New PC

Here is my build:

It will be used for gaming. Please tell me what I should change. I need to keep it to the price it's at or less, not $40 more. Thanks.

EDIT: I will not be doing any sort of overclocking, mainly because I don't feel comfortable doing it. I feel like my CPU would just burst into flames.

EDIT2: I plan to add a second GPU and put them in SLI. I feel like my GPU is less than it should be, please tell me where to take money from for the GPU (if it really isn't too good).

If you're budget building AMD is your friend. The 8320 outperforms the i5 4430 by a decent margin at stock clock speeds and you can OC it like crazy.

PCPartPicker part list:

Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Micro Center)

Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Amazon)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)

Total: $823.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 00:17 EDT-0400


About $5 over the old build but I can guarantee, its much better than your original build. If you want some benchmarks I can show you some.

Firstly, what do you plan to do with this computer?

With $800 he can't expect anything more than a gaming PC or NAS/Home server(Which I doubt is what hes asking for). If he want's something to do video editing or photoshop, a normal gaming rig would be enough. At his budget, he wouldn't be able to build a good workstation. And either way, he says it in the post, he will be gaming.

Hey Shredder2600 spent the second CPU cooler money on the big i5 and I like it

+1 and extra points for stacking rebates

I went a little over  ... just for contrast

Yeah, since OP has a CPU cooler(er, two - keep the Hyper 212), pick up the i5-4690K if overclocking is a factor.

Ah, skimmed by that part.  Thanks for pointing that out.

It's funny, I had compiled an AMD build at the same price, and everyone told me to use an i5.

Overclock on that motherboard?

Eh, bit sketchy.

even if it isn't  ... the difference is close to nill

Scoutdrago3 ^^^^ you may want to add a CPU cooler to the build

If overclocking, yeah.  However, I don't like overclocking using the BCLK, as it's can cause more problems with system stability.

Guys, in the OP it says he wants to game with that computer. If Gaming is what he is going for, his build is actually pretty well balanced.

He also said that he does not want to overclock, so the first thing one should recommend is get rid of that "k"-CPU and save a couple of bucks.

Next, if he is planning on adding a second videocard in the future, it would be a good advice to tell him to opt for a stronger PSU. Something in the 700+ range would be appropriate to have enough power for a second GPU plus some overhead.

Last but not least, if he is really planning to go with a single-drice storage solution, I personally would recommend going with a Hybrid drive.

I've already got an SSD from Kingston - that's why I didn't put one in the build.

Even better

Already built the PC.