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May 28, 2014 2:56:15 PM

Help me decide between two builds. The first one is for running Hackintosh and the second is for running Windows and overclocking. Both will be used for video editing and gaming.

The Hackintosh:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $803.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 17:52 EDT-0400)

The Windows:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($86.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $743.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 17:54 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2014 3:44:10 PM

The Hackintosh, is going to be better. Quite a bit better.

Hackintosh's pros
1: Its Intel (Intel has better CPUs)
2: The processor is going to be better (Or same)
3: Better graphics card

The Windows pros
1: Has cooler for CPU
2: More RAM (Isn't going to give any fps boost in games)
3: Has an optical drive

The Hackintosh is going to be better all around. Better CPU and GPU, and those are the 2 major components in a computer for performance.

And may I suggest a Build?
Its slightly better than the Intel build you put together. Idk if it would work with mac os tho.
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a c 374 4 Gaming
May 28, 2014 3:47:23 PM

i would go for the first build. it can run dual boot hackintosh + windows
make it dual channel ram 2x 4GB

btw you can use new haswell refresh + 97 series mobo. like this one

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $815.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 19:03 EDT-0400)
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May 28, 2014 4:01:02 PM

btw I want the price to stay around where it's at.
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May 28, 2014 4:14:54 PM

SnakeGTX said:
The Hackintosh, is going to be better. Quite a bit better.

Hackintosh's pros
1: Its Intel (Intel has better CPUs)
2: The processor is going to be better (Or same)
3: Better graphics card

The Windows pros
1: Has cooler for CPU
2: More RAM (Isn't going to give any fps boost in games)
3: Has an optical drive

The Hackintosh is going to be better all around. Better CPU and GPU, and those are the 2 major components in a computer for performance.

And may I suggest a Build?
Its slightly better than the Intel build you put together. Idk if it would work with mac os tho.


I meant to add an optical drive to the Hackintosh. It would be the same one as the windows
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May 28, 2014 4:16:21 PM

AMD Radeon said:
i would go for the first build. it can run dual boot hackintosh + windows
make it dual channel ram 2x 4GB

btw you can use new haswell refresh + 97 series mobo. like this one

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $815.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 19:03 EDT-0400)


I want 1x8 for the memory because I plan on upgrading eventually to a 16gb
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May 28, 2014 4:26:16 PM

Ok for Hackintosh what one is the best:

#1
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $815.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 19:04 EDT-0400)

#2
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.09 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ACX Video Card ($249.95 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $703.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 19:06 EDT-0400)
(this one will include same monitor as #1 and #3)

#3
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.20 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2360SD 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $803.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 19:08 EDT-0400)

For #1 the Memory needs to be changed because I want 1x8 so I can add another 8 easily
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2014 4:35:10 PM

#1 Build

Pros: Has better CPU than Build #3

Cons: Bad brand motherboard, case, and monitor.


#2 Build

Pros: Best CPU, better brand GPU (better cooler), has room for another RAM stick in the future.

Cons: Has no monitor.

#3 Build

Pros: Has room for another RAM stick in the future.

Cons: Bad brand case and monitor.
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May 28, 2014 4:47:09 PM

SnakeGTX said:
#1 Build

Pros: Has better CPU than Build #3

Cons: Bad brand motherboard, case, and monitor.


#2 Build

Pros: Best CPU, better brand GPU (better cooler), has room for another RAM stick in the future.

Cons: Has no monitor.

#3 Build

Pros: Has room for another RAM stick in the future.

Cons: Bad brand case and monitor.


Ok. For #2 could you recommend a monitor that would keep me under $825
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May 28, 2014 6:18:53 PM

And all the prices went up. Probably from the end of memorial day sale. I'll wait for a sale before I buy
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May 28, 2014 6:20:43 PM

I went with the first one you suggested
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