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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.75 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $682.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-03 22:15 EDT-0400)

I just bought the case and optical drive because their promotions/MIR's will expire tomorrow but tell me if the case isn't worth it so I can cancel the order. Thanks in advance!

Chris
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  1. Best answer
    Cases are pretty much personal preference.
    Are you actually close enough to a Microcenter to make it worth while?
    Look into a Seasonic or XFX PSU. Corsair CX are bottom of the line. Corsair parent company is Seasonic but the CX series are cheap.
  2. Immaculate said:
    Cases are pretty much personal preference.
    Are you actually close enough to a Microcenter to make it worth while?
    Look into a Seasonic or XFX PSU. Corsair CX are bottom of the line. Corsair parent company is Seasonic but the CX series are cheap.


    While I know that basing quality of a PSU solely on wattage is one of the worst ways, I've never really understood a solid way of finding a reliable one. How does one "rate" a PSU :P?
  3. cbarkachi said:
    Immaculate said:
    Cases are pretty much personal preference.
    Are you actually close enough to a Microcenter to make it worth while?
    Look into a Seasonic or XFX PSU. Corsair CX are bottom of the line. Corsair parent company is Seasonic but the CX series are cheap.


    While I know that basing quality of a PSU solely on wattage is one of the worst ways, I've never really understood a solid way of finding a reliable one. How does one "rate" a PSU :P?


    With a tier list :)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html
  4. All about PSUs - http://www.jonnyguru.com/
  5. Razer ill pick you as best answer but I just need more people to give feedback about the general build first

    And btw I'm going with the corsair 600 cx modular, I know its not great but it works.
  6. cbarkachi said:
    Razer ill pick you as best answer but I just need more people to give feedback about the general build first

    And btw I'm going with the corsair 600 cx modular, I know its not great but it works.
  7. Do not get that Cx unit. You will regret it when it fails and frys every single part of your PC. Get an XFX550 for the same price. WAY better quality.

    Raidmax cases , like everything the make, are pretty awful. Change to Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Coolermaster, Bitfenix, Fractal Design.

    Last, if you ditch overclocking, you can get a cheaper i5, cheaper motherboard and save enough money to get a better GPU and DRASTICALLY improve gaming performance.
  8. tiny voices said:
    Do not get that Cx unit. You will regret it when it fails and frys every single part of your PC. Get an XFX550 for the same price. WAY better quality.

    Raidmax cases , like everything the make, are pretty awful. Change to Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Coolermaster, Bitfenix, Fractal Design.

    Last, if you ditch overclocking, you can get a cheaper i5, cheaper motherboard and save enough money to get a better GPU and DRASTICALLY improve gaming performance.


    I fully agree, don't get a CX series psu. Also if you did cut overclocking you could upgrade the GPU to a GTX 760
  9. RazerZ said:
    tiny voices said:
    Do not get that Cx unit. You will regret it when it fails and frys every single part of your PC. Get an XFX550 for the same price. WAY better quality.

    Raidmax cases , like everything the make, are pretty awful. Change to Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Coolermaster, Bitfenix, Fractal Design.

    Last, if you ditch overclocking, you can get a cheaper i5, cheaper motherboard and save enough money to get a better GPU and DRASTICALLY improve gaming performance.


    I fully agree, don't get a CX series psu. Also if you did cut overclocking you could upgrade the GPU to a GTX 760


    OOPS! Lol I had the GTX 760 but I guess it didn't save when I put it in. As for the XFX 550, would that be modular? And is 550 enough if I'm somewhat trying to future proof the PSU?
  10. 550w is perfectly fine as long as you do not plan to SLI. There is a modular version of the XFX550 yes.
  11. Are you close enough to a Microcenter to make the drive worthwhile? You have you CPU/MOBO as coming from there, they have great combo deals if you're actually close enough.
  12. Immaculate said:
    Are you close enough to a Microcenter to make the drive worthwhile? You have you CPU/MOBO as coming from there, they have great combo deals if you're actually close enough.


    I am, there's one about 10 minutes from my house. While this is my first build and I'm not an expert, I think the combo deal I'm getting with the CPU and motherboard seems excellent.
  13. tiny voices said:
    550w is perfectly fine as long as you do not plan to SLI. There is a modular version of the XFX550 yes.


    I can't seem to find the XFX TS series in any PSU tier list...
  14. They are tier 1 or 2 for sure. VERY good quality.
  15. with those combos at Microcenter you add any compaitible motherboard to any participating CPU. You DO NOT have to use the advertised motherboards.
  16. Immaculate said:
    with those combos at Microcenter you add any compaitible motherboard to any participating CPU. You DO NOT have to use the advertised motherboards.


