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vincecano

61 months ago

I've been going through completed builds on PCPartPicker, and most are intended for gamers and are overkill. I am not a gamer at all, I just want a dependable / fast / budget PC that I can use for a few engineering applications (matlab, labview, other programming languages like php w/ mysql), watch videos, etc. Please be as critical as possible about this build - maybe the MOBO or CPU is a bad choice?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m8jrP6

Thanks

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Mobo & cpu look reasonable to me, you don't need the extra cooler tho, supplied one is fine as you can't overclock that cpu

v300 ssd has had some performance issues related to cheap nand

Seasonic are my favourite psu brand/oem but 620w is way more than the build needs, to the extent that the psu will be operating at a reduced efficiency, seasonic 300w bronze is much more wattage appropriate

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $164.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $95.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $65.98 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.88 @ OutletPC
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $57.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $596.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-02 18:11 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Holsty,

thanks for the reply.

What about this config? It costs a bit more but gives me a great CPU. I choose the bigger PS in case I eventually add a good graphics card. Not sure I care too much about efficiency, as long as it runs and I don't need to buy a new PS later down the road.

Feel free to correct me again. Thanks

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $49.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $65.98 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case $33.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $678.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-02 21:06 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

NP :D

Looks fine, 4790k is a monster :D

Depending on how cpu intensive your tasks are it might be worth getting a cheap z97 mobo so you have the option to overclock down the road - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97manniversary

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