its 62 without the rebate promo code EMCKAAN25
might end soon tho. if you do want to do a rebate the 750M is also on sale for $52
I agree with the poster above, building a computer is basically like putting together a lego set. The pieces only fit in certain places, its not like you will plug something in backwards and break the whole thing. I would definitely study up a little and watch some videos before hand just so you know what to expect and what tools to use, but other than that im sure you will be fine. Save that 200 bucks and put it into your GPU or something : ).
As for resources i would highly suggest the videos that philip posts here on this site. philip is the creator of this website and he does builds every couple of months. His write ups are excellent and the build videos are high quality as well. Here is his most recent one:
and here is the link to all of his other guides:
watch a couple of those videos and you will be good to go.
720 maybe 50-60, 1080 no
you shouldnt need to upgrade the bios for that mobo, and there are no compatibility problems
money wise i would budget a little higher than 450, i browsed sale websites for weeks to make sure i was getting the best deals for this build. but if you mean the part, that is all you need haha.
for the mobo i have the box/discs, CPU would not have the packaging, i would most likely keep it in the mobo so the pins are safe during shipping.
yeah everything works perfect, just wanting to upgrade.
How much would you pay for a 8320 and ASUS M5A97 R2.0, I've had the 8320 for about 1 year now and its lived at 4.1 GHz stable under air its whole life.
nah works out of the box
i believe so, this case had a nice matte finish to start with so i didnt need to sand it down at all to make the paint stick or anything like that. If you case has plastic or a glassy finish you may need special paint.
Hey thanks for the compliments! I'm glad someone appreciates my deal hunting obsession lol. everything looks great so far.
For the Microcenter bundle, there should be more deals than just the ones that come up on the website. check out the online catalog: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e19db37d#/e19db37d/34
Just ask the sales associate there if they can help you and make sure they bundle at checkout.
with that in mind, I'm personally a fan of the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=870741
I have it in my build and it is significantly cheaper than the ASRock boards. Also im sure ASRock would be fine, but i have heard that some of thier AM3+ boards weren't that great. That being said i think the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 will work well and get you to 4.0, i personally have been running an 8320 on this board at 4.1 for the past year or so.
RAM: That's a great deal! just make sure you read all the instructions closely for those Virus protection rebates, sometimes they try to cheap you out of the money if you mess up something small in the rebate.
Storage: great deal as well.
PSU: XFX PSU is great but a good deal on one of the EVGA 600W would be just fine as well.
GPU i think in this budget range r7 265 is the way to go. and 110 is about as low as i have seen lately, maybe once at 105.
Overall your on a great track to a good cheap build. If you have any more questions just shoot me a PM.
haha ok bud.
upvote for the Korean IPS monitor. I have one as well, never going back.
supposedly they already have benchmarks out.
for the record the 84C is with the 4690k in turbo at 4.3
i actually just used some sticks and grass to do it. wire brush might actually work better tho.
yeah microcenter in-store prices are pretty brutal besides the CPU and mobo combo. Plus on top of that you gotta pay tax on everything. Either im sure you got a quality build for $1000 there.
thanks it was a pretty cheap and easy mod that really makes the build unique.
Thanks, yeah the paint job was a little sloppy but it ended up looking pretty fitting for the mass effect theme.
i made quite a few changes... but they all make sense imo.
First thing was upgrading the mobo very slightly. The one you had was a much older model of the gigabyte one i have on there now. The 6300 is a pretty power hungry chip and this board will handle it better. Also the other one lacked a lot of features that this one has.
CPU cooler i took down a model. The TX3 is still a great cooler. The hyper 212 is a little overkill for this comp, with the budget and mobo i wouldn't suggest overclocking and if you do i wouldnt take it very high. If that is the case, the TX3 will keep the chip nice and cool, only performs about 3 degC under the 212 evo.
RAM i changed to dual channel for cheaper. Same size with slightly better performance all for cheaper, easy decision there.
