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May 14, 2014 8:09:43 AM

Doing my homework on the best for the money for each component to come up with this list

Tell me where I can save money please. For my boys new system.


CPU
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54570

MOBO
MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards H87-G43

GPU
Gigabyte R9 270 GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card (GV-R927OC-2GD​)

HD
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

PS
XFX XPS-750W-BES ATX12V & EPS12​V Modular Power Supply

Case
Antec P280 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600​C9

Case Fan
Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/130mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail


May 14, 2014 8:22:28 AM

Well since you are not planning to OC based on components I would say you have too strong fan for CPU.
NH-D14 is one of best if not the best air cooler but 1st its too bulky and 2nd high price. You may do with much cheaper one. Try to check Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO
Many people recommend them as one with good cooling power not so noisy and lot smaller and also price is +- half of NH-D14. (NH-D14 will be still superior in matter of cooling and noise but it's not so big difference if you do not OC)

Other than that, maybe you can find some cheaper 1600 Ram or look for some good deal. Vengeance are good but are on that higher end of price range.
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May 14, 2014 8:24:57 AM

What is your total budget for this build?

What you have is a good start but there are some unbalanced portions. For instance, if you want your son to be able to overclock then you would need the i5 4670k but if you don't plan to OC then the Noctual NH-D14 is overkill and not needed on a no OC build (stock cooler would work fine).

The power supply is good, but too much for the build you posted. A good 550w-650w power supply would be more than enough, stick to the 750w XFX if you plan to crossfire another 270x in the future.
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May 14, 2014 8:41:33 AM

numanator said:
What is your total budget for this build?

What you have is a good start but there are some unbalanced portions. For instance, if you want your son to be able to overclock then you would need the i5 4670k but if you don't plan to OC then the Noctual NH-D14 is overkill and not needed on a no OC build (stock cooler would work fine).

The power supply is good, but too much for the build you posted. A good 550w-650w power supply would be more than enough, stick to the 750w XFX if you plan to crossfire another 270x in the future.


Sorry for lack of info,

I wanted to stay as low as I could and still get him a build that he can do what he wants with.

He plays BF4, Rust, D3, WOW, etc. And this all started because I bought him a web cam to start up a twitch channel with, and start creating some youtube videos.

His pc has always been my hand me down gaming rigs and the current one will not even run OBS with his game playing and camera recording at the same time.

thanks all!
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May 14, 2014 8:43:43 AM

you can definitely drop the Noctua NH-D14 as you have locked cpu and you won't be overclocking and you can put that money towards a better graphics card like GTX 760 and if you really want cpu cooler other then the stock cooler you can go with hyper 212 evo like pm4 suggested also you do not need 750w you will be fine with a 550w...here is the build i put together based off of your parts just changed couple of things and threw in a ssd

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $873.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 11:43 EDT-0400)

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May 14, 2014 8:50:14 AM

you can start from this template
pretty much the same with your original plan. with better price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($162.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $629.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 11:48 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 14, 2014 8:57:41 AM

Made a few other tweaks:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $860.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 11:57 EDT-0400)

No need for the cpu cooler if you are not OCing.

One of the advantages to the gtx760 over something like the r9 280 (non-x) is that the nvidia cards have shadowplay that your son can use to record his gameplay.
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