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$1400 gaming build is at $1200 what would you guys add/change?

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May 31, 2014 10:58:13 PM

Hello community!

Here is my build so far http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/fVzqhM
I would love some feedback!

Here is some information:

I'm from Canada.
I'm not interested in overclocking since I have never overclock before and I have heard it will not improve gaming significantly. (Would like some feedback if I should invest time learning how to o/c.)
Interested in playing and streaming mainly League of Legends, some Diablo3 and Starcraft2.
Want to dual monitor (1080p maybe higher).
One monitor is for the game itself, the other for stream options, playlist etc.
I do not need a hard drive for storage.
Budget is $1400.

Thank you for your time!
May 31, 2014 11:04:15 PM

DiogogB said:
Hello community!

Here is my build so far http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/fVzqhM
I would love some feedback!

Here is some information:

I'm from Canada.
I'm not interested in overclocking since I have never overclock before and I have heard it will not improve gaming significantly. (Would like some feedback if I should invest time learning how to o/c.)
Interested in playing and streaming mainly League of Legends, some Diablo3 and Starcraft2.
Want to dual monitor (1080p maybe higher).
One monitor is for the game itself, the other for stream options, playlist etc.
I do not need a hard drive for storage.
Budget is $1400.

Thank you for your time!


If you will not overclock,better dump the Z97 board cuz you will waste the oc capability.With a non-K processor like that,getting an H87 or H97 board is the best choice.Other parts should do good especially the Seasonic PSU.
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May 31, 2014 11:07:54 PM

The only thing about the H97 is that is not compatible with the 1866 RAM
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May 31, 2014 11:12:28 PM

I upgraded the cpu to an i7(Xeon) and upgraded the 280x to a 290


PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/rhBw7P
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/rhBw7P/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/rhBw7P/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($284.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.77 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($449.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1390.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-01 02:11 EDT-0400)



The Z97 only supports 1866mhz RAM in overclocked form. Same as any H87/97 or B85 chipset.
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May 31, 2014 11:13:28 PM

DiogogB said:
The only thing about the H97 is that is not compatible with the 1866 RAM


Some mobos have different ram operating speeds so choosing the right one is a must.There are other boards out there but it all comes down to personal preference.
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May 31, 2014 11:23:21 PM

what is the benefit of Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz? compared to an I5? thanks
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May 31, 2014 11:26:42 PM

That seems like a good build.

Also, check this build out : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/scVJt6


It has a r9 290, which is gaster than the 280x, and little changes here and there. I didnt change the case, as the case was perfectly fine and i dont know which case u like.




I dont know why arent you interested in overclocking. I would suggest you only overclock the GPU. Its very, very simple. You just download a program and adjust some sliders. Thats all.
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May 31, 2014 11:27:23 PM

It supports hyper-threading as well as stuff specifically for servers (ECC memory and stuff). It's essentially an Intel Core i7 without being able to overclock and also has stuff designed for server use.
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May 31, 2014 11:42:02 PM

alright maybe I will look more into o/c but will it help in gaming? most people say the performance difference is not significant
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May 31, 2014 11:42:07 PM

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what is the benefit of Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz? compared to an I5? thanks


It is an i7 4770 with a disabled igpu which you don't need anyway. It's an amazing value because it's around the same price as the upper end i5s.
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May 31, 2014 11:47:05 PM

I kicked myself because I got an Intel Core i5 instead of the Xeon :/ 
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June 1, 2014 12:06:24 AM

so i i dont o/c my cpu is 1866 ram useless? compared to 1600?
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June 1, 2014 12:14:54 AM

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so i i dont o/c my cpu is 1866 ram useless? compared to 1600?



There will be no noticeable difference between the two outside of running benchmarks.
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June 1, 2014 12:40:57 AM

DiogogB said:
alright maybe I will look more into o/c but will it help in gaming? most people say the performance difference is not significant



Your perfomance in gaming will increase depending on the game itself. In some games you will get a 2-5 FPS increase while in some games the increase will be of 10 fps and so on.
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June 1, 2014 1:08:26 AM

For one thing, I was referring to overclocking your RAM, not the cpu. If you put 1866mhz RAM in that Z97 motherboard(or any of them actually), it will default to 1600mhz because that's the highest rated speed. You can then overclock that 1866mhz RAM back to 1866mhz(or higher) though if you want. It's a waste of time though as the differences in RAM speeds in gaming is almost nonexistent. To make a long story short. There's no need to pay extra for 1866mhz RAM on gaming.


I am one of the few people on here that does NOT recommend cpu overclocking. It is not a cost effective upgrade at all, and is almost never necessary. You will pay AT MINIMUM an extra $100-125 to overclock. That money is much better spent on getting a better video card, or IMO, a ssd.
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