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First DIY Build, Final line up. Need input please!

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January 16, 2014 5:57:48 PM

I've looked around this site and read a lot of reviews for items. I've posted a thread or two and have received amazing feedback. I think I have it narrowed down and would like some final thoughts on my build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($96.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($102.79 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i600 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $882.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-16 20:55 EST-0500)


Edit: I already own the case and I will be buying the GPU at a later date.
January 16, 2014 6:12:24 PM

Still disagree with the motherboard choice, but you seem set on getting that specific board.
Get memory in kits when you're buying more than one stick to ensure you get the same sticks 100%. There can always be a mismatch which would prevent dual channel.
Not sure on quality and reliability of Cooler Master PSUs, but I'll look into it.
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January 16, 2014 7:20:38 PM

CreativeUsername said:
Still disagree with the motherboard choice, but you seem set on getting that specific board.
Get memory in kits when you're buying more than one stick to ensure you get the same sticks 100%. There can always be a mismatch which would prevent dual channel.
Not sure on quality and reliability of Cooler Master PSUs, but I'll look into it.


Thanks for your help and insight!

Do you have another motherboard, roughly the same price, in mind? I'm open to suggestions. Also, before you had mentioned that AsRock was unreliable. Could you explain why?

Thanks for the idea about memory, I want to use dual channel.
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January 16, 2014 8:08:51 PM

Deathwing777 said:
CreativeUsername said:
Still disagree with the motherboard choice, but you seem set on getting that specific board.
Get memory in kits when you're buying more than one stick to ensure you get the same sticks 100%. There can always be a mismatch which would prevent dual channel.
Not sure on quality and reliability of Cooler Master PSUs, but I'll look into it.


Thanks for your help and insight!

Do you have another motherboard, roughly the same price, in mind? I'm open to suggestions. Also, before you had mentioned that AsRock was unreliable. Could you explain why?

Thanks for the idea about memory, I want to use dual channel.


IIRC they have common DOAs. They may have gotten better, but personally I still wouldn't trust it. As for a recommendation I'm more familiar with AMD based boards, so I probably shouldn't give one to be safe.
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January 17, 2014 2:56:01 AM

Update, I just realized I can get a good deal. I'm trying to pick between the following three:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It mainly comes down to the motherboards. As of now the GIGABYTE looks better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the MSI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the AsRock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I look at it as upgrading my CPU and maybe get a z87 instead of a h87 motherboard while getting a game for a discount. I'm most likely going to buy the game anyways, so this way I save money.
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January 17, 2014 2:58:10 AM

CreativeUsername said:
Deathwing777 said:
CreativeUsername said:
Still disagree with the motherboard choice, but you seem set on getting that specific board.
Get memory in kits when you're buying more than one stick to ensure you get the same sticks 100%. There can always be a mismatch which would prevent dual channel.
Not sure on quality and reliability of Cooler Master PSUs, but I'll look into it.


Thanks for your help and insight!

Do you have another motherboard, roughly the same price, in mind? I'm open to suggestions. Also, before you had mentioned that AsRock was unreliable. Could you explain why?

Thanks for the idea about memory, I want to use dual channel.


IIRC they have common DOAs. They may have gotten better, but personally I still wouldn't trust it. As for a recommendation I'm more familiar with AMD based boards, so I probably shouldn't give one to be safe.


That makes sense.
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