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Good enough PC for gaming, multimedia and home office

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April 1, 2014 12:10:45 PM

This will be be my first build, so I'd appreciate to hear your opinion:

Core i3-4130
Noctua NH-L9i
ASRock Z87M Pro4
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
WD Black 2TB
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X OC 2GB
Corsair CX430

1. Is the CX430 sufficient, or do I need a better power supply?
2. Are these components balanced?
3. Can I play modern games on 1080p and high settings?
4. My productivity tasks consist of office applications and some photo editing. I assume this build will be more than capable to handle that.
5. Please suggest a good and affordable micro ATX case.

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April 1, 2014 12:33:26 PM

1. Is the CX430 sufficient, or do I need a better power supply?
For now, it is sufficient. If you were to plan on upgrading to higher end components and overclocking, I wouldn't choose the CX series.

2. Are these components balanced?
Everything is balanced pretty well except the motherboard. Are you planning on later getting an unlocked CPU you can overclock? If not, you can save a good bit of money and get the H87M version.

3. Can I play modern games on 1080p and high settings?
You can play modern games at Medium/High. Games that punish (like Crysis 3, ARMA III, BF4, etc) will be more on the medium with some high end, though.

4. My productivity tasks consist of office applications and some photo editing. I assume this build will be more than capable to handle that.
The i3 has hyperthreading, so you'll get decent performance for photo-editing, but for normal office applications, it is more than powerful enough.

5. Please suggest a good and affordable micro ATX case.
Affordable means something different to a lot of people lol A decent, cheaper case would be the Rosewill Line-M case.
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April 1, 2014 12:47:53 PM

Everything is balanced pretty well except the motherboard. Are you planning on later getting an unlocked CPU you can overclock? If not, you can save a good bit of money and get the H87M version.

Thank you very much for your assessment! So the H87 chipset provides most of the same features as Z87 but lacks CPU overclocking. Correct?
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April 1, 2014 12:52:40 PM

Yeah, for the most part. For 95% of people, there isn't a difference, the H87 boards are just cheaper. If you only need a few SATA ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports (with 4-6 USB 2.0) and a single full-size PCIe slot, H81 would also be just fine as well.
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