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My First Gaming Build

Bahamut5098
  • 55 months ago

I've decided to ditch my Mid ATX case and go with a full-size from now on, as the Radeon I just bought barely fits in my mid tower, and the Mobo is 9 years old, and I've taken this machine apart too many times already.

Anyway, I'm wondering if the following parts list will work as it says, and if I should switch out the CPU, Mobo or Case (the only 3 I don't have at the moment.) Budget is $400 for those said parts. Thanks in advance.

Parts List: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FQzZbv

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally would go with intel instead of a nearly 3-year old chip. Your original list will work without issue, but there is a cheaper version of that XFX PSU that is essentially the same

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor $225.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $91.55 @ B&H
Case Phanteks PH-ES614PC_BK ATX Full Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $397.53
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-17 12:39 EDT-0400
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you recommend a Mobo other than the one listed? Newegg has that one listed and the reviews have a lot of DOA's.

I really like ASUS or Gigabyte, and $100-$150 would be a good price if you can recommend any. Thank you.

Here is the updated parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LwmxBm

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This would be the best inexpensive option from Asus or Gigabyte: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz97xsli

It's odd that there's a lot of DOAs for that motherboard. It has always been a solid board, especially in design. It's also worth keeping in mind that every bad experience is posted in a review section, but only a fraction of good experiences are posted.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's odd that there's a lot of DOAs for that motherboard. It has always been a solid board, especially in design. It's also worth keeping in mind that every bad experience is posted in a review section, but only a fraction of good experiences are posted

Always remember that Newegg reviews are only good for one thing: Overall perception and sample size. Reading the reviews makes me want to set fire to everything.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For gaming: i5 > 8xxx

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor worth getting from a Phenom II X4 965? Is it worth getting the i7 yet or will the 4690 perform for games into the future?

The 4690K seems a little expensive, so should I get a previous generation or just suck it up and buy the 4690K? Thank you.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

4690k is a great chip and will perform well for a gaming workload. Remember that k series chips are unlocked, others are not, so always buy k series if you're comfortable overclocking.

I do love that Intel fans will say to buy an i5 over an almost 3 year old chip, and then recommend the almost 3 year old haswell i5 (broadwell & skylake both being much more expensive, each for their own reasons).

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't plan on overclocking, so should I purchase something else?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Xeon.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For gaming: i5

For productivity apps that use 8 threads and still benefit from increase single threaded clocks: i7

For productivity apps that effectively use 8 threads but you don't want to overclock: xeon

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