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Hey all, so with Tax Returns coming up I have put aside some money towards a computer to replace this laptop (from 09). My budget is $900 NOT INCLUDING A MONITOR. So far this is what I have come up with, and according to some benchmarking sites I have been to this seems like a solid system, just wanted to get another opinion / suggestions.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, but here are the specs:

Windows 7 Professional 64bit (Don't have to buy this as I have a copy already.)

Case - Mid Tower Corsair Carbide Series 200R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018 $59.99

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 $64.99

DVD Drive - ASUS 18x DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135304 $18.99

PSU - Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153166 $64.99

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 $79.99

MOBO - ASRock H87 Pro4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157383 $87.99

CPU - i5 4670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116898 $219.99

Video Card - MSI R9 270X Gaming 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761 $229.99

All in all, $846.43 before the monitor, the monitor I am looking at getting is the ASUS 21.5 VS Series VS228H-P LCD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236176 $129.99.

So, any help on this would be great. If this is a solid enough build as is that would be great, too.

For instance, if I can get a decent PSU for less, I'd be interested that. If I could get decent RAM for less, I'd be interested in that as well. I know with the MOBO that I picked out I'll be able to upgrade to an i7 later on down the line when I get the money.

For all intents and purposes this is meant to be a gaming PC.

Again, thanks in advance for any help/advice/suggestions. :-)
post #2 of 32
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EDIT: Swapped the i5 4670 for an i5 4670k that way later on down the line I'll pick up the hyper 212 and get some overclocking done on it, so it is actually $866.43 now.

Also thinking of swapping out the R9 270X for a MSI Gaming N770 GTX since I made cuts elsewhere and have another $100ish to go towards it.
Edited by Anadriall - 1/27/14 at 9:58pm
post #3 of 32
not sure if hyper212 can handle an OC'd 4670k.. in our tropical country, a noctua D14 cant really handle a 4770 non-k OCd to 39 on all cores since the guy is using a z87 board. it always reaches 85C+ at full load. also you need a Z87 motherboard to overclock the 4670k


as for your PSU, you can swap the TR2 with a Roswill Capstone 550w, its 10usd expensive than the TR2, but it should be alot better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068

you can tone down the 4670 (now 4670k) to a 4570, its cheaper and the performance decrease is not really noticeable on real world usage in my opinion.

do you really need an ODD (dvd rom)? if you have USB OS installer, you probably wont need one. unless you have other programs that still uses a DVD/CD to install

lastly, maybe you want to add an SSD instead with that 100USD cut thumb.gif but thats just me.
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Okay, I also think Im going to stick with the R9 270x since it performs more then well enough for the games I play/will be playing. Would that still work with the 550?

And I do have a lot of games and my OS that I gotta use an ODD for.

Lastly can you recommend a good SSD? I plan to use it for just the OS.
Edited by Anadriall - 1/27/14 at 10:52pm
post #5 of 32
A Crucial M500 1208GB is a good, cheap SSD. no need to put all your programs/games there.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148693

you can get away with capacity less than 120/128GB if you want it cheaper, but in my experience it is not enough since some programs/games do benefit (mostly loading) if you place or install them in the SSD.
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post #6 of 32
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Thanks, good info to know, will probably look into that SSD.

But the 550W PSU should work with that R9 270x right? Since I am going to swap that for the GTX since 1, the R9 performs fine for what I want to do, and 2, it's $110 less which will make getting the SSD that much easier.
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A GTX 760 would be a nice alternative to a 270X, as I believe it's a bit faster.

IMO, if you have $100 more to spend, you should get a Z87 motherboard with a 4670k, as it'll save you from upgrading the CPU way down the road.

A hyper 212+ is just fine for my 4670k. I may have a good chip, but I run mine at 4.4 with low temps.
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Ah, didn't know I needed the Z87 to overclock, thanks for the information... However I am still trying to find out whether that 550W will support the i5 4670 (or 4570) and the R9 270X or not.
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Yes try to go with an SSD, will get you a much nicer all-round feeling of having a new system, faster boo times etc. A Crucial or a Samsung EVO, I wouldn´t get less than 120gb though, sorting out space problems is a pain.

Also maybe go with an Asus or Gigabyte mobo instead, a bit more reliable in my experience:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128590R

for example.
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Ah, didn't know I needed the Z87 to overclock, thanks for the information... However I am still trying to find out whether that 550W will support the i5 4670 (or 4570) and the R9 270X or not.

A 450 watts would be enough so 550 watts is more then enough

Stay away from the TR-2 i cant confirm which one of the 3 it is so i would assume its the HEC model
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