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First time PC builder here! Would this build here be compatible? I'm hoping to be able to play the majority of games out now and future games on fairly high settings and at least 60 FPS, with 1080p resolution.

Budget is 750, Is there anything that would be unnecessary? or just a better alternative for a cheaper price? I would like to get the most out of my budget if possible! I had a hard time picking out a Mobo so would the one i picked out be compatible with the i5 - 4460? Or is there something better? I also don't plan on OC or future proofing in any way. Would really appreciate some input on this build and some suggestions if possible!

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($173.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($80.85 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $742.80
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-26 21:26 EDT-0400
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    It's a good build. I made a few adjustments to get you a slightly stronger cpu, 250GB ssd, and better case. I guess you could still get the 212 Evo, but it's not necessary.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($67.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $716.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-26 22:04 EDT-0400
  2. CTurbo said:
    It's a good build. I made a few adjustments to get you a slightly stronger cpu, 250GB ssd, and better case. I guess you couls still get the 212 Evo, but it's not necessary.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($67.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $716.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-26 22:04 EDT-0400


    Alright sweet thanks! Few questions though, Would I be 100% fine with the stock coolers? I'd rather have it cooler than hotter haha, and how much better is the mobo you picked compared to the one i picked? How about the PSU's? Is the XFX a better alternative than the EVGA?
  3. The stock cooler would be fine, but you can add one if you want. It certainly wouldn't hurt. The XFX psu is very good, and at $26, it's a steal. Your EVGA is better, but it's a lot more.

    My mobo is really good, and all you need. I chose it to save money since the one you picked was more.
  4. Sweet sweet! Thanks a bunch I appreciate your help! I might consider adding the extra CPU Cooler just to be safe but I'm not entirely too sure yet.
  5. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z9YLZL
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z9YLZL/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($268.00 @ Jet.com) w/ 20NOW promo code
    Case: Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $722.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Also:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L6gz3C
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L6gz3C/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($252.00 @ Jet.com) 20NOW promo code
    Case: Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $706.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-27 08:36 EDT-0400
  6. naturesninja said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z9YLZL
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z9YLZL/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($268.00 @ Jet.com) w/ 20NOW promo code
    Case: Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $722.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Also:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L6gz3C
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L6gz3C/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($252.00 @ Jet.com) 20NOW promo code
    Case: Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $706.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-27 08:36 EDT-0400


    Sweet thanks for these builds! Couple questions though, what are the major differences between the 390 and 970? Or are they fairly similar and just as good? Is the MSI H81M mobo a better alternative than the H97?
  7. The 390 and 970 are relatively equal at 1080p with the 390 being better at higher resolutions.

    I would not use a H81 motherboard. Stick with the H97.
  8. The reason behind the h81 motherboard is you said that you had no plans on upgrading or futurproofing. It is good board in my experience, and will work with that cpu without a bios update needed. H81 has less RAM expandability, pcie expansion slots, no front usb 3.0 header, different chipset, but will perform the same as a b85 or h97 in my experience.

    I normally do not recommend MOST H81 boards for gaming rigs, but this one is a quite a bit better than the other H81's with better caps, chokes, vrm's, and fair BIOS (I haven't built one with windows 10 yet, though...). I would recommend a H97 board over it too as the H81 isn't a "better alternative". You said future proofing isn't required, so it will do the job, but get the H97 if you can afford to do so.

    Like CTurbo said, the 970 and 390 are about the same at 1080p, with the edge going to the 390 for higher resolutions. Though I must admit, I probably would opt for the 970 for a micro atx build over the 390. I shouldn't have paired the 390 with that case. It needs a mid tower or a micro atx like the XION 560 that has room for cooling additions.
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