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Windows 7: Building a new PC

19 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 
Building a new PC

i've decided to build myself a new computer. my target is a reasonably capable gaming rig in the ~$1,000 USD range here. a friend threw this together for me, but i was hoping to get a second opinion. this is the first time i've ever genuinely built a computer from scratch. i'm hoping i can get this right, so i'm open to being torn a new one.

these are the parts as he listed:

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CPU: intel i5-4590 $224
Mobo: ASUS H97M-Pro4 $115
RAM: 2x4GB Patriot-S 1600MHz $87
GPU: either: Sapphire R9-280 $299 or Gainward Phantom GTX760 $264
SSD: 120GB Samsung 840 Evo $93
HDD: Seagate 2TB (7200rpm) $94
ODD: Samsung SATA DVDRW $18
Case: Antec three hundred two $79
PSU: Antec HCG520 $89
and this is my attempt at finding some of them. i know some are listed as out of stock, but so long as i know exactly what i'm looking for it shouldn't be too hard to find it elsewhere.



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19 Jun 2014   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

for something around 1000 I would say your friend did ok. Although; if your gonna do any gaming of any type; i might consider stepping up the processor to the intel i7.
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21 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

For gaming, a Core i5 is more than enough and will free up the cash to put into a better graphics card.

Do you have any plans, immediate or otherwise, on Overclocking? If so you may want to step up to a "K" series CPU.

For the motherboard, I would go with a Z97 board from Asus instead of the H97's.

At least a GTX 760 or AMD equivalent graphics card

RAM.....8GB (2x4GB kit) of either Corsair or G. Skill, 1600MHz or better

That's an excellent choice for the SSD/HDD

Wouldn't waste money on an optical drive, unless you absolutely have to have one because of frequent use. That's what they make external optical drives for

The case is purely subjective, but NZXT, Corsair and Fractal Design are the industry leaders in options and innovation. I am currently diggin' the NZXT H440 cases.

Lastly, for the power supply I would go with the SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold......fully modular, more than enough power, and built like a tank. Fantastic stock cables as well.

I realize this is probably a tad north of your $1000 target ( I didn't add anything up), but for just a little bit over your original budget, you can have a MUCH nicer computer that will do everything you need for quite a few years.
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21 Jun 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
for something around 1000 I would say your friend did ok. Although; if your gonna do any gaming of any type; i might consider stepping up the processor to the intel i7.
i5s are almost same with i7s
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21 Jun 2014   #5

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Agree with kbrady1979 on the Seasonic PSU. They're built to last.
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21 Jun 2014   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Agree on most of the parts the SSD for boot in particular - though I have found my 250GB EVO has slowed down somewhat since installation. But I find it's Magician software really good.
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22 Jun 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
for something around 1000 I would say your friend did ok. Although; if your gonna do any gaming of any type; i might consider stepping up the processor to the intel i7.

Most games aren't going to even be able to take advantage of extra cores/threads.

Generally speaking, a decent i5 is more than enough for a gaming rig.

Of course, if you're wanting to push the limits, and have the cash, there are advantages with going with a higher-end set up.
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22 Jun 2014   #8

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Hi there, Don't forget to include the cost of Windows 7 Home Premium or higher in your budget unless you have a retail version you are going to use with your new build.
Newegg.com - windows 7

Good Luck
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23 Jun 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

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23 Jun 2014   #10

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

So I took a couple of slight liberties based largely on some reviews I read and affordability. It's a bit north of my ideal, but I can be afford to be somewhat flexible there.

And $100 for Windows 7 Home Premium. How is it? Are there any parts that will try to murder the parts next to them when I'm not looking? Any parts where I'm paying a lot for not much better?

I really appreciate all of your help thus far. I'm in the process of watching that 3-part Newegg tutorial on YouTube, so I'm hoping that when I finally get everything together I'm not stuck trying to put square pegs in round holes, sending incompatible parts back, or gluing my CPU to my monitor.
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