Build a PC: Recommended Builds (June 2014)

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SamTheMan562

Hey guys, im building my first PC soon and I have a setup but i dont know if it will run games like Bf4, PvZ Garden warfare, and minecraft. CPU- Amd FX- 4170 Quad Core Socket 4.2ghz Am3+
Motherboard- gigabyte GA- 990 FXA-UD3
Memory- 8Gb corsair vengence 1600Mhz DDR3 low profile 1.5v.
GPU- HIS 7850 Ice Q x 2Gb
Case- Antec one
Hard drive- seagate barracuda 500gb 7200RPM
Optical drive- OEM Blu ray drive
PSU- Antec earth watts EA- 650 Green
QS- Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Any advice would be great :)

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laxuo

I just built the budget PC. First build I've ever done. The Hyper 212 EVO is sticking out the side of the case... Cannot put the side door back on.... Anyone else have this problem??

Pretty sure everything is assembled correctly

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The Mac

Assuming you used the Elite 210 from the build, there is no reason it should be sticking out the side of the case, its plenty wide enough.

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limitbreaker

Are you sure Mr mac? Judging from the pictures, it looks very tight. The motherboard will already be nearly 1cm off from the inner mounting plate and that's already using up 1 cm of space behind the motherboard for loose wires and such. If you look at the cooler, it's sticking out and wasting a lot of space before reaching the part with the 120mm fan.

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limitbreaker

I could be wrong but if it fits, it'll be a very snug fit.

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The Mac

it says fits up to 160mm heatsink.

The evo is 159mm

Make sure its tightened down correctly on the cpu.

Couple reviews on neweeg says its fits as well.

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The Mac

what case?

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limitbreaker

I wouldn't be surprised if they put the build together and didn't even try to see if it works... Max pc needs to have gorden put the builds together... These amateurish builds make the whole max pc look bad.

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gulfcoastfella

I built the Performance PC, and it's proving to be a fantastic build. I can't claim to love Windows 8.1, but I've applied the various mods to make it behave more like Windows 7, so that's alright. I would say the system is so quiet it purs, but it is in fact so quiet that it doesn't even pur, it makes no noise at all! And that's with steady temps at or below 30 Celsius! Congrats on the great assembly MaximumPC!

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The Mac

nice, we all use their builds as a guide, but its nice to see some one who actually builds to spec.

props to you sir.

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gramalom

Hey id like to know what does a SSD. i'm trying to build a comp and i'm not sure what good what not good and there some piece i'm not sure i need or not (like an ssd)

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limitbreaker

An ssd is like superman in your computer.

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alsoalso

Is it worth getting a i5 4690k for 25-30 Dollars more instead of a i5 4670k? I plan to overclock with a noctua d14 fan.

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Ohsasma

Im not going to lie I built a computer using all amd parts it was less than 600 bucks and was an amazing gaming computer so um go amd for cheap pricing but ultimate performance that's just my honest thought

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Vesuvius

build a mini Itx case or go home, dinosaurs these huge cases are

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vrmlbasic

I for one have little interest in a glorified G4 Cube. :)

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Jrestes927

Thank you guys for keeping up on these monthly "Recommended Builds"! For those of us who upgrade often so we don't lose too much value in our hardware, this is the perfect source!

One suggestion - consider adding one additional column for each rig. Instead of only listing the recommended specs for the current month, list the specs from the prior month as well so we can see the evolution. Simple copy-paste, right? :-)

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alsoalso

Hey guys, I am currently planning on building a PC and I have basically planned the same setup as the baseline build, except a Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X instead of the GRX 760, because it is much more powerfull and extremely affordable in Germany at the moment(350€ what whould be around 400 Dollars).
Any comments on that?

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CHR15x94

Is your build exactly the same apart from the GPU? If not, please post your specs!

