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First build (fire away)

jmcdade91

63 months ago

Hey, this is my first attempt at building a computer. I want to use this computer for recording music, gaming, and working with spreadsheets. I'm not overly concerned with having the most powerful computer on the market, but I do want one that is decently powerful.

Please criticize my build as much as you would like to. I want to get this thing right.

Check out my build here

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

The build overall is quite good but there are some changes that I would like to propose. First of all the hitachi HDD, I changed it to the barracuda just cause of better reviews and is one of the favorites among builders, it is also 2tb for that matter.

Next I swapped the PNY GTX 970 for the ASUS GTX 970, as it is known to perform better. It also looks good, doesn't it?

Then I changed the PSU to a 80+ Gold certification and a lower 650W one as honestly, there is no need for 850W unless you are planning for SLI in the future.

Lastly I changed the OS to 8.1 as it is just $1 extra so what the heck right.

Enjoy your build!

P.S. If you can put in more money go for 16GB RAM, only if have a higher budget, it is not necessary.

Cheers!

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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 Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler $46.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $139.98 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $81.90 @ NCIX US
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $348.99 @ NCIX US
Case BitFenix Ronin ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $104.99 @ Micro Center
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Sound Card Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $17.74 @ Newegg
Wired Network Adapter Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter $33.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN3200 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $21.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1356.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-14 11:43 EST-0500
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for your suggestions! I was thinking about upgrading the RAM as it may help with large recording files.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need that Sound Card, your Motherboard has better on-board audio I believe. But if you still need a Sound Card, get something like the ASUS Xonar Essence STX, and get a good headset to go along with it. And more importantly that PSU is insanely overkill, get something cheaper (Such as the Corsair CX500M). You don't need that Wired network adapter either, your Motherboard comes with one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.29 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler $46.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $139.98 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $348.99 @ NCIX US
Case BitFenix Ronin ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ 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) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN3200 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $21.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1230.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-14 11:59 EST-0500

Edit: Added Markdown

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I may upgrade the sound card then, as I am planning on using this computer for some music recording as well. Thank you for informing me that the motherboard has a wired network adapter.

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