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Looking for opinions on my first gaming build

aclem226

61 months ago

Here is what my current gaming build is looking like:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $104.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $79.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1183.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-07 21:33 EST-0500

I would like to know how you guys would change anything on this build. As said, this PC will be used almost exclusively for gaming, with the possibility of some streaming in the future. I am not on a strict budget, but less cost is always better. Also, do I need more RAM? Most builds in this range have 8GB. Blue and black color scheme is a big plus. Thanks

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

seems perfectly balanced for me

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I would change your power supply into this one, it's full modular instead of semi: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr and change your case into http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr5tiw. This case is the upgraded version of the one u chose.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple changes. You don't need more ram at the moment, if you get serious enough to start streaming and such, its just as easy to watch for a sale and drop in another 8GB later.

  • Changed Cooler - very efficient, can OC with it if needed $4 cheaper
  • Ram changed to DDR3-1600 still Blue theme same price
  • Changed HDD to cheaper version, still 1TB
  • Changed PSU to more robust G2 version as mootje suggested. I have this specific model and its amazing.

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 $30.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $117.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $92.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1230.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-07 22:27 EST-0500

NOTE: The Fractal case is a bit short for that Video Card. You'll need to remove the middle drive cage. Not an issue for your build, as the lower drive cage can hold 3 HDD's, and you can also mount the SSD on the back panel. If you remove the main drive cage, I'd recommend putting a 120mm or 140mm fan there as the unobstructed airflow is amazing.

Happy Gaming!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. Why change to slower speed RAM with all other things equal? Doesn't make sense to go down to 1600 to me. So whats the reasoning there?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

The FPS gain from 1600 to 1866 is negligible. Probably 2-4fps. You might get another 1-2ish if you overclocked the ram. Unless you're playing competitively, like Starcraft or something, there's no real gain from it.

As for PresiCorrupto's comment, I would suggest that a Bronze power supply would suffice, however it does lose it's edge on heavier loads and there can be some questioning on the quality of the parts.

The Power Supply is the cornerstone of a computer. Without it, nothing works. A poor quality PSU will produce the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) and can cause your system to experience brown-outs and reduce the overall lifespan of your other components.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Your ram comment makes no sense. It's exactly the same price for the 1866 ram. EXACTLY THE SAME PRICE ($79.98).

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree.. maybe I would like "only" 2-4 FPS more for absolutely free.

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