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July 24, 2014 9:48:33 PM

Im trying to build a gaming PC, there is no much items to choose from in the market where i live, here is what i find best and would make a good build (for my budget)
plz tell me what u think, i sorted each category according to what i think fits better but feel free to rebuild it :) 



Processor:
Intel Core I5 4460 Haswell 3.2GHz 6M LGA 1150
Intel Core I5-4440 Haswell 3.1GHz 6M LGA 1150

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2PV LGA 1150
Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2PH LGA 1150

Ram:
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Team Xtreem Dark 8GB (2 X 4GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5V

Hard Disk
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 SATA 6Gb/s HDD
Western Digital (WD) Caviar BLUE WD10EZEX 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM

GPU:
MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING 3GB
MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC GTX 760 Twin Frozr Gaming 2GB GDDR5 + Watch Dogs Game
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 WindForce 3X OC


Case:
Aerocool PGS V VS-9 Windows Mid Tower Case
ZALMAN Z1 Mid Tower Case
Thermaltake V3 BLACX EDITION Mid Tower Desktop Case
ZALMAN Z3 Plus Mid Tower Case

PSU:
ZALMAN ZM500-LE 500W
ZALMAN ZM500-GV 500w 80 Plus Bronze PSU
Corsair VS Series VS550M 550w
Antec VP550P 550W PSU
SeaSonic ECO 600W PSU
ZALMAN ZM600-GV 600w 80 Plus Bronze PSU



Some concerns:

1- i choose Seagate HD according to reviews and being faster than the WD, and i never used a seagate b4 are they durable? i mean like WD? i have WD lives ages with me i should give them names :D  anyways plz advice

2- the MSI GTX 760 Gaming is slightly cheaper than the MSI R9 280 Gaming (non-X) im leaning more towards the R9 280 after reading some reviews and being OC'able to even more than 280X but also read some feedbacks about artifacting, is it that common? would i take a risk if i got it? or should i be in the safe side and get the GTX 760?

3- PSU not sure what to get, depends on the GPU i guess but for the 280 would a 500w be enough? if so plz tell me which one sort them according to quality

Case and others i think im settle with them im looking for best performance per cash not a good looking case, but im open for suggestions :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 10:31:55 PM

The motherboards you selected wouldn't support the 4460 without a bios update as far as I'm aware.

CPU: i5 4440

Motherboard: whatever's cheaper.

RAM: whatever's cheaper.

HDD: WD Blue

GPU: r9 280 would be my choice.

Case: whatever has better cable management.

PSU: Seasonic.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 10:36:17 PM

its sometimes cheaper to order and get something shipped then buy at a local store, depending on the price they are selling them for.
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July 24, 2014 11:13:08 PM

Calnin said:
The motherboards you selected wouldn't support the 4460 without a bios update as far as I'm aware.

CPU: i5 4440

Motherboard: whatever's cheaper.

RAM: whatever's cheaper.

HDD: WD Blue

GPU: r9 280 would be my choice.

Case: whatever has better cable management.

PSU: Seasonic.


Between the 2 CPU's does it worth getting the 4460 and flash the new bios to the motherboard? ive seen a benchmark and both seem to perform almost similar.

About the Seasonic PSU, ive read somewhere that it might not be able to run a 280 chip, something with the single rail voltage cant really remember, i know Seasonic is one of the best PSU manufactures, but that ECO Series will it run the R9 280 without any issues?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 11:18:10 PM

The seasonic unit label shows that the two 12v rails can support 432w which is 36amps I believe. The r9 280x is recommended to have 30 amps and a 550w psu. The r9 280 would use less than that I'd imagine. You'd be fine.
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July 25, 2014 10:47:57 AM

Thanks Calnin for the help im settle on these parts

Intel Core I5-4440 Haswell 3.1GHz 6M LGA 1150
Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2PV LGA 1150
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Western Digital (WD) Caviar BLUE WD10EZEX 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM
MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING 3GB
ZALMAN Z3 Plus Mid Tower Case
SeaSonic ECO 600W PSU
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