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February 5, 2014 12:34:04 AM

looking to build my first pc and I've decided I'd like to go with a Haswell build, only thing is I also have a budget of about $400. I already have a 650W seasonic psu, case, and an optical drive.

I was thinking of going with a z87 mobo that supports either crossfire or sli (SLI preferred) for upgrading purposes. I was then going to pair this with a g3220 to save money for now, and when I have the money and when the price drops again (hopefully) I can upgrade to a 4670k.

I need an ssd for the os and additional hdds can be purchased later. I'm kinda at a crossroads as far as gpu, but I like the 7870 and the gtx 660. I'd be willing to downgrade to something else to fit my price range.

Anyhow let me know what you guys think. If you can create a more impressive build for under 600 let me know what it is and I can consider it. Much thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 1:53:05 AM

This is cutting it waay cheap. Pentium on a z87 mobo.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($115.66 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $459.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 04:52 EST-0500)
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February 5, 2014 5:21:10 PM

Thanks for the build! I am a student and can get the os at 69.99. I probably would reach for the kingston ssd to save from having to reinstall the os on a new drive.

Other than that that's about what I expected from the build. Any thoughts, on whether this is a good cost saving measure? Should I just reach for an i3 instead, or go all the way with 4670k to prevent future losses when upgrading? Anyone with performance specs or experience using any of the haswell architecture chips would be appreciated. Thanks again
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a c 295 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 7:25:37 PM

Why would you pair an overclocked processor with a non overclockable motherboard? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense. For a Pentium G you really only need a B85 or H87 motherboard, no need for a Z87.
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February 5, 2014 9:18:16 PM

The chip is currently non overclockable, the motherboard is. The z87 was for upgrading purposes. I can later add an overclockable haswell chip when I have the money. I'd already have to spend around 50 on a mobo, there are some z87 at right around 100 so I figure spend the money there and then save on the processor. This is just so I have something to play my games in the meantime while I wait to save up to buy the 4670k. I figure I'd be saving 150+ by going with a low end haswell, but still have all the parts in place to make it a formidable build.

If you think it is counter intuitive to save on the processor I would love to here why, that was the main reason for the post. Should I just wait it out and save for a few more months? Or is this plausible for the short term. Let me know cause I don't have much experience with the performance and price points of most these chips
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a c 295 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 11:44:02 PM

mrlippman said:
The chip is currently non overclockable, the motherboard is. The z87 was for upgrading purposes. I can later add an overclockable haswell chip when I have the money. I'd already have to spend around 50 on a mobo, there are some z87 at right around 100 so I figure spend the money there and then save on the processor. This is just so I have something to play my games in the meantime while I wait to save up to buy the 4670k. I figure I'd be saving 150+ by going with a low end haswell, but still have all the parts in place to make it a formidable build.

If you think it is counter intuitive to save on the processor I would love to here why, that was the main reason for the post. Should I just wait it out and save for a few more months? Or is this plausible for the short term. Let me know cause I don't have much experience with the performance and price points of most these chips


The problem is $400 isn't going to get you much of a build these days with extremely volatile and skyrocketing RAM and hard drive prices. And then you won't have any money for a 1/2 way decent GPU either. I would suggest saving a bit more money to get a $600 - $700 build then you don't have to worry about planning for future upgrades. It's better to buy one part once, then to buy the same part multiple times.
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February 5, 2014 11:48:32 PM

are the prices for ram/hdd high or low right now?
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February 6, 2014 12:52:48 AM

Does anyone have a $400 build suggestion that would work better?
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February 6, 2014 12:53:38 AM

Doesn't need to be haswell or intel based, but don't want to compromise too much performance or upgradablity
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 3:36:33 AM

Better balance
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($115.66 @ Newegg)
Total: $482.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-06 06:36 EST-0500)
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a c 295 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 2:30:37 PM

mrlippman said:
are the prices for ram/hdd high or low right now?


The prices for RAM are really high right now. A 2 x 4GB kit used to run around the ~$45 - ~$60 range. Now they're in the ~$80 - $100 range. A 2 x 8GB kit used to run ~$75 - ~$90, now they run somewhere in the ~$150 - ~$175 range.
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