Solved Gaming/3d Rendering PC Budget Build Help

February 23, 2014 at 10:20:20
Specs: Windows 7
I'm looking to replace my five-year-old HP Pavilion Laptop. I'm techno-illiterate, but I still have an idea of what I want in my machine. A colleague of mine helped me assemble the following list of components for building the best Gaming/3d Rendering PC that my $800 budget will allow:

>>Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 CrossFireX HDMI DVI ATX Motherboard (GA-Z87-D3HP)

>>Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K

>>EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti Superclock w/G-SYNC Support 2GB GDDR5 128bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, HDMI, DP 1.2 Graphics (02G-P4-3753-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3753-KR

>>Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply

>>Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

>>WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

I trust his judgement, but I still want a second opinion. Is he right, or are there better cost/performance deals to be had? This is a big deal to me. I consider $800 to be mad money. I don't want to drop it on just anything. This list is slightly over budget. It is excusable if unavoidable, but if there are lower prices on similar components, I would appreciate any leads.

Thank you.


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February 23, 2014 at 16:20:39
I would stay exactly as you listed it except that with the GTX750 Ti you will not need an 750Watt power supply unless you are considering getting two GTX760's or higher later on. You can run your machine on the Corsair 500Watt to 600Watt models and even their 430Watt model since they all have really decent 12Volt amperage and the video card you selected is only listed as a 60Watt card, even overclocked and with the non-spec'd PCIe 6 pin connector, it is unlikely to go much over 80Watts and the 4670K similarly has a lower current draw than older premium CPU's.
Edit: Second look, the Black series WD drives are faster, if this matters to you (probably does) and the price is close enough, it is worth it in my opinion. Note that the Gigabyte Z87 MB's that support both SLI & Crossfire are about $30. more but only worth it if you might do SLI or would like other features they offer (more SATA or USB3, etc.). If you have a Microcenter near you, look at their CPU/MB combo pricing which is flexible and might save you some also.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 23, 2014 at 10:31:58
Well configured with decent components.

EDIT: after looking at the list again, I noticed one thing. Why get a board that supports CrossfireX then get an Nvidia based graphics card? It will work fine, that's not the problem. But Crossfire is for AMD based graphics cards. If you have no intentions of taking advantage of it, why get a board that supports it? If you think you might wanna take advantage of it, you may as well get an AMD graphics card rather than Nvidia.

One other thought - going with an AMD CPU & AMD based motherboard will lower the costs significantly but the performance will be lower too. Notice the I5-4670k is at the very top of the performance chart.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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February 23, 2014 at 12:00:24
First off, thank you for your quick response. I appreciate your feedback. Secondly, I seem to be at a crossroads. I can opt for AMD's affordability or Intel's performance? I would like to keep Intel's performance if I can. Part of me wants to keep looking for Intel MoBo's, but part of me wants do downgrade to AMD just for cost -- I can upgrade over time, as I find room for improvement. Recommendations I had suggested Intel Core-i5 3350P with a matching 1155 MoBo. The MoBo/CPU I picked totaled about the same as the current selection. Is there an 1155 Intel MoBo that you can recommend that has a similar price to the one in this list? Or would changing to 1155 from 1150 be a bad choice?

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February 23, 2014 at 15:56:46
The LGA1155 socket is older. The LGA1150 is it's successor & will support future Broadwell CPUs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1150

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadw...


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February 23, 2014 at 16:20:39
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I would stay exactly as you listed it except that with the GTX750 Ti you will not need an 750Watt power supply unless you are considering getting two GTX760's or higher later on. You can run your machine on the Corsair 500Watt to 600Watt models and even their 430Watt model since they all have really decent 12Volt amperage and the video card you selected is only listed as a 60Watt card, even overclocked and with the non-spec'd PCIe 6 pin connector, it is unlikely to go much over 80Watts and the 4670K similarly has a lower current draw than older premium CPU's.
Edit: Second look, the Black series WD drives are faster, if this matters to you (probably does) and the price is close enough, it is worth it in my opinion. Note that the Gigabyte Z87 MB's that support both SLI & Crossfire are about $30. more but only worth it if you might do SLI or would like other features they offer (more SATA or USB3, etc.). If you have a Microcenter near you, look at their CPU/MB combo pricing which is flexible and might save you some also.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 25, 2014 at 22:22:56
I did a bit more research and I believe I will go with these components. I did switch out the WD Blue for the WD Black, but the rest is unchanged. There is not a Microcenter nearby (although after browsing the website, I say there ought to be!) and the only shipping option was Store Pickup. No worries. All of these parts can be found on Amazon or Newegg. With this setup, I'll be able to push pixels, pwn n00bs, and have plenty of potential for upgrades. Thank you for your help.

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February 26, 2014 at 16:16:50
You are quite welcome. Enjoy.

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