Need help buying a new PC

  1. I want to buy a new computer, something powerful, however I don't want to spend more than 1,000.

    I would prefer.
    i7 with atleast 3.5ghz
    8GB ram
    Nvidia graphics card 700 series

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,421

    Let estimate for a minute:
    • i7 - 300
    • 8GB RAM - 75
    • nVidia 760 - 250
    That is over $600 for just those 3 components. And that is assuming you don't need more than a GTX 760. Do you already have other components, that can be eliminated from the build? The case, PSU, and motherboard will take another $200. Then we have the question whether there will be an SSD, HDD, or a combination of both in the build.
  3. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

    I have no other components to use actually. I was gunning for a lower end 700 series card. Still better than my current 550 ti, but that computer is going to my brother so I cant use its parts.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,421

    So you would be fine with a 750 and possibly a 760 if funds permit?

    I get the feeling this is not going to be strictly a gaming machine. You have professional applications that will take advantage of an i7 over an i5?

    I'd probably go for a 2TB(at least 1TB) HDD and get a SSD later on. That way the initial cost doesn't include the expense of a SSD. Actually that is the way I built this machine.
  5. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

    I use my computer primarily for gaming, and your everyday internet tasks, with some graphic design thrown in the mix. I just need a good gaming PC really. I could skip out on the SSD, and I only need about 1TB usually I'm pretty good managing space.
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    Need more details.

    How about we go for an i5 ($200), mobo ($100), 8GB RAM ($75), case ($50), OS ($100), 2TB Black ($100).

    Mouse? Keyboard? Monitor? Speakers?

    Leaves $400 to spend on GPU.
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  7. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

    Wouldn't an i7 handle games better? A-lot of games I play are very cpu intensive(or so im told)

    I have a mouse, and a monitor. I'm gonna get Logitech speakers sperately...nothing fancy. Keyboard too ill pick up somewhere.
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    I5 is quad core without hyperthreading. i7 has hyperthreading so it has 8 logical cores. Games use four cores at most, usually. An i5 is plenty for gaming, unless you're spending $1000+ on graphics cards.
  9. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 963   +147

  10. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

    That's actually looks really good, and tempting. Thanks!
  11. Ultraman1966

    Ultraman1966 Newcomer, in training Posts: 69

    If you'd read any of the articles on this website or any other tech sites you'd see that CPUs have a diminishing return after i5 (especially overclocked). As in literally there are few reasons to get an i7 unless you can game with multiple cards which needs it. If anything, there are some games out there have performance loss when hyperthreading is enabled...
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  12. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    Well thought id throw in my idea for a machine, since you in U.S you can use newegg so ill use that for reference. Normally as others stated the i5 is the best gaming processor in terms of value, performance, and overclocking. i7's are not really better and even in many cases you can get away with an i3 performing the same (Clock to clock) unless the game is heavily threaded for quad cores.

    Try a few suggestions on for size (im assuming based on what you said 1k for just PC itself):

    NZXT Phantom (Case is subjective to what you want, so this can be considered filler)
    Rosewill Capstone 750watt Gold (A little overkill, but a great deal!)
    Combo: i5 4690k and MSI gaming 5 Motherboard (save 35 bucks)
    Hyper212 CPU Cooler (Ive seen these push the new I5's to their limits, best value)
    Gskill Ripjaws X 8gb DDR3 1866
    WD 1tb 7200RPM Blue Drive (nice drive for the money)

    Now heres the interesting part, in terms of cards if you can snag this deal you can do the following:

    EVGA SuperClocked ACX cooler GTX 760 (Refurbished, but you save a lot and it still has the full warranty from EVGA so its a good deal)
    Sandisk Ultra 128gb SSD

    That would come to 998 bucks.

    The alternate if you do not trust a refurbished card is just a normal GTX 760 like this
    About the same in the end in terms of price.

    Either of those will last you quite awhile and be a great machine. Depending on how you change up a few things the budget can reflect alternate GPU's if you end up going down a few notches on other components like the case and PSU.
  13. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

  14. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 963   +147

    N82E16883227578
    • Intel Core i5 4460 (3.2GHz)
    • 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD
    • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit >>>buyer preference
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB >>>better video card
    in my opinion, better deal.

    N82E16883229563
    • Intel Core i7 4790 (3.6GHz)
    • 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD
    • Windows 8.1 64-bit
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1GB

    new alternate source: ava direct:
  15. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    My opinion is to build one if you can because the pre-builts cut corners at times and charge a premium. I have run into many pre-built from newegg and bestbuy that have some odd choices of components to go with the rest of the system and do not end up working very well. A friend bought a cheap gaming desktop with an FX 4300 processor in it and ended up with bad memory and eventually a bad motherboard just from trying to use it for gaming with a 560ti he bought (It came with something really low).

    My advice is to build your own as even those machine seem a bit much for whats inside.
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  16. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

    How does this system sound: (Built on a website, still considering building one but this is just window shopping)

    Comments, thoughts, concerns?
    • BLUETOOTH: None
    • CABLE: None
    • CAS: AZZA Fusion 3000 Full-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x 140mm & 2x 120mm fans, front USB 3.0, HDD Easy Swap, & 360MM liquid cooling ready
    • CASUPGRADE: None
    • CD: LG 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive & DVDRW, 3D Playback Combo Drive (Black Color) [FREE Blu-Ray Combo Drive with all 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 or i5 processors purchase]
    • CD2: None
    • COOLANT: Standard Coolant
    • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4790K 4.0 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 (All Venom OC Certified) [+40]
    • CS_FAN: Default case fans
    • DOCKINGSTATION: None
    • ENGRAVING: None
    • ENGRAVING_MSG:
    • FA_HDD: None
    • FAN: Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
    • FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
    • HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
    • HDD2: None
    • HEADSET: ZALMAN ZM-HPS200 GAMING HEADSET
    • IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
    • KEYBOARD: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Cooler Master Storm Devastator Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo
    • MB_SRT: None
    • MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V2)
    • MONITOR: None (Already have)
    • MOPAD: None
    • MOTHERBOARD: * GIGABYTE Z97X-SLI ATX w/ Intel GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI, 1 x M.2, 1 x SATA Express, or 6x SATA 6Gb/s (Extreme OC Certified)
    • MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
    • NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
    • NFC: None
    • OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY (Already have windows 7)
    • OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
    • POWERSUPPLY: 500 Watts - Corsair CX500 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply [+16]
    • SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR [3 Year Labor, 1 Year Parts] LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    • SPEAKERS: None (Already Have)
    • TEMP: None
    • TUNING: None
    • TVRC: None
    • USBFLASH: None
    • USBHD: None
    • USBX: None
    • VIDEO: EVGA FTW Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card [-5] (Single Card)
    • WNC: None
    • _PRICE: (+920) = 1k flat after ship/handling
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2014 at 4:43 AM
  17. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 671   +38

    Is a Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance good for a 4 ghz cpu?
  18. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    Yes but it is not designed for the heaviest clocking. You could probably get 4.5ghz on it but I would not go further than that.


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