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Affordable Custom PC

Hello everyone! I am going to build a custom PC this summer, and would like some advice on what I have so far from some people that really know what they are doing. I want a PC with considerable power, (For things like editing videos, photos, and some occasional games) but I don't want to spend too much more than 650 US dollars. I would appreciate any advice you would have on the parts that I am using; and the compatibility that might be a problem. Thank you for your time!
Here they are:
CPU. Intel core i5 4690 http://ark.intel.com/products/80810/Intel-Core-i5-4690-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz

And the GPU. EVGA:
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-2744-KR

Power Supply. EVGA:http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-W1-0500-KR

SSD. Samsung:http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E250B-AM/dp/B00OAJ412U/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1459035873&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+ssd

Motherboard by Gigabyte:http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4567#ov

Case by Corsair:http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-100R-Tower-CC-9011075-WW/dp/B00RORBQNW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1452032781&sr=1-6&keywords=ATX+computer+case

And some RAM by Crucial:http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-PC3-12800-BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00-BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00/dp/B006WAGGUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451862028&sr=8-1&keywords=desktop+ram

Thank you again, for your time. I'm new to this whole custom PC thing, so feel free to tell me anything that I need to keep in mind. Or maybe if there is another part that I should swap with something in my build. - Grikken
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  1. Personally I would go with a better quality PSU and at least the Nvidia GeForce GTX 750TI in stead of the GT 740. The 750TI just offers so much more performance for the price.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB STRIX Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $165.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 12:08 EDT-0400
  3. DJSlofstra said:
    Personally I would go with a better quality PSU and at least the Nvidia GeForce GTX 750TI in stead of the GT 740. The 750TI just offers so much more performance for the price.


    Thank you.
    I will definitely go with that one.
    ;)
  4. I would go with something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H170-GAMING 3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial BX100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.85 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Total: $656.63
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 12:43 EDT-0400
  5. Best answer
    I have some suggestions:

    1. A i5-4690 is about $225. It is a very good quad.
    But a i5-6600K is similarly priced and at stock performs similarly.
    But, the "K" is designed to let you boost the multiplier. That can boost the performance by 30%.
    You will need a small cpu cooler, cryorig H7 is about $30

    2. you will need a Z170 motherboard. You can find them <$100.
    If you live near a microcenter, they have good cpu/motherboard bundles.

    3. The integrated 530 graphics is comparable in performance to the discrete $100 GT740 card you linked.
    It is suitable for your purposes, and you will always have the option to add a stronger discrete card if you get into fast action gaming.

    4. Love the ssd, I will not build without one.

    5. DDR4 ram for skylake costs the same as ddr3. I would buy a 16gb kit up front. 2 x 8gb 1.2v ddr4 2144 speed is not expensive. Buy low profile ram; heat spreaders are useless and mostly marketing.

    6. I like Seasonic for quality.
    Here is a tier 2 unit:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    Here is the psu quality tier list:
    https://community.newegg.com/eggxpert/computer_hardware/f/135081/t/45344.aspx?Redirected=true
  6. geofelt said:
    I have some suggestions:

    1. A i5-4690 is about $225. It is a very good quad.
    But a i5-6600K is similarly priced and at stock performs similarly.
    But, the "K" is designed to let you boost the multiplier. That can boost the performance by 30%.
    You will need a small cpu cooler, cryorig H7 is about $30

    2. you will need a Z170 motherboard. You can find them <$100.
    If you live near a microcenter, they have good cpu/motherboard bundles.

    3. The integrated 530 graphics is comparable in performance to the discrete $100 GT740 card you linked.
    It is suitable for your purposes, and you will always have the option to add a stronger discrete card if you get into fast action gaming.

    4. Love the ssd, I will not build without one.

    5. DDR4 ram for skylake costs the same as ddr3. I would buy a 16gb kit up front. 2 x 8gb 1.2v ddr4 2144 speed is not expensive. Buy low profile ram; heat spreaders are useless and mostly marketing.

    6. I like Seasonic for quality.
    Here is a tier 2 unit:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    Here is the psu quality tier list:
    https://community.newegg.com/eggxpert/computer_hardware/f/135081/t/45344.aspx?Redirected=true


    Thank you SO much Geo!
    That is really good advice, I'll definitely be needing that better motherboard and PSU.
    You advice was much appreciated. ;)
  7. Here is something like your current build, over budget and without a GPU:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.50 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($82.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.39 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Total: $686.68
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 13:27 EDT-0400

    The primary issue is that you have competing interests. Photo processing benefits from adequate RAM and fast single core performance. Video processing benefits from additional cores. Gaming benefits from a strong GPU. You won't be playing any upper tier games with the on board GPU or the GT 740. Is one of your interests primary to the others? It is also preferable to keep yout data files (photos, videos, documents, etc) on a separate drive from your C-Drive. Any problems requiring reformatting or reloading the operating system won't affect your data. This is a much more balanced system for just a bit more than your current one above:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.00 @ B&H)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial BX100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.85 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Total: $703.64
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 13:46 EDT-0400

    If you want to stay below $650, then you'll probably need to go with the i3 system I posted above. If you only rarely do video processing, a fast i3 system would be superior to the slower i5 CPU. I'll take a look at Haswell too and see if we can save some money there.
  8. Marginally over budget, but a Quad + HT (essentially an i7, without the iGPU) and a GTX 950. 16GB DDR3 @ 1866Mhz.
    It doesn;t have an SSD, which would is a "nice to have", but this would set you up better (IMO)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($53.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Total: $687.67
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 14:05 EDT-0400
  9. This Haswell build may be a bit better than the one (mine) above if you don't work with huge image files, panoramas, etc. I had to give up a bit of RAM. It's still a bit over budget. If you don't do much video editing, I still think your best bet is to go with a fast Skylake i3 processor.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($70.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Crucial BX100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.85 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Total: $694.53
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 14:17 EDT-0400
  10. If you could go $50 over budget, this build would be killer!!! Likely better than all of the i5's except the 4690 in photo processing, a little weak in video processing, but would be excellent for gaming at this budget. Still with 2 storage drives and with a Z170 MB allowing future upgrades to i5 or i7 overclocking K chips.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($82.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial BX100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.85 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Total: $700.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 20:10 EDT-0400
  11. Thank you all for your input. Everyone's advice is extremely useful. You all just got me one step closer to my PC build. And after all of this talk, I'm super exited about it. I hope you all have a great week! - Grik
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