Originally Posted by Hunched
Excluding keyboard and mouse its $1200 CAD which is $1075 USD, so I overshot the budget a bit.
This build is going to be exclusively for gaming.
Please correct me if I'm wrong about anything, as it's likely I am, I'm new and learning.
1. I picked an i5-4690k because it's the best i5, and i7's offer little performance increase over i5's for gaming.
2. I'm sticking with the stock cooler because I've heard it will suffice, and I don't plan on overclock... yet.
3. I'm still torn between the Asus Z97-A and the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5, I don't know which is best, or if there's something better than both.
4. I picked the RAM because it was low profile and appealing to me, and was at least 1600mhz with a CL of 9.
5. I went with the MX100 because after hearing bad news about 840 Evo's recently with performance, they seemed like the next best thing.
6. I chose the Western Digital Caviar Blue over the Seagate Barracuda simply because it was more popular, they seem identical otherwise.
7. I was planning on going with the Asus 970 or Gigabyte 970. The Asus 970 was $70 cheaper, but that changed overnight, they're both overpriced in Canada currently at $450, not to mention out of stock, they have been since launch.
8. I'm torn between the NZXT S340 and Fractal Design Arc Midi R2, I want a case under $100 with a window, good airflow, and dust filters.
9. The PSU is overkill I know, I was looking for that was at least 500W 80+ Gold and fully modular, this is the 3rd cheapest one under those restrictions, with far more praise than the 2 cheaper ones below it.
10. The mouse is a little on the pricey side, but I hear nothing but good things about Logitech, so I'll probably take the plunge.
11. The keyboard was the cheapest one I could find with Cherry MX Red switches that seemed to not be trash build quality.
I'm open to all criticism, suggestions, reassurance, everything, it's all appreciated, I want all the feedback.
I'm most open to changing the case, motherboard, and power supply, they're simply the things I have the least confidence I'm right about.
I know one thing everyone is going to say is that I shouldn't get a 4690k or Z97 if I'm not overclocking, but from what I see the money saved from not doing so isn't very much, I don't know if the money saved is worth permanently denying myself of changing my mind in the future.
Also from what I've seen, overclocking your CPU doesn't seem to give much of a performance gain in games, an average of a couple fps.
I feel like I'm missing something as to why everyone loves overclocking so much. If I ever do overclock it's not something I would half do either, I'd probably go full on water cooling instead of just getting a 212 Evo. May as well go all the way if I do decide to do it.
Other than all that, all I have to say is I'm waiting on the S340 and 970's to be in stock in Canada which I have no clue when that will be... I definitely want this built this month.
Thanks if you took the time to read all this.
Out of all of the tech forums I have found, this is the only one that has been of much use to me, more information than anywhere else on what I want to know.
Thanks to this site I found out about problems with EVGA's ACX coolers on 970's and Samsung's 840 Evo's performance issues as of late.
Posts by Shilka have steered me away from Corsair RM PSU's and made me confident in my choice of the EVGA 750 G2.
This is also where I read up on the Logitech G502 and was convinced to take the plunge on the pricey mouse.
I don't know if my presentation is poor or just too long, but hopefully I get some replies here.
Again, thanks if you actually read all this.