Need help with budget build, Kind of urgent

Hello every one,

I'm trying to build a gaming pc on a very tight budget atm, with no GPU, need to build it fast because my current one will probably die in the next couple of days. Here is what I've decided on parts, and what they cost locally( In Romania) :

Notes: I will be adding a MSI r9 280 twin frozr IV in about 2 months to it.
- Don't care for overcloking, sli or crossfire, 16gb of ram or anything like that.

CPU: Intel core i5 4460 - $230
RAM: Corsair vengeance LP Rev.A 2x4gb - $115
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 620c 620w 80+ Bronze - $80
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1tb - $70
CASE: Thermaltake Commander GS III - $55

and I have another $60-$70 to spend on the motherboard.


Since I'm trying to keep this to a low budget I want to use a h81m motherboard...problem is, the more reviews I read the more problems I seem to find with almost all of them.

Either CPU doesn't work without BIOS updates first(a lot of them), horrible NIC(asus-k), too much heat (some asrock boards) etc...

At the same time I see people running i5's on them no problem.

1. So which h81m motherboard will be good for me? Is it even ok to put an i5 on a h81m?

EDIT: Would the MSI 81m-p33 or Asus H81m-E be ok for this system?

2. I assume that PSU will be able to hold the i5 and r9 280 just fine? No site sells XFX here, and most of the suggested PSU's on this forum are about double the price of that one.

3. How can I update a bios if the cpu is not supported in the first place? (don't have a spare intel cpu around).

4. I saw that some graphics cards go to 5.5ghz effective memory clock or w/e it's called, total but pcie 2.0 is only listed at 5ghz, does that mean I need a pcie 3.0 board in case I decide to buy another graphics card that totals 5.5ghz like the new r9 285?

Also if you have any suggestion please go ahead, but I like I said keep in mind tight budget :)

Any help is much appreciated.
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  1. bump, anyone please?
  2. Well, thanks anyway I guess...I'll go with a h81m-p33 and w/e, hope it works out.
  3. at first I'll say a few words about your build then I'll answer your questions ...
    CPU is pretty good for games and it's have a fine GPU inside it , and it's running in 1600 Mhz Bus so why U are buying an 1333 Mhz RAM ????!
    why U taking a 620 watt in 80 $ and there is another one like this HERE it's a 650W and 60$ !!!
    At last the H81 doesn't need to update BIOS with the i5-4460 .
    and the answers for your questions :
    1. I think the ASRock H81-HDS is a good choice for many reasons
    2. I answerd that already at last words and there is a list if U wanna to check it Here
    3. U Don't need to Update like I said
    4. I'm really confused about that Q and not understood it !

    at last I recommend

    CPU: Intel core i5 4460 - $189
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $84
    PSU: Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650W - $60
    HDD: Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB - $85
    CASE: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $60
    Mobo: ASRock H81M-HDS LGA 1150 - $57

    Your Build is 610$
    My Build is 535$ and Better performance
    so choose what U want
    My Regards :)
  4. Finally, somebody, thank you :)

    Don't live in the USA, i'm from romania, that's why I said prices locally, could have said that better in hindsight.

    RAM has this serial number: CML8GX3M2A1600C9 , says SPD is 1333mhz and Tested Speed: 1600mhz... I'm confused now

    Can't find that Ram or PSU, bummer.

    EditL made q 4 more understandable.
  5. Best answer
    at first I'll ask U for giving me a website in your country to buy these specs online I've searched too much and found these tow sites :
    2nd The RAM iI prefere to take G.Skill or Corsair than Kingston or any thing with clock 9 and 1.5 or lower volt that'll be fine
    3rd problem with RAM and PSU will solved if u could tell me an online store in your country
    4th the deffernce between PCI-E 2.0 and PCI-E 3.0 is not huge as expected so don't give a mind for that .
    Hope that I helped U ...
  6. Thank for you suggestions, I took some of your parts, found some deals on other and now my build is done :)
  7. U R welcome man I'm Glad that I helped U
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