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Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:31 AM Edited by AfterDeath, 02 May 2014 - 02:28 AM.

Hey guys I'm thinking of building my first desktop mainly for gaming but also school work. I've been playing around a bit on amazon trying to see what total price I can come up with on several builds.  After several hours I managed to accomplish the build below. 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3CfxV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker....xV/by_merchant/
 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($194.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($118.89 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card  ($179.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($84.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  ($14.99 @ Newegg) 
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter  ($18.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $786.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-01 22:27 EDT-0400)

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:17 AM Edited by yojo2, 01 May 2014 - 06:18 AM.

The motherboard and the CPU are incompatible. I'd suggest changing the CPU to an i5.
Is the bluray writer a necessity? They're still quite a bit expensive, if I were you I'd just stick with DVD writer and get a faster GPU instead.

Please post the brand, model and wattage of the PSU you want to salvage. If it turns out to be an outdated unit (or a unit from brand with poor reputation), then it'd be highly advisable to get a new PSU. Having a proper PSU is crucial.

On a side note, are you planning to overclock the CPU?

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:39 AM Edited by AfterDeath, 01 May 2014 - 06:40 AM.

The motherboard and the CPU are incompatible. I'd suggest changing the CPU to an i5.
Is the bluray writer a necessity? They're still quite a bit expensive, if I were you I'd just stick with DVD writer and get a faster GPU instead.

Please post the brand, model and wattage of the PSU you want to salvage. If it turns out to be an outdated unit (or a unit from brand with poor reputation), then it'd be highly advisable to get a new PSU. Having a proper PSU is crucial.

On a side note, are you planning to overclock the CPU?

Sorry for the noob question, but how are the CPU and motherboard incompatible?  Must I use an ASUS with the AMD CPU?

 

The Bluray drive isn't necessary, just thought it would be nice to have a blue ray player. Although I have a PS3 and a Blu ray player so yea... kind of pointless to get another lol.

 

I've actually looked inside both old machines since posting and both are sh*tty. So yeah, looks like I'll just be buying all new parts. I didn't even bother to look for a wireless card in either one because they're so old.

 

I'm not sure if I'll overclock the CPU or not. 


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:53 AM Edited by yojo2, 01 May 2014 - 06:55 AM.

The motherboard you chose is designed for Intel CPUs with LGA1150 socket, while the CPU is an AMD with AM3+ socket. They're totally different types of sockets, even down to the fact that AMD CPUs have pins, while on Intel platform pins are present on the mobo. If you actually tried to install AMD CPU in Intel motherboard, you'd most likely damage both. ;)

This is what I'd recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $752.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-01 02:51 EDT-0400)

This includes an all-round better CPU than FX-8320, a much quicker graphics card than the GTX750Ti, and also a decent power supply (I went quite a bit overboard with the wattage, but the price is decent).

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:57 AM

Ahhh ok I understand now. I was going with the GTX 750Ti because I heard that it was a good bang for your buck. Though, that's where I'm having the hardest time deciding.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:04 AM Edited by yojo2, 01 May 2014 - 07:05 AM.

GTX750Ti is not bad for its price, although Radeon R7-265 costs roughly the same and it's a faster card.

Anyway, if you don't really need to have a PC that's as quick as it gets, but would rather like something of a good value for money, then I'd get either GTX660 or R9-270. They're noticeably faster than GTX750Ti and R7-265, and don't cost that much more. To me GTX660/R9-270 seem like the best value right now.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:30 AM

GTX750Ti is not bad for its price, although Radeon R7-265 costs roughly the same and it's a faster card.

Anyway, if you don't really need to have a PC that's as quick as it gets, but would rather like something of a good value for money, then I'd get either GTX660 or R9-270. They're noticeably faster than GTX750Ti and R7-265, and don't cost that much more. To me GTX660/R9-270 seem like the best value right now.

Hmmmm I have another build with the GTX660 and an i5 but it came out to almost a grand. Still attempting to get that one down in price. A 760 would be sweet though... and with your build I'd only need to add about $130-$150 and  have about what the price would be with a wireless card and Win 7 OS


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 02:21 AM

http://promotions.ne...tml?icid=251306

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 02:27 AM

I actually worked a GTX 660 into my build so that I would get the free copy of Watch Dogs. Can't really beat that


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:30 PM

Not all video cards or vendors will carry the promotion, so look carefully before buying.





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