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June 23, 2014 6:37:34 PM

Hello! I'm about to order the parts to my first gaming pc, but I would like some constructive criticism on my PC before I order the parts, if there is anything you would change, please let me know. Thanks! And here it is:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Epicpanda64/saved/BHCD4D

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June 23, 2014 6:40:50 PM

It's a good build but I recommend getting the Z97 asus version of that mobo and waiting two more days for i5 4690K (devils canyon) to come out. This gives you far better support for future technologies and also a slightly faster system.

And also get vengeance pro memory, the newer pro versions have better heatsinks.
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June 23, 2014 6:47:25 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xnv7pg
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xnv7pg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xnv7pg/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($147.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.95 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1303.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 23, 2014 6:49:01 PM

TechyInAZ said:
It's a good build but I recommend getting the Z97 asus version of that mobo and waiting two more days for i5 4690K (devils canyon) to come out. This gives you far better support for future technologies and also a slightly faster system.

And also get vengeance pro memory, the newer pro versions have better heatsinks.


For the most part i agree though if budget is a concern i would stick with the build you have CPU/mobo wise and put the money in a better GPU...personally i am not a fan of AMD's GPU's as of late. I would go with an nvidia equivlant like a gtx 760 or if you can a gtx 770. AMD's GPU drivers, while slowly getting better, stink IMO. Wrecking what could be a great series of GPU's.
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