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February 1, 2014 9:46:38 AM

So, I've been lurking here for a while trying to pick up all the info I can, but I am in dire of need of help. This is my first build, ever and I'm a software person by nature so hardware has always been a bit alien to me, but I want to give it a real go.

Here is what I have come up with so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2LkMT

I'd really love to get some feedback. Especially when it comes to cost saving recommendations. I am already up against the budget wall and I still need a few peripherals.

Thanks!

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February 1, 2014 10:01:05 AM

Are you planning on overclocking? If not you dont really need the cooler (and you could even grab a i5-3350P and save a little cash) and if so get i5-4670K (K means the core is unlocked).

Cosair's CX series has the reputation for being an entry level PSU, it does not have the highest quality when compared to other Cosair models, as well as Antec and Seasonic. I have used them and I haven't had any issues but the computers I put them usually don't have a dedicated GPU. Just a heads up
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February 1, 2014 10:04:53 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $952.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 13:03 EST-0500)


The problem with the challenger is because it doesnt have usb 3.0 on the front panel which will cause compatibility problems between case and motherboard. This build is a beast.
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February 1, 2014 11:15:07 AM

Thank you all for your feedback. I'll have to research these recommendations (research is basically what I do).

I do not plan on overclocking because I am not tech savy enough and just know I would cause the whole system to blow.
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February 1, 2014 1:51:37 PM

So if your not going to overclock, my build is the perfect choice for that much money
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February 2, 2014 2:43:07 PM

Yes, thank you moh!
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February 2, 2014 2:55:18 PM

Why the single stick of RAM though? Why not the 4x4? I thought it was always better to go with dual-channel?
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February 2, 2014 3:22:59 PM

It was a typo I meant 2x4 because you chose a single 8gb stick.

Regardless, good build. I am sure he'll be happy.
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February 2, 2014 3:29:24 PM

Agreed. Thats a nice build you have minerva. Why 500gb ssd and sli gtx 660 AND WHY A CORSAIR TX850 psu. Oh well you cant change it now day. Never mind
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February 2, 2014 3:50:35 PM

Thanks...I think, otherwise I don't know why you would question any of that hardware
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February 2, 2014 7:12:06 PM

Thanks, I unfortunately didn't catch that before I ordered that part but I am working with newegg to see what can be done.
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February 2, 2014 7:20:13 PM

ok hopefully it will work
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February 2, 2014 7:22:16 PM

Amazing build you have picked out but if you want to over clock the 4670 with the "k" (4670k) will be needed.
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February 2, 2014 7:46:09 PM

Univarn said:
Thanks, I unfortunately didn't catch that before I ordered that part but I am working with newegg to see what can be done.


There is definitely some performance lost when running single-channel memory vs. dual-channel but it is dependent on your hardware and application, and many times it's negligible and is not noticeable in real-world applications.

Worst case scenario you run single-channel and upgrade in the future .

See here: http://www.behardware.com/articles/814-3/ddr3-impact-of...
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February 3, 2014 7:03:36 AM

I spoke with newegg and it will be sorted out. Question, there an advantage to getting the corsair vengeance 2x4 over this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600c9d... ?

The only difference I see is 1.5v for the corsair vs 1.65v for the kingston blue. That and I could save $20 through amazon. Thanks!
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February 3, 2014 7:09:55 AM

Intel recommends 1.5v for DDR3 when using i5 processors so you would be better off with the Cosair
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a b 4 Gaming
February 3, 2014 7:16:31 AM

Agreed with minerva plus corsair is more name brand so if you have problems, they have really good customer support.
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February 7, 2014 4:19:25 AM

So a week on and a couple of thoughts about this build as I've been working my way through the components:

1. You might want to spend the extra few bucks and get a different case than the NZXT Source 210 Elite. Reason: No 2.5' drive mount. The tool-less system was clearly built with only 3.5' drives in mind. An adapter isn't expensive, so I have one on the way. If that doesn't work, well then I'll be posting that here :) .
(Note: at the bottom there is an open slot listed as a 2.5 hdd mount but the ssd won't fit unless you mount it sideways. Even then both reviews I've seen where people have done this they used velcro or some other sticky substance which just seems too sketch to me).

2. This may just be personal experience, but the difference in price that is sometimes available between NCIX and NEWEGG just isn't worth it. Go with Newegg unless the cost is so ungodly different that you just can't justify it. I had lots of trouble navigating NCIX for a couple purchases, and even when it marked 'free shipping', they still put shipping in the charge. In fairness, they did offer to reimburse me when I sent them a message about it after I put the order through. But by the time they got back to me I had already ordered the product through newegg, with half the price for shipping, and got the product in the mail. So, yeah... pcpartpicker needs an 'ignore seller' option.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 4:39:31 AM

Lol about the ignore seller option. So is everyother part of the build going good or are you running into more problems
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February 7, 2014 5:34:29 AM

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Lol about the ignore seller option. So is everyother part of the build going good or are you running into more problemsproblems


As far as I am aware. Part of my NCIX issue came with my windows 7 copy so I am still waiting on that before I can give the full test. So it isn't too bad that I can't install the ssd drive yet.

Out of curiosity is there a guide on here for cables? Not just cable management butwhich cable goes to which and what and how and so on? I know to there are some YouTube videos on this but a list I can print off and keep beside me would be more useful.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 11:30:24 AM

I dont really know any, you could just search the web
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February 8, 2014 10:21:48 AM

Preliminary Build Success! So today I figured I would just go ahead and install everything I have so far and it works! BIOS comes up and everything is recognized!

The only things I have left is to install the 2.5 ssd card (adapter should be here monday) and then install windows (coming thursday).

Thank you all for your help!

* Pro Tip in the event someone else wants to take on this build: In order to get the four-pin power supply connected to the motherboard, I had to remove the top fan from the case (just the screws, not the plugs) and hold it off to the side. The power cable gets there but it is a very snug fit.
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February 8, 2014 10:23:12 AM

Ok well I hope you enjoy your build.
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February 12, 2014 4:35:15 AM

So Houston we may have a problem. I tried to turn my PC on today and got a no VGA signal on my monitor. I recently installed the 2.5' drive but I have tried with and without it and no difference, I made sure my cables, video card, and ram were snug. I am not hearing a beep post power button.

The CPU fan on the motherboard comes on but I am not getting a beep. Everything worked fine Saturday when I turned it on. Any thoughts?
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February 12, 2014 4:38:14 AM

Never mind I am an idiot :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2014 4:40:18 AM

Lol what happend. Also take some pictures and put the build on pcpartpicker completed builds.
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February 12, 2014 5:00:05 AM

Plugged my monitor dvi cable into my mother board. Swapped it over to my video card and it worked fine. Installing windows ATM.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2014 5:07:58 AM

ok well make sure you take pictures and upload it to pcpartpicker.
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