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$1,000 Budget List - What are you opinions? [First Time Builder]

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June 2, 2014 12:03:44 AM

Hello,

I am new to computer hardware in general, and I am currently trying to achieve my goal of building a computer for a medium amount of gaming, and programming / game design work.

I fear that I may be going overkill with hardware, so I'd like to stay away from upgrading it too much further.

This is my personal first complete parts list, and I spent a decent amount of time on the research, but my opinion/knowledge doesn't match that of the regulars on here.

Here is a link to my Newegg parts list:
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Or just refer to this if you know the hardware:
OS: Windows 8 (covered by school)
Case: CM Storm Trooper (already owned) - Owned
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz - $219.99
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2x 4GB) - $89.99
Mobo: ASUS H97 - $109.99
GPU: GeForce GTX 770 Dual SuperClocked 2GB - $349.99
PSU: CORSAIR RM 750W Full Modular - $129.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - $55.99
SDD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 120GB - $89.99


Thank you all so much for you help. I would appreciate your cold, hard, truth about my parts. I would rather be put down about my part-picking skill than blow hundreds of dollars on parts that aren't balanced, or of good value.

-Adam B
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June 2, 2014 12:16:04 AM

The mobo and cpu don't match. Either change the cpu to 4670K or change the mobo to H97

You only need 600W for the 770. Try a Seasonic 620, Antec HCG 620M or XFX 650

You will only need that cpu cooler if you are using a 4670K

Case? OS?
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June 2, 2014 12:20:00 AM

Not bad but I think we can do better still, with something like this instead

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $996.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 03:18 EDT-0400)
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June 2, 2014 12:22:29 AM

Ok everything else is not overkill, except 3 components:-
The Z97 motherboard for a locked CPU. i5 4670 can't be overclocked so Z97 motherboard is useless untill unless you plan to upgrade on unlocked Haswell Refresh/Haswell i7.

Get a H97 motherboard for i5 4670 like ASUS H97-PLUS

Since i5 4670 can't be overclocked, the stock cooler will do fine but still Hyper 212 evo is much better and will cooler and quiter than stock cooler. So only if you want to save some money then the stock CPU cooler will do fine.

750W PSU is overkill for your system but it will also provide easy path for future upgrades. Also PSU's run most efficient at 50% load than their rated wattage.

If you downgrade these 3 components you can get a SSD or a better GPU while keeping them under $1000 budget
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June 2, 2014 12:29:35 AM

My two cents:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB TurboDuo Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $988.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-02 03:26 EDT-0400)

The CPU is technically an i7-4770 with a bit lower clocks (~3% difference in performance) and no integrated graphics.
The GPU is one of the cheaper R9 290s, but it has a fairly high clockspeed.
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June 2, 2014 12:35:50 AM

maktovic said:
Ok everything else is not overkill, except 3 components:-
The Z97 motherboard for a locked CPU. i5 4670 can't be overclocked so Z97 motherboard is useless untill unless you plan to upgrade on unlocked Haswell Refresh/Haswell i7.

Get a H97 motherboard for i5 4670 like ASUS H97-PLUS

Since i5 4670 can't be overclocked, the stock cooler will do fine but still Hyper 212 evo is much better and will cooler and quiter than stock cooler. So only if you want to save some money then the stock CPU cooler will do fine.

750W PSU is overkill for your system but it will also provide easy path for future upgrades. Also PSU's run most efficient at 50% load than their rated wattage.

If you downgrade these 3 components you can get a SSD or a better GPU while keeping them under $1000 budget



Thanks. I've adjusted my lists accordingly. I chose to swap my mobo for a $40 savings instead of paying $20 more for the K series CPU.

As for the PSU, I'm kind of on the fence about lowering the wattage further, since I plan on upgrading this computer in the future.

I have also tossed the fan.

Thank you both for your fast responses so far.
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June 2, 2014 12:39:56 AM

Thanks for the solution Nuckles_56, but it's up to Adam B to decide who gets the solution, that's why I unselected it.

@Adam B: You can just use the stock fan that comes with the CPU since you're not overclocking.
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June 2, 2014 12:45:42 AM

Stock cooler of i5 4670 will keep the optimum temperatures with standard airflow in case
So you dont need CM hyper 212 Evo

The better option will be not to buy Hyper 212 Evo for now.

Just use the stock cooler. If you notice that you'r getting high CPU temperatures then you can opt for aftermarket CPU cooler. But I highly doubt you'll need it for i5 4670. With just 2 or 3 cabinet fans installed in case, the stock CPU cooler will do its job very well

About the PSU as I have already mentioned that with a higher wattage PSU(and obviously decent quality too) it will be easy to upgrade your build without having compatibility issues and most PSU's run maximum efficient at 50% load than their rated wattage which helps in cutting electricity bills and also have positive effect on its durability
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June 2, 2014 1:15:34 AM

maktovic said:
Stock cooler of i5 4670 will keep the optimum temperatures with standard airflow in case
So you dont need CM hyper 212 Evo

The better option will be not to buy Hyper 212 Evo for now.

Just use the stock cooler. If you notice that you'r getting high CPU temperatures then you can opt for aftermarket CPU cooler. But I highly doubt you'll need it for i5 4670. With just 2 or 3 cabinet fans installed in case, the stock CPU cooler will do its job very well

About the PSU as I have already mentioned that with a higher wattage PSU(and obviously decent quality too) it will be easy to upgrade your build without having compatibility issues and most PSU's run maximum efficient at 50% load than their rated wattage which helps in cutting electricity bills and also have positive effect on its durability



Thank you all so much for your extremely helpful posts.

New changes to my parts list:
-Swapped 2TB HDD with 1TB HDD. Added 120GB SSD.
-Dropped Fan
-Swapped mobo

Here is my current list, thanks to you all:

OS: Windows 8 (covered by school)
Case: CM Storm Trooper (already owned) - Owned
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz - $219.99
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2x 4GB) - $89.99
Mobo: ASUS H97 - $109.99
GPU: GeForce GTX 770 Dual SuperClocked 2GB - $349.99
PSU: CORSAIR RM 750W Full Modular - $129.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - $55.99
SDD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 120GB - $89.99


Total Cost: $1,044 (I can deal with $44 over budget!)

You all have been extremely helpful.

Does anyone have any final thoughts on this list before I make the buy?
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June 2, 2014 1:23:39 AM

great build, If I were you, I would forget the HDD And get more SSD space (EVO 250GB), if you plan to store things on the SSD. If later on get an external USB 3 HDD. I find 120GB isn't enough but your decision that is. Everything else is great.
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June 2, 2014 1:24:15 AM

You are good to go :D 

120GB SSD is perfect for intalling an OS and few games and softwares too

You can always go higher but you will get what you pay for
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June 2, 2014 12:43:23 PM

Thank you so much Maktovic, i7Baby, Nuckles_56, and Eduello for your advice and information. You all have been extremely helpful.

I will be sure to follow up on the build here once I get the parts!

- Adam B
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