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March 18, 2014 4:27:03 AM

Hey there,

So i'm trying to put together a budget build and ended up with this. The problem is i'm not very good with the technical aspects of building pc's and don't understand many fundamental aspects.

This the build i've chosen to go with. Can anyone give me some insight? Can i make something better for the price? Will this build 'bottleneck'?

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3bYal

the total (pick up) came around $750 aud.

p.s i also understand that while certain gpu's may be capable of running games smoothly, it very much also depends on the other hardware in the pc. Could you guys inform me if i should upgrade anything so that this build is working at optimal performance?

thanks.

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March 18, 2014 4:34:45 AM

Build comes up at $868 on partpicker, assuming 750 is a typo for 850.

I'll post a similar build you could also go for.

Cheaper but still good case, Superior GPU.

Caviar blue instead of green HDD as Blue is better and only $1 more.

PSU cheaper but plenty enough to power your machine.

2X4GB>1x8 as the 4GB cards run in dual channel so get around 12% better performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($215.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
Total: $826.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-18 22:40 EST+1100)
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March 18, 2014 5:43:07 AM

Nice build, other than the posts above me the only thing I suggest is to go with an FX rather than an i5 simply because of cost to power ratio.
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March 18, 2014 10:30:12 PM

AshyCFC said:
Build comes up at $868 on partpicker, assuming 750 is a typo for 850.

I'll post a similar build you could also go for.

Cheaper but still good case, Superior GPU.

Caviar blue instead of green HDD as Blue is better and only $1 more.

PSU cheaper but plenty enough to power your machine.

2X4GB>1x8 as the 4GB cards run in dual channel so get around 12% better performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($215.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
Total: $826.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-18 22:40 EST+1100)


Hey, thanks for the detailed response.
No, no typos :p  i'm buying the parts locally so i get them a little cheaper and much quicker as i can pick up. Only used pcpp to confirm that the pieces are compatible.

I just moved some cash around and i can afford to spend $200 more on the system. As for the ram. I plan on adding another 8g stick anyway, so the dual channel would be delayed by about a week. My preferences lie with nvidia and intel as personally thats all i've ever used and i find it easier to understand the models etc. I find it somewhat difficult to compare the radeon series so when someone recommends a radeon gpu, i dont really know 'how much' better it is. Also, i've been looking to get the nzxt h440. The extra fans and sound proofing are quite persuading.

any thoughts?

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March 19, 2014 1:18:36 AM

Ok so, If you've never used Radeon cards you should give them a shot but if you can afford the Nvidia 760 2GB grab it, it's a bit more than the 270 though or you could drop down to the 750ti which is worse than the 270.
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