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Work in progress - suggestions and critic wanted

gabrielweyer
  • 71 months ago

First I wanted to thanks the community. I spent quite a lot of time here and it has helped me to refine my build.

It was supposed to be a sub $1000 rig but I finally decided to spend a bit more. I would like to decrease the current price tag without altering significantly the performance.

This machine will be used as a development machine (Visual Studio, SQL Server...) and a gaming rig (Skyrim, Dota 2, L4D2 and Borderlands 2 for the moment). I also browse Internet a lot (reading blogs), watch some videos on Pluralsight and some movies from time to time. I work on very big code bases so a fast CPU, lots of memory and SSD are a must.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.00 @ PCCaseGear
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $95.00 @ PLE Computers
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $192.00 @ CPL Online
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $198.00 @ CPL Online
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $159.00 @ PLE Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.00 @ CPL Online
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $245.00 @ CPL Online
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $84.00 @ PCCaseGear
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $105.00 @ Mwave Australia
Monitor Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $319.00 @ Mwave Australia
Monitor AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $199.00 @ CPL Online
Monitor BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $199.00 @ Mwave Australia
Monitor BenQ XL2411T 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $369.00 @ CPL Online
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2481.00
  • I went with the i5-4690 instead of the i5-4670k as it's slightly faster, cheaper and I'm no planning on overclocking.
  • I need at least 16GB of memory.
  • I would have loved to get a 500 GB SSD and store everything on it but the price difference is too big compared to the total budget (AUD 190)
  • The R9 270X definitely seems to be the best value card (I spent a lot of time comparing benchmarks). I know I won't be able to get an impressive framerate on modern games but I rarely play brand new games and I'm willing to decrease the settings a bit in order to have a better experience.
  • I think the motherboard is too expansive but at the same time the Z97 chipset brings a lot to the table.
  • I'm planning on buying the Corsair CX600v3 Bronze 600W but PCPartPicker didn't have it

I would like the build to be as quiet as possible, this is why I selected the Corsair H60. I'm don't know how quiet the Corsair 200R will be.

I decided to start will only one monitor to save some money. I'm planning on going for a 1920 x 1080 24" TN with a sub 5 ms response time as my gaming screen and add a 4K (depending of the price) next year as my dev / internet screen. The BenQ RL2455HM seems like a good choice but the 144Hz BenQ XL2411T is tempting (even though I won't get this kind of framerate with my GPU it would be still be more comfortable in desktop usage). The IPS AOC i2367Fh is also an option as it has much better colors.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Why get the Z97 when youre not OC? just get a H97 board, which is also cheaper.

At that price, get a R9 280. It will perform a little better and is the same price.

Everything else looks good

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your feedback. In fact I'm planning on getting the Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Toxic Boost 2GB, it goes for $269 on pccasegear. The cheapest 280X comes at $329 and is the Double Edition from XFX which has a base clock of 850Mhz.

If I go for a H97 I won't be able to use Crossfire later on if I decide to add a second graphic card.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

i got you, but what about all of these 280s?

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=167

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

In fact PC Case Gear has some 280 on (sales)[http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1642] for AUD 250. Even though the 280 is older than the 270 you reckon it'll perform better for new games?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Cost cutting: Instead of the R4, you can consider something like the Antec P100.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback SubsonicLP. After doing some extra research I modified my build slightly. I'm planning on ordering it tomorrow and assembling it next weekend :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $245.00 @ CPL Online
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $39.00 @ Mwave Australia
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $192.00 @ CPL Online
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $198.00 @ CPL Online
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $165.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.00 @ CPL Online
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $249.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $146.00 @ CPL Online
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply $132.00 @ PCCaseGear
Monitor Dell P2414H 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $289.00 @ CPL Online
Monitor Dell P2414H 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $289.00 @ CPL Online
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2012.00

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