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post #11 of 36
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So S340's are in stock.
I could now order everything except for the GPU and have a box to look at in disappointment for probably a few weeks because it sucks at gaming, until 970's in Canada become normal prices and actually available, then I can throw one in.
post #12 of 36
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Sorry for another question, and a dumb one too, but the S340 doesn't come with any intake fans, but 2 exhaust fans at top and rear.
I could just move one of the exhaust fans and use it as a front intake fan right?

As I've said I'm going to use the stock cooler and want a case for good airflow, it seems like out of the box they're expecting you to be water cooling.


Since there seems to be nothing wrong with anything I've chosen, I'm ordering all of this tomorrow.
Well, all of it besides the GPU, which is out of stock, I'll order that whenever actually possible.
post #13 of 36
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Excluding keyboard and mouse its $1200 CAD which is $1075 USD, so I overshot the budget a bit.
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Hunched/saved/tVKscf

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.



Also...
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.


Your build is fine. but here are my tips on savings smile.gif

1- Get a coolermaster Hyper Evo 212... stock is just lame man.
2- Crucial Has M4 recertified 250GB for 80$ on their website.. comes with 1 year warranty
3- keep the psu .. you might go sli later
4- go with the asus mobo...
5- monoprice has cherry mx keyboards for like 50$.. if there is none in canada.. wait for blackfriday.. that's when peripherals get lots of love.
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Sorry for another question, and a dumb one too, but the S340 doesn't come with any intake fans, but 2 exhaust fans at top and rear.
I could just move one of the exhaust fans and use it as a front intake fan right?

As I've said I'm going to use the stock cooler and want a case for good airflow, it seems like out of the box they're expecting you to be water cooling.


Since there seems to be nothing wrong with anything I've chosen, I'm ordering all of this tomorrow.
Well, all of it besides the GPU, which is out of stock, I'll order that whenever actually possible.

it depends on what airflow u looking for. if u looking for positive. i'd buy one more fan and use two as intake and one as exhaust. In your case.. i'd buy two fans ... air flow is never a bad thing.
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Your build is fine. but here are my tips on savings smile.gif

1- Get a coolermaster Hyper Evo 212... stock is just lame man.
2- Crucial Has M4 recertified 250GB for 80$ on their website.. comes with 1 year warranty
3- keep the psu .. you might go sli later
4- go with the asus mobo...
5- monoprice has cherry mx keyboards for like 50$.. if there is none in canada.. wait for blackfriday.. that's when peripherals get lots of love.

I read both your posts, but I only have questions about your first point.

What is wrong with the stock cooler? Almost everywhere people seem to deter others it. Is it actually bad at its job or do people just think it looks bad?
As long as it cools well enough that I can play demanding games without overclocking, I'll be satisfied with it.

I just currently think if I ever go as far to install an aftermarket cooler, I'd get something like the Corsair H100, if I'm going to overclock I feel like I should go all or nothing, seems like a waste to do a mild overclock with a mild cooler to me.

And the reason I'm not convinced on overclocking right now but feel like I might be in the future, is from what I've seen, overclocking seems to give not much of an fps increase in most games. The bang for the buck doesn't seem great. At this moment though, dropping $1000+ at once, it just doesn't feel worth it.

However, I can easily see myself in the future with $100 cash not knowing what to spend it on, which is when I'd overclock.
Overclocking to me seems like a nice thing to do if you have the cash and you're interested, it really doesn't actually seem to help very much, for gaming anyway.
I might be wrong though, but I've seen some overclocking benchmarks on some sites, it seems to be in the range of a 1-2fps boost.

The nice thing about PC's compared to consoles and one of the reasons I'm getting one, is upgrading and freedom.
I don't need to buy all the extras and bells and whistles right away, I can do that over time.
This is likely going to be the most expensive single purchase I make on a PC, because after this, I obviously don't buy a whole new PC every time I want to make it faster.
Which is why I'm trying to just get all the necessities at first, instead of cheaping out on necessities to make room for less important bells and whistles which I can get later.
I hope I make sense.




Thanks for heads up on the SSD.
Also, I'm ordering all of this today, so I don't think I'll be waiting for Black Friday or any sales.

I'll check this topic again later today before I finally pull the trigger.
Thank you everyone for the help, this is where I'll go if I ever need help with anything PC related.
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I read both your posts, but I only have questions about your first point.

What is wrong with the stock cooler? Almost everywhere people seem to deter others it. Is it actually bad at its job or do people just think it looks bad?
As long as it cools well enough that I can play demanding games without overclocking, I'll be satisfied with it.

I just currently think if I ever go as far to install an aftermarket cooler, I'd get something like the Corsair H100, if I'm going to overclock I feel like I should go all or nothing, seems like a waste to do a mild overclock with a mild cooler to me.

And the reason I'm not convinced on overclocking right now but feel like I might be in the future, is from what I've seen, overclocking seems to give not much of an fps increase in most games. The bang for the buck doesn't seem great. At this moment though, dropping $1000+ at once, it just doesn't feel worth it.

