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Current build here http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VmqjFT. Few disclaimers off the bat. I have a case (Verre V770), but if I get a nice build and it doesn't fit in that case, I'm fine to buy something new. I have access to an OS, might be able to get it on a flash drive so I can avoid an optical, but I might add that later. Either way, doesn't need to be a factor. Budget does need to cover a decent gaming keyboard (I kinda like the feel of the very flat Mac-esque keyboards, but I'm open to other options) and a decent 1080p monitor that's at least 21". Right now the price on that build is crazy high because that Hitachi drive is out of stock on Amazon, it's generally around $70-75. I'm also intentionally overdoing storage so that I don't have to worry about it and so that I have plenty of room for a possible dual boot with Hackintosh at some point (not completely set on that).

In terms of usage, I'd like to be able to play current gen titles at decently good quality and hit that magic 60fps mark. I'm not expecting Ultra, but I'd like Medium-High at minimum. I'm planning on learning more video/photo editing and low level rendering, so I need enough oomph to run Final Cut 7/Photoshop/Vectorworks or equivalent programs.

Purchase date definitely won't be before the end of the month, but I don't have much more in terms of specifics. I'm going to be in Northern Indiana/Chicago if that's significant.

Thanks, all!
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I just wanted to chime in about the GTX 950. I have my doubts that it will enable you to get the gaming performance that you're after. So, I think what you should do is go for a GTX 970 and try to cut your costs on other parts of the build that won't affect your system's performance.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #3 of 19
that case looks like it has a bad airflow and limited CPU cooler selection

where are you from?can you link to a local online store if you are outside US/CA/UK/AUS?
post #4 of 19
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I'm in the USA. Indiana/Illinois. The case I have has two 80mm ports on the back, one on the side, and a top exhaust vent, but that's it I think.
Edited by Lastshadow94 - 10/18/15 at 1:09pm
post #5 of 19
Id say hold off on the GPU, build the the system first, Intel IGP 4600 is pretty decent and solid GPU driver, ran Blender, HL, and Crysis pretty decent as well. And add a R9-380/4GB later, would match ur i5 and needs I think. AMD has had much better drivers than Nvidia for work and play IMO!
Edt, don't skimp on the PSU, id get at least a 650W Gold, think I've seen them less than $90, but get a good unit, don't skimp!
Edited by knightsilver - 10/18/15 at 1:14pm
post #6 of 19
with around 950usd you could get

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX Core Edition 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cougar 200K Wired Gaming Keyboard ($28.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Mouse: Logitech G100s Wired Optical Mouse ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $943.23
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 16:53 EDT-0400

to save some money you cna buy and used i7 4790k or 4770k.get an used r9 290 with Tri X, Vapor X, DD, PCS+ cooler,if this is just for gaming just get 8GB
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X8qCYJ

another choice for the mouse can be http://pcpartpicker.com/part/logitech-mouse-910004360
Edited by PontiacGTX - 10/18/15 at 1:53pm
post #7 of 19
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I have a mouse, so that's irrelevant. I'm also thinking step up from the 950 to the 960, which looks like it's at least a decent step up from the 950 for right now, look at the 970 in a little while. I'd also like to keep the storage as is and get a monitor with a better response rate than 25ms.

How much of an advantage do I get with the 4690 over the 4460?
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lastshadow94 View Post

I have a mouse, so that's irrelevant. I'm also thinking step up from the 950 to the 960, which looks like it's at least a decent step up from the 950 for right now, look at the 970 in a little while. I'd also like to keep the storage as is and get a monitor with a better response rate than 25ms.

How much of an advantage do I get with the 4690 over the 4460?
the r9 390 is 30% fastr than the 960, and 945 can fit a cpu and mobo that will allow oc, more and faster ram,,edited the monitor. i didnt check the response time

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PDgvJx
post #9 of 19
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Monitor's better, but I'm seeing equivalent performance for the 970 and 390. I'd like to start with the 960 and stay lower on budget, then upgrade later. Same with the CPU. I haven't seen much to convince me that the CPU upgrade does a huge amount for actual performance, especially for gaming. Considering I'm working on a college student budget, I'd like to keep costs down more, then get fancier as I have more money.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lastshadow94 View Post

Monitor's better, but I'm seeing equivalent performance for the 970 and 390. I'd like to start with the 960 and stay lower on budget, then upgrade later. Same with the CPU. I haven't seen much to convince me that the CPU upgrade does a huge amount for actual performance, especially for gaming. Considering I'm working on a college student budget, I'd like to keep costs down more, then get fancier as I have more money.

for around the price of a new 960 you cna get an used r9 290 which is quite faster. and better in DX12.
upgrading a CPU with a locked mobo for OC isnt the best idea when you can get z chipset for around the same. and an used cpu for the price of an unlocked i5

and for gaming under many directx games overclocking certainly helos with the bad optimization in games,like RTS, MMOs,and open world/big scale games

http://www.overclock.net/t/1397513/anandtech-choosing-a-gaming-cpu-at-1440p-adding-in-haswell/80#post_20122261
Edited by PontiacGTX - 10/18/15 at 2:27pm
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