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First Time Build - Looking for advice and thoughts on what will be my new gaming rig ~$1400

jptheeaglescout
  • 70 months ago

Short backstory.

I have a rig my buddy basically built for me back in 2010. It was built to last 4-5 years which it has masterfully. My rig was bottlenecked by 2x GTX 460s in SLi and a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition CPU. I bought a Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X to go in my Cooler Master Storm Scout case, but my HDD Cage was too large and the GPU would not fit. I looked at some vids of people modding their Storm Scouts as this is a common problem with GPUs longer than 10", but I didn't want to put that much effort into and I've been looking at having a seeding machine. Also, the fact that the GPU didn't fit pissed me off, so I'm resorted to buying a new rig.

Here is my build:

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 Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $71.74 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
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 $55.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $289.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.24 @ Mwave
Power Supply Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1361.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 14:32 EDT-0400

First off, realize I already have x1 280X at the house so I will end up having them CrossFired.

CPU: I've read nothing but good things about the i5 4690K 3.5GHz and I will probably be overclocking it some. A Noctua NH-D14 came highly recommended by the guys at r/buildapc, especially if I plan to overclock any.

Mobo: I've read nothing but great reviews on the Asus Z97-A.

RAM: I originally had 16GB of GSkill Ripjaw which is what I have in my current rig and they have been great. They are very high profile and I was looking for something that was as good performance with a lower profile. I also was told 8GB would be plenty, even with two cards in Crossfire, so I went with the Kingston HyperX.

HDD: I wanted to spend a little bit on a larger SSD so I can have my OS and Steam running off of it. The Caviar Blue will be great for the rest.

GPU: Obviously since I already have 1x 280X, getting another for Crossfire is optimal.

Case: Corsair Vengeance C70. I wanted something with plenty of room and it looks pretty awesome so I'm happy here.

PSU: Looking for some advice here. I currently have a Corsair RM-1000W fully modular. I've read where 750W or 850W are plenty. I've only ever had Corsair PSUs, so if anyone has another recommendation that may be less Wattage but still plenty for my system, I'm all ears.

Optical Drive: For CD/DVD burning.

OS: Windows 7 Premium Edition. I loathe all that is Windows 8.1. Unless someone can really talk me out of it, I will be getting W7.

Thanks in advance and I appreciate ya'll taking time to read through my thoughts. I'm not new to computer builds, but this will be my first doing so solo.

Edit: Also, would I need additional case fans? Cooling is probably the one thing I'm least proficient at judging.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I have that case, it comes with three standard black fans out of the box. The 280X runs cool, which is what you would worry about the most unless you're pushing your CPU to the max with overclocking. Two intakes, one exhaust fan-wise. You can always add more if you think you're running too hot, but thsoe three that are provided should be all the case fans you need for the setup that you're building.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I was able to cut $130 off down to $1230, so thats $170 that you can spend maybe on a better processor (i7-4790k is very good!)

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 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $108.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $289.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.24 @ Mwave
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1229.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 14:17 EDT-0400

Heres my reasoning:

  • Cooler: One of the best on the market, cools very well. If you plan on overclocking a lot, maybe go to water cooling (corsair h70 or h80)

  • SSD: Samsung drives are great but this crucial one gives you an extra 6 gb for a much better price, not to mention that they have some of the best quality out there. They are pretty much bulletproof (dont try that please! XD). I wouldnt tell you to buy it if I didnt have one myself. I do have one. Great product.

  • PSU: Gave you a EVGA SuperNOVA 750. Fully modular = good. Great price, good quality. I have one myself.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thanks for clarification. Do you like your case a lot? It looks really cool and appears to be robust and high quality!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it. Here's my input:

  • First of all, it's BIG. When I say its big, I mean at least 3 inches larger in every dimension than a lot of the other "mid towers."

  • Second, it's heavy. over 20 lbs just in the case. This is a good thing really, because you can tell it's well built and sturdy.

  • Third, the latches. They are really cool, and there arent any screws to hold the side on (cool!), but the latches (at least in mine) are a really hard fit. Multiple times, I've had the black wire part of the latch pop out of the handle because it's such a tight fit to snap it down.

  • also. Cable management. Every case nowadays, or at least like 99% of them, have a spot behind the motherboard where the cables can be hid. The C70 has that, and it has loops in the back behind the mobo to keep everything in check cable wise.

  • The handles on top are more handy than you think they are, and they're spring loaded so they always go back to where they are supposed to be.

  • If I have one complaint, its the window in the side. I would have appreciated a completely clear window so that I could clearly see like the GPU and orange (woot!) motherboard, but corsair had to make it tinted. I wish they made a replacement that was clear, or else get LED's on the inside if you want to see your work.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. That's exactly what I was looking for. I'm super stoked now. I've redone my build with your suggestions. Thanks! I ended up going for an 850W PSU in case I want to add a third GPU later down the line.

Here is the build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $338.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $108.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $289.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.24 @ Mwave
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1378.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 15:20 EDT-0400

Do you think 8GB is enough?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I had to get 16gb for my build for CAD work and 3d modeling. If all you do is games and other work (office/schoolwork) 8GB is plenty. My other computer has 8GB and I have only maxed it once, when I was doing some part rendering in Autodesk Inventor.

What are you planning on doing with this computer?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Primarily gaming, office work, and maybe some streaming.

Also forgot to take the other CPU cooler out.

So it's even more thrifty.

Thanks a ton for your help! It is most appreciated.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I squeezed in a 290 to tget you 4gb vram.. this would be another good option.

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 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $379.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.24 @ Mwave
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1252.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 15:41 EDT-0400
  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build and probably would have gone with a 290, however, I bought a 280X already to go in my old rig, but it won't fit due to length. Therefore, I was going to add another 280X for Crossfire, hence my choice.

Thanks for looking!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

ahh makes since 280x crossfire would be great! have a good 1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

If someone can tell me how to actually get the list posted, I will edit that. Apologies as I'm new to the forum.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points
  • on the top right, below the "benchmark" tab, click the edit button (if youy arent in edit mode already).
  • go from there.
  • When done, click Export/Markup right where the "Edit" button was
  • Copy the text, and paste here.

Sorry I didnt realize you were the OP when I first read it XD

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!!! Fixed it!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like yo'reu set on your build. Just my 2 cents, Corsair fans can be very, very noisy, the one that are included in their cases at any rate, I would suggest phantex fans, or better yet, get the new enthoo pro in white, I personally think it looks amazing.

Edit: Link to Custom Cables: http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-CW-1300-B9

Here is a build I came up with a White, Black and Blue colour scheme with support for 3 way crossfire.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler $74.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $120.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $78.30 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $294.99 @ NCIX US
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $109.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $160.00 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $54.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $104.41 @ NCIX US
Other EVGA Custom Cables $90.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1473.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-08 01:38 EDT-0400
  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet.

The part list in my original post wasn't the up to date version. I dropped the Corsair fan and got an EVGA 850W one.

I want a mid tower case just for the lack of size, so I'll be sticking to that likely. I also want low profile RAM and don't need a Blu-Ray writer. Thanks so much for looking though! Your input is appreciated!

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