Is this build for a beginner gaming pc ok?

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PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 3570K
MOTHERBOARD: Asus P8Z77-V LX
MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance 4GB D3 1600 CL9 (planning to upgrade to 8gb when i have the $$)
STORAGE: WD 500GB SATA3 (also will be adding 1TB in the future)
CHASIS: CoolerMaster Elite 431 PLUS
OPTICAL DRIVE: SAMSUNG 24X DVD + RW
VIDEO CARD : Asus Nvidia GT640 D3 2GB 128bit
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
POWER SUPPLY: CoolerMaster GX 750W
HEATSINK: CoolerMaster Hyper 101 (please advice if i should add these)
DISPLAY : 21.5" Acer Monitor
 
You could go with whitecat's suggestion (though with an Asus M5A97 R2.0 instead of that MSI board) which allows for future overclocking

This list would not allow you to overclock your CPU at all, but it should last you a fair while regardless

If 800 without OS and monitor then... (you could change out the case if you prefer another)

Also, if you can find a cheaper kit of 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM at whichever store you make your purchases, then just with the cheaper option since it doesn't make a big difference in gaming

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $808.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Excellent motherboard and CPU choices, though you could go with Haswell if you wanted to (no big benefit apart from the fact that Ivy Bridge is essentially EOL and LGA1150 will have a few more years of support)

For the heatsink you could look at getting the CM Hyper 212 EVO, any of these would be fine

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-gaiasd1283

For gaming you'd want a much better GPU, preferrably a GTX 660/r9 270 at the very least, the GT 640 is inadequate for modern gaming

Also, for a single GPU configuration, a decent 500-550W PSU is more than sufficient

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($160.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $209.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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owh so i can cut down cost on my psu and try to get a better GPU...which one is the btr GPU? like the one for value for money :D
 

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is the HD7790 better than the R7 260X ?
 

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planning to get it on the next few days...and the games i'm not so big of a gamer...gonna get this machine to start gaming actually...for now i play AC, League of Legends and some stuff like that...whats your recommendation?
 

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hahha damn! i think i have to re-do this list again..im so confused!!! help me do a budget build if you dont mind?


 

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cpu FX 6300
mobo MSI 970A-G46
gpu MSI R9 270
 

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ok my budget is rougly around 800USD...errr if the non OC build fits the 800USD range then im ok with it...since im a newbie i dont think i'll be overclocking for now
 
You could go with whitecat's suggestion (though with an Asus M5A97 R2.0 instead of that MSI board) which allows for future overclocking

This list would not allow you to overclock your CPU at all, but it should last you a fair while regardless

If 800 without OS and monitor then... (you could change out the case if you prefer another)

Also, if you can find a cheaper kit of 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM at whichever store you make your purchases, then just with the cheaper option since it doesn't make a big difference in gaming

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $808.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-10 02:51 EST-0500)
 

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($90.64 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Philips 227E4LSB 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($112.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $826.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-10 03:10 EST-0500)
 

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thanks alot man!

 

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i got another suggestion:

PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 4440 (3.1GHz)
MOTHERBOARD: MSI B85-G43 Gaming Motherboard
MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
STORAGE: Seagate 500GB
CHASIS: Elite 431
GRAPHICS: MSI GTX 650 2GB DDR5
POWER SUPPLY UNIT: CoolerMaster 525W
OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
DISPLAY: Samsung 22" LED Monitor
OPTICAL DRIVE: DVD RW 24x

what do you think??
 
Everything looks fine except for the GPU and PSU, it's worth it to get that XFX 550W PSU, that's the one thing you should buy for quality (coolermaster makes decent units, but they aren't really worth it)

The 650 isn't really a good gaming GPU either, you'd want a better card if you want to play newer games like AC4 well

If your $800 budget includes the monitor, go with the FX-6300 and r9 270 build
 

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working on it..damn youre awesome man..u just read my mind...stay online..i'll get back here with the amd build...btw, is that amd build worth? i mean is it btr than the intel one?

 
It's better balanced and overall better for games, Intel CPUs are generally better for gaming but are quite expensive in comparison

It's 2am here right now haha

I'll leave you with this, consider adding an aftermarket cooler like the 212 EVO if you can fit it within your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Dell E2213H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($101.99 @ Staples)
Total: $802.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-10 10:12 EST-0500)
 

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