I call captain obvious for my pc parts!!!

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by marknaaijer, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Micro Center)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1050.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-22 14:30 EDT-0400

    Hey everyone,

    Good to see you all! Now lately I decided to build a PC myself and I went on a quest for the best parts for the lowest price. After a few months and hours of work, I came to this list. Enjoy yourself while looking at the list while it lasts, because I'm not sure if it's best... And that's why I ask you to help me check all the parts and maybe get some cheap upgrades or even some lower prices because I'm overpaying. Here are some quick notes though:
    - I am quite sure about the graphics card
    - I am aware of the fact that I've chosen an overclockable CPU and MoBo, I'm not going to overclock just yet though.
    - I am also aware of the fact that the case has no DVD drive, I'll probably use my laptop or some extarnal machine for that).
    - I am yet to buy any part of the PC.
    - Windows is something I'll get cheaper and not through this.
    - Prices are not so accurate here, because of I don't live in the US, this will be a little more expensive for me...

    And some questions:
    - Will the PSU of 550W be enough for the whole PC (including possible future overclocking)?
    - Are the case included fans okay (for now)?

    - Can you try to give an overall review of this build?

    Thanks captain, you may now fly away.
  2. I'll take a look at the parts and stuff when I'm up in the morning :)
  3. Have you carefully checked the specs of the CPU? I know that some i5 can be better than the worst i7. So, it can make a huge difference.
  4. I took a look at the parts. Everything seems fine, except for the power supply. You should go for a 750-watt power supply, and then the build would be perfect. :) You should also be able to run most games on ultra settings at 60fps on a 1080p monitor.
  5. Thanks, but could you explain more about that need for the extra power supply? The estimated wattage pcpartpicker tells me is 350W. SP I'm a bit confused about that..
  6. My computer uses about 500 watts of power and I have a 750-watt power supply. Your computer will be a lot more powerful, so it will likely use more power compared to mine. Overclocking uses a bit more wattage, so that is where the extra power comes in. A 550-watt power supply would likely work, but if you would like to overclock your processor, graphics card, and ram, then a higher wattage would be recommended (by me). The wattage your computer would use is around 400 watts.

    TL;DR: A higher wattage power supply would be convenient to have if you ever decide to upgrade your parts. Overclocking will require a bit of wattage. You will most likely be okay with just a 550-watt power supply if you do not decide to overclock.
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  7. Thanks for the feedback, I decided to take a 750W PSU, same brand, same series, just the 750 model. :)
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  8. Everything seems good, but the i5... meh... I would go i7 :p
  9. And a sidenote about power supplies...
    You can never go too big. The larger you go, the less 'stress' you put on the power supply, the longer it will last. You will not regretting spending a few extra bucks on a 750 watt power supply. I pick these as a minimum for any build that I do now-a-days. Even though it 'estimates' 350 watts, you don't want to load your power supply too much.

    Only other comment, is I would look around for a SS 250GB drive. I have a 125GB in mine, and a 250GB in the one next to me, and regret not spending a little more money to double the drive space for my main. Especially when windows gets involved (and likes its space) and am dualing some linux.

    Regarding the video card, current is a Radeon 7770 HD, but also have a MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB GDDR5 TWIN FROZR sitting in the box next to my comp.
    The GTX970 you indicate should rock harder, and to this date, I have had no issues with any EVGA hardware yet (three comp builds got that companys vid cards).

    CPU cooler -- usually I just go with what is in the box. I used to get larger heatsinks, but after changing to the ones they include in the box... and monitoring the temperatures... I just save the money.

    Personally I prefer the AMD platform (much cheaper and good performance thus far), but I don't want to sidetrack your thread, but curious as to why you are picking an Intel over AMD (and to others, no flame wars... I truly am curious)

    Either way, good luck with the build! Should be beastly!
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  10. Hey, it's a legit question :p There are no wrong answers...
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