However, I can easily see myself in the future with $100 cash not knowing what to spend it on, which is when I'd overclock.
Overclocking to me seems like a nice thing to do if you have the cash and you're interested, it really doesn't actually seem to help very much, for gaming anyway.
I might be wrong though, but I've seen some overclocking benchmarks on some sites, it seems to be in the range of a 1-2fps boost.

The nice thing about PC's compared to consoles and one of the reasons I'm getting one, is upgrading and freedom.
I don't need to buy all the extras and bells and whistles right away, I can do that over time.
This is likely going to be the most expensive single purchase I make on a PC, because after this, I obviously don't buy a whole new PC every time I want to make it faster.
Which is why I'm trying to just get all the necessities at first, instead of cheaping out on necessities to make room for less important bells and whistles which I can get later.
I hope I make sense.




Thanks for heads up on the SSD.
Also, I'm ordering all of this today, so I don't think I'll be waiting for Black Friday or any sales.

I'll check this topic again later today before I finally pull the trigger.
Thank you everyone for the help, this is where I'll go if I ever need help with anything PC related.
I've spent a lot of time on here reading other threads and this has been one of the most useful places in my process.
When I first became interested in getting a PC, I was most intimidated by the building process, but choosing the best parts ended up being much more difficult.

Well. stock cooler isn't sufficient, never been never will be, yes it does a Job. of keeping your CPU at 70C.. but if u spend 20$ it's will be at around 40ish with no OC. i didn't tell u to get this for the OC. i told you to get it for better temps, and for better noise levels. i don't think i've seen someone install the stock cooler for a long long time.
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Well. stock cooler isn't sufficient, never been never will be, yes it does a Job. of keeping your CPU at 70C.. but if u spend 20$ it's will be at around 40ish with no OC. i didn't tell u to get this for the OC. i told you to get it for better temps, and for better noise levels. i don't think i've seen someone install the stock cooler for a long long time.

I didn't realize the stock cooler would do that bad of a job, I knew it wouldn't be anything great, but I thought it would be okay.
I've heard the stock coolers for AMD CPU's are far louder.

If I'm going to go through all the pain and hassle of installing an aftermarker cooler, I feel I should make it worthwhile by getting something great instead of just okay.
That's honestly one of the reasons I was feeling like sticking with the stock cooler, the 212 Evo seems like a pain to install. Stock you just push in the 4 corners and done. The thermal paste is also pre-applied which is nice.

If I get a liquid cooler, what would you recommend? It's not something I've looked into very much, but it seems like Corsair is the most popular. I assume I'd have to buy some thermal paste too, there's different kinds, again something I haven't looked into.
They also don't seem to be any more difficult to install or require any more maintenance than any aftermarket air cooler, they just cost more and work better.

I suppose I have time to figure this out, it's not like ordering today would get it here any quicker, it's the weekend, nothing starts shipping on the weekend.
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H220X = expandable, good unit and very decent price.. maybe more than h100i.. but it's more modular.
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Not overclocking? Do you need an Optical Drive?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.98 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($115.98 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($82.24 @ DirectCanada)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse ($62.98 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1116.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-05 18:38 EDT-0400
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I've changed a few more things. Still haven't ordered because the Asus Strix is still $450 CAD, hoping it will go back to $380 soon.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Hunched/saved/tVKscf

Some things to note:
Added a Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler.
Switched PSU because the 750 G2 suddenly became more expensive right when this PSU suddenly became available.
I switched to an Arc Midi R2, which just fits my $100 budget for the case.
Switched keyboard to the same thing with a backlight.
I'm still with the smaller Crucial SSD because its main purpose is for my OS.

The final things I need help with are...
1. The Noctua NH-U12S seems a bit overpriced, if anyone has any cheaper air cooler recommendations near $50 or less that aren't too much worse, that would be awesome. Otherwise I'm getting it.
2. I've read some people say the G502 is too heavy for FPS games, I have no clue if it will bother me, I don't think there's anything lighter with a sensor as good, maybe someone else knows.
3. Just some reassurance on the new PSU I chose, if I'm not mistaken it's based off of the SeaSonic G PSU's which are good.

I'm tempted to give in and buy an EVGA 970 which are currently $380 CAD, but I'd regret that if the Asus Strix dropped back to its normal price right after.
Probably not the best idea to buy something I'd be less satisfied with out of impatience, but I don't know why the hell the Asus skyrocketed in price, and when or if it will even come back down...
It would also suck to wait a month and for it to still be $450 CAD...

The CPU Cooler is about the only thing I'm not sold on completely, I'm hoping the mouse weight won't bother me, and I'm pretty sure the XFX is a SeaSonic G.
So I'm pretty much set with this build now, completely satisfied with almost everything.
I either order everything but the GPU very soon, or wait for the GPU to be available and order it all at once.
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