• Welcome to Overclockers Forums! Join us to reply in threads, receive reduced ads, and to customize your site experience!

New Budget, New Build, New Thread

Overclockers is supported by our readers. When you click a link to make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn More.


Jan 14, 2014
Hey fellas! (and ladies).

I recently made a post where I asked for help with a $1,000 build that includes a monitor and stipulated that all parts must come from Best Buy.

Well, things have changed a little. I have some money to spend at Amazon and subsequently my budget is not $1400, including monitor. All parts ultimately will come half from Best Buy and half from Amazon. I have put what little I know into a build on PC part picker and I would really like to know what you guys think. This is primarily a BF4 build.

Some Questions I'm wrestling with:

1). Could I choose a better video card in that price range? I was originally going to get a 3GB 7970 but it was too expensive.

2). Should I go liquid such as the Corsair H100i vs. the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO?

3). How much is 144hz Monitor vs. 60hz worth it if they are both 1ms response time? Is 1ms response time even helpful? Why?

4). Is there a windowed case with great airflow vs. the Corsair one I currently have picked out so that I can put some sweet blue lighting in my box? (Optional)

Here it is:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($222.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Staples)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($67.05 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1356.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-15 16:29 EST-0500)