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March 22, 2014 6:41:11 AM

Hello everyone, I've been using this site for awhile now looking at what people suggested for builds and have come up with this list and was wondering your guys' opinions as I don't know the most about components before I order them.

CPU - INTEL Core i5-4440
GPU - ASUS GTX760
Memory - Kingston 8GB
PSU - SEA SONIC G-Series, 450
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-B85-HD3
HDD - Seagate 1TB
Case - Fractal Node 304 black

I will mostly play/stream source games on high quality and some video rendering and will want to keep cool temps. Also wouldn't want the price to go much higher than 800$ which it is now.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2014 6:45:13 AM

it is good,and compact.
if you want cool temps without spending much buy corsair h60.
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March 22, 2014 7:25:06 AM

Jason Werthman said:
you can probably save money if you go with this HDD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013DU7R4/?tag=pcpapi-20
Its $48 for a terabyte. Also I found a PSU on sale from $60 to $30 after a discount that works until the 26th and a mail in rebate, and it is semi modular: http://tinyurl.com/nyksttq

Thanks for the deal will look at getting the HDD, but unfortunately I live in Switzerland and don't think raidmax sells here. Would a cheaper psu like a bronze corsair 80 plus be a good idea?
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March 22, 2014 7:26:13 AM

abeer72 said:
it is good,and compact.
if you want cool temps without spending much buy corsair h60.


Thanks for the quick response! Will definitely keep that in mind if temps prove to be high.
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March 22, 2014 7:40:47 AM

gbdonhowe said:
Jason Werthman said:
you can probably save money if you go with this HDD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013DU7R4/?tag=pcpapi-20
Its $48 for a terabyte. Also I found a PSU on sale from $60 to $30 after a discount that works until the 26th and a mail in rebate, and it is semi modular: http://tinyurl.com/nyksttq

Thanks for the deal will look at getting the HDD, but unfortunately I live in Switzerland and don't think raidmax sells here. Would a cheaper psu like a bronze corsair 80 plus be a good idea?

Your also going to need a PSU that is at least 500 watts, preferably more. I would look at something at least 525 watts. That video card needs a minimum of 500W and it does not hurt to be over.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2014 8:52:28 AM

I would not recommend Raidmax for your computer build, and even though it is 80+ Certified, I would recommend Corsair anyday over it.
I also recommend keeping your Seagate 1TB, I would say that it would be better to pay the higher price for a reliable product.

450W should be enough to power your system, depending on which PSU you get.
In the build I've supplied you, I added a XFX 550W, which gives more than enough power you will ever need.
I recommend brands such as Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, and a few others.

By the way, the motherboard when put in the Node 304 was said to have problems, so I've swapped it out with a different board, but still a decent one. (Not gigabyte, but ASUS, which is a better brand in my opinion.)

I've put your build together, changing out brands of parts to save money but still having the parts be reliable. You also save $30, so you could had a cheap CPU cooler if you wish, but if you're not overclocking the stock one is alright.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($236.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $772.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 11:52 EDT-0400)

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March 31, 2014 7:28:28 AM

AgentTran said:
I would not recommend Raidmax for your computer build, and even though it is 80+ Certified, I would recommend Corsair anyday over it.
I also recommend keeping your Seagate 1TB, I would say that it would be better to pay the higher price for a reliable product.

450W should be enough to power your system, depending on which PSU you get.
In the build I've supplied you, I added a XFX 550W, which gives more than enough power you will ever need.
I recommend brands such as Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, and a few others.

By the way, the motherboard when put in the Node 304 was said to have problems, so I've swapped it out with a different board, but still a decent one. (Not gigabyte, but ASUS, which is a better brand in my opinion.)

I've put your build together, changing out brands of parts to save money but still having the parts be reliable. You also save $30, so you could had a cheap CPU cooler if you wish, but if you're not overclocking the stock one is alright.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($236.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $772.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 11:52 EDT-0400)



Thanks, I've ordered most of the parts listed here, and decided to go with a gtx 770 instead. Would a Corsair 750 bronze be a suitable psu?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 9:17:15 AM

gbdonhowe said:
AgentTran said:
I would not recommend Raidmax for your computer build, and even though it is 80+ Certified, I would recommend Corsair anyday over it.
I also recommend keeping your Seagate 1TB, I would say that it would be better to pay the higher price for a reliable product.

450W should be enough to power your system, depending on which PSU you get.
In the build I've supplied you, I added a XFX 550W, which gives more than enough power you will ever need.
I recommend brands such as Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, and a few others.

By the way, the motherboard when put in the Node 304 was said to have problems, so I've swapped it out with a different board, but still a decent one. (Not gigabyte, but ASUS, which is a better brand in my opinion.)

I've put your build together, changing out brands of parts to save money but still having the parts be reliable. You also save $30, so you could had a cheap CPU cooler if you wish, but if you're not overclocking the stock one is alright.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($236.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $772.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 11:52 EDT-0400)



Thanks, I've ordered most of the parts listed here, and decided to go with a gtx 770 instead. Would a Corsair 750 bronze be a suitable psu?


Suitable yes, but 550W's should be more than enough to power the 770.
Plus, it depends which Corsair 750W PSU you're getting.

Care to list the name and it's price?

(Oh, and its common curtousey here to choose an answer as the solution if it helped you the most :) )
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a b 4 Gaming
April 1, 2014 9:22:07 AM

gbdonhowe said:
haha yeah I forgot to do that, thank you for the solution ;) , and it's this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Builder-Series-Modular-...

The gtx 770 says it has a 450W cooling capacity guaranteed, but says on the bottom psu system requirement of 600W or greater.


Well, the whole system should only take a maximum of 500W's.
This PSU is alright, but the XFX one is the one I would recommend the most.
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April 1, 2014 1:50:20 PM

AgentTran said:
gbdonhowe said:
haha yeah I forgot to do that, thank you for the solution ;) , and it's this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Builder-Series-Modular-...

The gtx 770 says it has a 450W cooling capacity guaranteed, but says on the bottom psu system requirement of 600W or greater.


Well, the whole system should only take a maximum of 500W's.
This PSU is alright, but the XFX one is the one I would recommend the most.

Alright, I'll go with the xfx one, thanks again for the advice man, really helped!
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