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First gaming build, $2000USD budget

Flying_Penguin
  • 70 months ago

This is what I'm currently thinking of: (It is indeed a gaming rig)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $6.73 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $83.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card $487.60 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.98 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $15.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $93.94 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $139.99 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $34.99 @ Micro Center
Keyboard Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent Wired Standard Keyboard $128.03 @ Mechanical Keyboards
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $52.98 @ OutletPC
Headphones Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones $122.99 @ Amazon
Other Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone $7.56
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1973.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 16:07 EDT-0400

The CPU cooler was added because I'd like to overclock when possible (I still don't fully grasp the concept of overclocking). It includes all the peripherals I'd like to buy. I'd love any feedback, as it is the first time I'm building a desktop pc.

My top questions are: Do I really need the thermal compound? Is the keyboard/monitor/mouse suitable for gaming? Is this a good wireless adapter?(The to-be location of the pc would be way too far from the modem to use a wired connection) Am I going overboard with anything?

I believe I got a decent build going on, but I'm not too sure, as it is my first time.

Also, does anybody know any more good how-to videos/guides on building the pc itself aside from the newegg tv ones? I got an idea on how to build it, but any more extra info/tips would be great.

Thanks for reading and for any and all input/feedback!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't need the AS thermal paste as you get some with the cooler (see pics at newegg)

Peripherals look fine, you could prolly get a 802.11b/g/n and drop the "a" unless you have some really old devices kicking around

290x is overkill for 1080p gaming atm (so "they" say, I'm not a pc gamer), otoh it'll prolly be 3-4 years before it'll struggle that that rez so that's an upside...

Tech report video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea_bs5G1yYU

Plenty more at the yt link :D

It's a very nice build, proly the only thing I'd change is the psu, rosewill are neweggs inhouse brand and while I guess they're not bad I wouldn't trust my new 1.5k rig to anything but seasonic, they're one of the top manufacturers and while some folks call em ott I'd rather pay a little more for the extra quality/peace of mind. If you pay for your own electricity I'd also get a gold rated unit, costs more, again, upfront but the savings on your electricity bill pay for the upgrade vs bronze in about a couple of years, so after that you're saving and you get a better quality psu into the bargain.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $83.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card $487.60 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $15.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $93.94 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $139.99 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.95 @ Amazon
Keyboard Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent Wired Standard Keyboard $128.03 @ Mechanical Keyboards
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $52.98 @ OutletPC
Headphones Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones $122.99 @ Amazon
Other Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone $7.56
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1970.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 21:39 EDT-0400

Went to 750w psu so it'll last a loooong time with whatever oc/load you put it under, all xfx units are made by seasonic.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, really appreciate the input. Yeah, I'll be going with your recommended power supply, as you bring up some good points.

Also, thanks again for that yt link, really helps a lot!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

NP, good luck with the build :D

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