Anyways, the first things that pop out to me just looking at the baseline build is the use of a Seagate hard drive and the Rosewill PSU. I've never associated either with quality, but I'm sure many others will disagree with me. I'd personally go with a Western Digital Black 1TB hard drive and something Seasonic based for the PSU (that includes many of Corsairs PSU's, which are at heart Seasonic units). Not sure who makes that particular Rosewill unit...

After that, the Radeon HD 290 and 290X are both very power hungry and put out a lot of heat. No experience with them, but make sure you have sufficient airflow. That cooler Sapphire uses will probably keep it cool enough, but an extra fan or two in your case might help keep temperatures and noise down.

Just my two cents! Is there anything you want your build to do besides perform well (run quietly, smaller system, etc)?

Anyways, good luck with your build! Should be a damn nice one!

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alsoalso

Ok, here are my specs:

CPU: Intel I5 4670K
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H
PSU: be quiet! Power Zone 750W ATX 2.4 (BN211)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DIMM Kit 8GB
Case: Fractal Design R4 Black Pearl
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
SSD: Crucial m100 512 GB (Is very cheap at the moment, around 200 Dollars, and I still have a 1TB Western Digital Black)

Yeah well, that should be it. Probably one or two more case fanns. I dont want a complete silent PC, but it should be a bit quieter than my old one.
But thanks for the feedback so far!

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CHR15x94

Nice, another Fractal fan! haha. Anyway, great case, just know the fan controller doesn't seem to have great quality control (lots of DOA) and sometimes the holes for the motherboard stand-offs are drilled a little funny, or the paint gunks them up or something. You might need a pair of pliers to get your stand-offs in all the way. Other than that, very good case. My friend has the R4, I have the "Mini". Both are solid, quiet and nice looking cases! Like I said in my other post, another fan will probably be needed to keep temps down (just grab one of Fractal's 140mm R2 fans).

Also, you're probably going to have to remove the 5-bay hard drive cage to install the graphics card, so you're only going to have room for three drives. Doesn't really matter though since you only plan on getting an SSD and an HDD.

That Crucial SSD is supposed to be nice, and that's an excellent price for one! If you want any other options, my Samsung 840 Pro (256GB) has been awesome, although expensive. Samsung's 840 EVO line is supposed to be great as well.

Your power supply is supposed to be pretty good as well. Assuming BeQuiet! isn't exaggerating how quiet their units are, it should be very quiet under the vast majority of workloads. The review I read of it says it performs well too (as far as delivering power). But, that review also said their noise levels were definitely higher than advertised. My Corsair PSU is rated at 25dBA at idle, and it is by far the loudest component in my system, under light loads at least. http://www.legitreviews.com/bequiet-power-zone-850w-psu-review_137128/7 It's the 850W version, but I imagine the 750W performs similarly.

Also noticed I said 1TB WD Black in my other post. Didn't realize the baseline builds used 3TB. My mistake. All the WD Black hard drives should be excellent.

So yeah. Don't see any big concerns with your build though. You shouldn't have any issues. Good luck with it! :D

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CHR15x94

Spam filter's acting up, please excuse the double post! Just a couple other things. If you don't plan on overclocking you can always get an i5 4670 and save a little money. Could also get a cheaper motherboard if you're not overclocking (H87, H97, etc).

Several Z97 motherboards are now available, if you want one of those, although they're really not much different than current products. Intel's Devil's Canyon CPUs should also be out shortly if you're really into overclocking.

Your current board also has three case fan headers, so it can control three fans (plus the CPU fan) without using splitters or anything. Just keep that in mind if you get a lot of fans. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4518#sp

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alsoalso

Wow, thats alot of feedback! Thanks buddy, I really apreciate it!
I will certainly look out for the things you mentioned.

Just one more thing: What do you think of the "be quiet! Pure Power L8-CM 730W" PSU instead of my current one? Is the Pure one less reliable or why does it cost 40 Dollars less. Both have the same efficiency.

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CHR15x94

Yeah... I've had a lot of free time since university ended for the summer... lol.

