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My never ending dilemma

Steven3108
  • 56 months ago

I've had several people help me with picking parts but I'm too fussy and since this is my first ever build I want it to be pretty much perfect. Here's what I need out of my build: Needs to be small form factor (Bitfenix Prodigy would be preferable or something like it). Motherboard with wifi would be ideal as Ethernet connection is not an option for me. Would love to have a gtx 970 but at the very least the r9 380 will do. Intel CPU - may look at overclocking in the future but not necessary. A 1080p monitor must be included in the price of possible. My budget is £700-800.

Thanks for everyone for helping so far in just really indecisive :)

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

wifi, good itx case (better than the prodigy), good 550 watt psu, ready for a aftermarket cooler whenever you decide you will oc the cpu:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £178.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £115.04 @ More Computers
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £36.99 @ Ebuyer
Storage OCZ ARC 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £42.14 @ Scan.co.uk
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.99 @ Dabs
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card £172.99 @ Aria PC
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case £42.12 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £57.35 @ Aria PC
Case Fan Phanteks PH-F120SP_WLED 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan £7.60 @ Scan.co.uk
Monitor Asus VS247HR 60Hz 23.6" Monitor £103.96 @ Aria PC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £796.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-12 15:47 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally have the case listed above, it's utterly amazing; the light on the front of the case flickers when your PC is in 'Sleep mode' pre-empting you from turning your PC off before loading your computer up and turning it off in the correct manner!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £178.00 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £24.98 @ Novatech
Motherboard Asus Z97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £116.52 @ Amazon UK
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £32.99 @ CCL Computers
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.99 @ Dabs
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB SOC Video Card £176.98 @ Aria PC
Case BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight MicroATX Mini Tower Case £59.94 @ Aria PC
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £42.98 @ Scan.co.uk
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor £107.99 @ Aria PC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £780.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-12 14:32 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Went a bit over mainly due to the motherboard. You can save quite a bit on it but I think it's simply the best looking of the bunch.

Fit an r9 390 in which is a better option than a 970.

8gb of ram is perfect at the moment for gaming.

I put in an i5 6500 great cpu a better option than the previous generation of processors and I chose a locked processor as overclocking will just lead to space constraints due to the need for a bigger cooler and unwanted heat.

I went with the thermaltake v1 which is a nice mini itx much smaller than a prodigy which is actually just as big as many full sized cases once you include the huge handles.

For the psu I went with a gold rated fully modular so.

Overall it went a bit over including the monitor but it's worth every penny.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £149.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard EVGA Z170 Stinger Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £178.31 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £41.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card £249.59 @ Aria PC
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case £32.42 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £57.35 @ Aria PC
Monitor BenQ GL2250HM 60Hz 21.5" Monitor £92.65 @ Scan.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £837.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-12 16:05 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the parts list lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad for some reason it didn't come up

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

For small form factor I think this is the way to go.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW.. dudes dishing out old lesser-performing builds to the lesser experienced ?? Guess you urselves would get the older-by 2 generations intel "4th Gen" 4690K.. Did u ever come across 1-site or 1-portal who is recommending the DDR3 4690K after the-LATEST 6th Generation 6600K/6700K Skylake has arrived..

Hi dude..

The Latest DDR4 skylake i5-6600K IS DEFINITELY much better than the DDR3 i5-4690K by a long margin in all benchmarks including Gaming:

BENCHMARK 1: http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/220716-315137

BENCHMARK 2: Infact CPU.USERBENCHMARK.COM, A real-time uploaded ACTUAL-USER data benchmarks portal - ranks the DDR4 i5-6600K 14% faster than the DDR3 i5-4690K

The i5-6600K is ranked 2nd ( Desktop 104%, Gaming 103%, Workstation 59% )

The i5-4690K is ranked 11th ( Desktop 91%, Gaming 91%, Workstation 52% )

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6600K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4690K/3503vs2432

BENCHMARK 3: Straight from the Horse's Mouth -- The official intel comparison:

http://ark.intel.com/compare/80811,88191

(In the Official intel comparison above, do check out the 21.3 GB/s vs 34.1 GB/s Memory bandwidth (Skylake vs Haswell), 8 GT/s (Giga Transfers per sec) for the skylake vs 5 GT/s for Haswell, 14nm Manuf vs 22 nm..

Still not Convinced ?? BENCHMARK 4:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1261?vs=1544

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £199.99 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler £25.99 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £116.75 @ More Computers
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £50.30 @ Aria PC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 390 R9-390P-8256 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card £215.99 @ Newegg UK
Case Corsair SPEC-01 ATX Mid Tower Case £41.70 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply £55.56 @ CCL Computers
Monitor BenQ GL2250HM 60Hz 21.5" Monitor £92.65 @ Scan.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £833.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-12 16:38 BST+0100

THE Most Popular 10-power phase - SLI/Crossfire Compatible, Full-ATX Z170 Mboard, You could always add a 20-bucks external-usb wifi card.. Also a much better Tier-2 XFX PSU..

See if u can get the Monitor later-on if u want an SSD, but SSDs are not helpful to increase FPS in gaming..

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/12/10/hdd_vs_ssd_real_world_gaming_performance/3

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/12/10/hdd_vs_ssd_real_world_gaming_performance/4

Hope this helps.. l8r

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the look of this build a lot. Quick question I'm sure this mobo has onboard wifi but any chance you can confirm this?

Cheers

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

No dude.. If u want an integrated WiFi Motherboard, u will have to wait a while as the prices for the "Asus Z170i Pro Gaming" is yet to be released.. It may cost about Pd 20 more, or u can get an add-on USB 3.0 wifi card..

TP-Link Archer T4U

The Gigabyte H170N-wifi also is a small form-factor mITX with excellent wi-fi but u cannot overclock the cpu..

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply man I'll check out a few wifi adapters if not I'll go for a 6600 and that mobo.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely dude.. If possible see if u can wait for the Z170i Pro Gaming.. The reviews it has received are absolutely amazing...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I have your opinion on this? If I'm honest my gaming laptop has died so I'm in need of something pretty soon at least by the end of the week. I know it's a gtx 970 over the r9 390 but I really do want that GPU just feel after two AMD cards dying on me I should try and go for something else.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £169.94 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £102.78 @ More Computers
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £41.70 @ Dabs
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.99 @ Dabs
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card £251.94 @ Aria PC
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case £62.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £57.35 @ Aria PC
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor £107.99 @ Aria PC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £834.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-13 17:13 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

needs to be small form factor otherwise I would have definitely gone to the 6600k and an ssd with the money saved from the motherboard but the 6500 wouldn't exactly hinder performance.

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