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June 12, 2014 7:40:09 PM

I am going to use this PC for software development (mainly using Eclipse and Visual Studio), running a virtual machine (not more than one at a time) and have a million tabs open in a couple of browsers.
In the future I will add a good GPU for playing games like Battlefield 4 and GTA 5 on medium graphics so this PC should handle that.
There's a good chance that another stick of 8GB RAM will be added in a couple of months.
I don't archive a lot of data so the 250GB SSD should be enough. It will have dual boot for windows 8 and linux.
It has to be quiet and have as many dust filters as it takes to maximally reduce the dust build-up inside the case. I consider to change the case to Nanoxia Deep silence 1 if that will considerably lower dust build-up and noise.
No overclocking and no SLI/Crossfire is needed.
The goal is to buy a PC that will run smoothly for at least 3-4 years. Please explain if you think its wiser to lower the specs and upgrade the PC when parts will become cheaper.
I already exceeded my initial budget by a little :) 
I can only go up a little for a better case and better air flow inside it to achieve a positive air pressure.

What I came up with so far:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/69gzFT

CPU: Intel Core i5 4690 3.5Ghz 6MB L3 Cache s1150 - Tray
CPU COOLING: Arctic Freezer i11
MOBO: Asus H87-PRO
RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL10 - 1.5v - PC3-12800 - HyperX Fury Series - 8192MB - HX316C10F/8
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO Series MZ-7TE250BW 250GB SSD SATA III
PSU: SeaSonic S12G-550 550W Gold Active PFC 12cm Fan PSU
CASE: Antec P100

Suggestions to make it cheaper while still meeting my needs and any tips on how to achieve what I mentioned above will be greatly appreciated.
June 12, 2014 8:42:35 PM

Your parts would work.
I have a few suggestions.

1. For quiet, a 92mm fan on the af 11 is not so great. Buy a cm hyper212 with a 120mm fan or a noctua.

2. Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
That is why ram vendors will NOT support ram that is not bought in one kit.
Although, I think the problem has lessened with the newer Intel chipsets. Still,
it is safer to get what you need in one kit.
I suggest you buy your 16gb kit of 2 x 8gb up front.
3. I think the case is fine. It has room for two intake fans behind filters. That gives you a positive pressure ventilation so all intake air is filtered. That is as good as it gets.
For good info on quiet computing go to http://www.silentpcreview.com/article75-page5.html
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June 12, 2014 10:04:23 PM

I agree with the second post, get a 16 GB kit. Additionally, it might be worth upgrading your CPU to an i7 4770k, as that will give better performance for what you described. Also, if you want to get an aftermarket CPU cooler, get a CM hyper 212 evo. They are known as one of the best CPU coolers for a reason. The SSD looks fine but consider upgrading the PSU to this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx750
It will give room to upgrade and run multiple cards.
That is a nice case, stick with it.
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June 12, 2014 11:10:56 PM

What is your budget?




The SeaSonic 550w Gold is way way way better than the Corsair CX750w.
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June 13, 2014 9:09:21 AM

Unfortunately I already exceeded my initial budget of 700$ so currently I am trying to make it a little cheaper unless you got a great tip for improvement for the long run.

I am buying the pc in Israel (for ease and speed of replacement\warranty..) so everything is more expensive here. The build I mentioned above is 300$ more expensive here!

1. SSD prices are going down. Do you think its better to buy 120GB, use it for at least six months or until I'm near 75% capacity and then buy another one when the same volume SSD becomes much cheaper?

2. geofelt, let me get this straight. You are saying that even if I buy the exact stick of RAM with the same model number in 6 months I won't get support?
What else am I risking here? less performance, the two sticks refusing to work together...?
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June 13, 2014 9:29:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f3drYJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f3drYJ/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590S 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $592.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 12:27 EDT-0400




I don't understand what geofelt is talking about with the RAM. All ddr3 RAM should work together. I know a guy that has four 4GB sticks in his computer and all for of them are different companies and they are all different speeds too. It works just fine.
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June 29, 2014 4:13:50 PM

Sorry for the up from somewhere deep down in earths crust but I didn't find much reviews on this board since it's relatively new..
Does anyone have experience with Gigabyte's GA-Z97-D3H?
I'm almost sure that I'm not going to OC,SLI and CF but I do want a durable, long lasting mother board I'll game on with R9 280x GPU and I5-4690.

Some pc builders claim Z series mobos are higher quality than H series mobos. That Z series have higher quality components and are longer lasting.
What's your take on this?
Specifically, if we compared GA-Z97-D3H and GA-H97-D3H would you say that for my purposes the Z97 is preferable?
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June 29, 2014 4:56:14 PM

There are only two reasons to get a Z motherboard. Overclocking and multiple video card setups. Build quality between the H97 and Z97 are the same until you get into the REALLY expensive Z motherboards. All of the sub $200 boards from the 4 major brands are relatively the same.



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Specifically, if we compared GA-Z97-D3H and GA-H97-D3H would you say that for my purposes the Z97 is preferable?


No. You would be wasting money getting the Z97 in your case.
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June 30, 2014 2:20:39 AM

A third reason to get a Z motherboard would be perhaps support for future upgrade to RAM faster than 1600Mhz ?
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June 30, 2014 2:29:43 AM

Eh even the most expensive Z97s are still capped at 1600mhz max without overclocking the RAM. Many H97 boards offer memory overclocking as well.
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June 30, 2014 3:09:51 AM

I see. Got any other recommendations for a durable 9 series Asus/Gigabyte mobo for a long term build under 140$ and preferably around 115$-125$ ?
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