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July 9, 2014 6:23:08 PM

I've built to 2 pc's for myself in the past but haven't done too well in keeping up with the latest CPU's and GPU's so any help would be greatly appreciated. His price tag is 1000-1200, also the main use is for gaming. Components are listed below:

CPU: Intel i5-4590 $219
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $39
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 $189
Memory: Kingston DDR3 8gb (2x4gb) 1600mhz $99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1tb $68
GPU: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB $219
Case: Bitfenix Shinobi $79
PSU: Antec TruePower 650w 80+ Gold Certified $125
Optical: Samsung DVD Writer $22
OS: Windows 8 64-bit $110
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN951N $29

Thanks in advance

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July 9, 2014 6:26:56 PM

I'm not really sure, but I think it's better if you go with an R9 290X which goes for about 320$ (It gives a huuuuge advantage and it's heaps better than the 270) and I5-4770K which can be overclocked in the future. (for a bit more cash ofc :D ) you also want to get an SSD its crucial for load times makes them faster as for PSU I think it's overpriced :D  might wanna re-consider that
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July 9, 2014 6:31:12 PM

R9 290x does not go for 320$ lol more like $500
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July 9, 2014 6:33:25 PM

Wendeng said:
R9 290x does not go for 320$ lol more like $500


Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon) Lols 500? You serious
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July 9, 2014 6:37:48 PM

You said R9 290X thats a r9 290 NON X
Also that isnt $320
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July 9, 2014 6:41:18 PM

Wendeng said:
You said R9 290X thats a r9 290 NON X
Also that isnt $320


OHH sozzz mate, didn't notice that, still if he could fit it in it's better for the long run. :) ! Thanks for correcting :) 
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July 9, 2014 6:53:41 PM

CustomPc said:
I'm not really sure, but I think it's better if you go with an R9 290X which goes for about 320$ (It gives a huuuuge advantage and it's heaps better than the 270) and I5-4770K which can be overclocked in the future. (for a bit more cash ofc :D ) you also want to get an SSD its crucial for load times makes them faster as for PSU I think it's overpriced :D  might wanna re-consider that


Sorry I forgot to mention that I am in Australia and prices are a lot more here, like the 290x is 600 or more. The 4770K is about $100 extra and also he wont be overclocking thats for sure. I was thinking about SSD because i have one and I love it but I felt its a bit out his price range, if I were to convince him to get a 120gb SSD, what woudl you reccommend. Also most 650w psu that are 80+ certified are going to be above $100.

Thanks for the quick response.
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July 9, 2014 6:57:31 PM

sk-jb93 said:
CustomPc said:
I'm not really sure, but I think it's better if you go with an R9 290X which goes for about 320$ (It gives a huuuuge advantage and it's heaps better than the 270) and I5-4770K which can be overclocked in the future. (for a bit more cash ofc :D ) you also want to get an SSD its crucial for load times makes them faster as for PSU I think it's overpriced :D  might wanna re-consider that


Sorry I forgot to mention that I am in Australia and prices are a lot more here, like the 290x is 600 or more. The 4770K is about $100 extra and also he wont be overclocking thats for sure. I was thinking about SSD because i have one and I love it but I felt its a bit out his price range, if I were to convince him to get a 120gb SSD, what woudl you reccommend. Also most 650w psu that are 80+ certified are going to be above $100.

Thanks for the quick response.


PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg) I guess this one is in your price range :) ! oh then forget about the r9 290 and the 4770k if he wont overclock, build should run BF4 online with 50+ FPS imo, so it's pretty fine the way it is, just add an SSD it works miracles
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July 9, 2014 7:12:39 PM

CustomPc said:
sk-jb93 said:
CustomPc said:
I'm not really sure, but I think it's better if you go with an R9 290X which goes for about 320$ (It gives a huuuuge advantage and it's heaps better than the 270) and I5-4770K which can be overclocked in the future. (for a bit more cash ofc :D ) you also want to get an SSD its crucial for load times makes them faster as for PSU I think it's overpriced :D  might wanna re-consider that


Sorry I forgot to mention that I am in Australia and prices are a lot more here, like the 290x is 600 or more. The 4770K is about $100 extra and also he wont be overclocking thats for sure. I was thinking about SSD because i have one and I love it but I felt its a bit out his price range, if I were to convince him to get a 120gb SSD, what woudl you reccommend. Also most 650w psu that are 80+ certified are going to be above $100.

Thanks for the quick response.


PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg) I guess this one is in your price range :) ! oh then forget about the r9 290 and the 4770k if he wont overclock, build should run BF4 online with 50+ FPS imo, so it's pretty fine the way it is, just add an SSD it works miracles


I look into the SSD and I'll see if I can convince him. thanks for the help!!
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