Put in the Gigabyte r7 265. I'm a fan of the cooler design on the gigabyte one over the MSI and it is cheaper. performance should be the same if not better.
power supply changed to a more reputable brand. EVGA makes a solid tier 3 power supply for a budget build. not to mention it is cheaper and will perform better.
The biggest change was to make the monitor 1080p and a little bigger, with a nice gaming computer should come a nice monitor to play it on or all these specs don't really matter.
Also changed the mouse and keybaord to a good gaming bundle with high quality parts. Assuming this is a gaming machine and the wireless part of the keyboard was not a requirement, this keyboard will work well and look cool with your minor blue theme going on.
feel free to post in the http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/2-part-list-opinions-wanted/ section of hte forums for more opinions.
i was more responding to both replys above but i see what you are saying.
i wouldn't call it sad... i would call it smart. The client didn't want to game and graphics cards have no affect whatsoever on HD movies.
i wish my work gave out 4k monitors as prizes
Very unique build, and you did real well with the cable management for what parts you had in there. good job +1.
It was a good stab my friend.
Never seen that case before, but damn does it look slick. How was it to build in?
how much for the PSU, CPU, Mobo, and RAM?(all together) and when are you able to ship the parts?
i agree you can stick stock with the i3, also i forgot to remove the second CPU cooler in the parts list.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU changed to a better one with the 1150 socket. more upgradeable socket.
Mobo changed to new H97 board will be better overall.
RAM: cheaper and faster, no reason not to.
CPU Cooler: better performance for cheaper.
Windows 8.1, 8 has some bugs that are fixed in 8.1 and it is cheaper.
if you already have the 7870 that is fine but the r9 270X is similarly prices for better performance.
are u willing to part it out still? im looking for power supply and RAM, but i also feel bad for making you part it out. if you are desperate let me know.
you got some great deals +1.
hopefully im not too late. theres a promo code on newegg right now for the mx100, making it 67 bucks, pretty good deal imo, great price/performance ratio, and i think it should make the decision a no brainer.
cool cool, just to let you know, the R9290X with a reference cooler such as the one you have list, has very very poor heat dissipation. I personally have one and it runs at 90 degC on even eay to run game, and will throttle down power to keep cool. If you do get it you should look for a way to replace the reference cooler. I personally would say just go with a aftermarket cooled r9290.
if you have questions ask away.
now that i did look into it, i think you could swing that mobo with an 8350. I was thinking about a simmilar board the ASUS M5A78L-M, which is onyl rated to 95W cpus, when the 8350 is 125W.
On the gigabyte page they claim the bard can handle 125W.
Either way i personally would sped a little more on the mobo in case he wants to overclock in the future, and also change the 770 to a 280X just bc it is cheaper for similar performance.
good catch on the mobo tho.
That R9 290X? do you already own it? or know of a place where you can get it for that price?
I have a couple comments and can come up with a build, im just not sure if that part has to be in the list?
that bargain bin mobo wont be able to handle the 8350, the power draw is too much and there is a high chance that the mobo VRMs will fail trying to keep up with it. I suggest at least a 970 chipset board.
With the GPU redundancy maybe consider having the back up as a not as good GPU. Grab something like a 750ti or a r7 265. Both cards there would be able to play those games listed, just not on high settings. The 750ti is a really power efficient card and would work well with the build.
In general PC parts usually don't randomly fail. Chances are if it works when you plug it in, it will last at least until the warranty runs out. But then again there's always a small chance of something going wrong with it. so i would say that maybe the 1 big GPU and some smaller cheaper but still capable GPU might work better if you are ok with that. Just something to consider.
it has not, i kinda upgraded it instead of selling lol. here is the completed build, it is for sale as well if the price is right.
also the questions:
Are the components about the right level for each other (nothing way better/worse than the others)? the build you had is pretty balanced, no complaints there.
Can the dual GPUs, which look fat (2 back panes), fit on the small MB? Will they have enough airflow between them under load? I wouldn't suggest corssfiring on a microATX board, but it can be done, it will be a tight fit.
