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[First Build] <2k Gaming and Intensive Circuit Simulation Rig. Feedback wanted!

amuthrej
  • 69 months ago

Hi,

Here is the rig I have come up with thus far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $406.56 @ DirectCanada
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $128.14 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $179.64 @ Vuugo
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $180.78 @ NCIX
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $90.38 @ Canada Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.87 @ Canada Computers
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $463.28 @ NCIX
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $101.68 @ NCIX
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $126.88 @ NCIX
Monitor Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor $160.78 @ NCIX
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $118.50 @ DirectCanada
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $33.88 @ Canada Computers
Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-2002 6W 2ch Speakers $14.55 @ Canada Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2064.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-07 23:05 EDT-0400

I would like to push down the price to <$2000 for everything tax included.

The large PSU is for adding another video card in the future. I think I would like to try dabbling in OC so I wanted to keep that an option.

This is my first build so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for getting your hopes up with a reply. But my feedback is: I am jealous.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I am worried about getting too much power without much benefit though.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never heard of an "intensive circuit simulation" before, but if it really warrants the usage of a hyperthreading-capable CPU and 16GB of RAM, then I'm all for it. If not, however, you can still get mind-blowing performance out of your rig using an i5-4690K and 8GB of RAM.

Seagate's hard drives are rather notorious for their higher failure rates compared to Western Digital and Hitachi, according to a very lengthy study. I would strongly advise you swap out that Seagate drive for a Western Digital Caviar Blue or Black of the same size and speed.

An R9 290 is a little overkill for playing games at 1080p@60Hz, which is what that monitor is offering you (although it's actually a 75Hz monitor according to my research, the 290 will net you framerates much higher than that at 1080p). You can save a little cash by downgrading to an R9 280X and still get great performance. You also mentioned the prospect of using CrossfireX in the future, but I would not advise that unless you plan on buying a second or third monitor or upgrading to a single 4K monitor. Reason being is that multi-GPU setups are not supported or optimized for all games, and for the ones that aren't, you might actually lose performance while playing them unless you disable one of the graphics cards. You would only get any useful benefits from using it with multiple 1080p monitors or a single 4K monitor.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I did scale back on the things you mentioned except on the GPU.

If I were to get two 1080p monitors, would the 290 be worth it or could I still get away with 280X?

Thanks again!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I would still strongly advise the purchase of a second graphics card before you plan to get a second monitor. Even if you only use one monitor for gaming and the other for internet browsing or whatever, you're still going to see noticeable dips in performance unless you get a second card.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response! Based on some of your feedback, I have modified my build to this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $256.98 @ Newegg Canada
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $128.14 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $138.98 @ Newegg Canada
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $93.97 @ DirectCanada
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $132.19 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.09 @ DirectCanada
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $365.48 @ NCIX
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $124.28 @ NCIX
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $96.61 @ Vuugo
Monitor Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor $160.78 @ NCIX
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $41.79 @ Canada Computers
Keyboard Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard $88.14 @ Amazon Canada
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $70.03 @ Amazon Canada
Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-2002 6W 2ch Speakers $14.58 @ Canada Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1820.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-08 19:55 EDT-0400

Let me know if you think there are still improvements to be made.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

For the money right now, you can get a powercolor pcs+ 290 for less than that 770, and it will outperform it and run cooler/quieter to boot.

Also i'm not familiar with that power supply, it may be worth it to check and see if reviews are available to find out whether or not it's a decent unit.

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