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$1400 Build Review/Check

terthii
  • 71 months ago

I'm going to begin buying the parts for this build soon, and I'd like to know if anyone has suggestions or thinks it is good as-is. I tried to pick the highest quality parts I could fit in $1400, while still maintaining peak gaming performance. Please note, I will be pulling out Corsair Vengeance (12GB) RAM from my current build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.16 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $204.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $369.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1347.08

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

If it were me, I'd save a bit on the motherboard (without sacrificing quality) and put that money into a larger SSD and the overclocked version of that graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.16 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $132.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card $391.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1342.09
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, where'd you get such a good price on the 4790K?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't got it yet, but I will be getting it from Microcenter. Have to pick it up in-store, however. Not sure why PCPartpicker doesn't pick up on Microcenter's discount.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/434176/core_i7-4790k_40ghz_lga_1150_boxed_processor

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, wish I had one of those nearby.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Same... I live in australia so that cpu is at minimum $400... talk about a ripoff

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I made the changes accordingly, thank you! I went with the Asus motherboard originally because the motherboard is the one component I am still a little hazy on (this will be a first build), at least far as what to look for in terms of quality.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Asus are definitely good, if not the best, for motherboards. I also consider MSI (except for AM3+ sockets) and EVGA to be up there. Then Gigabyte and Asrock for more budget-oriented builds. (This is all my opinion of course).

Chipset is the other big thing to consider. z97 is the one you want for the 4790k, the "97s" are the only ones that officially support the Devil's Canyon (Haswell Refresh) CPUs and the "z" line is meant for gaming/overclocking.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Right, I knew about the chip set, I was just unsure of the quality of other motherboard brands besides Asus. Anyways, thank you much!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! If it's your first build i would definitely recommend watching a couple (or a lot) of build videos on Youtube. If you can find some using your components (particularly the case) that should help a lot as well. Good luck!

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