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July 29, 2014 6:13:37 PM

I recently found a gaming PC on another site, and decided to fine tune it. I ended up with this,

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yR3YmG

This looks fine to me, but I would like to know if there is anything I should add on before ordering the parts. (Examples would be, will it need case fans? Should I change the RAM brand? What should I change? Should I expect defective parts?) Also, this is around my max budget, so I can't afford to go overboard. Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2014 6:26:19 PM

No need for a 3rd party cpu cooler. This is a better PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($279.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.42 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $905.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 21:25 EDT-0400
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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2014 6:33:51 PM

You're going with parts more on the expensive side of things. I left the case around, but went with some cheaper parts that are just as effective.

Like what's said above, you don't need an aftermarket cooler.

Motherboard, H97 is enough unless you're planning in running multiple cards in the future, then z97 would do better.

GPU, Just brand differences, but the dual-x card will do just as well as the xfx DD card. It'll have relatively similar performance anyways.

PSU, like what's said above, it's a higher quality unit. Seasonic make. You'll be fine.

OS, w8.1 is slightly better in performance for gaming than w7. Not a huge noticeable margin, but with a fresh system, you might as well go with it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.42 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $898.73
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July 29, 2014 9:41:36 PM

filippi said:
No need for a 3rd party cpu cooler. This is a better PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($279.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.42 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $905.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 21:25 EDT-0400

Thanks! but to my understanding, cpu coolers are needed. Or am I just missing something from what you meant?
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July 29, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Calnin said:
You're going with parts more on the expensive side of things. I left the case around, but went with some cheaper parts that are just as effective.

Like what's said above, you don't need an aftermarket cooler.

Motherboard, H97 is enough unless you're planning in running multiple cards in the future, then z97 would do better.

GPU, Just brand differences, but the dual-x card will do just as well as the xfx DD card. It'll have relatively similar performance anyways.

PSU, like what's said above, it's a higher quality unit. Seasonic make. You'll be fine.

OS, w8.1 is slightly better in performance for gaming than w7. Not a huge noticeable margin, but with a fresh system, you might as well go with it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.42 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $898.73


Thanks! However, couldn't Windows 7 play more games? I've checked on steam and some like skyrim dont seem compatible.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 2:30:34 AM

Windows 8.1 does have w7 compatibility mode.
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July 30, 2014 2:34:28 AM

There is a CPU cooler that comes with the CPU you only need a 3rd party CPU cooler if you are overclocking
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