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Is This a Good Build and Price? - Alan_Schezar - 12-22-2014

- Intel® Core™ i7-5820K Processor (6-cores, 15MB Cache, Overclocked up to 3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
- 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
- AMD Radeon™ R9 270 with 2GB GDDR5
- 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
- 1500 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
- Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English

= $1700


Basically, I'm comparing this to a Tier 7 Mainstream Gaming PC. There are some upgrades and some downgrades.

Some specific questions are if the components are worth it? Do you really need a 1500 Watt PS and would that just run up your electric bill? I'm having someone else assemble it, and I'll be reusing my 27" monitor and ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-E sound card from my old computer.

Thanks for any advice/comments!
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RE: Is This a Good Build and Price? - Dan-H - 12-23-2014

The balance seems off. The PSU seems overkill and the graphics card seems thin.

Checkout Matt B's recent article >> http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-video-card-best-gpu-fall-2014/

If you went with a R9 290 or a GTX 970 you can get by with much less of a PSU.

Do you already have a motherboard for that CPU and DDR4 memory?

I'm not sure what games or other software you have or plan that need the six core 5820K, vs a fast overclocked 4 core like a 4790K, but if you don't have a motherboard you might look at building a system up around a 4790K and invest more in the graphics card.


RE: Is This a Good Build and Price? - MathieuB - 12-23-2014

It would help us if you let us know what you intend to use that PC for Wink

Any reason you removed the SSD? It's definitely one upgrade that will make your PC feel more responsive/faster overall.

1500W is definitely WAY overkill, even if you overclock and get two video cards.


RE: Is This a Good Build and Price? - Alan_Schezar - 12-23-2014

(12-23-2014, 04:30 PM)MathieuB Wrote: It would help us if you let us know what you intend to use that PC for Wink

Any reason you removed the SSD? It's definitely one upgrade that will make your PC feel more responsive/faster overall.

1500W is definitely WAY overkill, even if you overclock and get two video cards.



Hey all! I'm using the PC for low-level gaming (no first person shooters) and some video editing (Photoshop and Premiere Pro). My last computer was a Dell XPS 710 liquid cooled icore duo circa 2007(!), but I upgraded it to the limit over the years with help from this site (HD, video card, sound card, ram). And all the advice has worked great so far BTW!

So my plan this time was similar. Spend more on the liquid cooled processor/motherboard (something I don't plan on upgrading), and spend less on the HD, RAM and video card, and upgrade those in the future when the technology goes up and the price goes down. After a couple years, I'm betting that that overkill processor/motherboard will be considered just average. Also, I recently bought a 1TB HD Caviar Black after it was recommended by HR, and while it has been great, I filled up the space after ~1 year. Hence, I thought it would be better to get a larger but slower SATA instead of a SSD, and it would also save on the cost. As for the Power Supply, the PS I had on the XPS 710 was 1000W, so I figured 1500W was the way to go, and the 1500W seems to be about the same price as a 850W due to a sale here.

Hope this helps regarding the background and hope you all can give me some more great advice! Thanks again!
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