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Advice on my custom gaming pc?


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#1 errorx777

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:49 PM

Well, i currently have an old custom build containing an intel core 2 quad 9550 @ 2.8ghz 12mb cache, 8gb ddr2 RAM @ 800mhz, and an r5 220 gpu.

 

I was just going to buy a r9 380 4gb and keep the same build, but it got me thinking that maybe its time to upgrade.. graphics cards getting so much better, sooner or later ill need a new cpu and everything else.

 

So here is my new plans for my gaming build: (no particular order)

 

 


 

DIYPC Mirage-D1-Y Black/Yellow Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811353042
 


 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00
Item #:N82E16820148540



 

MSI B85M-E45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813130813

 

 

 

Thermaltake SMART Series SP-550PCBUS 550W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817153172
 

 

 

MSI Radeon R9 380 R9 380 GAMING 4G Video Card
Item #:N82E16814127878
 

 

 

Arctic Silver AS5-3.5G Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007

 


 

COOLER MASTER RR-212E-20PK-R2 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835103099
 

 

 

Intel Core i3-4170 3M 3.7GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I34170 Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819117543

 

Grand Total: $597.92

 

 

Later on when i have more money, i might upgrade to an i5 4690 and also buy an SSD (i already have a 1tb WD HDD running at 10,000 rpm with either 32mb cache or 64.. i don't remember, not that it really matters)

 However, this is the current build i plan to use for a while.

 

So what do you guys think? is this all compatible?

will the i3 4170 bottleneck with the r9 380 4gb?

Is it all going to fit within the atx mid tower chassis? (i know the aftermarket cooler is kinda big as well as the gpu)

Will 550w PSU be good enough for this build? or even when i upgrade to an i5 later on?

 

 

 



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#2 Dcaine100

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 05:06 AM

The i3 you suggest isnt much more powerful than what you have and you're going from a quad core to a dual core, could your budget stretch to a i5?

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 05:36 AM

I would wait and save some cash to buy everything all at once, that said, you can buy it piecemeal if you start with a solid foundation, so to speak.  A good case would be nice, such as the Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1.  With motherboards, you face a bit of a problem.  Intel's Skylake CPU's are out and uses a different platform and will be the one the company uses for its upcoming products.  However, the platform is a bit pricey since it is new.  If you are interested in this, the MSI B150 PC Mate LGA 1151 Intel B150 motherboard paired with the Intel Core i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1151 95W will be a solid setup for a long time and plenty of upgrade options as time goes on.  Note this motherboard needs DDR4.  You'll also need to budget in a copy of Windows.


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 07:40 AM

Thank you both for the responses. I had considered an i5 but i was trying to keep my price range under $600. It would make sense to upgrade to the new skylark and ddr4. But im sure that combined with a good gpu will go well over the $600 budget. Originally i did some google research and i read that the i3 4170 can still compete with some i5s if combined with a good gpu of course. (In terms of gaming). Im on the fence about going to the skylark, but it would be nice ;)

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 01:43 PM

I suppose one main question is what low budget cpu can i throw in with the r9 380?

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:14 PM

How about your current CPU?  While not cutting edge now, it's not terrible either and will be fine for running most games.  Just change the video card (and if needed PSU).  Maybe then decide and save up etc. for your next upgrades (CPU, motherboard etc.).  The R5-220 is frankly no good at all for gaming purposes.


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#7 errorx777

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 03:14 PM

True, that is probably a good idea, especially with the new skylark architecture being so new, maby i could just stick with my q9550 and get a new gpu (probably the r9 380 4 gb). Maybe once the new stuff gets less pricey i will invest. It will probably help the budget seeing as i will already have a good gpu

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 07:49 AM

If you can just upgrade your GPU and gain better performance while you get more money and wait for the Skylake platform to come down in price, that would be a good step.


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Posted 12 September 2015 - 08:53 AM

I think ill probabbly do that. Im going to keep my current setup, but upgrade to the R9 380 4GB, and eventually an SSD. 






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