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Middle of the Road Build (I think)

#1smelly_boobPosted 1/23/2014 12:50:38 AM(edited)
Not really trying to build a crazy gaming PC, just looking for a solid build. Trying to keep it between $1000 and $1100. I didnt have the heart to go crazy cheapo on everything.... but i felt i held back on several components to keep it from ballooning to a $2000 build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/iamkoza/saved/3wjL

Looking for your comments on this potential build. AMD vs. Intel aside.... i think I may be going overkill with 16 gb of ram instead of 8 gb. The 750w PSU is also probably more than needed but the price difference between a 650w and 750w was only $10. I want to try modular as well. I want the space of a full tower so not really considering mid towers.
#2ClouddxPosted 1/23/2014 1:21:29 AM(edited)
I would suggeest looking @ this: http://www.logicalincrements.com/ and revising your whole build.

At that price point you should be going intel and shouldn't have a weak card like the 7790. You're build is just terrible for the amount of money you're spending.
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#3smelly_boob(Topic Creator)Posted 1/23/2014 5:57:28 AM
Clouddx posted...
I would suggeest looking @ this: http://www.logicalincrements.com/ and revising your whole build.

At that price point you should be going intel and shouldn't have a weak card like the 7790. You're build is just terrible for the amount of money you're spending.


thanks for the link.... you're opinion is my build is terrible.... but whats funny is looking at the link i basically selected the exact build they have listed under "great" category (except i have double the ram which i admitted was probably overkill and i want a full tower and they suggest a better video card which i really dont need).
#4tiger8191Posted 1/23/2014 6:13:54 AM
So you're not building a gaming PC?
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#5Flaktrooper123Posted 1/23/2014 6:40:18 AM
I am not sure what you want. Unless you are using an E-ATX motherboard, you don't need full tower. I find middle tower is just good enough. For over $1000 build, you probably want intel Z87 with i5 4670k build though you can keep that AM3+ motherboard and use FX 9370 processor instead. Drop that SSD and change the hard drive to Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black. You save a little that way and it is faster than standard 7200rpm drive.

For $1000 build, that 750W PSU is an overkill, get one around 550-600 watts.

Unless you are just building an office or multimedia PC, a good video card is a MUST HAVE for gamers. Most of today's games are GPU intensive instead of CPU intensive, so you want about 30-40% of the total PC cost on the video card. With the money saved you can get R9 270X or GTX 760.
#6smelly_boob(Topic Creator)Posted 1/23/2014 8:29:11 AM
thanks for your comments and suggestions. I'm going to look again at your ideas and work to fine-tune this build, thanks!
#7ClouddxPosted 1/23/2014 8:34:38 AM
Flaktrooper123 posted...
I am not sure what you want. Unless you are using an E-ATX motherboard, you don't need full tower. I find middle tower is just good enough. For over $1000 build, you probably want intel Z87 with i5 4670k build though you can keep that AM3+ motherboard and use FX 9370 processor instead. Drop that SSD and change the hard drive to Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black. You save a little that way and it is faster than standard 7200rpm drive.

For $1000 build, that 750W PSU is an overkill, get one around 550-600 watts.

Unless you are just building an office or multimedia PC, a good video card is a MUST HAVE for gamers. Most of today's games are GPU intensive instead of CPU intensive, so you want about 30-40% of the total PC cost on the video card. With the money saved you can get R9 270X or GTX 760.


Exactly TC, you need to get a better video card if you're spending this much. The 7790 isn't going to perform as well as you think.
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#8-5xad0w-Posted 1/23/2014 8:40:13 AM
I've got nothing against AMD, and for the price to performance ratio, their current 6 core lineup is about the best you can get.

But for a $1000 build that CPU is kind of undershooting the potential.

PSU is a bit of overkill.

As is a full tower unless you have very specific needs that warrant one.

I'd also knock the memory down to 8GB unless you need 16GB immediately. (high end editing and so on) RAM is one of the easiest things to upgrade after all.

As far as the HDD/SSD combo, have you looked at Seagate's newer hybrid drives? Might be something to consider as it will give all your storage an overall boost vs. having SSD speeds for 120GB with the rest at mechanical.
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#9phantasyPosted 1/23/2014 8:52:27 AM
I think having a high power supply at the start is a good idea, you never know when you might want to add another card. That saves you money from having to buy another power supply. Especially if you can get one at a good price, 750w gold for $90 thats not bad.
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#10ClouddxPosted 1/23/2014 8:55:55 AM
phantasy posted...
I think having a high power supply at the start is a good idea, you never know when you might want to add another card. That saves you money from having to buy another power supply. Especially if you can get one at a good price, 750w gold for $90 thats not bad.


Cept a good 750w can literally power 2x780ti's which he's coming nowhere near. There's no need for that much power when nearly half of it isn't going to be used.
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