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11 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
New build

NEW i5 PC Build to upgrade 2nd PC

Motherboard AsRock H97M-Pro4
PSU Antec Antec Neo Eco 80+ Bronze 620W
CPU Intel i5 4590
CPU Cooler CoolerMaster Hyper D92
Thermal Paste Artic Silver 3.5gm
RAM GSkill Ripjaw-X 1600 16GB Kit
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB
HDD 1 WD Blue 1TB
HDD 2 WD Blue 1TB
Case Corsair CC400R
Speakers Logitech

I have the OS, GPU, monitor etc. The GPU is a GTX750. The user does a bit of gaming.

Does anything stand out as a bad choice? I'm not really happy using the Intel stock cooler. The case was the most uncertain choice.

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11 Jul 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

The motherboard and the PSU.

How much do you want to spend for a motherboard ?

I`d upgrade the card to a 960.

EVGA - Products - EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ - 04G-P4-3966-KR
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11 Jul 2015   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Overall looks to be a nice solid build. I have zero experience with the WD blue's, I've settled in on Seagate Baracuuda 2TB drives as my basic storage drives and 3 and 4 tb versions for high capacity storage. For speedy basic storage a WD black. We are right around the corner from really cheap ssd storage so if it was me I would suggest 2-3 tb and opt for something with 7000+ rpm and 64gb cache.....but that's just me.
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11 Jul 2015   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I don't know anything about the case. Overall, the components look OK. Following are just comments.

That's quite a low power GPU; 55 watts TDP if I read the specs right at

If it is nonetheless adequate for the games that the user wants to play, I'd think that you may be able to do a a bit better on the power supply. Maybe something in the 400 to 550 watt area with a higher 80+ rating, perhaps modular and higher efficiency for similar money. I don't think that Antec is modular? Is noise a factor for this user?

Perhaps the Seasonic G series. Or the highly efficient Coolermaster V450/V550/V550S:

Cooler Master V550S with 3D Circuit Design Review | techPowerUp

Here's a review of the cooler:

Coolermaster Sound Level Measurements: Which Heatsink is Quietest? - Hyper D92 FrostyTech Review

I guess it ships with two 92 mm fans. Normally, I'd try to find something with a single 120 mm fan. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO has been the go-to inexpensive cooler for the last few years. It might save you a few bucks, but I don't know how it compares to the D92 re heat and noise.

Samsung personally makes me a bit antsy due to continued bad reports about customer service and RMA if that should ever become a factor. No issues with performance on the 850, though.

I'd generally agree with the WD Blues if you don't need 2 TB or larger drives. Not likely you'd notice the difference from Blacks for storage purposes. I think the difference is mostly in warranty.
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11 Jul 2015   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I've used WD blue drives for a while, and they perform quite well. I have no qualms about buying them at all.

They do have a shorter warranty than the black series though.
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11 Jul 2015   #6

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
The motherboard and the PSU.
Thanks everyone for the response. I'm a bit restricted by the local supplier.

@AddRAM can you give more details.
I thought this PSU was built by Seasonic for Antec and is an 80+ bronze.
As to the motherboard. I know this is a "basic" motherboard but it appears to have all the features I seem to need and again it's the "poorer cousin" from Asus and I don't want to overclock.
The user (my son) may upgrade his GPU at some stage at his expense! A PC for his studies is more important than his gaming stuff. I want a PSU that could deal with a GPU upgrade but only one.

@ ignatzatsonic
I wanted a Cooler Master 212 EVO or 212x cooler but the local supplier isn't selling it anymore.

In terms of noise. I do want a reasonably quiet system. When the CPU is going flat out I'd expect increased CPU fan cooler noise.

I appreciate the comments. Bad choice comments are really appreciated.
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12 Jul 2015   #7

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

A possible mod to the build:
Motherboard: Asus H97-pro
PSU: Antec HCG Modular 520M

This ups the price a bit. Is it worth it?
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12 Jul 2015   #8

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Case is an interesting choice,
Do you really need 4 slots on the front top ?
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12 Jul 2015   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520M 520W Power Supply Review - Legit ReviewsAntec HCG-520M Review

Above is a test of the new PSU. Looks complimentary, but not ecstatic.

Both it and the old one are Seasonic-manufactured.

Traductor de Google

Above MAY be a review of the old PSU.

I haven't read the reviews; you may not gain anything but modularity?

The motherboards have the same chipset; one is ATX, one is micro ATX. Do you need ATX for any reason or any feature found on the higher priced board that is not on the lower priced board?

Normally, I wouldn't think full ATX is needed for a mid-level gaming/all-purpose system, but I'd defer to any reviews you can find that refer to build quality. One may have inferior build quality compared to the other. ATX boards generally sell for considerably more money than micro ATX boards of the same quality, so I wouldn't assume full ATX is a step up for most users.

I'm on ATX and thinking of going micro for my next build. It seems difficult to spend over say 160 for a micro board, yet there are plenty of full ATX boards well beyond 200 and even 300. My suspicion is that the profit margin on full ATX is much higher and that full ATX boards are more subject to marketing drivel, glitz, and hype to justify the elevated price.

Does your vendor have a web site or menu of components?
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12 Jul 2015   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I would look for a MOBO that doesn't waste two slots on PCI unless you have some older PCI cards you can't replace. Pretty much everything now is PCI-e.

A single 2TB Black wouldn't cost much more than two 1 TB Blues plus you would get a five year warranty instead of the two year warranty on the Blues. A single HDD is simpler to backup than two HDDs. Two 2TB Greens aren't very expensive and will work well for backups (they are what I use).
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