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  1. #31


    I don't think you'll be too happy with that processor. Old Bulldozers like that one are way under earlier Phenom II x4. If you can find a second hand (processors rarely die), you may be better off. Even Athlon II x4 750K is better but probably cheaper, at least here.

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  2. #32


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    Windows 8.1 32-Bit


    Looks quite nice so far.
    How do you plan to cool the CPU and case?
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  3. #33


    Thanks to Count Mike for his comment on Samsung Evo vs. Kingston v300 SSD's. I looked around and according to various bench-marking articles, the Samsung evo drives seem to both perform better and last longer, although the 120 GB ones seem to run about $20 more than the Kingston ones at the sites I looked at. I was originally going to use a Kingston SSD for the build below.

    I have been using pcpartpicker.com and made a phony build here Intel Core i5-4690, Antec One - System Build - PCPartPicker (I over-rid many of the default vendor choices because they are outfits I have never even heard of). Here is plain text version of build:


    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 Newegg

    Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $84.79 Newegg

    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 Newegg

    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.99 Amazon

    Storage: WD Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal HD $58.24 Amazon

    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $55.24 Amazon

    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX $24.99 Newegg

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.99 Newegg

    Monitor: ViewSonic VA2249S 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $119.99 Newegg

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Total: $833.20


    The build includes cannibalizing parts from my existing pc - a relatively new SATA DVD writer, a 2 TB external HD, mouse, keyboard & speakers.

    At some point in the next month or so I should have money to buy the needed parts. I won't necessarily make exactly this build, prices might be very different for one or more of my choices, or I might learn something new, resulting in me changing my mind.

    What do you all think?
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  4. #34


    Funny, around here Samsung is cheaper but not by much with Kingston Hyper X being even more expensive. Aren't you forgetting something, like video card ?
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  5. #35


    I was going to run with stock graphics and stock cooling until/unless I found a need for better. I am guessing the onboard GPU should run everything currently out that I want to run. Although I'll admit that is pretty much a guess.

    This build isn't really for high-end gaming, I will use it for some gaming, some programming, and whatever else I need a computer for. I want the build to still be useful, like 5+years from now. I've had my current machine for close to a decade, and I will probably keep using it as either a Linux machine, or dual Winxp and Linux, once I have a new machine built.
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  6. #36


    Quote Originally Posted by yu gnomi View Post
    I was going to run with stock graphics and stock cooling until/unless I found a need for better. I am guessing the onboard GPU should run everything currently out that I want to run. Although I'll admit that is pretty much a guess.

    This build isn't really for high-end gaming, I will use it for some gaming, some programming, and whatever else I need a computer for. I want the build to still be useful, like 5+years from now. I've had my current machine for close to a decade, and I will probably keep using it as either a Linux machine, or dual Winxp and Linux, once I have a new machine built.
    Intel GPUs aren't that hot item, don't think you'd be playing anything to complicated with it, for "normal" stuff I guess it will be enough. You can always ad a GPU later. 5+ years might be a bit of stretch but who knows.
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  7. #37


    When I first started planning on building a new PC and toying with phony builds, I did look around for video cards I would want to install. While gathering info, I saw a comment from some random internet person to the effect that AMD/Radeon cards were the "wave of the future", because of better 'Open CL' support. I have no idea whether this was straight dope from someone knowledgeable, wishful thinking, or pure inanity. It pushed me towards looking at Radeon cards and I settled on the following one as the one I should probably get.

    MSI Global R7 265 2GD5 OC

    Here is a build with it Intel Core i5-4690, MSI Radeon R7 265, Antec One - System Build - PCPartPicker

    I didn't include it in my previous build because the lower I keep the bottom line, the sooner I can start ordering stuff and building
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  8. #38


    Yeh, Vid card should be fine choice. Those OEM Windows, I don't how good of an idea it is. Something about licensing and transferring if you change MB. Not exactly sure.
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  9. #39


    Frankly, I wasn't sure which to get and sort of arbitrarily picked OEM because it is $5 cheaper. I am willing to splurge and get the full version.
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