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CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.79 @ Mwave)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($158.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $931.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 15:28 EDT-0400

What do you think? I chose 16gb of RAM because I will be gaming and recording/editing, so dont bash the build because "you don't need more than 8gb"

Also, I do plan to buy an SSD eventually.
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  1. Seems like a good setup. Although if you're recording/editing you might want to look into the i7. If you're not going to overclock you could just opt for the non-k version so you could bump up to the i7. I do see you got a h50 cooler so I guess ill lean toward you overclocking..if you're not then you could just opt for an evo 212 cooler and that could help you with the cost of the i7.
  2. My first suggestion would be a better power supply - I don't have experience with anything built by HEC. If you are comfortable with them - fine. Otherwise the standard wisdom would suggest FSP, Superflower, Seasonic, or Zippy as a manufacturer.
  3. looks solid, but if you have extra, go for a better psu, this one has better quality.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9

    also the motherboard wont support that CPU without a BIOS update, which cant be done unless you use a supported CPU to do so. it also isnt for overclocking.

    go for a Z97 motherboard, Z means overclockable and 97 is for the new generation CPUs.
    this one is for the same price and good enough,
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97mpro4
  4. SamiSC said:
    looks solid, but if you have extra, go for a better psu, this one has better quality.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9

    also the motherboard wont support that CPU without a BIOS update, which cant be done unless you use a supported CPU to do so. it also isnt for overclocking.

    go for a Z97 motherboard, Z means overclockable and 97 is for the new generation CPUs.
    this one is for the same price and good enough,
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97mpro4


    good call on the motherboard, didn't notice the 87 chipset. The difference between most motherboards z87 to z97 is pretty much like $10-15 bucks so there is no reason not to switch.
  5. vagrancyx said:
    SamiSC said:
    looks solid, but if you have extra, go for a better psu, this one has better quality.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9

    also the motherboard wont support that CPU without a BIOS update, which cant be done unless you use a supported CPU to do so. it also isnt for overclocking.

    go for a Z97 motherboard, Z means overclockable and 97 is for the new generation CPUs.
    this one is for the same price and good enough,
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97mpro4


    good call on the motherboard, didn't notice the 87 chipset. The difference between most motherboards z87 to z97 is pretty much like $10-15 bucks so there is no reason not to switch.


    yup, thats a very easy mistake to make with the motherboards
  6. Do not go for a z87 board. Get a Z97 board. Its newer and costs just a bit more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130770&cm_re=msi_z97-_-13-130-770-_-Product

    For PSU, get Seasonic or XFX. 550W is more than enough. One example of a nice one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014&cm_re=xfx_psu-_-17-207-014-_-Product

    No point in 16 GB ram if you are not into video editing or create VM's.

    And that Corsair is MiniAtx board compatible. Get a mid tower case, like

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139038&cm_re=corsair_spec-_-11-139-038-_-Product
  7. you should be looking at something like this for $1000 and 16GB RAM

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($142.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1029.82
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 15:42 EDT-0400
    Base Total: $1100.83
    Mail-in Rebates: -$75.00
    Shipping: $3.99
    Total: $1029.82

    you can drop the 290 which is a power house for a 280x or 280 and get an SSD with some case fans. I say go for 8GB Ram for now and upgrade later if you feel the need too.
  8. You could go for a Xeon E3-1231 V3, if you want hyperthreading. It's a better option than a 4790 for the price.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($247.94 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($142.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1011.79
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 15:49 EDT-0400
  9. vagrancyx said:
    Seems like a good setup. Although if you're recording/editing you might want to look into the i7. If you're not going to overclock you could just opt for the non-k version so you could bump up to the i7. I do see you got a h50 cooler so I guess ill lean toward you overclocking..if you're not then you could just opt for an evo 212 cooler and that could help you with the cost of the i7.


    Recommended sub 1000 i7 build?
  10. SamiSC said:
    looks solid, but if you have extra, go for a better psu, this one has better quality.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9

    also the motherboard wont support that CPU without a BIOS update, which cant be done unless you use a supported CPU to do so. it also isnt for overclocking.

    go for a Z97 motherboard, Z means overclockable and 97 is for the new generation CPUs.
    this one is for the same price and good enough,
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97mpro4


    I'm trying to stay with a red color scheme. Do you recommend anything?
  11. SamiSC said:
    you should be looking at something like this for $1000 and 16GB RAM

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($142.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1029.82
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 15:42 EDT-0400
    Base Total: $1100.83
    Mail-in Rebates: -$75.00
    Shipping: $3.99
    Total: $1029.82

    you can drop the 290 which is a power house for a 280x or 280 and get an SSD with some case fans. I say go for 8GB Ram for now and upgrade later if you feel the need too.


    Yeah, again I'd like to stay in the blue or red color scheme.

    This build actually looks really good. I'd probably go with the 280x or 280 and get an SSD, better mobo, and case.
  12. heres a blue color scheme build, blue mobo, ram and case.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($152.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1028.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 17:37 EDT-0400

    drop the 290 for a 280 and get some nice blue case fans.

    these are good blue led 120mm x 2 case fans
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050016bled

    thats case has great reviews and holds up to 7 case fans
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bH-56oHH_0
  13. Best answer
    heres a build with dropping the 290 to a 280, added 256GB SSD + 4 120mm blue fans + 2 140mm blue fans.
    so you can compare the 2 builds.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($152.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050017-BLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($15.29 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050017-BLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($15.29 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050016-BLED 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.39 @ Mwave)
    Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050016-BLED 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.39 @ Mwave)
    Total: $1019.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 17:45 EDT-0400
  14. Okay a few questions:

    1) Do you think it's worth changing the 290 to a 280 for an SSD and fans?

    2) Can you recommend a higher quality case? Like maybe around 70 dollars or so?
  15. Byte70 said:
    Okay a few questions:

    1) Do you think it's worth changing the 290 to a 280 for an SSD and fans?

    2) Can you recommend a higher quality case? Like maybe around 70 dollars or so?


    1- depends the the amount of gaming you want to do, you can always get the 290 now and get an SSD later on when you save up $100 or get the rebate back

    2- I own that case enermax ostrog, its pretty good quality with decent features.
    but heres a list of all the cases with blue on them since the case is more of a personal thing.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/case/overall-list/#c=10,23,24,28,84
  16. SamiSC said:
    Byte70 said:
    Okay a few questions:

    1) Do you think it's worth changing the 290 to a 280 for an SSD and fans?

    2) Can you recommend a higher quality case? Like maybe around 70 dollars or so?


    1- depends the the amount of gaming you want to do, you can always get the 290 now and get an SSD later on when you save up $100 or get the rebate back

    2- I own that case enermax ostrog, its pretty good quality with decent features.
    but heres a list of all the cases with blue on them since the case is more of a personal thing.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/case/overall-list/#c=10,23,24,28,84


    I'm thinking about getting this case http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse600kwn1 since originally, when I still had a micro atx case I was going to get the n200. Also, I really like your idea about the 290 and ssd later.
  17. thats a good case
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