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My first build in more than 10 years How did I do for a budget gaming rig?

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February 13, 2014 9:10:42 PM

Hello all!

I'm open go any and all critiques and recommendations. :)  I bought these today at Micro Center here in Illinois, mind you these prices are before taxes.

What do you think?

Chip i7-4770k 249.99
MB Asus Z87-A 84.99 (after 10 mail in rebate)
HD WD Black 1TB 69.99 (WD1003FZEX)
Memory Corsair 1600 8g 4x2 64.99
Power Corsair 600w CXMOD 54.99 (after 10 mail in rebate)
Video EVGA GTX760SC 249.99 (after 20 mail in rebate)
Case NZXT H320 54.99
Optical LG 24x DVDRW 15.99
OS Windows 8.1

Plus I got 2 free games with the video card purchase(assassin creed black flag and Splinter cell Blacklist)

Thanks!

Chris


February 13, 2014 9:15:47 PM

If this is purely a gaming setup, the i5 4670K would have gamed just as well as the i7 and you could have saved a few dollars to put towards a better PSU. The CX series from Corsair is their budget line, but it might be ok in your case since you don't have an aftermarket cooler and I assume that means you won't be overclocking.
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February 13, 2014 9:17:33 PM

You failed terribly. i5 4670k would be a much better choice for gaming without losing any performance against an i7 saving you $100-150, motherboard is fine, RAM is fine, HDD is fine, Power Supply is terrible an XFX 550W Core Edition is so much better than cheaper. Video card you did fine but if you researched and saved money from deducting the unnecessary things you could have gotten a 770 which is a big step up, case , dvd drive fine, OS is fine
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February 13, 2014 9:17:49 PM

Quite good, though not what I would consider a 'budget' gaming rig. In the case of gaming it is better to spend on GPU then CPU. i5-4670k would have given you 90% the performance in games, it is hard to argue with a i7-4770k for $250.

Power supply should be fine if you don't plan on much expansion beyond what you purchased.
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February 13, 2014 9:25:30 PM

Roxas_Boy said:
You failed terribly. i5 4670k would be a much better choice for gaming without losing any performance against an i7 saving you $100-150, motherboard is fine, RAM is fine, HDD is fine, Power Supply is terrible an XFX 550W Core Edition is so much better than cheaper. Video card you did fine but if you researched and saved money from deducting the unnecessary things you could have gotten a 770 which is a big step up, case , dvd drive fine, OS is fine


The PSU is not terrible. It is perfectly fine. Not top of the line but respectable quality. A tier 3 brand. His build is not terrible at all. An i5 is better for the budget as you stated.

Please don't just randomly insult people when their build is actually very decent and only needs minor tweaks.
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February 13, 2014 9:27:48 PM

tiny voices said:
Roxas_Boy said:
You failed terribly. i5 4670k would be a much better choice for gaming without losing any performance against an i7 saving you $100-150, motherboard is fine, RAM is fine, HDD is fine, Power Supply is terrible an XFX 550W Core Edition is so much better than cheaper. Video card you did fine but if you researched and saved money from deducting the unnecessary things you could have gotten a 770 which is a big step up, case , dvd drive fine, OS is fine


The PSU is not terrible. It is perfectly fine. Not top of the line but respectable quality. A tier 3 brand. His build is not terrible at all. An i5 is better for the budget as you stated.

Please don't just randomly insult people when their build is actually very decent and only needs minor tweaks.


OK, please explain how Corsair CX500 (second lowest end) is fine compared to a cheaper and better XFX 550W Core Edition (made by seasonic)?
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February 13, 2014 9:33:14 PM

The Cx500 is not great, but it is by no means low end. It is better than 75% of PSUs out there and is not second lowest end. It is third tier out of 5. It is many times better than all the junk units out there. The XFX is better quality yes, but the CX series is by no means awful.

"Power supplies fully able to meet ATX specs, although closer to the edges of the limits than higher tier units. Still solid units. " http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Please DO NOT come in to threads bashing people and saying they "failed terribly". This is very rude and not how we like to operate on this forum. It does not help anyone involved and just deters people from wanting your help.
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February 13, 2014 9:34:59 PM

The cheaper XFX Core Edition makes it to tier 2 - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1
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February 13, 2014 9:36:29 PM

I agree that is is better. I have already said this. You claimed the Cx500 to be "terrible" which it is not. This is the point I am making.
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February 13, 2014 9:36:29 PM

Well, since it is a CX600m it isn't as bad as a CX500m which would really be pushing it, and I believe the 600 a tier 2 by Channel Well. Should be fine for several years use, but probably not another 10 years :) 

552W 12V rail = Overclocked i7-4770k can pull about 150W, a single GTX760 can't realistically pull over 225W. Leaves a good ~100 or so watts left over for the fans, drive, ram and board. Above the 80% I like to see, but still reasonable, and that is worst case.

Nothing wrong with the XFX 550W (12V 528W), quite a bargain, and while made by Seasonic they do skimp a little on the parts selection if memory serves. Still a first class design with high quality components, just not the top of the line stuff Seasonic tends to use for their own branded supplies, thus the price difference.


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February 13, 2014 9:37:17 PM

Eximo said:
Well, since it is a CX600m it isn't as bad as a CX500m which would really be pushing it, and I believe the 600 a tier 2 by Channel Well. Should be fine for several years use, but probably not another 10 years :) 

552W 12V rail = Overclocked i7-4770k can pull about 150W, a single GTX760 can't realistically pull over 225W. Leaves a good ~100 or so watts left over for the fans, drive, ram and board. Above the 80% I like to see, but still reasonable, and that is worst case.

Nothing wrong with the XFX 550W (12V 528W), quite a bargain, and while made by Seasonic they do skimp a little on the parts selection if memory serves. Still a first class design with high quality components, just not the top of the line stuff Seasonic tends to use for their own branded supplies, thus the price difference.




Much better put. Thanks! This is all 100% true.
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