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61 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $169.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $17.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $61.98 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $348.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Best Buy
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $139.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor $149.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $14.94 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $14.94 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $14.94 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan $16.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan $16.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard $104.23 @ Amazon
Mouse Cooler Master CM Storm Havoc Wired Laser Mouse $44.65 @ NCIX US
Headphones Thermaltake Cronos Headset $56.69 @ Mwave
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1500.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 20:47 EST-0500

Created new build using different case, mainly because I didn't want any problems. So I have a USB 3.0 case no, also decided to use both DVD-ROM slots because I felt it would be useful. I also decided to screw the LED fans because i'm sure these are more efficient. Windows 7 has better-ish features also. Any changes before I re-finalize again.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Plus ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $62.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $344.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $57.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Best Buy
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $98.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor $149.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $14.94 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $14.94 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $14.94 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan $16.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan $16.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard $104.23 @ Amazon
Mouse Cooler Master CM Storm Havoc Wired Laser Mouse $44.65 @ NCIX US
Headphones Thermaltake Cronos Headset $56.69 @ Mwave
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1517.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 21:12 EST-0500

Little bit more expensive, but I'd go for something like this. Probably the best bang for your buck overclockable cpu for gaming, as well as a good bang for your buck cooler to help with the overclocks.

The ram you had was cas latency 11, which is kind of slow for gaming, swapped it out for a faster set.

I'd actually recommend going up to a western digital caviar blue drive as they're a bit more reliable, but I didn't want to make the price even higher.

Put in a different gpu, the MSI one is generally considered the best all round card, it's cool, quiet, powerful and overclocks well.

Changed the case mostly to fit the cooler, also I don't know if it fits that many fans, so you could save a little bit there.

Took out one of the optical drives because I really don't see two of the same drive being useful, one dvd and one blu-ray maybe, but not two dvd.

Went down to windows 7 home premium, is there any reason you were on professional?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the ideas. But there are a few flaws i suppose. (Not trying to sound bad or anything, just my opinions etc) - I don't plan on overclocking unless I can make a water-cooled system - What are the differences between the card I had and this one? - Since I don't plan on Overclocking would I benefit from the 8-Core GPU for
games like GTA V? - What is the change in motherboard? - I chose Professional for some of the extras, albeit not worth the money

Also, could you build a fully water cooled variant for me? I would love to start my first PC with a bang

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, I'm always open to criticism. I understand about the overclocking, but even air coolers will give you a bit of leeway if you want to do it.

Here is a full review if you want to read it, but basically the msi card is a little bit better in a few ways. It performs a little better in games for instance. It's very close, I'm not going to say it isn't, but the msi card does come out slightly ahead and it's like $4 cheaper or something.

Games right now aren't really using a lot of cores, it'll change in the coming years, but even then intel is still more powerful so I imagine when that happens intel will still come out on top. To answer your question specifically, we don't know for sure yet, but GTA most likely will not benefit from more cores.

Change in motherboard is purely because amd and intel use different sockets, so they're not compatible with each other.

Up to you on the windows thing, but I personally don't think it really justifies it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

A few more FPS for a few less dollars, how fun.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounded a bit sarcastic, but yeah basically.

As said, they're both good cards and whichever one you pick will do you good, just giving what I think to be the better option.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like the way the STRIX looks, but since I am trying to go for a Black/Red build I can't decide.

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