How Can This Build Be Better?

Maihym

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So this is my build:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($110.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($329.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Enermax OSTROG ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
Base Total: $1206.36
Promo Discounts: -$7.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $1159.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-07 20:56 EDT-0400


I'm going to be using this for streaming and gaming. Should I downgrade my processor a little and get a XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Black Edition Video Card? Yes I would like to be able to overclock my CPU and GPU. I would also like to try to keep my base total under $1,200 USD. I may consider water cooling if it's cheaper with better performance. Also I won't be getting an ssd at the moment. Also, I don't do Mail-in Rebates.
 
Similar build/price without downgrading your cpu. The motherboard you had was one of the lowest end gigabyte boards, the gaming 5 is much better for overclocking and better quality. The cooler is a bit more expensive but pretty much on par with the nh-d14, better than the 212 evo and fits the ostrog case so long as the side fan (top) isn't used. Unless you need/want the 8gb vram for 4k gaming down the road, the 970 is around the same price and though it's not brand new still performs better than the 390. Price is almost identical so it's up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 POWER 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax OSTROG ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1195.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-08 04:33 EDT-0400

 

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