Anyway, just a quick search on Google, it's using a different OEM (HEC, rather than FSP which they use in the Power Zone PSU and most of their other PSUs). FSP is generally regarded as a better OEM than HEC, as far as I know. So yeah, it's voltage regulation isn't as good, a couple parts were cheapened out on a bit, etc. It's also has two 12V rails, rather than just one 12V rail that the Power Zone has, and it has a shorter warranty (3 year vs 5 year).

Basically it's (surprise, surprise) not quite as good as the more expensive Power Zone PSU. It's still pretty well reviewed. It's not hitting any red flags or anything, it's just not quite as well made/designed as the Power Zone.

I don't know a whole lot about multi-rail PSUs though... I think you're supposed to make sure you spread you're load across the different rails (so like, your most power hungry parts are your CPU and GPU, so put one on each of the rails). But again, I don't know. The only PSUs I have or plan on getting are single rail. There's some huge forum port or article somewhere on the interwebs that explains the differences and what not very well. I just don't remember what or where it is, or exactly what it said. :P

So yeah, double check the multi-rail stuff. I don't believe it's complicated, you just gotta know what it is. Both PSUs are good for their respective prices, I just wouldn't expect the cheaper one to last quite as long. Either should work quite well with the rest of your build. Just depends if the extra cash for better performance and reliability is worth it to you.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/PowerZone_850W/5.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/PurePower_L8_730W/5.html

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Jacob Stanbery

Actually, the Seagate Barracuda HDD comes between the WD Blue and the WD Black in terms of price and performance. If he want's to save a bit of cash, it should be fine.
EDIT: Apparently the Blue and Barracuda are roughly the same price now.

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CHR15x94

I was talking more about reliability. I don't have any hard data, but you can see it reflected in reviews on NewEgg and what not. Just my opinion, I'm sure plenty of people have never had issues with Seagate.

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limitbreaker

I've personally have never had a Seagate hard-drive that didn't fail on me. Every single one I've owned eventually failed while I still needed it. The builds on maximum pc are amateurish and should be avoided by anyone who can't see why.

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Jrestes927

limitbreaker, regarding your "amateurish build" comment - with the exception of the Seagate hard drive, every piece of hardware on the June Performance Build averages 4 or 5 out of 5 stars from the thousands of reviews from people who not only ordered off of the Newegg site, but had the knowledge and interest enough to go back to the site and take the time to rate it. This is in addition to the solid reviews that each piece of hardware earns from professionals across multiple forums/magazines/websites. I'm curious as to your "professional" suggestions for alternatives - using the same price points which the Maximum PC authors have chosen?

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limitbreaker

I could point out many things aside the Seagate drive and I don't even mean the fact that all three builds contain Samsung Evo which have very questionable life longevity. The fact that we're using a whole new build with a 4820k processors which needs a more expensive motherboard instead of just getting a 4770k which is a newer architecture and is faster. The argument will be that the x79 has more pcie lanes but seriously? You'd pay for an enthusiast motherboard and not get a hexacore processors to save 200$ on a 2200$ system? Just doesn't make sense to me.

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tom_m

It's a great card for $400. I think it would fit nicely with the rest of that build.

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Jacob Stanbery

So are you guys not doing the z97 motherboards yet?

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tom_m

We will starting next month :)

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Jacob Stanbery

Sounds great. The unlocked Devil's Canyon chips should be out by then.

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The Mac

June 26th supposedly

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Jacob Stanbery

EDIT: I thought it was June 14th, but the slide said June '14. Point redacted.

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The Mac

They ship to vendors on the 14th, but wont be available for sale in the retail channel till the 26th.

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LatiosXT

Part of me just doesn't feel comfortable with baseline and performance builds. Or at least, I'd feel better if I saw some performance figures.

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captainjack

I followed the Baseline build for June (I think) 2012 to the letter. I'm still firing on all cylinders at 1920X1080. I'm thinking about slapping in a new graphics card when the 800 series comes out. Currently I have a 560Ti.

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Gikero

These builds specifically or the idea of reserved builds? I don't think they're too bad, but I'm running on older hardware.