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Help deciding parts given sales ($800-$1000)

oatm3al
  • 55 months ago

So I'm having a lot of trouble deciding exactly what would be the best bang for buck build given some sales I've been currently looking at. I was hoping to spend around $800-$1000 on a gaming build to play Fallout 4 and other games for a couple of years. I live in Virginia, USA. As for peripherals, I would like a monitor and keyboard included, but I can be flexible if needing to spend more. I'd be comfortable on 1080p unless the consensus was that an upgrade was necessary for the future. I don't need a mouse or OS. I also don't think it would be necessary for me to overclock (open to suggestions, however). Having a hard drive and SSD seemed nice as well. I don't need an OS or mouse.

As for the sales, I was suggested to get a b-stock GTX 970 for the performance-per-dollar (https://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-2977-RX) which is about $250. However, I also saw a ZOTAC GTX 970 with a free game for $250 as well (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ZOTAC-GeForce-GTX-970-ZT-90101-10P-4GB-256-Bit-GDDR5-FREE-game-email-code/291618154246). I've seen videos saying the R9 390 has better performance, but the price was fairly high compared to the 970.

With the CPU, Jet.com had some a promo code that would give 20% off, so I was going to get an i5-4460 for about $140. However, I didn't know if I could squeeze a better CPU into my budget (for ex. the i5-4690). I also saw another fair bundle that covered my ignorance for a motherboard. Intel Core i5-4690 & ASUS B85M-G R2.0 Combo for $229.

I also saw the hp pre-built deal (http://store.hp.com/us/en/ConfigureView?catalogId=10051&urlLangId=&langId=-1&storeId=10151&catEntryId=978653&quantity=1) that gives I7-4790, 12GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, GeForce GTX 980Ti, Win 7 - ($936.34 with iconian35 and $90 Rebate) and was thinking about that considering it seemed like a good deal and I'm fairly overwhelmed at this point. However, it seemed it had a lot of unnecessary things and that I didn't need a mouse/OS.

The only thing I am convinced about is the Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case. I love the color scheme (black/blue) along with the price.

Sorry for the long post. As you can see, I'm conflicted. I hope to get whatever parts suggested before Christmas or whenever they are at a good price. Thanks for your help.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

This is pretty much the exact build I used before getting my new case. Although I don't have an SSD. The Tesseract is an absolutely wonderful case for its price, and it is an outstanding first build case. Cable management isn't the easiest, but with the modular PSU in this list, it will be a breeze.

I wouldn't consider getting a stronger processor to be a high priority. The 4460 is still a very strong chip, and it will be for a while. I put it in at standard market price here, but if you can get it for cheaper, I'd definitely go for it. I included a TX3 in the list to keep everything cool and quiet. The case fans in the list allow you to finish filling the front and top slots on the case (or the front and side). The Tesseract comes with a front and rear 120mm, with support for 2 on the top, front, and side in addition to the 1 on the back. You can either use the 3 in the list to fill or replace what's in the case (though they are pretty good quality)

I'd definitely suggest going with the $250 GTX 970. It's too good of a deal to not jump right on it, and the 970 is a great card that can max most games at 1080p.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $172.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $17.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $70.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.09 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $250.00
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $43.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Enermax UCTB12N-BL 53.0 CFM 120mm Fan $8.80 @ Newegg
Case Fan Enermax UCTB12N-BL 53.0 CFM 120mm Fan $8.80 @ Newegg
Case Fan Enermax UCTB12N-BL 53.0 CFM 120mm Fan $8.80 @ Newegg
Monitor AOC E2425SWD 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $99.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Thermaltake POSEIDON Z Wired Gaming Keyboard $62.27 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $983.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-17 21:47 EST-0500
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome. Is there a reason why you chose that SSD in particular? I found an OCZ Trion 100 2.5" 240gb for 60$ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228135). I can't wait to pick this up, thanks a ton.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose it because Crucial and Samsung make the best drives (aside from the waaay overpriced but very great Intel drives), and the Trion is a pretty lackluster drive, especially compared to the very new and very good MX200

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, Im looking at that same aoc monitor hard. But it has no hdmi, it's not an IPS, and cant get to me until the 24th.

Yet, I see it being recommended a lot the last few days... I dont get it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $324.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $71.98 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.99 @ Amazon
Storage Patriot Blast 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.09 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $309.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $44.14 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor LG 22MC57HQ-P 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $89.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1078.64
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1038.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-17 23:27 EST-0500
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... Get a better power supply.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I was in love with the deepcool case, too, but couldnt handle paying shipping for the damned thing. Also, I didnt like how the top bay is rendered useless by the wire configuration for the front panel - no room for both an optical drive and fan controller. I also, ultimately, decided that I wanted removable cages and a side window without a grill. So yesterday I bought the thermaltake core v31 for $57 bucks. Fully modular, too! Just my two cents.

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