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Haven't built a PC in years. Help!

titiemeyer01
  • 72 months ago

I have been seriously out of the PC gaming world for several years, I recently decided to build a desktop after seeing some modded pics of Skyrim. So my budget isn't super strict, but I'd like to stay under the 1500 mark, I already have monitor/keyboard/mouse and OS, so none of that, just the tower itself. The Corsair 600T is already on it's way, but everything else is up in the air. Would like to focus on gaming performance, and possibly solidworks.

Thanks in advance!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $233.97 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $84.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Plus ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $135.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $156.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel X25-V 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $479.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case $129.99 @ TigerDirect
Power Supply Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1374.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:50 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Got nothing, except what's up with that SSD?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

40GB seems sort of low for an SSD, in my opinion. The price also looks really high for it. I have a Crucial M500 120GB, I'm pretty happy with it, even if it may not be the fastest SSD. The Crucial MX100 also just came out too, I believe. May be worth looking at those two or something similar.

EDIT: For gaming, which I assume is what you are doing, you probably don't need 16GB, you should be fine with 8GB. Are you planning to use the SSD to cache a HDD, by the way?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Since the 40GB SSD isn't marked, I am assuming he is using it from another computer?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I already own it from a laptop several years old. I was just going to use it as a boot drive.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You think I could get away with just buying 2x4gb ram now and upgrading later if needed? Does this mobo support 4 channel ram? I'm not sure if I really need the Unlocked proc/mobo combo. Thoughts?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

2 x 4GB of RAM should be fine for a gaming build. If you were doing more intensive tasks, you'd probably want more RAM. I think you should get 1.5V RAM also, somebody correct me if I am wrong. I have chose not to overclock on my PC build yet. Try doing some research on why or why you shouldn't overclock. If you're not overclocking, you probably do not need an unlocked CPU or a Z97 motherboard. I am however, not very knowledgeable in the overclocking area. In regards to the RAM channel question, refer to this link: http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z97S_SLI_PLUS.html#specification .

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