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Princess' revamped build

bioticprincess
  • 72 months ago

A little while ago I posted a topic detailing my newbie build for a gaming computer. Now that I actually have the funds to back up the list, I've managed to shave off a couple hundred and I'd like any opinions about the updated build. Old thread is here. What I want to know, really, is if I go prebuilt from Newegg or elsewhere with a budget of <1200, could I get the same intended performance?

Updated build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $196.97 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $109.99 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $83.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card $379.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Mwave
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Samsung S22C350H 21.5" Monitor $159.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1373.84

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you can't overclock that cpu, you need a k series chip & a z series mobo, so you can drop the water cooler & either pocket the savings or get a ssd boot drive.

Supernova psu gets a nice review at my favourite psu site, seasonic g series is same price after postage/mir tho & it's of a better quality.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $196.97 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $104.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $75.60 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card $379.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $90.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Samsung S22C350H 21.5" Monitor $159.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1309.43

amd gpus generally offer better bang for your buck than nvidia cards, tho it does vary depending on the actual game.

Monitor maybe a little overpriced, tho if it gets good reviews I guess it's worth it...?

The bundle deals that newegg/tigerdirect/etc sell are usually designed to off load older/obsolete stock iirc, so I think it's doubtful you'd be able to get something of similar performance.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the reply. The other advice said a water cooler was fine, and no I'm not planning on overclocking at any point - I just need a decent gaming PC to play my favorites on, with the new Dragon Age in mind as well. I'll look into other monitors. What are the pros of getting an SSD boot drive?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

NP, well a water cooler will work ok but it's totally not necessary as you aren't overclocking, the supplied-with-the-cpu heatsink/fan works fine in those circumstances.

SSDs are all about the speed :D Boot time will be something on the order of 10-15 seconds & any programs/games you instal on it will load super quick too. My experience with a sata2 (about half the speed you'd be getting) connected ssd has been enough to convince me to never go back to a hdd boot drive, the improved responsiveness it brings to all aspects of using a pc is imo definitely worth the cost, I didn't realise how much hdd access was slowing my system down until it wasn't there.

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