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June 12, 2013 8:19:36 PM

Hey i'm trying to help a friend of mine build a gaming pc and since the Haswell line just came out I figured I would go with that. I don't believe he will overclock and if he crossfires then it will be at a much later point. Here is the build I've picked out so far. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dizzle21/saved/1KTl

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June 12, 2013 9:01:26 PM

That will be great overall. My only suggestion would be a larger psu (600w) because he many need it down the road or if he chooses to overclock.
If the budget permits, look into an ssd boot drive...
Also, if you have a microcenter nearby, you can get the cpu for 200 and 40 more off any mobo.

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June 12, 2013 9:53:11 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($254.29 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $793.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 00:49 EDT-0400)

-No difference between the 4430 and 4670. The difference in stock speeds will only give minimal performance.
-Since you're not overclocking, no need for a z87 board. Grab the standard h87 board.
-Toshiba's HDD are meh. Stick with WD or Seagate. More reliable and cheaper.
-Better quality psu. The Corsair CX series are just decent. They are meant for budget builds. With a larger budget build like yours, grab the XFX.
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June 12, 2013 11:08:58 PM

Awesome, thank you guys for the help.
June 13, 2013 7:27:17 AM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($254.29 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $793.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 00:49 EDT-0400)

-No difference between the 4430 and 4670. The difference in stock speeds will only give minimal performance.
-Since you're not overclocking, no need for a z87 board. Grab the standard h87 board.
-Toshiba's HDD are meh. Stick with WD or Seagate. More reliable and cheaper.
-Better quality psu. The Corsair CX series are just decent. They are meant for budget builds. With a larger budget build like yours, grab the XFX.


He should still go with the 4670k/z87 because if, down the road, he wants to overclock it leaves that option open...
June 13, 2013 9:34:52 AM

Yes but getting the 4670k and a Z87 board will take up another ~$100. That means hes paying $100 for something that he may not even need. Doesn't sound very smart.
June 13, 2013 9:49:16 AM

Do you all think the build with the i5-4430 will be a solid build for playing new games?
June 13, 2013 1:01:49 PM

I've seen a couple people say that ASRock motherboards are a little flimsy and made cheaper. Should he spend a little bit more on a better brand motherboard, or will it even matter?
June 13, 2013 1:05:30 PM

I know the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is, but I'm not sure about other boards.
I wouldn't go wasting another $20 for a bit stronger board. Just be careful when installing your cpu cooler and putting it on the standoffs and you'll be fine.
June 13, 2013 9:18:00 PM

Good deal. Thank you for all your help!
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