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Look over my gaming PC build - $1200-$1500

Vakaz
  • 71 months ago

Howdy folks,

This is my first time building a gaming rig, and I'd appreciate any advice. Trying to keep it under $1500. Not really interested in overclocking.

Any advice on a upgrade path would be appreciated as well, since that's something I might pursue in the future.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $218.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $54.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $71.88 @ NCIX US
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Amazon
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $389.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Enermax ECA3310A-W ATX Mid Tower Case $77.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $170.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Thermaltake eSPORTS Challenger Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.98 @ SuperBiiz
Mouse Thermaltake MO-BLK002DT Wired Laser Mouse $40.98 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1324.74

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

The biggest concern I have with this build is the PSU. EVGA is now making some pretty good units these days, unfortunately, the one you chose isn't one of them. Something you have to remember is that your PSU is arguably the most critical part in your rig, as it's the only part that can fry your entire build if it fails. Although it doesn't always apply, my general rule is to spend ~7-8% of the total build cost on your PSU, which in this case is about $100. In that price range your best bet would probably be EVGA's 750W G2 SuperNova.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $218.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $124.99 @ NCIX US
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $81.87 @ OutletPC
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card $389.99 @ NCIX US
Case Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $107.60 @ Amazon
Keyboard Razer DeathStalker Essential Wired Gaming Keyboard $47.58 @ NCIX US
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse $53.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1379.95
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're going to get an unlocked processor, you'll want to overclock it. That would mean getting an aftermarket cooler. You can put anywhere between $30 (212 EVO which is cheap and effective) or $150 for something like a Kraken X60.

Try to avoid Toshiba HDDs. I've heard bad things about them.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Although I agree that an aftermarket cooler is necessary for overclocking. the Kraken X60 is rubbish. It doesn't outperform it's 240mm rivals (H100i, Seidon 240m, etc.) enough to justify it's much inflated price tag. Not to mention that the OP's selected case doesn't have any 140mm fan slots, let alone two to accommodate the X60. The CM Hyper 212 EVO would be the best bet, because it's cheap and there's one part on that list that desperately needs attention, that PSU.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually overlooked the PSU but it's vital that the OP doesn't skimp on that. Your $1500 computer can be ruined by a bad PSU.

I'm not as familiar with liquid coolers. It's something I'm looking into, but anything equivalent or better than the X60 is fine. It's just the first one that came to mind.

Here's a PSU that should be better:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

He doesn't need to overclock right now, he could get a unlocked CPU just so he could if he wanted.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, folks! Appreciate it.

After researching Frost Pirate's revisions, I think I'll probably build closer to that. Still not sure about the monitor though. Will the 1080p resolution be noticeably less sharp on 24" monitor vs a 21.5" monitor?

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