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Looking for input/opinions on potential first build

bondurantb10
  • 71 months ago

This is going to be my first build. The primary uses of the computer are going to be for The Sims 3 (and 4 once launched), Sim City, Pro Tools, photo editing via Photoshop Elements, and general web surfing/emailing/word processing etc. I'm primarily a console gamer myself but need something to support my wife's Sim's addiction since her laptop can't quite handle it. Would love to get some comments on the build, particularly on whether the video card is overkill or is too light. I'm also not quite sure about the motherboard...there are just too many motherboard options, it's a little overwhelming.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $25.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $118.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $129.50 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case $88.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $884.40

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Video card looks fine, runs Sims 3 minimum 79 fps @ 1080p ultra on this YouTube video - http://youtube.com/watch?v=o0zjHeRsLK4

I like the pny xlr8 as an alternative to the 840 evo, same spec (or near enough iirc) and $30 cheaper

600w PSU is very overkill, seasonic are one of the top PSU manufacturers, most companies don't make their own, and gold rated efficiency will usually pay for itself in a year or 2 via a cheaper electricity bill.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $25.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $118.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.98 @ OutletPC
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $129.50 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case $88.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 360W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $61.99 @ Mwave
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $906.39

4690k and mobo are nice but given what you'll be using it for maybe a little overkill (I'm no expert tho!) scratch that, you'll prolly need a little CPU oomph for protools/Photoshop, I'd also still be tempted to downsize a little to a m-itx mobo with a small fooprint case, 750ti build is an ideal target for a sff (small form factor) build.

Edit. These sites might help with your mobo musings

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. Is there any advantage/disadvantage in going towards a smaller build, such as am I getting a price advantage for getting a more compact system, or is it primarily an aesthetic bonus?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like you could use more gpu power in this build. A 750ti is a nice card, but it's still a weak one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $25.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $118.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card $189.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $904.88

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