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First PC Build - $1000-1350 not including CPU

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December 6, 2013 2:26:19 PM

I have been browsing these forums for sometime, and have developed my first build based off of feedback the community had given to other builds. Now I would like some final advice on my build if you guys would be willing to help! I will use the computer primarily for gaming, HD video/photo editing, 3D modeling and analysis (in Patran), and programming.

Any suggestions to lower the price or to improve the total build? Also, is there anything else I need to buy to build my first computer? Thanks for any help!

So far, I already have an Intel 4770K Quad-core processor (I got it on Black Friday for less than $200!). Below are the other parts I had planned:

Mobo: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Amazon: $229.99
Newegg: $239.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Amazon: $149.99
Newegg: $173.99
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Amazon: $221.99
Newegg: $249.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Amazon: $97.95
Newegg: $89.99
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
Amazon: $278.51
Newegg: $249.99 (comes with ACIV and TC Splinter Cell: Blacklist)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case
Amazon: $179.99
Newegg: $179.99
PSU: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Amazon: $104.99
Newegg: $104.99
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Amazon: $21.99
Newegg: $19.99

TOTAL PRICE:
Amazon: $1285.36
Newegg: $1309.34 ($20.42 shipping then $20 mail in rebates)
Mix/Match: $1246.92 (Not including any shipping from Newegg)

I was planning on only buying from Amazon.com (with Prime) or Newegg.com and have included the prices from each of these sites. I was also wondering if it would be better to order all of the parts from one or the other or to mix and match and get it where they are cheaper. I am not sure about the companies' return policies on these parts, but have had good experiences with Amazon and have never used Newegg before.

Thanks for your help/advice!
December 6, 2013 2:36:05 PM

Overall, a pretty solid first build and also good price on the CPU. If it was me and I had to cut corners somewhere it would probably be the SSD or the case. Have a look at the Fractal Design R4. Seems to a pretty popular case just now, similar to the 650d and slightly cheaper too! Also what do you plan on using the SSD for? Boot or everyday use? If you are using it for a boot drive you could probably afford to go for the next size down like the 128GB. Everyday use, I would stick to a mechanical drive as the constant read/write would shorten the life of the SSD costing you more in the future to replace it. Also buy where is cheapest as long as it is a reputable company.
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December 6, 2013 3:22:01 PM

I have ordered from Newegg many times over the years. I have ordered stuff from NCIX too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.53 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1093.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 18:21 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2013 9:55:12 PM

Thank you guys so much for the information and suggestions. I will definitely be changing out the power supply as there appear to be better options for the same price and cheaper. Also I may just use the SSD as a boot drive with just my current movie project on it so I might bump that down to 128GB as suggested. After reading Tom's review of the Samsung Pro SSD vs the EVO you both suggested, I will be making the change to the EVO, thank you for that advice.

I will need to look into the motherboards you guys suggested for me. How will these stand up during moving? I've heard that the mobos can be very fragile and the "TUF" series from Asus seemed like a good option for me because I will be moving quite a few times, quite a long distance, in the next couple of years. Their extra reinforcement seemed like it would help, and the 5 year warranty is a major bonus. However maybe I am just getting sucked into their marketing scheme.

Also that Fractal Design R4 looks really good. I will need to go take a look at it in person to be sure I like it as much as the 650D because I loved that case when I saw it.

I will update with what I decide to order and then select a best answer. If you have any other advice feel free to post it as well. Thanks again!
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December 8, 2013 10:08:32 PM

Thank you guys for your suggestions. I have ordered all of my parts and look forward to building my first PC on Friday!
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