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 Post subject: First time builder looking to stay under $2000
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:57 pm 
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Hi I'm new to the forum, and I'm a first time builder. As to title says I'm looking to stay under $2000, this is what I've come up with. How did I do?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: EVGA Hadron Mini ITX Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($13.07 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($13.07 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($30.24 @ Amazon)
Other: Slim Slot-Load DVDRW Drive ($39.99)
Total: $1861.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 13:06 EST-0500)


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 Post subject: Re: First time builder looking to stay under $2000
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:10 am 
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mattv111 wrote:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

I would drop this to a i5-4670K. The i7-4770 doesn't offer much more performance for what you pay for. If you don't plan on overclocking though, drop it down to a regular 4670 or a 4570.

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CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

If you plan on overclocking, I would suggest the H80i. Otherwise get a Cooler Master Evo 212, if it fits (I'd do some side research :D)

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Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

If you're hurting to save money somewhere, drop this to 8GB.

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Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

I'd prefer Samsung, Intel, or OCZ's later SSDs, but that might do. You could use the money from dropping the RAM down to go to a 250GB SSD though if that appeals to you.

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Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card

You'd get more bang for your buck if you went down to a GTX 770.

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Case: EVGA Hadron Mini ITX Tower Case w/500W Power Supply

The only thing I don't like about this is the PSU appears to be proprietary. I'd opt for a BitFenix Prodigy or Corsair's new Mini-ITX case.

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Case Fan: Cougar Vortex 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan

If you're getting sealed water cooling for the CPU, then skip the fans (assuming the case comes with one).


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 Post subject: Re: First time builder looking to stay under $2000
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:24 am 
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Thanks for the reply! I like both the cases you mentioned, what PSU would you recommend with those cases?


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 Post subject: Re: First time builder looking to stay under $2000
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:34 am 
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I usually stick with Seasonic, but anything by Corsair or Antec (not their "green" or budget series though) should do. I believe other brands that get noted for quality are Silverstone, some XFX PSUs, and some Rosewill PSUs (usually their Capstone series).

500W should be plenty for the system. Word of warning though, if you get those cases, I believe the maximum depth you're allowed to have is 160mm. Also, if you end up getting the Prodigy, I highly recommend a modular power supply. The only gripe I have with it is that the PSU compartment is cramped because it's completely blocked off towards the front of the case. The Obsidian 250D doesn't have this issue, but I'd still get a modular power supply anyway to keep things tidy.


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