Are any of these manufacturers reputed for particularly poor reliability? All of the parts you had are from good manufacturers.
Will I substantially benefit from having the two cards in CFX, or is it too much hassle for what it offers? The alternative is keep the second card boxed as a cold standby (possible cheaper model). I hear CFX isn't always great, and this MB can only host two GPUs in PCIe at 8x bandwidth (instead of one at 16x) There are times to crossfire and times to not, for the most part the driver issues that came with crossfire are mostly fixed, but there is a chance you will have problems with it. I personally think for your needs you should go with 1 card.
I'm guessing if I want Bluetooth/Wifi I need to get a dedicated card in the PCIe x1 slot? Yes, that or some mobo's come with wifi built in.
This is what i would suggest if you are traveling via plane with a build.
The build is a mini-ITX build which means it is very small and has a case that is made for transport. Theres a good amount of difference in parts i choose so ill explain why each i picked each one.
CPU - i went with a i5-4690 because it is a brand new CPU that just was released a couple weeks back by intel and has much better performance than the 4440. Also i went with a locked CPU because if you want a small transportable build, chances are overclocking isnt the best idea. You don't want a tower air cooler moving back and forth or a water loop that is being pulled and push from someone else handling your luggage.
mobo - There arent many options for mini-itx mobo's but this one will be great for this build. Has plenty of features including the built in ac wifi, so you dont have to worry about that pci-e slot.
RAM - brought ram down to 8gb, anything over that is overkill for gaming.
changed the SSD to the MX100 which is slightly faster than the M500, but either one will be fine.
2TB harddrive changed to a cheaper version. should be the same speed.
GPU - i took out the crossfire, i know it sound cool in theory, but i think if you are transporting this build and want it to be smaller, there just isnt room for crossfire. Crossfire adds more heat, more space, and more power needed, the performance of a 770 is similar to the crossfire, and wont come with all the problems that come with crossfire. The 770 will be able to play all of the games you mentioned and then some. I choose the 770 over a 280X because the 770 uses less power and generates less heat, which is important for a mini-ITX build.
PSU - cheaper PSU, still good quality and is modular. Can keep the one you had in there if you want.
case - Bitfenix prodigy is the go to mini-ITX case, great reviews, looks cool, etc.
feel free to ask me more questions if you want.
Here's a real good completed build with this case, has good pictures of the case and what a completed build can look like in it.
i figured you guys would be busy at Quakecon lol. I appreciate you responding to my feedback.
the main thing i dislike about it is the recycled squirrel cage fan needed for its operation i think it looks tacky and has to be colored red. Also re-using part of the reference cooler that was the problem in the first place worries me. And also i like the angles and design of the plate from the NZXT G10.
It's just my opinion tho, im sure the HG10 is a good fir for plenty of people and builds.
CPU cooler performance is only 1 or 2 deg under the hyper 212 and cost me only 10 bucks. I wasn't trying for real CPU intense overclocks either way so it works fine for me.
In the description I state that the reference design R9 290X was running at 90 degC and throttle rendering it basically useless until i replaced the cooler on it. so i didnt really have time to wait for the HG10, also i built it about 2 months back so the HG10 wasn't even announced yet, but either way im of the opinion that the HG10 looks kinda funky and not as slick as the G10.
it is just cheap spray paint, i don't even remember the brand lol. the tricky part is using painters tape to cut out the TX lettering.
I agree that for a high end build intel is the way to go, but this is an upgrade and i didn't really want to replace the mobo and cpu this time around, the performance on it is still great, no complaints on fps in games on ultra, even playing on 1440p.
The one star is for the reference cooler design. The card under water performs great by all means, but the card without the mod doesn't work very well at all.
this build will be able to handle high-ultra setting, one with a 750ti will not.
Also it has an SSD, which i would HIGHLY recommend.
can you link me what RAM it is, and how much?