    Isn't the Extreme4 still a good option though?
  17. cbarkachi said:
    Immaculate said:
    with those combos at Microcenter you add any compaitible motherboard to any participating CPU. You DO NOT have to use the advertised motherboards.


    Isn't the Extreme4 still a good option though?


    Extreme 4 is one of the best motherboards around $100.
  18. RazerZ said:
    cbarkachi said:
    Immaculate said:
    with those combos at Microcenter you add any compaitible motherboard to any participating CPU. You DO NOT have to use the advertised motherboards.


    Isn't the Extreme4 still a good option though?


    Extreme 4 is one of the best motherboards around $100.


    Ok good that's the one I'm getting. Razer this thread is dead i think it's time for that best answer :P
  19. cbarkachi said:
    RazerZ said:
    cbarkachi said:
    Immaculate said:
    with those combos at Microcenter you add any compaitible motherboard to any participating CPU. You DO NOT have to use the advertised motherboards.


    Isn't the Extreme4 still a good option though?


    Extreme 4 is one of the best motherboards around $100.


    Ok good that's the one I'm getting. Razer this thread is dead i think it's time for that best answer :P


    Nice, but before you close it post a link to the build. I can edit it and do any last minute changes for the better.
  20. RazerZ said:
    cbarkachi said:
    RazerZ said:
    cbarkachi said:
    Immaculate said:
    with those combos at Microcenter you add any compaitible motherboard to any participating CPU. You DO NOT have to use the advertised motherboards.


    Isn't the Extreme4 still a good option though?


    Extreme 4 is one of the best motherboards around $100.


    Ok good that's the one I'm getting. Razer this thread is dead i think it's time for that best answer :P


    Nice, but before you close it post a link to the build. I can edit it and do any last minute changes for the better.


    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $763.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 21:44 EDT-0400)

    Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lFzp

    I purchased the case and optical drive. The PSU is definitely not staying. As for the GPU, should I wait for a better deal or go for it? Thanks again
  21. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $865.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 21:55 EDT-0400)

    Changed the ram, PSU, and HDD for the better. Faster ram, cheaper HDD, and a quality PSU( deal won't last long).

    Also if you plan on overclocking you would need a CPU cooler, and I would suggest a Cooler master hyper 212 evo.
  22. RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $865.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 21:55 EDT-0400)

    Changed the ram, PSU, and HDD for the better. Faster ram, cheaper HDD, and a quality PSU( deal won't last long).

    Also if you plan on overclocking you would need a CPU cooler, and I would suggest a Cooler master hyper 212 evo.


    Thanks but I simply can't afford it. My original budget was $700 and I passed it. 865 is just too much lol. As for the memory, is the speed necessary for gaming? And I'd rather spend $3 more on Western Digital simply because of reliability. However, I do think that the PSU deal is great (though rebates are always sketchy). Lastly, should I go with the graphics card or wait for a better deal? Thanks again.

    *EDIT* I realized that a lot of the excess money was because a lot of rebates ended a few days ago (that's why I had purchased the case and optical drive)
  23. cbarkachi said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $865.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 21:55 EDT-0400)

    Changed the ram, PSU, and HDD for the better. Faster ram, cheaper HDD, and a quality PSU( deal won't last long).

    Also if you plan on overclocking you would need a CPU cooler, and I would suggest a Cooler master hyper 212 evo.


    Thanks but I simply can't afford it. My original budget was $700 and I passed it. 865 is just too much lol. As for the memory, is the speed necessary for gaming? And I'd rather spend $3 more on Western Digital simply because of reliability. However, I do think that the PSU deal is great (though rebates are always sketchy). Lastly, should I go with the graphics card or wait for a better deal? Thanks again.


    Well not really, its just a choice. 1600mhz should be fine. I'd just get the blue version of the ares ram to match the color scheme.

    The GPU is usually $250, so it's a good deal right now after rebates.

    Here's a link to another good psu that's cheaper:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9
  24. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3mSL8

    Choose whatever ATX case you want. Fastest 1600Mhz kit. 550w is plenty. You could have a 2TB drive for $25 more.
  25. Get the 750w unit mentioned above if its cheap enough for you. I was looking at the lists and didn't see it or I would have added it.
  26. DO NOT get a Corsair CX PSU. You will regret it in 6 months to a year.
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