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Can you help me build a better PC for the money?

ITneto
  • 70 months ago

Haha so funny. Chek out the Forum Guidelines. *No piracy

I wanted to make a part list of the best build for the money under 1k with no performance loss. I tried to score a 780ti but I am not that good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $54.00 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card $389.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $59.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $956.91

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

With r9 290 OC would be very nice. As a result I would suggest to upgrade cpu and mobo as well. Also WD hdd's have lower failure rate in comparison to Seagate. I also changed gpu to the one which is on sale. As a result you are still below $1k.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $319.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $48.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $997.91

It might also be not a bad idea to get a bigger psu, depends on how much you would OC though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, this one is more future-proof. would you recommend to not spent on a SSD and get an afermarket cpu cooler, and a bigger case? Also how can you tell that GPU is the OC version.

Many Thanks

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

well, you can OC any GPU, though for AMD there is 200x versions, which are supposed to be better at OC and overall an improvement. However, 290 apparently is much better at OC, than 290x; and it also achieves similar benchmarks while being significantly cheaper (couple hundred $). -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k5_f_gsxJw

As for cpu, there is 4690 and 4690k. This 'k' stands for 'unlocked' and has much more potential for OC.

Motherboards divide into H and Z category. H - locked, Z - unlocked.

SSD is a very nice thingy and you should keep it. It will significantly speed up boot time and OS in general.

Bigger case would definitely be better, since you do indeed need good airflow. GiGABYTE's 290 is hot (not critical though), much hotter than TriX. However AMD claims that 90 C is fine for their cards. Meanwhile I would still suggest better cooling if you plan to OC. So, bigger case would help with that + more space to put coolers. Check this one out -- https://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph240w1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UldimCki9pg

Keep in mind that with a bigger case, you can go with full ATX mobo, not mini. You can find one for the same price, just make sure it is z97 (your cpu is only compatible with this one).

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, as for cpu cooler, one would be very beneficial for OC, since stock coolers which come with cpu's designed to handle only stock cpu performance. However, this would require you to spend some extra cash ($50+). Personally, I am not the best person to ask about mid-range cpu cooling; need to do some reading. What I can tell you though is that for mid-range it seems that high-lvl air is comparable to liquid cooling in that price range. If you are willing to spend some more and go hardcore, then check out Corsair h100i. It has good reviews overall but a $100 price tag. I don't have any experience with it though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for clearing that out for me! then overclocking seems to be a little bit more expensive... Hey I watch HardwareCanucks too! Theire reviews are great :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem )

You can get smth like this then and add cpu cooling later on. I changed mobo over here, so the price went down a bit. I only glanced at the board, seems fine, but make sure to read more into it and see if it will be enough for you (the board doesn't support crossfire, but I doubt you will buy a 2nd gpu to use it)

Good luck!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $80.00 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $319.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ TigerDirect
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $968.92

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