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Re: Building a new computer....

John S. Hudson wrote:
reflecting an i5 and no graphics card, this is what i have come up with to start with, give or take a few different brands here and there.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1fUJe
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1fUJe/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1fUJe/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5\" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5\" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $637.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 14:31 EDT-0400)

Thats a nice build on a very tight budget. I would suggest going with the i5 4670 (faster) and a better motherboard, like an MSI z87 G45 or higher, or a Gigabyte z87 UD3P or higher. These boards are much better built than the cheapest boards and offer better reliability/stability and performance. You also want to get an aftermarket CPU cooler, like a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus or Evo ($20 to $3) or Corsair H50 or H60 ($50 or slightly more). The Haswell processors use a crappy integrated heatspreader and run really hot under load, and the stock Intel heatsink is ineffective at running these at decent temperatures.

And again, I would strong recommend buying an unlocked K processor, as there are significant gains to be had even with modest overclocks with minimal effort.

Jul 12, 2013 at 07:08 PM

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