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Hey guys,
I just moved and I'm in need of a new desktop PC.
I'm going to use it mostly for casual gaming and some software development (Virtual machines etc).
My previous PC was based on core i7 2600k + Radeon HD7950 + Intel 520 SSD.
Played Battlefield 4 medium-high settings with 100 fps @ 1440p and I was happy with it.

I'm thinking of a PC based on a core i7 6700 CPU (Because DDR4 and LGA1151) with ~500GB of SSD space.
What would be a realistic budget for this kind of rig? $1000? $1200?
No need for an OS/keyboard/speakers etc.

I'd be thrilled if you could help me with the parts I need and where to buy them.
I live in the south bay area (Sunnyvale, CA) and would rather buy the PC assembled as I'm not great with these things.

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
well here are two builds for 1080p. of course you can always change the GPU to suite your resolution.

i5 4670K Overclockable Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.43 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H97 GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($163.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Cooler Master VSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $916.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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6700 Build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Directron)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H170 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($163.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Cooler Master VSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 19:58 EDT-0400

If you are going to overclock i'd go with this: i7 6700K

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($359.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($163.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define S ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master VSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1196.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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You don't have to be a master of technology in order to assemble a PC; any computer you purchase for $1000-$1200 preassembled is going to be a lesser machine than if you built it yourself.

Take your time, watch some YouTube videos, and do it yourself.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($163.00 @ Amazon)
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: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1215.26
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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For a pure gaming setup, you don't have to go with the 6700k; the i5 will perform very close to the i7 and you can spend the $100 saved on other stuff.
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Originally Posted by p4inkill3r View Post

You don't have to be a master of technology in order to assemble a PC; any computer you purchase for $1000-$1200 preassembled is going to be a lesser machine than if you built it yourself.

Take your time, watch some YouTube videos, and do it yourself.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($163.00 @ Amazon)
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: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1215.26
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For a pure gaming setup, you don't have to go with the 6700k; the i5 will perform very close to the i7 and you can spend the $100 saved on other stuff.

this is another great build as well... you still don't need that 750W PSU. a 550W will be sufficient. unless you will go crazy with voltages. also i would just worry about the 210 clearance issues with the D15. over all great rounded build
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Thank you for your recommendations.
I have assembled a PC before, the reason I want a pre-assembled PC is the warranty (And by pre-assembled I mean something made of parts like you mentioned, not a Dell workstation).
If the PC won't turn on, or in half a year something would go bad, I could just pick the whole thing and have the seller fix it. Without needing to figure out which part is causing issues.
If that means paying a little extra I'm all for it.

How big is the difference between i7 and i5? and when it comes to virtualization?
Pcpartpicker says the NZXT Source 210 case might have a compatibility issue with the GPU size, would it be better to go for another case?

Thanks again!
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Thank you for your recommendations.
I have assembled a PC before, the reason I want a pre-assembled PC is the warranty (And by pre-assembled I mean something made of parts like you mentioned, not a Dell workstation).
If the PC won't turn on, or in half a year something would go bad, I could just pick the whole thing and have the seller fix it. Without needing to figure out which part is causing issues.
If that means paying a little extra I'm all for it.

How big is the difference between i7 and i5? and when it comes to virtualization?
Pcpartpicker says the NZXT Source 210 case might have a compatibility issue with the GPU size, would it be better to go for another case?

Thanks again!
Pay for shipping, wait for the seller to respond, etc.
Unless you're using a high end outfit like Falcon Northwest, don't count on a builder's warranty saving you much money, if any. Your parts are covered under manufacturer's warranties anyway, and adding another entity into the RMA process when you're perfectly capable of swapping a part out yourself seems not worth it, but YMMV.

The 210 will fit a large card, it will just have an end jutting into the drive cage. You certainly could move up a tier in cases, though.
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post #7 of 12
1- you already have an SSD so use it
2- use your case if u like how it looks

3- what is ur psu ? if it is good quality keep using it


so here u save on 3 parts u already own.


about the upgrade to be honest ur system is not slow for gaming ( if u want to max any game u can do it just need gpu ) ur i7 2600k can max any game right now 60fps+

for 1440p ye u will need fast gpu smile.gif r9 390 will get u 66fps average in gta V according to

jayztwocents
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3rIOFP34Dg


i7 and i5 if they are locked none K then almost same performance in games i7 will win by little bit due to the clock speed out of the box being tiny bit more.
K i7 should be more capable to overclock it more , and get hyperthreading both which i see pointless in games I believe beyond 4.5ghz games wont benefit from clock speed and hyperthreading i never heard of game use that , so correct me if I am wrong guys .



so my suggestion get an i5 unless u thinking to go multitasking a lot and do stuff like video editing / stream ur gaming etc...
my suggestion just buy New gpu first and see your computer performance , if u are not happy then upgrade
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1- you already have an SSD so use it
2- use your case if u like how it looks

3- what is ur psu ? if it is good quality keep using it


so here u save on 3 parts u already own.


about the upgrade to be honest ur system is not slow for gaming ( if u want to max any game u can do it just need gpu ) ur i7 2600k can max any game right now 60fps+

for 1440p ye u will need fast gpu smile.gif r9 390 will get u 66fps average in gta V according to

jayztwocents
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3rIOFP34Dg


i7 and i5 if they are locked none K then almost same performance in games i7 will win by little bit due to the clock speed out of the box being tiny bit more.
K i7 should be more capable to overclock it more , and get hyperthreading both which i see pointless in games I believe beyond 4.5ghz games wont benefit from clock speed and hyperthreading i never heard of game use that , so correct me if I am wrong guys .

so my suggestion get an i5 unless u thinking to go multitasking a lot and do stuff like video editing / stream ur gaming etc...
my suggestion just buy New gpu first and see your computer performance , if u are not happy then upgrade

He literally suggested it in his first post :
Quote:
I'm going to use it mostly for casual gaming and some software development (Virtual machines etc).

Now, if both the i7 and i5 gives the same performance (not true), then why would you not go with the i7 since you are also going to be using it for Virtual machines (likes faster cores, and RAM) and Video editing and the likes.
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fido, I no longer have that computer, sold it a while ago.
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Now, if both the i7 and i5 gives the same performance (not true), then why would you not go with the i7 since you are also going to be using it for Virtual machines (likes faster cores, and RAM) and Video editing and the likes.
I won't be making heavy use of virtual machines, my Core i7 MQ laptop is enough for my needs as an example.
What I'm asking is should I use the money on a better CPU (Core i7 6600) or GPU (R9 390) as I can't spend too much (Also need a monitor, keyboard, headphones etc).
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fido, I no longer have that computer, sold it a while ago.
Quote:
Originally Posted by huzzug View Post

Now, if both the i7 and i5 gives the same performance (not true), then why would you not go with the i7 since you are also going to be using it for Virtual machines (likes faster cores, and RAM) and Video editing and the likes.
I won't be making heavy use of virtual machines, my Core i7 MQ laptop is enough for my needs as an example.
What I'm asking is should I use the money on a better CPU (Core i7 6600) or GPU (R9 390) as I can't spend too much (Also need a monitor, keyboard, headphones etc).

Considering this, I'd spend more on the GPU. You'd see more tangible performance going with a better GPU than going with a higher core CPU. Where would you be making your purchase from ?

I'd say the 1st build from Ramzinho's and P4inkill3r's suggested build are both fantastic.
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