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Final Check Before Purchase on First Gaming Build!

Nathan_G

61 months ago

This is my first gaming build and looking for suggestions on anything that will make it better, and how it will play the newer games. I will use it primarily for gaming and a little other stuff. Thanks in advance!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $201.85 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $70.97 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card $246.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $124.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Sound Card Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card $36.99 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $38.28 @ OutletPC
Headphones Razer Kraken Pro Headset $57.99 @ Newegg
Speakers Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers $7.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1353.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-29 14:33 EST-0500

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

you need a z97 motherboard for that cpu or a bios upgrade which requires a already compatible cpu.

You're better of getting a bigger SSD like a 240gb crucial which will cost the similar and it will be twice the size you dont need to splash out on a samsung.the Samsung isn't worth the premium as it doesn't boot your computer any faster.

nice tower! if you realy need to you could cut down on price for example an enthoo pro.

not sure about sound cards so i can't help you out there however the speakers just are probably going to make any sound worse because of their poor quality.

The rest looks great though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I changed the mobo and saved a little then went with a bigger SSD. How does this look?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $126.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card $246.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $124.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $38.28 @ OutletPC
Headphones Razer Kraken Pro Headset $57.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1267.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-29 14:58 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good! just make sure that wireless network adapter is good i don't know much about them.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I put my OS on a smaller size SSD and will it boot the same? I don't know what brand of SSD's are the best so if you could help that would be great!:D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it Will boot the same with a small Ssd i just suggested 240gb because it's the most econonic. Now in terms of SSD performance if this is what youre thinking the samsung, compared to other models of it's capacity, doesnt warrent its higher price and there will be no notice able diferente in boot times only slight difference under heavy workload like 4k gaming

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good by my eyes. It's going to be an epic system man. I have a similar build and it's amazing. You'll love it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! I'm excited to start building it! :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wouldn't this be better? I removed the sound card and wireless adapter and switched to a Z97 board that has wifi for the same price and was able to upgrade the video card to a 290X

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $209.95 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $70.97 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $299.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $124.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Headphones Razer Kraken Pro Headset $57.99 @ Newegg
Speakers Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers $7.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1339.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-29 14:59 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I like this build better.

Do you NEED the seperate audio card in your original build? I've found the integrated ones on your motherboard are fine for most people. Only those doing advanced sound editing or real audiophiles need upgraded ones.

Not sure what all the talk about integrated wi-fi is about. Who cares? Do you need it?

Sacrificing those things to bump up to the R9 290 whiel staying within your original $1300 is totally worth it IMHO

Don't sweat the 120 GB on the SSD. Just be prudent with what goes on that drive. I have a 120 GB SSD and love it. I put my 3 most played games on it, a few critical apps, and still have room left over... and it's the only drive in my box. You'll be fine with the extra 1TB.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, could I have my OS on a 120 GB SSD and still have room for some games as well as apps like you have? And is Samsung a good brand of SSD?

And my motherboard could I go with a MSI gaming Z97 and still have good results?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with the OCZ Vector because it had higher performance than it's Samsung EVO 540 competition but it's more expensive. Samsung's EVO line is a great option for SSD.

I have on my 120 GB:

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

Planetside 2

Arma II

DayZ Mod

Minecraft with tons of mods

Quite a few small apps, tools, monitors, etc.

I still had room to do the free trail of BF: Advanced Warefare which was 40 freak'n GB install. Once that was over I uninstalled it and have about 40 GB free.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this build! But I might not need the wifi adapter and if I do I could buy it later on... How does this look for final?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z97-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $189.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $269.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $124.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $114.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Headphones Razer Kraken Pro Headset $57.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1340.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-29 19:50 EST-0500
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  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Is there any equivalent mobo but for Z97 with integrated Wi-Fi? I'm sure there's something regarding that price tag. You can consider a mini 900D (the 550D) if you want it smaller. And sound card quite pointless, onboard one shall do.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi AC) comes with a separate wireless antenna that does not use a PCI-e slot for $229.99.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z97prowifiac

Also you might want a bit more juice for the R9 290 as they can be hungry. I've heard good things about the EVGA 850W G2 or the Corsair HX 850W.

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