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Tier 4 Gaming PC - Correct Parts?
03-13-2016, 06:37 AM,
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Tier 4 Gaming PC - Correct Parts?
Hi all,

I joined here a few years ago, with the intention of building my first PC. Things didn't quite go to plan, so here I am again, finally getting round to doing this! I went through the suggested parts for the Tier 4 gaming PC, and the following is a list of the closest matches that I could find here on Amazon UK - please could somebody confirm for me that these are correct, as per the Tier 4 suggestions here on HR?

The intended use for the PC is actually music production & photo editing (software: Reaper, Reason, Photoshop), with some gaming (mainly Flight Sim X). I am not looking for the absolute best graphics available, and my budget pretty much stretches to Tier 4. I will be using my existing monitor for now (until I feel the need to upgrade), which is a very old LG Flatron L204WS, and already have the required peripherals (keyboard, mouse, etc.). I have also selected Windows 7 x64 from Amazon, which I am assuming is compatible with this build?

This is my first time attempting something like this, and I have never had a decent/powerful PC in my life - I'm fairly sure this set up is going to be more than adequate for my requirements. Please let me know if I should change anything, and thanks a lot in advance for your help Smile

Motherboard: MSI Mainboard Z170M Mortar Socket LGA1151 4 x DDR4

CPU: Intel Core Skylake Processor i5-6500/3.2 GHz (Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz - 4 Core 6Mo Cache Socket 1151 (BX80662I56500​)

Video Card: EVGA GTX 960 - 04G-P4-3967-KR PCI Express Graphics Card

RAM: Corsair CMK8GX4M2B3000​C15 Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 3000Mhz CL15 XMP 2.0 High Performance Desktop Memory Kit, Black

SSD: SanDisk SDSSDHII-480G-​G25 Ultra II SSD 480 GB Sata III 2.5 inch Internal SSD up to 550 MB/s

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD10EZEX Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache SATA 6.0 GB/s 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224FB/RSMS 24X Internal DVD Writer with SATA

Power Supply: Antec VP450P 450W 12cm OCP/OVP/SCP/OP​P PFC ROHS PSU ATX2.3 Dual Rail - Black

Case: Corsair CC-9011086-WW Carbide Series 88R Windowed mATX/Mini-ITX Case for Computer - Black

Cooling: HYPER TX3 COOLER

Sound: Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 Sound Card (PCI Express 1.0)

Networking: Motherboard

Required Cable: Cable Matters® (3 Pack) 90 Degree Right-Angle 6.0 Gbps SATA III Cable - 45cm

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64 English 1 Pack DSP OEI DVD LCP (PC)
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03-15-2016, 12:45 AM,
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RE: Tier 4 Gaming PC - Correct Parts?
My thoughts, and I'll be honest, I haven't researched Skylake that much, but the Z170 Mobo's are similar in features to the Z97 Mobo's

MoBo -
If you are willing to step up to a full size ATX card, consider this MoBo.
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813128837
dual m.2 slots, USB 3.1, fairly good onboard audio. depending on your audio needs, the ALC 1150 might be good enough so you don' need the sound card.
It will force a new case to be chosen.

Cases: Checkout these three. I have the Fractal R5 and it is a great case, but the Phanteks is another I considered.:
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) or there is a Titanium model for about $10 more.
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black ATX Mid Tower Case

Cooling: HYPER TX3 COOLER
- you could just use the OEM cooler and save about $20.

Power Supply: Antec VP450P 450W
- you might look at investing that $20 into a 550W unit, for if in the future you upgrade to a GTX 970 you'll be sure to have enough PSU for it.

Sound: Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 Sound Card (PCI Express 1.0)
- onboard audio might be good enough. I think it depends on what you are wanting. I have the ALC1150 chipset on my desktop and it is good enough for me, but I don't have it connected to super high quality speakers.
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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03-20-2016, 11:05 AM,
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RE: Tier 4 Gaming PC - Correct Parts?
agree with some of dans insights. ill add that dgx is a lower end sound card. for fps gaming it comes out better than the alc892 or alc1150 codecs but for music playback the onboard codecs actually sound better.(on board audio has come a long way).
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03-20-2016, 05:36 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-20-2016, 10:00 PM by Dan-H.)
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RE: Tier 4 Gaming PC - Correct Parts?
(03-20-2016, 11:05 AM)PwnBroker Wrote: agree with some of dans insights.

I'm interested in what you don't agree with. It's one way I learn.
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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03-20-2016, 10:51 PM,
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RE: Tier 4 Gaming PC - Correct Parts?
(03-20-2016, 05:36 PM)Dan-H Wrote:
(03-20-2016, 11:05 AM)PwnBroker Wrote: agree with some of dans insights.

I'm interested in what you don't agree with. It's one way I learn.

nothing technical solid advice, but he is already stretching his budget and the atx board and the cases would put him over £80-90. the other is personal taste for a workstation type build and the mid-tower case takes up a lot of space unless there is space on the floor. although he may not mind a larger case size which is why i didnt point that out.
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