Disclaimer:I am a total noob to this, I have been on console forever.
BASICS Budget: $500-$650 (If needed, I am willing to pay borderline $700.) Location: North America - please use USD. Peripherals: Not Needed, I already have an idea on what I want. Needs: I would like to be able to build a sizable Steam library. Overclocking: I am clueless. Cooling: I hear water cooling is quite high-maintenance, so I would prefer just regular air cooling. Operating System: Already know where to get Windows 8.1
GAME SETTINGS FPS: 45-60 (as consistent as can be) Resolution: My monitor (Asus VN274h-p) is at 1920x1080 - but I am willing to buy another monitor (budget not included to PC) recommendations would be nice. Games: Hearthstone, LoL, and Minecraft Specific games: CS:GO must be able to run at its best possible settings. That is mostly what this rig will be running.
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Thank you in advance, you all are great and I would really like to be apart of the wonderful "Master Race" community.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mxjKD3 - i5, 8gb ram, r9 280, 2tb hdd, 250gb ssd, excellent psu, basic case. (minus the ssd if you want to save some cash ~ you can easily grab one later on and migrate the os)
It's a great site. Keep in mind that anecdotal evidence is one thing, actual studies of the failure rate of a component is another thing. Personally I always choose Asus Motherboards, for that reason. Western Digital for HDD's, same reason.
Less than what you wanted. Add more CPU power and GPU as needed, also SSDs and stuff. It should keep you in the FPS range (about 100 FPS in CS:GO) that you wanted, with some room to spare, a more powerful CPU should be able to bump you up more.
So, I edited the parts list and put in the Samsung SSD everyone is mentioning. For an updated CPU, what AMD or Intel i5 would you recommend to keep it under $550? Because that seems like a price i can get for everything you picked out.
Just copy mine and ask around for a used gpu like I mentioned. That's going to be the best bang for the buck for what you need. For the least amount of money. I wouldn't buy a new gpu until you really get up there. You can find used r9 290x's plentifully and thats a powerful god damn card. Also CSGO is designed to be a really easily run game. To make it fair I guess. But for new games like fallout 4 a used r9 270(x) or 600 series will do you well.
Umm, yes I am. Running the AI for some reason does not like the 8320, but loves the i7-4700MQ in my laptop. And by "trouble", my definition is probably different than others, I prefer to have near zero fluctuation in framerate, so I cap it at the best setting I can get a rig to run without losing any frames, ever. Minus the smokes that GPUs eventually hate.