Hello everybody. As a first time builder I am looking for some (semi-)professional advice on the components I have chosen.
Budget I'm looking to spend about 800 Euro, since I still have to buy a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Where do you live (what country, don't post specific details), and what currency do you use?
I live in Belgium, however I will most likely order my components from the Netherlands (cheaper)
Is there a retailer you prefer?
Not particularly, however research has indicated that Afuture.nl and azerty.nl are one of the cheapest around.
Do you need or already have peripherals? (this can add to costs)
I do still need a monitor (preferably 1080p), keyboard and mouse. For the monitor I was looking at the Benq GW2255 and for the keyboard and mouse I saw an interesting deal for the Cooler Master storm devestator bundle.
What will you be using your Glorious computer for? Gaming? Rendering? Mix of both? Or is this a home media PC or SteamBox?
It will be a day-to-day computer. Meaning it should allow me to browse the web, do some schoolwork (i.e. office) and ofcourse it should be a good gaming PC (games such as GTA V, The Witcher 3, Ghost Recon Phantoms,...)
Do you overclock or want to get into overclocking?
Do you plan on going for custom watercooling now, or in the future?
Operating System. Do you need a new one?
What kind of settings do you like or what FPS do you want to play at?
I'm aiming for something around 60 FPS in pretty much all the games I want to play and I think High settings seems about right.
What resolution will you be playing at? //or would like to play at.
What kind of games do you like to play?
GTA V, The Witcher 3, Ghost Recon Phantoms. Mostly shooters and new releases.
What kind of keyboard do you prefer? Mechanical, scissor, membrane, etc.
I've only ever used a basic Logitech keyboard. So I don't really know what to aim for here. Don't know how they feel either.
What type of mouse-grip do you have? Palm, claw, combination?
No idea, really. I'm a lefty tho, but I could teach myself to game with my right hand...
What kind of games do you play? (mmo vs fps, for button management)
What size monitor are you looking for, and what resolution? Screen type (IPS, S-IPS, TN, etc.) ,hertz (60, 120, etc.)
I think 21.5" would be a nice size. Further, I don't really know the differences between the screen types. Just a decent monitor would be nice, nothing too fancy.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (€183.95 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (€103.89 @ Home of Hardware DE)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (€61.53 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (€88.89 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€53.67 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (€289.00 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Case: BitFenix Neos White ATX Mid Tower Case (€41.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I know certain prices are off or missing, so I will provide a list with current prices in the shop from which I'll be buying from:
CPU: Intel core I5 4460 (€ 184,80)
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-H97-HD3 (€ 89,90)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb (2x 4gb) DDR3-1600 memory (€ 56,80)
Storage: Crucial BX100 - 250 GB (€ 89,90) + WD Caviar Blue 1 TB (€ 58,80)
GPU: Asus Radeon R9 290 - Direct CU II OC 4Gb GDDR5 (€ 295,40)
Case: Bitfenix Neos (€ 40,20)
Power supply: Seasonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze certified ATX power supply (€ 63,90)
Additional fan for front of the case: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP (€8,40)
Brings total to: € 833,20
What I would like to know from you is:
- Is the motherboard good for this build or is it too much? I've had several other options, but I didn't know what to look for really...
- Is the R9 290 overkill if I'll only be gaming at 1080p or is it more an investment in the future so I can use it a little longer than an R9 280x? Hoping the release of the 300 series will lower the prices a little so the investment for the 290 is more justified.
- Concerning the case: there's a little bit of disagreement between reviewers. Some like it, others don't. I personally like the looks of it, but since I have no experience building a computer I would like to know your thoughts on it. However, it only comes with 1 fan, so do you guys think that would suffice or should I invest in an additional front fan? Don't know much about airflow, so your input is welcome. The Cooler Master N300 is another option for a case, by the way.
I'd love to hear your input.