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January 14, 2014 12:51:41 PM

HI

My friend wants to get into PC gaming, the games he will be playing is mostly BF4. So i am going to help him build a PC. It can go up to $1600 NZ including windows 7( he does't like windows 8)

Here is what i have been looking at.
CPU Intel i5 4570
MOTHERBOARD Asus B85m-e
RAM Gskill ripjaws X 8gb
Graphic card Sapphire r9 280x Vapor x
HDD Seagate barracuda 1TB
PSU Seasonic M12-II 650w
CASE Corsair graphite 230T

So if any of you could think of something better or different to put into the build please do tell me.
Thanks very much!

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a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 1:00:31 PM

It looks good :) 

Can you upgrade to i5-4670k? And maybe add a cooler, e.g. CoolerMaster 212?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 1:06:51 PM

Good build and good choice of components. As aevm said, you miss an heatsink. It's always good to invest a better one, since the stock cooler from Intel is cheap and don't perform really well. Your CPU will run cooler and overall, your PC will be much more quieter.

Also, take note that you won't be able to do overclocking in the future if you need it because you need to have a CPU with an open multiplier (K version) and a Z87 board. If you want to change to a Z87 board, I suggest you take a look a the ASUS Z87-C or Z87-A.
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January 14, 2014 1:08:50 PM

aevm said:
It looks good :) 

Can you upgrade to i5-4670k? And maybe add a cooler, e.g. CoolerMaster 212?


I might be able to, i have only just done my first CPU overclock yesterday. So i am still getting into it.
The only problem is that the difference between the 4570 and 4670k is $50 in NZ and the hyper 212 is $59 here.
Also if i was going to overclock i would have to get a Z87 board and they cost a lot more.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 1:11:23 PM

OK, if you have $50NZ now get the 4670k now and use it with the stock cooler. You can add the hyper and OC later. But anyway, the 4570 is fine for BF4 already.
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January 14, 2014 1:14:34 PM

Oleonius said:
Good build and good choice of components. As aevm said, you miss an heatsink. It's always good to invest a better one, since the stock cooler from Intel is cheap and don't perform really well. Your CPU will run cooler and overall, your PC will be much more quieter.

Also, take note that you won't be able to do overclocking in the future if you need it because you need to have a CPU with an open multiplier (K version) and a Z87 board. If you want to change to a Z87 board, I suggest you take a look a the ASUS Z87-C or Z87-A.

I would really like to put a real cooler in it and get a Z87 board and a K CPU but i can't see how i can fit all that into $1600 NZ. I will try :) 
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January 14, 2014 1:17:53 PM

aevm said:
OK, if you have $50NZ now get the 4670k now and use it with the stock cooler. You can add the hyper and OC later. But anyway, the 4570 is fine for BF4 already.

But if i get the 4670k i need to get a Z87 board so i can overclock. For example the asus Z87-C is 205 in NZ, and the non overclocking board is $132 NZ

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January 16, 2014 7:19:53 PM

I will keep the B85 board and the 4570 CPU because there is not that much need to overclock, and the stock cooler will be good enough. Thanks everyone for the input.
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