Need advice on a $800.00 Gaming PC Build

Okay, i found a good PC build plan online, heres the shopping list:

I just wanted to ensure this is a legitimate build that is all compatible, and if im missing anything.
I am 14, so $700 is a large amount of money i really do not want to waste.
Anyways here are my questions....
1) Is each part compatible with each other.

2) Do I need anything else for a fully operational PC? (I plan on buying a windows 7 disc.)

3) Can i achieve a good FPS on games like ArmA 3, DayZ, Battlefield 4, GTA V, Etc. on High-Ultra settings?

4) Will the build last a while.

I also have never built a PC from scratch, but i manually repaired a few desktops with hardware problems, and am familiar with the insides of a desktop.

Thanks for the feedback.

If you have access to a system with a optical drive you can make a bootable USB stick of Windows. That way you can get rid of the optical drive in your build and save a few bucks. These days an optical drive isn't really a necessity. Check out and put together your parts list there...there site kinda cross-references hardware to ensure compatibility. Good luck on your first'll never go back to a boxed system after this.

1 Like Thats my current plan, also thanks for the Optical Drive tip, I didnt know what it was and thought it was necessary for OS installation. Im probably just going to buy a product code from bestbuy and PowerISO the installation onto a usb. Thanks, i really hope this can hold up games like dayz at atlease 30fps high

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I was double-checking my PCPartPicker list and read some reviews for the case. Then i realized it sucked, so i switched to a case that was better, and cheaper. I am now under 700 c:

You could get away with a slower ram frequency, 2133 is possibly overkill. 1600 is usually good enough for games, so if you happen to find a better deal on slower ram you could go for it. Other than that, looks OK to me. (PS: I haven't kept up to date on the recent components coming out so I cannot recommend any replacement components with a better value off the top of my head.)

Okay, I switched to a 1600 Ram, Thanks.

This is the route I would take because it has a much stronger GPU without skimping anywhere else in the build. If you have any questions about this build do not hesitate to ask

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Alright I'll switch to that. A friend of mine said Intel i5-4440 and GTX 970 Was a great combo, i guess he was right. Thanks

the website says
Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case has front panel USB 3.0 ports, but the MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard does not have onboard USB 3.0 headers.
The Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 414mm long, but video cards over 275mm may block drive bays. Since the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card is 312mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.

now i realize that means i wont be able to use a few front USB 3.0 ports, or install different graphics cards, which im fine with.

And are you sure this motherboard supports 1833 Ram? NewEgg says it supports 1600, 1333, 1066, but nothing about 1833. non k i5 and a H97 mb. Might not see high ultra setting until you upgrade to a 970 or 290/x Sli with 2x 960's might prove interesting, tho?

Addressing your problems in an easy to read manner :P:

  • The case has USB 3.0 headers but the motherboard has no spot for the front-panel USB 3.0 plug. This just means that the USB 3.0 cable of the Corsair 100R will just hang free, unused. Not so much of an issue to bo honest unless you really need quick/easy access to USB 3.0 ports due to frequent use of external storage.
  • You will need to remove a drive cage to make room for the GTX 970 which will limit your storage options a bit but since you have an $800 budget I doubt you will need more than 3 caddies in the future anyway. If you do require more though you could always sell the case and buy a more expensive one that supports your GPU without removing drive cages or sacrificing storage in general
  • The motherboard will support it. The motherboard simply supports XMP which is what will be used for your RAM. You basically OC the RAM using the provided profile. Most motherboard only say they support up to 1600 or 1866 but they simply support 2400MHz RAM or even faster as well. However if it is indeed the case that this motherboard does not support 1866 then you could always want to be sure and get instead of the 1866 I listed.