61 months ago
The only real "issue" I see is that typically people couple an unlocked CPU with a Z97 board. Not that it's mandatory but if you plan to overclock you'll need the Z97. Also for gaming, 16GB of RAM is not necessary at all. Also, I'm assuming you plan to SLI that 970...otherwise that PSU is way overkill.
I thought cpu was unlocked and ready to oc? I was planning on a little oc'n on this build. So the mothetboard should be ok correct? As for the power supply I wasn't planning on SLI anytime soon. What would be a good wattage for this build?
Yes...as I said, you need Z97 motherboard. The CPU is fine, and yes it's unlocked and can be overclocked but H97 motherboard can't. 620/650W would be better...here http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pTCjsY
Changed out some parts with similar values. Details below.
Changed CPU to similar non-overclocked version, not really a performance change so much as a price change.
Changed Ram to same configuration, but cheaper.
Part list below.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Edit: The other replies were not here when I was building. I can modify this further if you need. At this point, there's not a ton of benefit to overclocking as the FPS gain would be negligible (less than 10fps).
Thank you for your help. I will avoid overclocking then and go the cheaper route. As for the memory if I go the 16GB will multitasking like gaming/websurfing/teamspeak all running at once run smoother than with 8GB or really no difference? Brand wise I have used G.Skill years ago and it was good. Is it better than the crucial series I picked or will either one being used not notice a difference? As for the Seagate is it better than the WD brand or just cheaper? Also on the motherboard is there a different MB that would work well since I would not be OC'n at this point?
Few suggestions for you;
+1 this (or mine) are the best options for you! Only thing I'd change about this is to grab the Crucial M550 256GB SSD instead of that 120GB EVO.
Thank you for your response. I think changing over to the i5-4570 and not OC'n would work for me well. What MB would you recommend with that CPU and would I need the aftermarket cooler in this build?
no cooler needed if not overclocking...unless the stock fan is too loud for you. This board would work well https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-h97gaming3 Get the 4590, faster and newer for same price.
Gave it a Xeon since you're going to be streaming and multitasking at the same time, the HyperThreading will be more useful than a overclock. Put a cooler in there just for a little added security since switching to a smaller form factor. The 250D is a awesome little case. Got ya a larger SSD also.
It looks like you're overspending in areas, and under spending in others. Is this just going to be a gaming PC?
Yes it will be just a gaming pc. I do like the dual monitors so I can run steam chat and music on the side while gaming. Please let me know where I've over spent and under spent. Thanks for your replies!
i fixed some issues with your build and somewhat lowerd the price
what did you change? Still H97 board, still 16GB RAM, still huge PSU...?
if i remember right your power source was pumping 850 watts when you only needed 630 so i downgraded the supply to 650 so you don't waste a tone of power and i think your case did not have onboard usb 3.0 ports on the front and your motherboard did so i think i changed the case.
Because of how you spend the money in your original rig, there are two options - you can get better performance for a similar amount, or you can have the same performance for less. Keep in mind that if you want better performance, you start to move into 1440p gaming, where the monitors cost a bit more.