need some solid advice for the best bang for my buck


Jun 1, 2014
listed below are 3 links to 3 seperate builds. the first is my original build, but i was informed that it wasnt able to over clock and may have been a little bit of overkill. the second build has been revised to reduce cost, as well as allow for overclocking, the MSI GeForce card also comes with a free copy of watch-dogs. and the third build was submited to me as the best possible deal without sacrificing much in the way of performance. i primarily play MOBA's such as DOTA2 and LOL but i also play a few FPS's and Guild Wars 2. all i need to know is which of the 3 computers is better suited for what i need. i want to buy the cheaper of the three but i don't want to sacrifice performance. my understanding is that for the games i play the computers will opperate the same more or less. can someone please either confirm or deny this as well as possibly suggest improvements to either builds to reduce cost or increase preformance?

build 1: ( original )
build 2: (revised for cost)
build 3: (submited as best for price)

note* i am aware that the second and third builds do not have a case included in the final cost. that is because i am stuck between cases. can someone also please recomend a case for me of the 2 listed?

case 1:
case 2:

UPDATE* i want to be able to run all of the games listed at virtually max settings with a frame rate of atleast 45
Hi! I would personally get build 2 and then add a better mobo and windows seven. A motherboard like the MSI z87 gd65 gaming. That would be the best option! And if you had the money adding the motherboard I suggested to build 1 would be sick
I would go with the nzxt. NZXT cases seem to have better build quiality/features, and after you have had to remove motherboars to get a hard drive out, you start only wanting side-to-side hdd bays over the tradtional front-back ones.

The 770 is better then the 280x and obviously the 760.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1112.87 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 14:06 EDT-0400)