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a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2014 6:00:01 PM

Hi, I have been looking forward to getting me a good gaming pc for awhile now, something like mid-high settings and fast performance on apps, but I also want it to look great too, so a case with a good side window is important.
I live in the Middle East Bahrain, so I can’t shop on newegg, amazon is good enough but doesn’t ship motherboards to my country.
Approximate Purchase Date: sometime in August
Budget Range: 1300$ with shipping,

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly, hoping to see apps run fast
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: all parts, but dvd drive and internal HDD aren’t really needed
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, and any other site that ships to Bahrain
Location: Middle East Bahrain
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and AMD GPU
Overclocking: Yes, nothing too extreme
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: want a case with a big side window and good air flow, I prefer purple LED’s and lights. Also make sure parts are Amazon Global Eligible in Amazon.

Here are the parts I put together so far:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30 @ Amazon)
Motherboard:
Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM ($73 @ Amazon)
Storage SDD: SDD Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB ($86.40 @ Amazon)
Storage HDD: Already own 2 500GB HDDs
Video Card: XFX Black Edition Double D RADEON R9 290 980MHz 4GB ($392 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax Ostrog ATX Computer Case with Acrylic See-Thru Side Panel, Black/Red ($45 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ($78 @ Amazon)
Case Fans: Corsair Air Series AF120 LED Quiet Edition High Airflow - Purple (2*2 $42 @ Amazon)
Total: $985 + $129 shipping + $5 import fee
Sub Total: $1117 without motherboard

Things I would like to know about this build:
• Should I get a different CPU cooler, maybe a liquid one
• RAM seems ok
• SSD is mainly for OS and apps, maybe a game or two
• Graphic card, don’t know if that’s a good one, want a 290, but I saw some other 290 GPU at the same price, so I just chose that one.
• What do you think about the case, don’t mind spending more for something better
• PSU, is that good enough for OCing and maybe crossfire
• Mobo, need one that’s good for OCing, crossfire and good quality. If cant find a good site to ship to Bahrain, then ill have to choose one from this site which is expensive http://www.advantionline.com/Intel-Motherboards/
Any help and advice will be much appreciated and many thanks in advanced. Hope I have posted in the correct and clear format.

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July 7, 2014 6:51:28 PM

If you are comfortable with liquid cooling, than go for it, otherwise, that cooler should work just fine. The SSD will work fine, but consider the Crucial MX100 258GB, it's on;y $20 more with twice the space and works just as well. (Don't go for the Crucial MX100 128GB version, the write speeds are much slower). The case is fine, although I personally don't like how the side window is not flush with the case. I would recommend the Cooler Master Elite 430
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a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2014 7:49:25 PM

CX power supplies don't have the best reputation, have a look at the Seasonic M12II 620W. It's a top quality PSU that is very good for OCing.
http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-620-BRONZE-SS-620G... ($90)

I wouldn't bother with liquid cooling. It's more expensive and for the average user, the CM 212 EVO is sufficient for for OCing.

I would get the Gigabyte r9 290 Windforce. It has slightly higher core clock, and it has a very good, quiet cooler.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-4GB-2xDVI-Graphics... ($394)

I would stick with the Enermax case. The CM 430 available around the same price as the Enermax is not the USB 3.0 version. Also the CM 430 and 431 don't have the best reviews and from what i've read cable management is lacking too.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2014 8:04:53 PM

Those motherboards don't look too expensive. Take the Z97X Fatal1ty Killer for example, subtract about $30 in shipping and $15 in tax and you're looking at about $167, the same price as in the US.
http://www.advantionline.com/ASRock-Fatal1ty-Z97X-Kille...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2014 9:36:07 PM

techpilot said:
If you are comfortable with liquid cooling, than go for it, otherwise, that cooler should work just fine. The SSD will work fine, but consider the Crucial MX100 258GB, it's on;y $20 more with twice the space and works just as well. (Don't go for the Crucial MX100 128GB version, the write speeds are much slower). The case is fine, although I personally don't like how the side window is not flush with the case. I would recommend the Cooler Master Elite 430



thanks, the Crucial MX100 258GB seem to be a far better choice for only $20 extra
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a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2014 9:40:48 PM

byza said:
CX power supplies don't have the best reputation, have a look at the Seasonic M12II 620W. It's a top quality PSU that is very good for OCing.
http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-620-BRONZE-SS-620G... ($90)

I wouldn't bother with liquid cooling. It's more expensive and for the average user, the CM 212 EVO is sufficient for for OCing.

I would get the Gigabyte r9 290 Windforce. It has slightly higher core clock, and it has a very good, quiet cooler.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-4GB-2xDVI-Graphics... ($394)

I would stick with the Enermax case. The CM 430 available around the same price as the Enermax is not the USB 3.0 version. Also the CM 430 and 431 don't have the best reviews and from what i've read cable management is lacking too.


at first i did go with the GB windforce, it was for $360 two days ago, i also did want the 430 and read that cable managment isnt that good.

about the power supply, would 620W be enough for overclocking and maybe some extra LEDs and light for the case. low probablity i might crossfire, but i dont think ill gain much for the extra price.

this was my first choice for a PSU
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-RBR1000-M-1000-Watt-Cert...

but at $130 i thought i should get something cheaper

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a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2014 9:41:59 PM

byza said:
Those motherboards don't look too expensive. Take the Z97X Fatal1ty Killer for example, subtract about $30 in shipping and $15 in tax and you're looking at about $167, the same price as in the US.
http://www.advantionline.com/ASRock-Fatal1ty-Z97X-Kille...



does that mobo good for OCing, price is within my budget, so thats good.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2014 5:18:24 AM

Yes that mobo will do for OC.

The 620W will do any power any overclocking and modding you want, but if you want to Crossfire you'll need a bit more power. If you want to X-fire, you should look at the Seasonic M12II 850W as a cheap option. Getting 1000w is a bit overkill, and your probably not getting the best components if you're looking for a cheaper option.
http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-850-BRONZE-Power-S...

Here is a list that ranks quality of PSUs
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-su...
Ideally you want a tier 1, but tier 2a or 2b are fine for most people, tier 3 is still ok if you don't really want to OC but you shouldn't go below that.

Unfortunately with the price range you're looking at for your case, and the added restriction of shipping, all of the cases have negative trade offs. I don't want to tell you to get one case or another, you're going to have to decide which features you can live with. Read some reviews of any cases you want, even Newegg reviews can paint a pretty good picture of what to expect. Personally I'd look to spend around $80 and get a NZXT Phantom 410, or a Coarsair Carbide 300R Windowed Edition.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2014 5:29:06 AM

MEM - Those are DDR3-1600 CL10 modules which are high latency. "Standard" are CL9 and can be found for the same price as the Kingston modules you listed.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=301600&Z=819200...

CASE + FANS - If you are OK with a total spend of $90 there are better options.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001wt

PSU - The Seasonic 620w is a great choice. Just to reiterate... No CX line from Corsair.

MB - ASUS Z97-A is a good balance between performance and price.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z97a

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