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PizzaTheHutt

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I agree - it's a solid build. If you want a slightly more powerful GPU though, how about this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.47 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS07B MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($71.99 @ Directron)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $950.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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PizzaTheHutt

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I agree - it's a solid build. If you want a slightly more powerful GPU though, how about this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.47 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS07B MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($71.99 @ Directron)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $950.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-20 05:24 EST-0500
 

McDuncun

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Dude that is the perfect gaming rig on a lose budget... The only thing not making it hardcore is the GPU! And I`m sorry if your going to cut something or cheapen anything is that build then your going to mess it up... Just get it exactly as it is there and you will have alot of fun with it!!
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($217.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($329.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.75 @ OutletPC)
Total: $897.68
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-20 06:26 EST-0500
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. GPU I think that's where i had the hardest time researching when I was coming up with this build. Let me make sure, GPU is one of the more important aspects for gaming?
 

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The GPU is the most important component:

1. GPU
2. CPU
3. RAM
4. HDD
5. Anything else :)
 

WrathfulPride

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Haha thanks for replying and all the help. I guess I still feel iffy. Like the feeling where you don't want to leap until you know there's water below. Kinda how I feel thinking about this computer.
 

PizzaTheHutt

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No problem :). If you are still worried, maybe look at some build guides? If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me :).
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't decided on an actual build yet. Might I ask why wouldn't I want a case with top mounted? I'm a complete noob haha
 

PizzaTheHutt

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The 970 has a faster clock speed but IMO these factors redeem the 290 for me:

- A faster floating performance - 4800 GFLOPS vs 3494 GFLOPS
- A wider memory bus - 512 bit vs 256 bit
- More texture mapping units - 160 vs 104
 


That approach is wrong . One NVidia CUDA core might be far faster than one AMD shader !

 

PizzaTheHutt

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I guess it depends on what you'll be using the card for - e.g. video encoding would benefit from CUDA but a cheaper OpenCL card may do the same for a little less.
 

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