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First-Time Builder - Ordering Parts Tonight - Critique My Build Please

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March 19, 2014 5:15:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: tonight

Budget Range: ~$700 (including shipping/tax and not including rebates I'll get back)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and general use

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except monitor, graphics card, mouse, keyboard, and speakers.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Overclocking: Not right away but I want the option available for the future without having to upgrade anything else.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

Additional Comments: I will be temporarily using a Radeon HD 7750 GPU that I already have until I get around to upgrading it to something like a GTX 760/770. I'd like my build to be able to handle either of those cards as well as overclocking the CPU (nothing too extreme) while only needing to really add some cooling.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've wanted to build my own system for 10 years but never had a good opportunity. Plus the computer I have now is in a tiny case and can't fit or support for that matter a decent graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cSgT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cSgT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cSgT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.88 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ 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: $683.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 20:01 EDT-0400)

This is about the best build I can come up with after doing research and asking around for a couple weeks. If you're going to change a component, please tell me why you think it's a better option. I don't want the build to cost anymore than the one I have listed, unless it's a very small amount. Thanks for looking!
March 19, 2014 5:49:18 PM

FractalDesignCore said:
XFX tends to be better at PSU than Corsair modules. If you can sacrifice 50 watts for better quality then.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Everything else is solid and should go good with that 7750 you have.


I wanted to work in an XFX or Seasonic PSU over Corsair, but it seems like a semi-modular one would be easier for a first-time builder, wouldn't it? Also I'm pretty sure I need 600+ watts for my plans of overclocking and upgrading the GPU in the future. Seems like 550 might be cutting it close.
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March 19, 2014 5:52:34 PM

True i would just go with Corsair then Corsair is pretty good budget PSU and it will last quite some time just not as long as a XFX or Seasonic
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March 19, 2014 6:00:51 PM

FractalDesignCore said:
True i would just go with Corsair then Corsair is pretty good budget PSU and it will last quite some time just not as long as a XFX or Seasonic


Thanks for the input. Anyone else have any suggestions? Definitely ordering this stuff in the next few hours and the sooner the better.
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March 19, 2014 6:08:40 PM

Could save a bit by going with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $676.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 21:08 EDT-0400)
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March 19, 2014 6:34:26 PM

RazerZ said:
Could save a bit by going with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $676.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 21:08 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the input. Looking at some of those pieces now.
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March 19, 2014 8:15:00 PM

FractalDesignCore said:
XFX tends to be better at PSU than Corsair modules. If you can sacrifice 50 watts for better quality then.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Everything else is solid and should go good with that 7750 you have.


Nonsense. XFX and Corsair get many of there models from the same OEMS.
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March 20, 2014 2:29:49 PM

mouse24 said:
FractalDesignCore said:
XFX tends to be better at PSU than Corsair modules. If you can sacrifice 50 watts for better quality then.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Everything else is solid and should go good with that 7750 you have.


Nonsense. XFX and Corsair get many of there models from the same OEMS.


Some models from Corsair use the chinese capacitors which don't last nearly as long as an XFX or Seasonic.
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March 20, 2014 2:55:29 PM

FractalDesignCore said:
mouse24 said:
FractalDesignCore said:
XFX tends to be better at PSU than Corsair modules. If you can sacrifice 50 watts for better quality then.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Everything else is solid and should go good with that 7750 you have.


Nonsense. XFX and Corsair get many of there models from the same OEMS.


Some models from Corsair use the chinese capacitors which don't last nearly as long as an XFX or Seasonic.


Pretty sure only the AX and HX corsairs get OEMs from seasonic which is where XFX gets all of theirs. Corsair has a few different OEMs but the cx series get the chinese capacitors.
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March 20, 2014 3:03:01 PM

FractalDesignCore said:
mouse24 said:
FractalDesignCore said:
XFX tends to be better at PSU than Corsair modules. If you can sacrifice 50 watts for better quality then.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Everything else is solid and should go good with that 7750 you have.


Nonsense. XFX and Corsair get many of there models from the same OEMS.


Some models from Corsair use the chinese capacitors which don't last nearly as long as an XFX or Seasonic.


I'll agree with you that xfx has only high quality PSUs in their relatively small lineup. I suppose what I want to say is that whichever you pick, your not gonna be disappointed by the quality. (well maybe the CX/builder line can be considered "meh" but the 500w version can often be found on sale for like 30 to 40 bucks so...)
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