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First Time Builder Looking For Advice

MattBrigade
  • 72 months ago

I did some adjustments to my initial build and I have come up with this.

Comments:

  1. I added R9 290 instead of a GTX 770. I read about the overall positive feedback this chip set has created.
  2. I found a cheaper SSD and RAM which lowered my cost slightly. (Thanks to a member's suggestion)

Concern: 1. I have added the i5 4690K. The price is only a few more dollars than the 4670K. My only concern is I have no plans to overclock since this is my first build. Should I get an unlocked CPU still? And, should I even bother with a CPU cooler even if I purchased an unlocked CPU?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $98.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $68.99 @ Amazon
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card $434.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Micro Center
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Newegg
Other Operating System - Windows 7 $25.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1114.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 13:34 EDT-0400

Comments

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

My budget is roughly $1,100 - 1,200.

Also: I understand your concern for some of the parts I have selected. I could see some concern for the RAM, but an upgrade would only cost me a few extra more dollars.

What would you recommend if I capped my parts budget at $1,200. (Exclude Monitor)

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like this.

A few minor things.

  1. Case is preference, I do like the simple 200R.

  2. I was reading about various 290 manufactures and I wasn't getting the greatest perspectives about the ASUS DCUII. Others were recommending the initial Sapphire above. Thoughts?

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