- 70 months ago
Ok I've put together a first pass build and I was really hoping for some advice from the experienced members on the forum. I've never done a build before so my knowledge is close to zero :) I have roughly £700 to spend, less is obviously better but a little more is fine if justified.
CPU - i5 4690k - I don't actually intend to overclock right now (although it's always nice to have the option). It just seems that the price difference of about 20 quid means it doesn't really make sense to get a i5 4670 instead?
GPU - GTX 760 - Just seems like great value. I do want to play the latest games on decent settings at high res but I'm not too concerned about bragging rights. I'm assuming that the GTX 760 outstrips anything the xbone or ps4 could manage? (which I guess is roughly my benchmark) The other card I was considering is the R9 280. Seems similar to the 760 but I'm no expert.
Case - Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower - I really know nothing about cases. This seemed a good one for the price based on Amazon reviews. I don't need much from the case. So long as everything fits inside and the cooling is ok that seems the most important. I don't care less about looks :)
MOBO - ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 - Now I'm really out of my depth :) I picked this one because it seemed compatible and cheap but not too cheap, that's about as far as my 'knowledge' goes.
Ram - Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - Again picked this because it seems well priced. Ram seems practically almost all the same in benchmarks, but I assume I'm missing something? should I just spend 20 quid more and get a 'recognised' brand?
Storage SSD - Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD - is 120 enough? I don't mind doing a bit of management. And getting more is starting to go over budget. Also I have no idea on the relative strengths of the different manufacturers.
Storage Hybrid - Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid - Hybrid seems to be great value technology? Again I know nothing about the manufacturer. I can't imagine needing more than 1TB.
PSU - Corsair 500W ATX12V - 500w seems enough? This is modular which also seems nice? But I know nothing about the manufacturer.
optical drive - Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer - I only need it to install windows, I might not even use it again!
wireless network adaptor - TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 - I need one, but I have no idea on how good this one is?
many thanks for any help