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Almost ready to drop $1500 on my first build -- please critique!

bunchabinchois
  • 72 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $196.13 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card $404.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $140.98 @ Amazon
Other Bitfenix ATX Cable Extension $18.00
Other PCI-E Extension $15.00
Other CPU cable extension $15.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1489.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-12 11:44 EDT-0400

After some tweaking and rethinking, here's what I've come up with. I was originally thinking of going for a smaller build in a 350D, but the H440's lack of external drive bays and a bit more room for cooling seem pretty attractive to me. I'm going for a classic red/black theme.

I'm thinking about getting a nice 1440p monitor now and possibly adding another R9 290 a little bit down the line, once I have the cash.

I plan on OCing a fair bit, so I'm going with an H110. Is that overkill? Any thoughts on what I should do about GPU cooling if/when I end up going for a Crossfire setup?

Is getting a gaming motherboard overkill for moderate overclocking? The boost in sound quality I find a big plus, but I could possibly get a discrete card for that.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I would suggest a bigger PSU for two 290s. I would personally go for a XFX 1050 or Seasonic.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Couple notes:

For 10 bucks less I personally would take the H105 because it gives equivalent performance for a bit cheaper.

Changed the motherboard to a lower end model (unless there's a specific feature of the gaming 7 that you need)

Changed the RAM to a cheaper red kit

Changed the SSD to an M500 because in real world performance you won't notice the difference between it and the 840 evo.

Changed the graphics card up to a 290x that is cooler and quieter. The ASUS DCU series for AMD haven't been very good performers, and have been among the hottest.

Changed the power supply to something larger for the same price to give you more headroom when overclocking in the event of getting a second card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $100.00 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $137.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $70.26 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card $504.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.39 @ Amazon
Power Supply NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ Newegg
Other Bitfenix ATX Cable Extension $18.00
Other PCI-E Extension $15.00
Other CPU cable extension $15.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1513.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-12 11:56 EDT-0400
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, from a 290 to a 290X and a beefier PSU for barely $20 more. Thanks for slimming down the waste.

Is the 290X worth the extra, though? It seems like it's <5 FPS boost, and that $100 could go towards a second 290.

I figure I could possibly go for an air cooling solution for the CPU, get two Kraken G10s and X40s, and then OC the 290s a tad.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

You certainly could go down to the 290 again and gun for a second one if you wanted. My only suggestion then to keep down costs is to get the xfx 290 double dissipation.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Apparently the Double Dissipation has gone up in price. The lowest possible I could get for 2 290s was this setup:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $100.00 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $123.99 @ Amazon
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ TigerDirect
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $379.99 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $379.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.39 @ Amazon
Power Supply NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $159.99 @ Newegg
Other Bitfenix ATX Cable Extension $18.00
Other PCI-E Extension $15.00
Other CPU cable extension $15.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1739.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-12 12:13 EDT-0400
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a ton! This is looking great!

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