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Help with Building a PC - First Timer

I'm ordering parts tomorrow and I wanted to ask the community and make sure that this is a good build.

Here's what I have in my cart:

Intel Core i7-4790 Haswell Quad-Core 3.6GHz LGA 1150 84W
XFX R7-260X-ZNJ4 Core Edition Radeon R7 260X 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
EVGA 100-W1-0430-KR 430W ATX12V / EPS12V 80
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel Mid Tower Computer Case
Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224DB/RSBS

Please let me know what you think, if there's anything I'm missing, and so on. I don't want to run into any walls when I actually sit down to build this thing.
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  1. Eh, it's okay. PSU is not good. GPU is a bit weak. What is the build for? I think money could've been better allocated.
  2. Gaming and audio production mainly. Can you recommend a cheap and better PSU? I could get an R9 instead of the R7 but that would mean dropping the i7 for an i5. Also I think I'm set on the case, unless it would make more sense to get the 200R and pick up a couple fans with it.
  3. I think the i5 will be fine for you use case. Intel Core i5-4690K + Corsair 300R. With the money saved, you can get a better GPU. For PSU, I would say that a XFX TS 550W is both affordable and very quality unit. Depending on your country of residency, I'm not sure if it's available to you.
  4. OK, I swapped the CPU, the case, and swapped the R7 260X for an R9 270X. But as far as the PSU goes, I can get it for $35 on sale and the XFX TS 550 is $70, so I'm not sure what to do there.

    Also, will the 300R's 2 fans be enough or will I have to get an extra fan? I really like the 500R, I may have to get that.
  5. The power supply is the one component that you do NOT skimp on. A poor power supply can cause issues for you in the long run, such as not providing enough power so you'll have to replace it anyway, doesn't handle load well so you experience periodic restarts, it catch fire, or even destroys your other computer components.

    $70 is a bit expensive for the XFX TS 550W though. Where do you live?
  6. Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
    XFX Double D R9-270X-CDFC Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-8GXM
  7. Best answer
    Cheetos said:

    They are both the same in terms of quality. Also, all of XFX's PSU are manufactured by Seasonic. Having said that, the Seasonic PSU is not Haswell-certified and the XFX one is. The Seasonic PSU will still work, but you will have to disable the CL6/CL7 Haswell states.


    Cheetos said:
    Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
    XFX Double D R9-270X-CDFC Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-8GXM

    Looks good. The only change I would make is to get the R9 270X from Gigabyte, Asus, or Sapphire. The coolers on those are better than the Double-D that XFX uses.
  8. Thanks
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