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First Gaming Build, Opinons and Recommendations Appreciated

Zethran

62 months ago

Ive got most of my parts decided but im not to knowledgeable on PC parts so any suggestions would be helpful.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $209.99

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $31.99

Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 $77.98

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $40.99

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $40.99

Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" SSD $59.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $63.99

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo $171.00

Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower $34.99

Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V $44.99

Total: $776.90

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

For sub 800, go for this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $67.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $75.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.99 @ Directron
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Azza SIRIUS ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Micro Center
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $795.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 13:59 EST-0500

If you're going to be gaming, 8 GB will be much better than 4 GB. It's pretty much the optimal amount of ram for gaming, and based on your budget, it's definitely a must.

The PSU was a bit... lacking, so I thew a different one in there just to be sure it'll cover the power draw of the syste,.

I ditched the SSD for now - but you can always get one later.

I hope this helps.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

oh sorry it didnt copy right, i actually have two 4gb sticks of ram set to buy, thanks for the recommendations, might swap some stuff out :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, yeah, that can happen. The ram you're buying (1866) would perform slightly better than the 1600 - but not by much. I guess for that, it comes down to the price.

However, the one I would say to swap out for sure is the PSU. The 430 wouldn't output enough power for the system, so it's good to have that overhead so your system can draw without having to put too much strain on the PSU.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I agree about the power supply thanks. Also might switch out the ram, I truthfully just took the highest rated sticks that seemed decent enough lol. I also noticed that the graphics card you suggested is practically the same as mine. What's the reason in your opinion as to why I should get one over the other?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Slightly cheaper, same performance, looks helluva lot better.

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