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Advice on first build

#1RoballardPosted 7/27/2014 4:20:44 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GM6Wzy

I don't plan on overclocking. Any thoughts on CPU bottlenecking, overheating (do I need anything extra to cool the CPU?) and noise? Is this a good make for the 290? Also, any benefit upgrading to i5 K if I'm not going to overclock?

And, finally, when do you anticipate the 290 to drop in price?

Thanks in advance.
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#2fataliPosted 7/27/2014 4:48:53 PM(edited)
If you are not going to overclock, there's no reason to get a Z87 motherboard, you can save soem money getting a cheaper model and it won't affect performance at all. You don't need an after market heatsink for stock speeds, and the intel stock fan is not that loud, in fact I never notice it's noise when I had it installed.

Getting the top i5 would only win you around 100 Mhz of improvement, is hardly worth it since you are not overclocking, and most likely the i5 you have chosen will run games fine for years.
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#3PsythikPosted 7/27/2014 5:15:34 PM(edited)
Roballard posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GM6Wzy

I don't plan on overclocking. Any thoughts on CPU bottlenecking, overheating (do I need anything extra to cool the CPU?) and noise?
If you live in a hot area then you're definitely going to want to upgrade your cooling. Otherwise stock is fine so long as it is installed properly and gets dusted often.

Is this a good make for the 290?
GPU brand isn't as important as some people on this board want you to believe. I always go with the cheapest and never have problems. That being said, Sapphire is one of the more popular AMD brands.

Also, any benefit upgrading to i5 K if I'm not going to overclock?
No, and you don't need that Z87 motherboard either since all the Z does is add overclocking features. Save some money and get an H87 or B87 instead.

And, finally, when do you anticipate the 290 to drop in price?
Sometime around November I'd say, when nVidia releases their 800 series.

EDIT:Also, you don't need a 750w PSU unless you plan on going Crossfire/SLI later on down the road. GPUs are only going to get more energy efficient. 500w-600w is plenty. And save yourself $20 by ditching the DVD drive. You will use it maybe once or twice, if ever.
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#4BogePosted 7/27/2014 5:18:46 PM
That 290 is arguably the best one available. It's a good choice for sure.
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