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Hi Guys,

I'm building a gaming tower, my budget is $1200. I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I have no preferences in terms of manufacturers. Hoping to play games at 1920 x 1080 at a high frame rate. Not interested in overclocking. Preferably items that can be purchased on the internet. Anybody able to offer some expertise on the matter?
 

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Hi Guys,

I'm building a gaming tower, my budget is $1200. I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I have no preferences in terms of manufacturers. Hoping to play games at 1920 x 1080 at a high frame rate. Not interested in overclocking. Preferably items that can be purchased on the internet. Anybody able to offer some expertise on the matter?
Even though you're not interested in overclocking, here's a K setup because it offers the highest base clock speed. Can go something like this or even downgrade to an i5 if you want. Could also wait on the upcoming GPU releases before buying a GPU. 970 is probably the best choice at this particular moment for 1080p IMO. Replace case with whatever you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($343.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Extreme3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Mushkin ECO3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1105.68
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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How would I get the price down to $800? I will probably get the i5, I don't really need the i7 and when I do everything will need replacing anyways. that'll probably save me around a hundred bucks or so
 

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Well if you don't plan on OC'ing, then you don't need a K series chip. Also you won't need a OC'ing mobo. RAM has gotten cheap, ssd's and hdd's have gotten cheap. GPU's are more power efficient so you wont need a massive psu. With these gpu launches maxing 1080 has become much more reasonably priced.

CPU <$200
Mobo <$75
RAM<$30
SSD<$100
GPU<$300
PSU<$65

Total $770

You could easily pay less for a good psu and use a smaller ssd and add a hdd. I didn't include a case as there is a huge range there. You can get ones for <$20 or you can pay $100s if not $1000s.
 

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Here's ~$850 - I'd get a Z series board even if not overclocking so you can run higher memory speeds. 3000MHz RAM will really help with minimum FPS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Extreme3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Mushkin ECO3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $854.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($51.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin ECO2 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.16 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1300 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $957.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-07 20:05 EDT-0400

This gets you a beefy graphics card, good mobo and a good i5 with a half terabyte SSD and a 2TB spinning disk HDD. You can knock that 2TB down to 1TB and save yourself about $20 or so...
 

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Thank you everyone for your help. I don't think I want to go with a mini tower, would be too cramped. I'm hoping for a quiet build, nothing that i'm going to want to throw through the wall after its been running for 3 hours. The games im looking at playing are somewhat graphically demanding, i.e. Fallout 4, the new Battlefield 1 game, COD, etc. Although, the build doesn't have to be able to play Witcher 3 on max settings. Just something that will make me never want to turn my current gaming console on ever again. Also, I will more than likely go with an i7. I would rather not have to replace it in a year when every game requires one to play it at decent settings. Disclaimer: This is my first build, so if you guys think I can get away with an i5 for a while whilst remaining content on quality, graphic games then feel free to tell me i'm an idiot!
 

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Also, is it worth spending the extra X-amount of money to overclock? (Yes, i realize i'm on overclock.net). Would I be able to upgrade my system with minimal changes if I decide to do so in the future?
 

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Thank you everyone for your help. I don't think I want to go with a mini tower, would be too cramped. I'm hoping for a quiet build, nothing that i'm going to want to throw through the wall after its been running for 3 hours. The games im looking at playing are somewhat graphically demanding, i.e. Fallout 4, the new Battlefield 1 game, COD, etc. Although, the build doesn't have to be able to play Witcher 3 on max settings. Just something that will make me never want to turn my current gaming console on ever again. Also, I will more than likely go with an i7. I would rather not have to replace it in a year when every game requires one to play it at decent settings. Disclaimer: This is my first build, so if you guys think I can get away with an i5 for a while whilst remaining content on quality, graphic games then feel free to tell me i'm an idiot!
Just go with a 6700k upfront, even if not overclocking it has four more threads and the highest base clock. It will pay for itself over the i5, especially with the latest games finally taking proper advantage of more threads. Also, if down the road you do want to overclock you would have the right cpu for the job.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($51.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin ECO2 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X 8GB Tri-X OC Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1209.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-07 20:33 EDT-0400

abctoz has a good point, nix the GPU for now. Wait til red and green have the new stuff out, pick the one you want then! Or buy a good used one now (GTX 970 or R9 390) if you have to have something.
 
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