Budget: 1100-1300 $ Q1-3?

potetbanken

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Hi, "first time builder here"

I am leaning towards buying the Q2 build, form what i understand, that is the build that offers the most gaming value per dollar.

Q2 entusiast: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/enthusiast-pc-under-1300,3856.html

Just wanted to run a quick check by the community to ensure myself that i am making the right move. Btw, i am willing to bump the pricetag up to 1300$.

Appreciate all the help i can get, thanks!
 

zeyuanfu

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This would be the best for 1232$ with the OS:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.66 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($94.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1232.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-25 16:45 EDT-0400
 

potetbanken

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Thanks for a great answer! As the compleate noob i am, i got to ask, does this build overclock?
 

zeyuanfu

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This build does effectively OC, and you can hope for OCs of maybe 1 GHz if you're lucky.
 

potetbanken

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I am sorry to be bothering, hehe. But i have heard some rumors about the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 beeing defect. If that is the case, what would be a good second option here?
Also, my friend thinks that i should get the NZXT H440. I guess my question would be, whether picking cases is purly an aesthetic preference or not, i mean as long the graphic card got enough space.
 

zeyuanfu

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No problem:)
I would say the 770 or the 290/290X as Plan B.
If you like the H440 better than the 230T, by all means, go for it.
 

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