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New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
10-13-2015, 03:45 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-15-2015, 05:01 PM by copper905.)
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New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
So far I have this:

Processor:
Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54690 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600

Video Card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-3967-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD3 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model CT2K102464BD160B

Power Supply:
Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

Case:
Thermaltake Urban S1 Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case (CA-1A8-00M1NN-00)

Hard drive (Hybrid):
Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD

Optical Drive:
ASUS DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24F1ST - OEM

Are the parts compatible?
Is this a good build?
What could it run?
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10-15-2015, 05:01 PM,
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
Help is appreciated ^_^
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10-15-2015, 08:35 PM,
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
Do you have all those parts currently? Or is that your shopping list?
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-16-2015, 04:47 PM,
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
(10-15-2015, 08:35 PM)Dan-H Wrote: Do you have all those parts currently? Or is that your shopping list?

Shopping list :o
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10-16-2015, 05:51 PM,
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
Ok, more questions Smile What is your budget? What resolution monitor?

Other than normal office / web browsing software, what is your planned use? gaming, or photoshop/video editing / software development? What software do you want to run / need to run?

Please include the name of the software package if you know for photo/video, or if gaming which games.

At first glance the parts list seems a little unbalanced. You could plus a couple of areas for a little more money and get good performance gain, or if you wanted to spend less you could drop the memory to 8GB, drop the CPU down a notch to a core i3 4160 and have nearly the same performance for less money.

If you are certain you want a core i5, I'd look at skylake processors and motherboards. A little more money but a much longer lifespan since they were just released.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-19-2015, 12:27 PM,
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
(10-16-2015, 05:51 PM)Dan-H Wrote: Ok, more questions Smile What is your budget? What resolution monitor?

Other than normal office / web browsing software, what is your planned use? gaming, or photoshop/video editing / software development? What software do you want to run / need to run?

Please include the name of the software package if you know for photo/video, or if gaming which games.

At first glance the parts list seems a little unbalanced. You could plus a couple of areas for a little more money and get good performance gain, or if you wanted to spend less you could drop the memory to 8GB, drop the CPU down a notch to a core i3 4160 and have nearly the same performance for less money.

If you are certain you want a core i5, I'd look at skylake processors and motherboards. A little more money but a much longer lifespan since they were just released.

My budget is around 1000, planned use is gaming, video/photo editing (probably shorter clips) and possible software/game development. The software I will use is most likely Photoshop and Sony Vegas. I have just started programming however, so I'm not sure really about programs for that. I have 1920x1200 monitor and would like to play most new releases at high/max setting at good fps.
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10-19-2015, 10:22 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-19-2015, 10:23 PM by PwnBroker.)
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
the build you listed looks something like matb's tier 4 build from june and everything looks compatible. since the prices are coming down and more choices on cpu's and mb chipsets i would go with the skylake platform with the i5-6xxx of your choice and either an h170 or z170 mb depending on if you go with the k series cpu and dont forget the ddr4 memory. with upcoming games being developed with dx12 a 4 core processor appears to be the sweet spot as dx12 will use all of those cores if the dev codes and utilizes them correctly. matb has a new cpu article up that lists the new skylake part numbers.

as far as photoshop and coding the i5 will do well with that as well. the gtx 960 is a good card for your price range atn1080p and high to some ultra settings.

good luck
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10-19-2015, 10:56 PM,
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
Agree with PwnBroker on going with a Skylake i5-6xxx, and given how you intend to use the system, 16GB is a good amount of RAM and the core i5 is good choice for your budget.

I would try and find a way to get an SSD in the system. 250GB Samsung Evo SSDs were on sale for $80 yesterday on newegg, and will likely be this price or lower again soon.

I'd drop the hybrid SSHD and instead go with an SSD and a 1TB spinner.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-21-2015, 02:28 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-21-2015, 02:37 PM by copper905.)
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
Would you recommend i5-6500 or 6600? I don't plan on overclocking so I will not get K.

Also, I live in Canada so everything is more expensive, so with an SSD I will probably go over budget. I figure I could add one later if I happen to have extra money. That's also why I didn't go for the skylake, as ddr4, the processor itself and the motherboard all cost quite a bit more here. Do you think it is worth it? I also don't really plan on upgrading parts in the future.
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10-21-2015, 10:55 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-21-2015, 11:06 PM by Dan-H.)
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RE: New computer build... Opinions and advice welcome...
I didn't catch the Canadian part, and I don't really know what prices are in Canada.

$1000 Canadian is a different story, and I don't really know what the shopping options and price difference is.

I would still go with just an HDD, and invest in other areas and save to add an SSD later.

I've had really good success with G.Skill memory, and this might be less $$ than the one you selected.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820231568
decent timings, lifetime warranty, ...

on cases, this might save you a couple of $$.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AAJ0...29QT0IENFR
I've seen the price of this bounce around. I own this case and it decent though it is low priced. I picked mine up for $32.99 US with free shipping on amazon.

Tiger Direct frequently has deals on cases but you need to watch for junky junk, and I don't know if they ship to Canada or not.

In all honesty, I haven't tracked core i5 prices but stepping back to Haswell and fourth gen MoBos will save you some money over Skylake and Z170 motherboards, but this is a price vs performance tradeoff and I haven't looked that closely at the differences.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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