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March 3, 2014 2:56:56 PM

Hello there.

I'm gonna be building myself a new computer within a month or 2.
It will be used gaming, but only games such as CSGO, Heroes of Newerth, Diablo 3 and such. So not very demanding games.

I went with Micro-ATX because I simply fell in love with the Corsair 350D case.
Planing on putting a liquid cooler in there at some point, but buying the Hyper 212 for now to keep the costs down. :) 

But I'd be glad if you guys had any comments or suggestion for what I could do otherwise.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/33AYt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/33AYt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/33AYt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($87.54 @ Mwave)
Total: $961.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-03 17:56 EST-0500)

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March 3, 2014 2:59:48 PM

Get an XFX550 PSU. It costs less and is better quality than that OCZ unit.

Also you will need a HDD. The SSD needs to remain 20% open and it will fill up FAST.
March 3, 2014 3:11:10 PM

tiny voices said:
Get an XFX550 PSU. It costs less and is better quality than that OCZ unit.

Also you will need a HDD. The SSD needs to remain 20% open and it will fill up FAST.


I already have an HDD. No worries there.
The price here in Denmark are a bit different. 1st of I'd like to have at least semi modular. And to et that I need the XFX650 Pro, which goes for around 30$ more than that OCZ unit. The standard XFX550 goes for exactly the same as the OCZ here.
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a c 89 ) Power supply
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a c 162 à CPUs
a c 155 V Motherboard
March 3, 2014 3:14:41 PM

The OCZ unit is not great. It is not awful though.

The PSU is the most important part of a PC by far.

Look at Antec, XFX, Corsair (not CX series), Seasonic, XFX for a better quality unit at a good price.
March 3, 2014 3:21:29 PM

tiny voices said:
The OCZ unit is not great. It is not awful though.

The PSU is the most important part of a PC by far.

Look at Antec, XFX, Corsair (not CX series), Seasonic, XFX for a better quality unit at a good price.


How would you feel about the Seasonic M12II-520 EVO? It's goes for around 10$ less than the XFX650.
a c 411 4 Gaming
a c 89 ) Power supply
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 162 à CPUs
a c 155 V Motherboard
March 3, 2014 3:21:58 PM

It is a MUCH better unit. VERY high quality.
March 3, 2014 3:25:33 PM

tiny voices said:
It is a MUCH better unit. VERY high quality.


Alright. Great then, thanks for the help.

1 last question. 520W should be plenty for this build right? Even with OC'ing.
a c 411 4 Gaming
a c 89 ) Power supply
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 162 à CPUs
a c 155 V Motherboard
March 3, 2014 3:26:47 PM

Yes even with overclocking 520w is plenty.
March 3, 2014 3:29:03 PM

tiny voices said:
Yes even with overclocking 520w is plenty.


Awesome. Thanks!
a c 411 4 Gaming
a c 89 ) Power supply
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 162 à CPUs
a c 155 V Motherboard
March 3, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Always glad to be able to help!
March 4, 2014 6:25:23 AM

If you're going to overclock then this build is just what you want. If not OCing then change the CPU for an i5 4670 (non k) and the mobo for a
H87 one.

The Seasonic M12II-520 EVO is a great power supply and 520W is just enough.

About the SSD: yes, it's pretty fast, but be very careful that its lifespan is way shorter than a HD's one, so always backup your stuff. Cheers!
March 4, 2014 7:16:44 AM

tiny voices said:
Always glad to be able to help!


TanFrash1 said:
If you're going to overclock then this build is just what you want. If not OCing then change the CPU for an i5 4670 (non k) and the mobo for a
H87 one.

The Seasonic M12II-520 EVO is a great power supply and 520W is just enough.

About the SSD: yes, it's pretty fast, but be very careful that its lifespan is way shorter than a HD's one, so always backup your stuff. Cheers!


Yeah. Thanks, I know that. :)  If I weren't gonna OC I obviously would have gone with the non "K" edition. And a different MoBo. But it could have been I wasn't aware of it. So thanks anyways. :) 

I'll always make sure so have a backup anyways. I got 1 WD 1gb internal HDD for the build. Aswell as 2 external WS 2gb HDD's.

Well. I guess there's nothing much to be said about the other components since no one have said anything about them.
March 4, 2014 9:26:18 AM

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1. Try choosing a best answer, it will help people with the same problem and reduce resopnse traffic (people will respond to your thread thinking it's not finished yet)

2. (Learned this tip today) When copying the part list from PCPartPicker click "BBCode Markup" instead of "Plain text". This will link your part names to their pages in PCPartPicker, and also give the text a beautiful format.

Good luck!
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