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First PC Build, mainly Gaming and School

8BitTodd
  • 82 months ago

Heyo! In this build I wanted to go for a robust set of parts, but also keep my budget way below the $1000 budget. I have already got some parts (as seen), gifts from last Christmas. ;) My estimated wattage is only 243 currently, and that is worrying. If I am only generating 243 Watts of power, am I not getting optimal performance??

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $135.99 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $66.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data S599 40GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Purchased
Storage Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card $79.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $84.50 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $63.74 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Purchased
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ Outlet PC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $821.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-01 19:10 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

cpu only draws like 84 watts or something like that, the gpu will draw the most but its not very much for that card. everything else draws very little power.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a good thing?

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

it will be good on your electric bill

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ok thx

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

if you're planning on playing modern titles at max settings I would suggest putting more money towards your gpu. Something like this setup I linked would play almost any game at max settings. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yQSM

And also the amount of wattage is how much power your pc consumes and isn't really directly related to performance.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad doesn't believe me that AMD is just as good as Intel gpu's, convince him. Also, what does it mean when it says a "6-core" or "quad core"?

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Each core in a cpu is a different processing unit which means that the cpu's work can be divided across different cores. To be honest I'm not really sure how to explain it that well. Also, just because a cpu has more cores doesn't necessarily mean it's better.

In my opinion amd is a better choice when building a gaming rig on a lower budget. And I'm only 16 so I know how you feel when it comes to trying to convince your parents about buying things.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That was a perfectly fine explanation. And yeah, it sucks...

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Good luck on your build! I'm excited to see how it comes out.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I know it's been a while, but I'm realizing that I need to shrink my budget down to the $500-$600 mark. I hear there are perfectly good computer around that price range, and I don't think I am going to be getting anywhere with telling my parents they need to help me spend $700 to $900 on a computer that will most likely eat u my life. Here is a link to some modifications I made to the original build: pcpartpicker.com/p/1EFQy

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I would like 2 have a 2 channel RAM kit (2x4GB). Can you give me a list with that in it?

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

The ram itself isn't actually dual channel. The motherboard is designed to have dual channel memory which means if you have two sticks of memory you install it in slots 1 and 3 on the motherboard. And this gives the ram the best performance I believe.

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