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turtle328

62 months ago

After a couple threads, I've felt like I learned a lot, for example Raidmax is a bad brand, and I use should FM2+ sockets. I've made another part list and I think this one is my best one yet, I wonder what else I could possibly improve before I buy it around late January (probably will repost it then also).

There are a few things I will always want: a flashy case, Wi-Fi, an OS, ability to run games medium/high, and have it around 750 preferably a little less.

Here's the part list I've made taking account all of the info I got from my last 2 threads, so any room for improvement?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $69.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $26.75 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI A88X-G45 GAMING ATX FM2+ Motherboard $109.99 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $60.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $169.50 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $751.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-20 18:34 EST-0500

And this one is an Intel variant made by fellow on the forum :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $99.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard *Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $53.98 @ OutletPC
Memory Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair Force LS 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.40 @ Amazon
Video Card *PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card $282.98 @ Newegg
Case Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case $33.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $25.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7811UTC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $16.69 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $750.98
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-20 18:36 EST-0500

Probably my personal fav, also made by a fellow on the Forum :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $69.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $46.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4 ATX FM2+ Motherboard $82.98 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $60.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $73.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ Directron
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $24.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $760.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-20 19:22 EST-0500

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU - 4 cores minimum, CPU cooler - for Athlon x4 860k hyper 212 evo will do just fine, for i5 k series n stuff get water cooled, Motherboard - For FM2+ A88x, for LGA 1150 z97, Memory - Kingston, G.Skill, Corsair whichever you find cheaper but not less than 1600 MHz on dual channel, Storage - a minimum 120 GB SSD the you OS boot drive, Video card - for x4 860k a R9 280, for i5 a GTX 970, Case - NZXT, Corsair, Fractal Design generally, PSU - Seasonic, Corsair, Rosewill, Antec generally.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it, according to what you said, the last option's pretty much got it all ;)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest, convince your parents to increase the budget for an i5 paired with a GTX 970, GTX 960 is being launched in early 2015 or wait a little longer to save some and get it. Definitely worth it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried making a setup with i5 and 970. Ended up being $1170! My parents probably wouldn't let me get this until like 3 months! Do you think it's possible to get it under 1000 with OS and Wi-Fi included? If not when is the 960 coming out? And how much cheaper would the total be with the 960? :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the 960 would be at least 100$ cheaper than a 970 if not 120-130$ less and also on Maxwell. it's reported to be launched in the first quarter. The 960 will perform like a GTX 770 which is great value for the buck. If you can afford 970 with an i5 and a z97.. it's the way to go.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

if not, Athlon x4 860k paired with a R9 280 would be good too on the budget side :-) would avoid APUs and AM3+ socket.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

replying on the new thread: future games probably will need 4 cores and stuff, but with broadwell coming out next year you could theoretically upgrade to an i5 for 2-3 hundred and then you'd have a REALLY good computer

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha cool! So what GPU do you recommend, you've only talked about CPU's :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

my personal preference is any 970 but they're 320+. a 750Ti is technically a Maxwell card and would run any game at pretty good settings, so long it's 1080.

if you can get a 970 then that's great! it's an incredible upgrade path especially since Nvidia tech is getting a shrink to 20nm next year (and so is AMD tech). but Maxwell cards are blowing even 290X's out of the water already and a shrink to 20nm would widen the gap

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I think Nvidia is going straight to 16nm and completely overlapping the 20nm but still a point of controversy lol. Only time will tell.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

OH really? that's interesting. if they do that then AMD is screwed lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe yeah.. CPU wise they are 1 and half years behind Intel on ddr4 platform and GPU hardware and driver wise, well reports have it they will release the 370, 380, 390 series shortly to counter the green side on 900 series.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What is a shrink? Are the GPU's getting worse next year?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

RohitBoss has said multiple times 750 TI is took weak. 970 is too expensive I think but maybe I can convince my parents we'll see :P

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

a 750Ti is weak for 1440p and games when you have it on super-ultra-luscious-high settings.

what games do you plan to play

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I've always played on 1080p resolution I don't even know how to get 1440p reso XD Depends on monitor or something?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

750 Ti is very good back up card if your primary one goes for a loop lol.. or some keep an APU as backup :-) 750 Ti is the first generation of Maxwell, it's energy efficient and no room for SLI. the best versions are EVGA FTW ACX and the Palit StormX Dual.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright I discussed with my dad, he wants to wait for the new GPU (gtx 960) and work our way from there! I'll be back when the GPU comes out! Thanks for everything guys!

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