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Gaming PC for 1600 need help

Gerritse1

61 months ago

Hi guys, I need help on my first gaming build, looking to spend around AUD $1600.

Will be playing wow and LoL, and want to run both at max settings.

Can you let me know what you think and if there is any changes you would make?

I live in Australia so the prices are more expensive compared to US :-(

Thanks Daniel

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $275.00 @ PCCaseGear
CPU Cooler Thermaltake CLP0605 79.3 CFM CPU Cooler $39.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $135.00 @ PCCaseGear
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $105.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $145.00 @ Mwave Australia
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $519.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case Thermaltake Chaser A41 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.00 @ Mwave Australia
Power Supply Thermaltake 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $125.00 @ PCCaseGear
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $21.90 @ Mwave Australia
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $119.00 @ Mwave Australia
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $22.99 @ Mwave Australia
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1625.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-05 11:14 EST+1100

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No HDD ? Maybe this : http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/krNdt6

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking good on the whole, but Thermaltake aren't exactly known for good CPU coolers or PSU's.

With a CPU that cannot be overclocked you are generally ok with the included Intel cooler, if you are prefer a superior cooler then a CM EVO is a good choice; http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

With that build a 550W PSU would be fine, this is a much better quality one; http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your help.

My local shop doesn't stock that PSU, would this below corsair one be good as well?

http://www.msy.com.au/home/12613-corsair-cs550m-550watt-80plus-gold-atx-power-supply-unit.html

Is my motherboard and graphics card okay choices?

I think i'll switch back to a 120g SSD and 1 TB hardrive

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair CSM PSU isn't great either, known to give unstable supply under heavy load. The best one in your local store is the Antec Earthwatts Platinum for the same price. If you don't like Antec then the Corsair RM550, but it is expensive.

Motherboard and graphics cards both good choices. Got the Gigabyte 970 G1 myself, excellent card.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing thanks so much for your help! I would never of known about that so really appreciate your help!

I've made a few changes after your advice and definitely will be going with the Antec Earthwatts Platinum, for an extra $8.00 i can upgrade to 650 watts. is that worth it? I've also swapped back to having a small SSD and a 1TB hardrive, place my games on the SSD.

I guess my last question is, do you think its worth spending the extra $90.00 and get 16 gig of RAM for future proofing?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $275.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $135.00 @ PCCaseGear
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $105.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.00 @ PCCaseGear
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ PCCaseGear
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $519.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case Thermaltake Chaser A41 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.00 @ Mwave Australia
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Platinum 550W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply $129.00 @ PCCaseGear
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $21.90 @ Mwave Australia
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $119.00 @ Mwave Australia
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $22.99 @ Mwave Australia
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1603.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-05 13:14 EST+1100
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry one last question

Would you choose the MSI graphics card over the Gigabyte ?

I'm leaning towards the MSI now, looks like I can source locally!

ALso would that mean i should switch to an MSI motherboard so they talk better together? If so what would you choose?

MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card http://www.mwave.com.au/product/msi-geforce-gtx-970-gaming-4gb-video-card-ab57039

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Having a larger PSU does not have any negative effect, gives greater flexibility for future upgrades. Maybe worth it for such a small amount extra.

Games don't use over 8GB RAM, so I would say not worth it. The motherboard has slots for 4 sticks so you'll still have 2 free for future upgrade if needed.

When I bought my 970 I was also leaning towards the MSI but couldn't find one in stock anywhere, if stock levels have improved then it is a good card. The other one that is good is the Asus Strix.

The video card and motherboard do not have to be the same brand, they will still work together. However, they tend to share the same software which does have some advantages, typically just for overclocking though. The MSI H97 Gaming 3 is a decent board http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-h97gaming3

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