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First Gaming Pc Build - Need Opinions/Suggestions

Zelcova_X
  • 72 months ago

Very new to the pc world, so I need some help with this build. Will be playing a wide variety of games including Battlefield, DayZ, and similar games. Trying to keep it around $1000-$1200 (USD) or lower. Any help appreciated.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is very CPU heavy. Gaming build CPU's need to be powerful enough to not bottleneck a few graphics cards upgrades, that's it. Unless you have a super budget CPU, don't overclock it if it means getting a less powerful graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $187.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $74.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $339.99 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case $37.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $114.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI Wi-Fi Adapter $8.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $9.15 @ B&H
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1187.94

Graphics card: The best one I could get and stay under $1200.

Power supply: SeaSonic makes great PSU's.

The graphics card and the power supply are the two most important components for a gaming build.

Motherboard: All solid capacitors, brand name. No need to spend money on bells and whistles if it means getting a cheaper GPU.

CPU cooler: Intel stock cooler is fine.

Case: Placeholder, put in whichever one you want. From my experience, the aura of a really cool case wears off after a few weeks but it varies from person to person.

Keyboard: From using both mechanical and regular keyboards, unless you already really like mechanicals, they aren't worth the extra cost. If you've never had one before, don't buy one.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realize the huge difference between a cpu+gpu and an apu for gaming. Been messing around with different combinations and finally found one I'm comfortable with, and would like your opinion. Oh and as for the keyboard, I played on a friend's pc and he had a mechanical keyboard with cherry mx black switches. I loved the way it played and that's why I went with it. Anyway, here's the newest build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $334.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $61.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $117.99 @ Newegg
Memory AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $84.58 @ NCIX US
Storage PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $339.99 @ Newegg
Case Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case $37.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $54.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G246HLAbd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.98 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard $80.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1624.36
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I still think it's too CPU heavy. :)

1) With a budget of $1625, you can get an r9 290x if you use an i5-4xxx, stock cooler, and get a less expensive motherboard.

The CPU barely matters anymore in gaming as long as it doesn't bottleneck the GPU. There was a time when it did. The idea that one should get a weaker GPU to be able to OC an Intel CPU is left over from that time.

A few super-super-high-end builds benefit from OCing the CPU but they have the most expensive graphics cards possible (usually two or three) anyway. Nowadays money is almost always better spent on the GPU.

2) Also, that power supply is cutting it really close as they lose output over time. A Corsair AX-750 or any SeaSonic 750 W power supply will be more than enough. If you go Corsair, make sure it's made by a good manufacturer since Corsair doesn't make their own PSU's.

If anyone on the forums can confirm that an r9 290x and i5-4xxx non-k would be fine with a 650 W or 700 W SeaSonic PSU, I'd be comfortable recommending one too.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How bout this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.94 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $117.99 @ Newegg
Memory AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $84.58 @ NCIX US
Storage PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $485.99 @ Amazon
Case Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case $37.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $54.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G246HLAbd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $129.99 @ TigerDirect
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.98 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard $80.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1588.32
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty solid. Who makes the CSM 750W PSU for Corsair?

Also I just noticed the RAM is 2133 MHz. Faster RAM helps a lot for integrated graphics builds but does almost nothing for discrete graphics builds. The cheapest sticks of 1600 MHz, CAS 9, 1.5 V RAM will be fine. I think your processor and/or mobo can only support 1600 MHz anyway.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, that mobo can handle up to 3200, but if I don't need that much for gaming I'll swap it. Also couldn't find the manufacturer for the CSM 750 so I changed that, too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.94 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.70 @ Newegg
Storage PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $485.99 @ Amazon
Case Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case $37.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $114.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $54.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G246HLAbd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $129.99 @ TigerDirect
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.98 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard $80.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1560.44

Only things I'm not that confident on are the mobo, memory, and case. The rest I'm pretty confident about.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for the feedback, love the changes :) Will I need any extra cooling fans?

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Was looking through some of the other parts, and I'm wondering what you think about these: Asus A88XM-PLUS/CSM, G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400, and Asus R7260x-DC2OC-2GD5

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info, looks like I found all the parts to build my first pc :)

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