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First build in, oh, 12 years?

jaults
  • 71 months ago

I have a Dell that has lasted me for something like nine years, and the last PC I built was probably three year before that. I sadly don't have the time or energy to really devote to researching every part any more, so I'm turning to you wonderful people, from whom I have learned a ton in just the last week or so.

My initial plan is below. It is pretty much at (or slightly over) budget. I don't do a lot of gaming, but with this new computer, I'll do some--Warmachine Tactics now, Torment when it comes out next year, and who knows what else--I tend toward RTS rather than FPS. I'd like for this PC to last me 10 years, just like my Dell, so I want something that is pretty fast now, so it'll still be useable years from now, and is very upgradable as things evolve.

I don't know what other parts I might need. For instance, do I need a CPU cooler? What about additional case fans? Please, suggest any changes, make snide comments about my lack of knowledge, teach me the ways of 21st century PC building...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $80.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $80.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.40 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $279.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT H230 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $61.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VX248H 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $187.58 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1281.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 00:30 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

"Future Proofing" is the correct term.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H97M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $75.66 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $139.99 @ Micro Center
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.40 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card $369.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor $134.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1235.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 01:02 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for your input. Any guidance as to why you made the changes you did? Did you make changes to save a few bucks, or because what you suggest is better than what I've got?

Specifically: * Is a micro ATX MB and case going to give me room for future expansion? Comments on the Fractal Design case mention it is a tight fit for things now. Do I need to be concerned about that? * Not super positive reviews for that MB... * I've read terrible, terrible things about that video card in NewEgg reviews. It seems as though a BIOS flash fixes it, but it doesn't speak well of the company to let issues like that get through their QC. Is this type of thing common these days? Is PowerColor an otherwise good brand?

Thanks so much!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The terrible terrible things you've read about that graphics card I'd ignore. Reviewers have placed this as one of the best available, competing with the vapor-x in terms of temperature and noise.

As for the motherboard again the reviews I've read on it were favorable. You should NOT being reading customer reviews from sites like newegg etc because unless it's a super popular product, more often than not you're only going to get negative reviews from people that have purchased lemons, but didn't bother changing the review if and when they received a replacement product.

I switched to mATX to save money to fit the 290 in. Unfortunately it won't let you fit a second card in unless you change the card to something like an XFX Double Dissipation or a Sapphire Tri-X because it is a bigger cooler than others.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

if you're not overclocking, you might want an h97/h87 mobo. But, at the same time, you'd have SLI/CF (depending on mobo) capability. Other than that looks pretty sexy!

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