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New Gaming PC! First Build Advice

DylanLee

63 months ago

Hello all,

I have been researching the past couple weeks and am planning on building my first custom PC this Christmas (hopefully catching some nice deals). Im looking to hang around the $1,000 mark. It will be a mini ITX rig mainly for gaming with some video editing, nothing too heavy, and a ton of multitasking. Ill probably be moving it from school back home on holidays and other visits so I like the portability that ITX (especially the Prodigy) has to offer. So here it is:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $248.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $94.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.93 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.99 @ Directron
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $349.99 @ Amazon
Case BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case $79.98 @ OutletPC
Power Supply XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $76.18 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1054.03
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-21 00:59 EST-0500

Ill explain a little on why I went with some of these parts. The Xeon has been recommended to me a couple of times and has actually really struck me as a good option. I really cannot afford an i7 right now (who knows what prices will do), and the Xeon being basically a locked i7 without on board GPU seems like a really good option considering I dont plan on overclocking anyway and have no need for an iGPU. That way I get the "future proofing" (I know people will rant over that term) with hyper-threading for a cheaper price.

The mobo seemed like a good option although I do not know much about motherboards. Plus it went with the black/white theme I am keeping in the case. The RAM seems like a nicer option, plus its white. I went with 1 8gb stick to allow for an easy upgrade later. The storage I just looked for decent branding with a good price. I wanted to get the best video card offered for my price range for the best performance while gaming, so the obvious choice was a 970. For the power supply I am not really sure what to go with. I need something to fit in the Prodigy and possibly modular to help with cable management. Maybe you guys could help me there? Like I said I love the Prodigy case, and I chose black for the extra front ventilation and aesthetics.

I am also looking for help with a cooling setup. I want to go with an h100i in the top with 2 white LED spectre 120s for the fans, a spectre 230mm white LED in the front (dont need the optical drive bay and will have to lose the storage drive bays too) and then a white LED spectre 140mm in the back for exhaust.

Like I said I would like to keep it around the $1,000 range. I know right now it is going to run me about $1,200 but I am hoping holiday prices bump that down a bit.

I know there are a lot of experienced builders on this forum, so what do you guys think? What PSU would you suggest? Will that cooling setup perform well? Also I have not really looked into cabling that much, is there anything that I should grab to make cable management easier (I hope to mod the case with a window at some point)? Am I missing anything? Does the build in general seem like a good one?

Thanks, Dylan

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

For the LEDs for now I plan on being able to see them through the vent holes and eventually I might try to mod the case and throw a window in the right side panel.

I really need the ITX as I do not have much room in my dorm room and I need the portability otherwise I would probably go with a larger tower. For the watercooling, noise isnt really a huge issue for me as long as it is not ridiculous. And I really dont mind going a bit overkill just to bring temps down a little. I tend to be a really safe person. That is why I opted for water cooling (plus if I do window it at some point, it would look nice).

I will keep that in mind for the PSU as well if I can find a cheap one this Christmas. Thanks for the response!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I will take that into consideration as well :) Thanks for the response!

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