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first build. anyone see problems. cheap upgrades. or money saving tips....thank you

lakebumbill@gmail.com

62 months ago

first build for general PC, and some gaming. I don't have any specific games, but XCOM enemy unknown looks fun. I'm thinking the i5 will last me a long time. The GPU might need upgraded in a couple of years.

Thank you for any advice as I really don't know much about building a PC.

Bill

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/lakebumbill%40gmail.com/saved/8wmQzy

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $169.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ECS B85H3-M(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $46.48 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $66.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $73.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $146.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $23.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $93.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $691.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-19 14:12 EST-0500

I think you could already get a better GPU for that price. You could put that money toward a different motherboard. I don't have any ill will against ECS, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone here build with them.

It's generally recommended to go with a separate SSD and HDD rather than a hybrid drive.

I have just used that case and I like it for the price, but if you have the money to spare for it I'd suggest getting something with better cable management.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input. As far as the storage... I read that the separate ssd and hdd is the best, but what are the hybrids designed for ?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

They were kind of a stop gap designed for laptops where you could only fit one drive and you still needed a ton of storage space before solid state became affordable.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

As above, I guess the hybrid storage is no good ? And I agree with a more known mother board. Thanks

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