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Gaming build, Need some money saving advice.

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February 19, 2014 6:59:05 PM

So I assembled a build with all the things I need for a new gaming computer. I want to be able to run today's games on max and tomorrow's games on max. I feel as though I might have overbuilded. Any have suggestions on parts to switch out? Concerns? Ways to save money? I'm all ears.
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Shadowflashfire/saved/3urn
Thanks,
~Kurt

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February 19, 2014 7:12:11 PM

If you're willing to go intel, a i5 will be faster and cheaper considering you don't need a cooler.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENLWI-N3 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($10.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 22:09 EST-0500)

I configured this the other day, it has quite good performance for the money. The 7870 is the same as the 270x, yes it only has two gigs of ram, but that's enough for 1080p.
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February 20, 2014 5:41:15 PM

Mike Friesen said:
If you're willing to go intel, a i5 will be faster and cheaper considering you don't need a cooler.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENLWI-N3 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($10.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 22:09 EST-0500)

I configured this the other day, it has quite good performance for the money. The 7870 is the same as the 270x, yes it only has two gigs of ram, but that's enough for 1080p.


But considering future-proofing myself, wouldn't the amd processor by slightly faster with its higher clock speed?
And the extra $30 would be worth the extra 2gigs of vram, considering I'm future-proofing, right?
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March 11, 2014 5:28:26 AM

Shadowflashfire said:
Mike Friesen said:
If you're willing to go intel, a i5 will be faster and cheaper considering you don't need a cooler.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENLWI-N3 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($10.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 22:09 EST-0500)

I configured this the other day, it has quite good performance for the money. The 7870 is the same as the 270x, yes it only has two gigs of ram, but that's enough for 1080p.


But considering future-proofing myself, wouldn't the amd processor by slightly faster with its higher clock speed?
And the extra $30 would be worth the extra 2gigs of vram, considering I'm future-proofing, right?



Honestly mate if you can afford the $30 keep the RAM and grab an I5, If your looking at overclocking as well you will need the 4670K. Intel's Caching systems works a lot better than AMD, and if you look at real time examples AMD just cant keep up. Also intel as got a far better L3 Chache
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