WD Black 1TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Black 1TB WD Black 1TB Stock HP heatpipe coolers Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 21 Stock HP Delta 80+ PLATINUM 1000W HP Z820 
Mouse
HP 
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Reply
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.87 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($303.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $929.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-24 21:26 EDT-0400
Delta IV Heavy
(17 items)
 
Atlas V 431
(21 items)
 
 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon X5650 Xeon X5650 Supermicro C602  Quadro 2000 (780 Ti within next 4 years) 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
24GB 300 GB, 10,00 RPM WITH VTEC YO!!! Crucial MX100 256GB WD Black 1TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Black 1TB WD Black 1TB Stock HP heatpipe coolers Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 21 Stock HP Delta 80+ PLATINUM 1000W HP Z820 
Mouse
HP 
  hide details  
Reply
Delta IV Heavy
(17 items)
 
Atlas V 431
(21 items)
 
 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon X5650 Xeon X5650 Supermicro C602  Quadro 2000 (780 Ti within next 4 years) 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
24GB 300 GB, 10,00 RPM WITH VTEC YO!!! Crucial MX100 256GB WD Black 1TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Black 1TB WD Black 1TB Stock HP heatpipe coolers Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 21 Stock HP Delta 80+ PLATINUM 1000W HP Z820 
Mouse
HP 
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