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Opinions before buying, possibly some price reduction tips

tallkid44

62 months ago

Hi guys I'm just looking for comments, suggestions, advice, whatever really on this build. My family is buying me some parts for Christmas and so I put together this list. I already have a 1Tb Barracuda at my house so I wasn't planning on getting a hard drive but I found this PNY SSD on sale for black friday and figured it was a steal for that price at that size. Anyways, if you guys have any suggestions on how I can possible lower the price some, hopefully without any major impact on the performance, or any other suggestions you might have would be great thanks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $121.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card $351.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $13.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $14.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.95 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset $99.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1225.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-25 02:51 EST-0500

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Please do NOT purchase that PSU. Raidmax makes some very bad PSUs. Having bad PSUs is dangerous to the system. other than that its a nice build, but seriously look for a different PSU. purchase a reputable brand Corsair, EVGA, Seasonic, etc.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the warning, I honestly just saw it on PC Gamer's list of black friday deals and didn't look into it. Is there any PSU in particular that you might recommend at that price point. I'll take a look at those brands you mentioned either way.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair has some pretty cheap stuff that is reliable, but be warned at this price point you are looking at lower efficiency meaning they only pull 80% of their maximum wattage output. Then assume that their max output is even lower than advertised.

Edit: Just saw below. much better now.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You looking to save money? Your biggest expense is the video card. $351 of the $1200 total. I don't see any hot deals on it today, but watch the price on this one between now and Christmas. Or suggest to your family, to buy this part for you LOL :)

I just saved 39% on the latest hardware, so it can be done, but takes patience and knowing the pricing "daily".

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I updated the PSU to something a bit more agreeable I hope. Thanks for the feedback.

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