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August 7, 2014 6:02:47 PM

Ok, so here is the potential build I have (with the help of /r/buildapcforme). I would like to keep the budget below $1400:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 3.3GHz 6MB $217 @ MSY
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-PRO4 $84 @ MSY
RAM: Patriot Signature 8GB Kit (4Gx2) DDR3-1600 - PSD38G1600KH $87 @ MSY
SDD: Samsung 840BW EVO 120G SATAIII SSD Solid State Drive $84 @ MSY
HDD: Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 SATA3 7200RPM 64MB HDD $63 @ MSY
GPU: Gigabyte R929OC-4GD 4GB R9-290 OC $449 @ MSY
Case: Coolermaster SIL-352M-KKN1 Silencio 352 $76 @ MSY
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-550W 80Plus Gold Modular PSU $109 @ Umart
Bluray Playa: LG Bluray Combo SATA Lightscribe Dual Layer DVD Combo Drive $65 @ MSY
OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64bit OEM $112 @ Umart
TOTAL = $1346

Retailers used:
MSY: www.msy.com.au/234-pc-components
Umart: www.umart.com.au

QUESTIONS!!!
  • How are all these parts in terms of compatability?
  • How about dimensions? Would the case which is mini ATX be able to fit all these components? eg. will the GPU be too long?
  • Does a Seasonic 550W provide sufficient power for this build?
  • I already have a monitor (Compaq s2321a) how would it do in terms of running games 1080p, 60fps?

    I'm open for suggestions of changing parts (as long as its within $1400), please leave reasons as to why. Also since I'm from Australia I use this website to compare prices http://www.staticice.com.au/ for those who may need it.
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    August 7, 2014 6:41:51 PM

    Change the PSU.... it definitely wont be enough.. get something around 650-750w

    The parts are compatible

    A micro ATX case will do
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    August 7, 2014 6:53:10 PM

    How will the Corsair 80+ Gold CS650M do?
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    August 7, 2014 6:59:25 PM

    they're compatible, though i'd be careful & expect the worst. that i5-4590, i'm guessing, should be a Haswell refresh, which MAY require a BIOS update on some old chipset motherboards, like the B85, for it to run. true, they should come with the latest BIOS, but sometimes people can get unlucky. if you can, confirm with the retailer if their board comes with BIOS P1.90 pre-installed on that B85 board, or at least update it for you, before ordering;
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B85M%20Pro4/?cat=CPU

    if i recall, the Silencio 352 came with a removable top HDD bay. that should offer some room for the GPU, & i doubt that GPU is 13-14" long. no worries there.

    yuppers on the PSU. a quality 550w, like that seasonic is plenty for that build. adding a bit of wattage for a bit of headroom won't hurt though if you can afford it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajiN9aVOv4A

    personally, the R9 290 is more meant for gaming at 1440p. a 290 for 1080p, 60hz feels like overkill for me, but hey, if you can afford it, why not? it should max out a majority of games, save for probably the badly optimized & maybe future Crysis3-tier graphically intensive games.

    some parts change consideration:
    - i5-4440. you lose 0.2-0.4ghz, & while it does result in a lower performance, in most games, you're not going to notice it. SCII is about the only game i can think of which will see a noticeable decrease.
    - if you much prefer to save some cash & are willing to compromise with the graphics settings, consider a 770 or 280X. just a consideration, so you really don't have to, though.
    - if you much prefer to save in the short term than the long term via saved electricity bills, consider a Bronze rated PSU. use this for consultation; https://community.newegg.com/eggxpert/computer_hardware...
    - think real carefully if you really need a BD drive. often times i hear people get one & haven't used it much.
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    August 7, 2014 7:37:28 PM

    unicorncharlieman said:
    How will the Corsair 80+ Gold CS650M do?


    should be fine
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    August 7, 2014 9:31:08 PM

    Ok thanks for the help guys!
    I wouldn't have realised the required BIOS update with the B85M, I think I'll go with the AsRock H97M Pro4 instead.
    Luckily I asked!
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