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Need new build advice, come judge me and my part list

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June 20, 2014 8:23:21 PM

I'm looking to put together a new desktop for general everyday use, movie watching and moderate gaming that'll be attached to a pair of 1920x1200 monitors (Dell U2412M). I'm more or less a novice at this, and I've put together an initial build list below on which I'm now welcoming more expert advice. I should point out that I live in Canada, the land of stupidly higher prices. Ideally, I wanted to build something closer to $1000 but this kind of got away from me. If nothing stands out as horrible, some specific things I'm wondering about right now (other than "when will my current computer explode and kill me") include:

1. Is the PSU overkill? Should I drop to a 550?
2. The room it'll be in gets really hot in the summer. Should I consider more case fans than the ones included with the 350D?
3. Are there any better alternatives out there I've overlooked in the same or cheaper price range? Does anything seem like a poor choice or a waste?

I have zero interest in overclocking, so keep that in mind if you're going to recommend a different CPU/mobo. ATX vs mATX (and so the case, too) is also possibly still undecided, but I've been steadily warming to the idea of a smaller PC for once even if it means higher noise levels (I'm used to having super heavy, quiet cases).

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/rh9pmG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/rh9pmG/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.17)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.58 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus H97M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($131.51 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.58 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($207.57 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($250.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($112.35 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($128.78 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($83.98 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($118.54 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1495.94

(Additional storage: Two WD Caviar Black 3.5" HDDs, coming from previous Win7 PC)
June 20, 2014 8:53:36 PM

That's an interesting idea. You think I'd get better overall performance taking from the CPU and putting more into the GPU?
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June 20, 2014 9:01:06 PM

Yep. That Xeon is the same oomph as an i7. You don't need an i7 to run a gaming pc. Am i5 is pleanty. And it doesn't ahve to be an overclcoking i5.

Look at - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-budg...

using an i3 to run a gtx 770!. So maybe even an i3 if you want. I'd still like an i5.
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June 20, 2014 9:40:29 PM

Okay, I'm going to tweak some stuff and I'll be back. I agree, though: i5 is as low as I'd like to go.

I might also test a couple of builds on the US site for pricing and just drive them across the border myself if it's worth it. Thanks for your help!
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