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November 11, 2013 7:27:45 PM

I've recently been seriously considering building a new computer, given that it's been several years I am running all of my games off a hand-me-down Radeon 4550 and an Intel Core 2 Duo with 4Gb memory.... I think this is an upgrade that's been delayed far too long.
In my short time putting together a PC on PCPartPicker, I've put together a quick build, shown here:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/211tc

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT NZXT H230 Black ATX Mid Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.96 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $857.43

I have been out of the loop for quite a while, if you can't tell. I am impartial when it comes to the brands of computer parts (as long as it does its job well, I really don't care). Pretty much, the main purpose I'll be using it for is to play games such as Watch Dogs and whatever else is coming out soon. While I am looking for something around $850, going slightly above (875 at most) is not strictly out of the question. Also, please note that I am not in need of an OS, so ~$100 of that $850 doesn't have to be spent purchasing one.

Feel free to completely tear down what I've made so far and construct your own superior version of it or improve upon what I already have, it matters not. Thank you for reading this and thanks for whatever improvements you can make.

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November 11, 2013 7:30:16 PM

Nice build except for the PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($77.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $77.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 22:34 EST-0500)
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November 11, 2013 7:59:12 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Nice build except for the PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($77.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $77.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 22:34 EST-0500)


Thanks for the solution, but changing that part of the build puts me over, though slightly, above my absolute maximum price. Two questions: why is the PSU I chose poor (just out of curiosity), and do you have any other recommendations, improvements, etc. to make the build as goo as it can be for the price-range?
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November 13, 2013 4:34:44 PM

Since I have not gotten a whole lot of help in this thread, I have optimized my build a little. I have taken Blackbird's suggestion into consideration, but decided I am not in need of 600 watts of power at this point in time; I'll be keeping this build for a while Pretty much, I've changed the HDD to a 1TB Caviar Black (not 100% sure if that was the best decision, considering price is same as old 2TB one) and given it ram that costs the same with a slightly higher speed. Here is one of the options:


Option 1
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($53.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $832.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-13 19:20 EST-0500)

This layout has a fairly balanced set-up between the CPU and GPU, but the GPU is still quite powerful. The other build (below) sacrifices the i5-4570 for the i5-4430, but replaces the GPU with the more powerful GeForce 760. It also replaces the case with a cheaper one that has fewer fans. Other than that, the build is identical to the previous one.


Option 2
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($253.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($53.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $855.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-13 19:27 EST-0500)

So there you go. Thoughts? Option 1 or 2? Any suggestions of improvements? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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November 13, 2013 6:26:18 PM

For the cooler, Lots of people recommend the Hyper 212 evo saves you a little bit of money there that could be applied elsewhere.

pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2
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