Gaming PC Build - Check if Suitable
Hi, this is my current build for a gaming PC capable of playing games like Dota 2, Skyrim, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and possibly Crysis at high settings. I also want to be able to multitask relatively well without any lag. Will this build be okay? Or should i upgrade my SSD to 500gb and think about getting a different video card? All other parts are parts that have been chose as i am able to buy them from MSY in Adelaide (Where i live) so preferably, if changed, could the new parts be bought at MSY, thanks.
Get a 2x4GB kit instead (RAM). Also check this out for a better PSU http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html to see what's in your area. Your SSD is fine, don't replace the video card.
I agree with Ryarwood99, get a 2x4GB kit, to make it work in dual channel. Other than that it looks pretty solid build that will fit your needs.
Though I'd go for different ssd. In my opinion, Crucial BX100/Samsung 850 EVO will provide better value/reliability/performance.
PSU : http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=317192
According to this article, the unit made by Seasonic (one of the best OEM on the market), what makes it a solid choice.
Aight, this is the revised build, i might go for the 500gb SSD but i dno if itll make that much difference
It'll work, but did you intend to use a Mini-ATX motherboard? Those are traditionally intended for small form factor systems, but your case is a mid-tower. For a full-size case, go with a ATX mobo - more spacing will help reduce heat build-up and make it easier to fit your components. Also, I would recommend adding an aftermarket CPU fan - even though you're not overclocking, gaming at a high level will heat up your processor and graphics card which will put excessive wear on them which will lead to needing to replace them sooner than intended. Adding good case fans and a good CPU fan will push heat away from the processor.
I agree with X - the Samsung 850 Evo is incredibly reliable and is the best bang for your buck. You could stick with a 250GB drive, the only reason to switch to a 500GB drive is so that you could leave all your game files on the solid state instead of having to install those games with directories pointed to your other HDD. It's not that inconvenient and the speed differences are fairly minimal, but it's a convenience to be able to leave the default settings and not have to uninstall a game to make room for a new one.
I would also recommend upgrading your power supply - Evga, CM & Antec make decent budget power supplies but Corsair's CS series power supplies are much more reliable and have a great warranty.
Here's what those changes would look like:
For a gaming build capable of playing 2015 AAA games at high/max settings:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($246.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.00 @ Umart)
Storage: Transcend SSD370 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($70.00 @ IJK)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($379.00 @ Umart)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($98.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($135.00 @ CPL Online)
Monitor: Samsung S22D300HY 60Hz 21.5" Monitor
Keyboard: Genius Imperator Pro White Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard ($35.00 @ CPL Online)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-02 03:22 AEST+1000
This is my final build, ive changed the case, keyboard, powerpack and memory (same memory just only available memory to buy at MSY) The case comes with two fans which i think might be able to cool it down enough without having the CPU fan
How about it this unit? http://www.msy.com.au/pc-components/8578-antec-hcg-520-high-current-gamer-gaming-psu.html Tier 2 unit, made by Seasonic. It will be sufficient for your build.
Or the same one, just modular : http://www.msy.com.au/pc-components/12170-antec-hcg-520m-520w-high-current-gamer-modular-gaming-psu.html
That Corsair is just overpriced and only tier 3 unit.
Other than that, everything looks pretty solid.
Actually, would you be able to recommend an ATX (not micro) motherboard with 3.0 USB slots to fit this build? i was thinking this
This is the build with the new motherbuild. This should be fine shouldnt it?
Yes, great build, everything seems to be at the right place.
A small remark, http://www.msy.com.au/sa/adelaide/pc-components/9657-gskill-sniper-8g-kit4gx2-ddr3-1866-f3-14900cl9d-8gbsr.html this memory will be slightly better(you probably won't notice) thanks to lower CAS latency - 9 and it also looks better in my opinion (G.Skill fan here).
Is this one ok?
This one is in stock at the place im going. How would you check if this memory is compatible with the motherboard ive chosen?
Yes, it's ok.
This one will be compatible with the motherboard, no worries. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4962#memory%20support%20list