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First Build! Would love some thoughts on this, very inexperienced.

seakelp

63 months ago

First, thanks in advance to anyone who can provide input!

This is my first attempt at gaming machine, but also for use as my general home computer (i.e., for non-intensive things such as email, browsing, music playing, and so forth).

Here it is...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $69.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team Zeus Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.99 @ Directron
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card $249.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $671.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-18 23:15 EST-0500

I'd like to know specifically whether:

  • If not having any additional fans is going to be foolish.
  • If the CPU / GPU are totally imbalanced. Specifically, what do people think of the choice of CPU? A redditor recommended an i5-4460, but I saw this deal for the i5-4590 for even slightly cheaper. The i5-4590 seems to be the better processor, and since I can get it at a good price, why not?
  • If I should I wait a week or two until Cyber Monday / Black Friday? I know that's something of a stupid question to ask. What I guess I'm really trying to get at is, do I have a good price-to-performance ratio with this machine? It's important for my mental health that I feel I got a good deal making this. :)

Again, thank you to anyone who can provide feedback! And thank you to redditor rawriorr for his / her help earlier this evening!

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Sapphire recommends a 750 watts psu for that card.( I know, I know that they exaggerate...) but that psu CX series (600) is not that great and its really a 550 watts. I would definitely get a better psu for that card.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/product_index.aspx?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2091&psn&lid=1#

the 4590 is a great cpu, it will not bottleneck that card. I would wait until black Friday but at the same time keep checking deals on a daily basis and if you find a good one before grab it!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tips! I will look into a different PSU. :)

Any thoughts on cooling? I won't be overclocking or anything - do I need a CPU cooler other than the one that comes with the CPU? What about fans for the case?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

the stock cooler is ok for non-k cpus.. no problem there.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this look? Only change is a 750 watt PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $69.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team Zeus Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.99 @ Directron
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card $249.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $686.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 09:52 EST-0500

Reading reviews on this PSU, it looks like it is somewhat hit and miss. If anyone has any thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Duly noted! And thanks.

Another quick question, if you have a moment: what would you think about subbing in a 4690K? It's also on sale at Micro Center, for $20 more than the 4590. Enough of a performance difference to justify a slight increase in price? :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

yes but you would also need to change the motherboard to a Z97. But its definitely a better option!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic! I will have to try and make the necessary adjustments.

thank you so much, pegotico! I appreciate your feedback.

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