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~$800 gaming build, which Core i5 to get?

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July 4, 2014 8:00:34 PM

Hi guys, I've been researching for a while now to get a good setup for my first PC, and there have been many different opinions on which CPU to get. I plan to use this build pretty much for gaming, and the games I run I believe to be more CPU-intensive (WoW, DayZ, Skyrim). I have never overclocked before, and am not very knowledgeable with getting the most out of parts, etc (though I would be willing to learn). I was going for this setup so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sN3K23
Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor - $200
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler - $37
MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard - $120
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $75
Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card - $190
Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case - $70
SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply - $90
LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer - $17

I have:
Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (1920x1200)
Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Total: $798 Before taxes, ~$850 after tax

Some people suggested I drop down to lower CPU & mobo, such as the 4590S, while upping my grahics card. I would like this build to last me a while, and even if I don't overclock, it looks like the 4690k has been getting excellent reviews (also has higher 'clock rate' without overclocking to begin with? 3.5GHz vs 3.0), and the MicroCenter bundle with the mobo makes this setup around $60 more expensive... would it really be better to go with a better graphics card? I also tend to have a ton of stuff running at once, completely using up my CPU and Ram capabilities (dual-core E8400 & 4GB RAM), so I'd like to ensure that it will not be a problem.

On a related note, I'd like to have the build have a blue accent, which the currently selected mobo does not have (it's red) - I have seen mixed reviews on the ASRock z97 Extreme4, which IS blue... has anyone had any experience with that?

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July 4, 2014 9:11:28 PM

Yep that was me. I would be better and last longer to get the 4590s + 280x.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590S 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: MSI H97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB IceQ X² Video Card ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Micro Center)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $789.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available




I know the 4590s it kind of an odd choice, but microcenter has it for $169 which is a steal. It does turbo @ 3.7ghz so it's not as weak as it seems.
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July 4, 2014 10:49:47 PM

What do you mean by last longer? Wouldn't the 4690k and z97 parts last longer because they are more recent? And what is/how do you turbo a CPU?
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July 5, 2014 8:33:27 AM

The 4590s and 4690k were released about the same time. They are both Haswell refresh chips. Same thing with the Z97 and H97 motherboards.
The system with the 280x will last longer because it is much better than the 270x. Any i5 will last longer than any video card so it's good to get the best video card you can afford. Turbo is something that happens automatically when extra power is needed and there is thermal headroom available. All i5s have turbo.
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July 5, 2014 1:11:04 PM

I see... So what exactly is the difference between the 4590 and 4590s? I know cpuboss is supposedly unreliable, but it's showing that the 4590 actually outperforms the 4590s http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4590S-vs-Intel-Co... .

And since this is not an overclocking CPU, I should get an H97 Mobo, right?
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July 5, 2014 1:55:28 PM

The 4590s is the low watt version of the 4590. The 4590 is a little better but I could not find it on the microcenter website. The 4590s happened to be the one on sale. That is why I recommended it. Yes I recommend the H97 motherboard.
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July 5, 2014 7:53:11 PM

Oh wow the i5 4590 for $159 is an AWESOME deal. That was not there when I looked. You definitely should go for that.
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