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Opinions on a first time build

PaperclipMastermind

61 months ago

This is my first pc build and I'm hoping to get some feedback before I actually go out and buy the parts.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £152.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £99.56 @ Scan.co.uk
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £56.57 @ Ebuyer
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card £149.14 @ Scan.co.uk
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case £85.61 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £66.99 @ Amazon UK
Monitor Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5" Monitor £79.99 @ Ebuyer
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £26.39 @ Aria PC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £752.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 22:32 GMT+0000

I'm willing to go up to around £750 but less is better, I am a student after all. Thanks in advance for any help.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i would go with the i5 4690k and a z97 do you have an OS?do you want an optical drive because i dont think it will fit in that case http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-cooler-master-gm-series-hybrid-modular-80plus-bronze-1x120mm-atx-v231-psu this seems like a great deal i would advise you tip buy through flubbit to save money where possible works with ebuyer and amazon

for future upgrades think about an SSD and fans

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I have changed my part list slightly to get a more powerful graphics card in there, but it's pushed me a lot closer to my limit of £800.

Is there any particular reason I should be upgrading to the z97 and the 4690k, rather than sticking with what I have now? I've heard the same thing in other places but never had any reasons as to why that would be better for me (I assume it is, I just want to know whether I am willing to sacrifice it). I intend to use dreamspark to get my OS, free thanks to my uni course, so that's not an issue.

Thanks for that PSU Link too, certainly seems like a good deal to me and helps me afford that new graphics card too. Here's the new list so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £152.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £99.56 @ Scan.co.uk
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £56.57 @ Ebuyer
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.94 @ Aria PC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card £215.00 @ Amazon UK
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case £85.61 @ Ebuyer
Monitor Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5" Monitor £79.99 @ Ebuyer
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £26.39 @ Aria PC
Other Cooler Master GM-Series G550M 550W PSU - 80+ Bronze £35.46
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £786.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 02:18 GMT+0000
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

the i5 4690k as you probably know is a newer gen. it has turbo boost and a slightly higer base clock. It just seems the better option but its up to you and if the money isnt there the money isnt there.

dont forget p+P for aria and scan. what i did is bought my hard drive and had it sent to a UPS point where it was a bit cheaper but flubbit tho. should save you 21 pounds alone on that graphics card and thats a nice *** graphics card.

have fun though :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case, I'm probably just going to stick with what I have, it should be okay for everything I'm going to use this for. Along with that, by the time I'm upgrading, I'll be willing to buy a new mobo anyway, so I have no need to get the Z97 over the Z87 for now. Thanks for all your help :D

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