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My First Gaming PC Halp


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#1 jaycalli

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:15 PM

so as you can tell by the title, this is my first time putting together a desktop for gaming. 
I'm looking to put down at most $1200 (including monitor, mouse and keyboard, and wireless adapter). 

Here's a link to what I have so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8NDZ99
Here's the link to the wireless adapter I will be getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am thinking about getting dual MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING gpus in the near future. I've heard good things about the gpu, and i figure it wouldn't hurt to have 2 of em.

For $120, the motherboard seems to be excellent for gaming.

The Monitor I picked out seems to be high quality for the price but I am not too sure if it is a decent gaming monitor.

My main points of worry are my motherboard, gpu, and monitor. Please don't hold back on anything that may need to be changed or reconsidered.

The reason I feel so worried about my motherboard and gpu is quite simply due to my lack of experience in building a PC and not knowing all that much about specs of these things. Despite this I am fairly confident that I picked some decent hardware (for my first time) which is why I wanted to try asking you kind peoples on the forums if I made a "decent" decision with these smile.gif  (and so that I could stop bugging my friend about it lol).

I appreciate any input that is given with care! smile.gif 



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:27 PM

Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

 

Nice processor.

 

I see no mention of SSD or HDD I would suggest a 256 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD


Edited by NickAu1, 11 July 2014 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:31 PM

Hi, the power supply you chosen is only 650W and you did mention you wanted to add another R9 280 which means you'll need at least a 750 power supply. You're missing storage devices like the hard drive or SSD and RAM. With those missing components, you'll be exceeding the budget once the missing components will be added. My suggestion is to go with basic core i5-4460 and ditch the Corsair H100i since it is not needed as the stock cooler is sufficient.


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:33 PM

 

My suggestion is to go with basic core i5-4460 and ditch the Corsair H100i since it is not needed as the stock cooler is sufficient.

+1.

 

This could be your base system.

Intel® Core i5 Processor 4460. MSI H81-P33 MB,  1x 8GB Ram,  256GB mSATA SSD Boot + 1TB 5400RPM SATA

 

Now add power supply GPU what ever. If you wanted a different motherboard get 1. These are my pc specs and this system was made to run linux so no videocard needed.


Edited by NickAu1, 11 July 2014 - 09:40 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:42 PM

Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

 

Nice processor.

 

I see no mention of SSD or HDD I would suggest a 256 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD

Thanks for the reply :)

 

Hmm.. Does an SSD really make that much of a difference (not that I don't plan on using one in the future)? It doesn't seem too high priority for me right now, and as for HDD I was just going to use some old 500Gb for now. I have a laptop already so there's storage there. 

 

Hi, the power supply you chosen is only 650W and you did mention you wanted to add another R9 280 which means you'll need at least a 750 power supply. You're missing storage devices like the hard drive or SSD and RAM. With those missing components, you'll be exceeding the budget once the missing components will be added. My suggestion is to go with basic core i5-4460 and ditch the Corsair H100i since it is not needed as the stock cooler is sufficient.

Thanks for the reply!

 

I am trying to cut costs by using some pieces I already have (like the 500GB HDD and 8Gb x 2 of RAM). I don't have any SDD tho, would it be that big of a setback?

By the stock cooler, you mean for the gpu or cpu? 



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:44 PM

 

Hmm.. Does an SSD really make that much of a difference

In a word, Yes.

 

Maybe something like New Toshiba 2.5'' SSHD MQ01ABD100H SSD Hybrid 1TB Hard Drive


Edited by NickAu1, 11 July 2014 - 09:47 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:00 PM

ditch the Corsair H100i since it is not needed as the stock cooler is sufficient.

Sorry since I'm not too familiar with this, in what situation would I need the H100i. I thought I would need it to keep everything cool, not just the cpu? Sorry I'm a noob xD



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:30 PM

The Corsair h100i is usually used by overclockers who overclocks their CPU hence requiring the beefy cooling solution due to the huge amount of heat that is output during overclocking. If you do want a aftermarket cooler, then the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo is a good one in terms of performance and price.


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:26 AM

The Corsair h100i is usually used by overclockers who overclocks their CPU hence requiring the beefy cooling solution due to the huge amount of heat that is output during overclocking. If you do want a aftermarket cooler, then the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo is a good one in terms of performance and price.

Sorry, it seems I had a misunderstanding with the whole coolant system... What case cooler would you recommend so I can keep everything at a good temp?



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:29 AM

The Coolermaster which should be linked my previous reply can keep the CPU sufficiently cool.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:36 AM

The Coolermaster which should be linked my previous reply can keep the CPU sufficiently cool.

Yeah, I think I will go with that :)

But what if I want to OC? 



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:46 AM

You will not be able to overclock as the i5-4460 has locked multipliers and it is a non-k cpu. Overclocking itself has some potential dangers to it like killing the chip itself due to overvolting it too much or overheating and it may degrade the life of the chip itself. For your case, the stock performance is more then enough as overclocking may yield only a small performance gain.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:53 AM

You will not be able to overclock as the i5-4460 has locked multipliers and it is a non-k cpu. Overclocking itself has some potential dangers to it like killing the chip itself due to overvolting it too much or overheating and it may degrade the life of the chip itself. For your case, the stock performance is more then enough as overclocking may yield only a small performance gain.

Thanks, I appreciate your help :)

I'll probably go with the 4460 and I suppose I don't really need the cpu cooler if you say the stock one is good enough

Using this I may be able to run BF4 on good settings x)



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 06:37 AM

BF4 shouldn't be to demanding on the CPU as the game itself is mostly GPU bound and the heat should be easily managed in game loads due to the auto fan function.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 05:27 PM

Hey jaycalli,

 

I wanted to give some input, but it seems like you've been helped quite a bit. Do you want to post your finalized build for a final review?

 

Regards,

Daniel.






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