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Windows 7: Opinions on Revised Build

07 Nov 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Opinions on Revised Build

My part list has changed significantly from when I was first on this website. After gathering much knowledge over the past few months, I feel confident with sharing my part list on this network. I kept the Haswell Refresh i5 4690K as I feel confident in OC'ing the chip. I have become a bit more flexible with the budget and have increased $200 to $1200. If I can build something better with $1200 let me know, all opinions are accepted and will be looked at! *SSDs are not included but I will be using a Crucial MX100 128GB Boot Drive*

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($212.48 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-AR ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($100.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.89 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.48 @ Mwave)
Total: $954.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-07 20:34 EST-0500

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07 Nov 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Looks good, personally I would increase ram speed to 2400 mhz. I used TEAM Xtreme in my i5 build with a mini ITX ASUS and let me tell it it's the freak'n bomb and flat screams !

Team Xtreem 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (TXWD38G2400HC10QDC01) - PCPartPicker
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07 Nov 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Cheaper... and faster... Hmmmm.... I'll consider it. This would be extremely benificial for a friend who wants an APU build (A10-7850k). I'm glad you're not one of the many people who remarked the S340 "sucked bc no optical drive". I won't need it..
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07 Nov 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Here they are in my rig !
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07 Nov 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

That looks great! I'm sure they perform beastly as well. So in the ITX build, I'm assuming you went with watercooling correct? RAM clearance seems totally absent from the pictures, really tall heat spreader.
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07 Nov 2014   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

This was in a Bit fenix Prodigy and yes I used a H80i cooler.
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09 Nov 2014   #7

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

Seems kind of a crime not to get an SSD for a boot drive these days. A 128 or 256 GB will run you between 90 and 130 dollars. They make a world of difference.

Is there a reason to choose the 4690k over the 4790k? The latter is 4 GHz out of the box.

The WD blue 1TB is a better drive than the Seagate for the same money. It is a single platter and is fast and quiet. I have 2 in raid-0.

You should be able to fit these in your budget.

The EVGA power supply has not gotten stellar reviews. There are better around that price point or a little more.

EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G 750 W Review | techPowerUp
HARDOCP - Conclusion - EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G 650W Power Supply Review


which I believe is Superflower based.
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09 Nov 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1


Good call on that EVGA power supply.
Two brands I prefer.
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