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jllangdon12
  • 57 months ago

I just got a free CPU from a friend and wanted to use to build a gaming PC. Is it even worth it to use this part?
Most likely only game I will play is WoW...other than that just some basic internet browsing and word processing. I do plan to upgrade the CPU later so don't really want to get the 'minimum'.

Budget: $750-$1,000 USD (flexible) Location: Phoenix Metro Area Use: World of Warcraft, internet, Microsoft office apps Peripherals: keyboard, mouse, monitor (will most likely purchase the monitor on my own so doesn't need to be included) Operating system: Windows 8.1

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-670 3.46Ghz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Intel DP55WB Micro ATX LGA1156 Motherboard $204.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $40.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $40.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $159.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $67.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked Video Card $159.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $43.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $66.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $905.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-23 20:14 EDT-0400
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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks to you both. Don't plan on doing much multi-tasking...maybe copying something from a website to a spreadsheet, but not much beyond that. What are your thoughts on the Raidmax PSU's?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

not the best qality try going for evga g2 or b2 or seasonic ones

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

very good points man

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-670 3.46Ghz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Intel DP55WB Micro ATX LGA1156 Motherboard $204.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $40.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $159.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $67.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked Video Card $159.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $43.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $67.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $865.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-24 00:22 EDT-0400
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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the only motherboard available, and unfortunately it's $200. I'll let you decide if it's worth it to sink that in. Otherwise, everything is upgradeable except maybe the ram. That would depend on if you upgrade to Haswell or Skylake. And if you upgrade to Skylake, there are ddr3 boards available. The build is made entirely with the stated uses in mind, so it won't do well at AAA titles, but it will get good presets in WoW. An i7 would be the ideal upgrade in the future since WoW gets so CPU intensive, but the GPU benefit tops out at maybe a 960. A 950 will definitely be sufficient for 1080p.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-670 3.46Ghz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard Intel DP55WB Micro ATX LGA1156 Motherboard $204.99 @ Amazon
Memory Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $159.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $67.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $159.80 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $57.86 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $60.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $871.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-23 20:36 EDT-0400
  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the input and for putting time into generating the list. am looking at upgrading to skylake down the road. am also not sure about games that i will want to play in the future - is the R9 290 overkill for this type of build?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

For WoW, yes, it's overkill, but if you're looking into playing other games, probably not

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were you I would forget about that cpu since the only mobo for it cost $200. I would go with an i5 4460 and this https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-h81mp33 which is about $20 more than the i5 670 and this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-motherboard-boxdp55wb

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I would honestly forget that cpu, investing 200 on an old motherboard doesn't make any sense. This would make a great build for your purpose.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $165.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $69.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $309.99 @ NCIX US
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $43.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $86.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $885.61
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $835.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-23 20:53 EDT-0400
  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build with plenty of potential. It offers roughly equivalent performance now (ignoring the GPU) while offering much better upgradeability.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend buying most of your parts off of Craigslist for this build. With parts this old, PPP is not too helpful. The PSU and the case you will probably want to buy new, as there are rarely high-quality PSUs on Craigslist (at least in my area, although I got a Seasonic X 650W 80+ Gold for $40) and the cases are likely bad or ugly as well. For the PSU, Seasonic, EVGA, and XFX are generally considered the best brands, although some other brands have a few high quality models. Refer to this list to help with your decision: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

Case decision is pretty personal. If you want a sleek, quiet build, then the Fractal design R5 or the NZXT H440 are both good options in the $100ish range.

It is hard in my area to find mid tier, current gen GPUs on craigslist (i.e., 750 Ti, 950, 960). If you care more about power consumption, and therefore heat output, then a more modern GPU is probably what you want anyways.

For a CPU cooler, it doesn't matter a whole lot what you get if you are not overclocking, but if you want a quiet build and aren't big on aesthetics, getting a large air cooler with fans in a push-pull config can be pretty quiet, as you can turn down the speed of the fans.

So, with that said, I will give recommendations for everything except a MoBo and RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-670 3.46Ghz Dual-Core Processor $0.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 612 Ver.2 44.2 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler $49.26 @ NCIX US
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $105.94 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked Video Card $175.18 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $114.96 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $85.39 @ Mac Mall
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $103.90 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans $30.53 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $13.01 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $13.01 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $13.01 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard $123.72 @ Best Buy
Mouse Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse $43.78 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $871.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-24 13:15 EDT-0400

I am not sure what sales tax is in Arizona, but in Washington it is 9.5%, so my parts lists automatically include that tax. This leaves you $130- $200 to spend on MoBo and RAM, which should be doable.

This build has a red and black color scheme and is silence optimized. You can put the 2 quiet edition SP120s (with the red ring) on the 612, move the included 3 120s from the front to the top of the case, and then put the 3 AF120 reds in the front to give everything a nice red glow.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It is first gen(Lynfield or Bloomfield?)

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