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Need suggestions on my pcpartlist for my gaming rig

gdnmaximus 13 10 April 27, 2016 at 09:44 PM
Hello everyone Smilie

I am planning to assemble a mid-range gaming pc. Mostly for playing Dota2 or similar games in 1080p resolution in high settings. This is my current part list. My budget is ~$550

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ncrsbv

Am I missing any parts or does the parts need any change for the rig to function effectively? I mean I don't want one part or a missing part to be a huge bottleneck so that another part's performance wont be fully utilized.

Also, if there is a part that I can upgrade with a minimal budget change please lemme know as well.

Thank you!

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Some would reccommend 2 sticks of ram for dual channel, but the last article I read testing this showed very little improvement in real world performance (something you can read into if you like). An SSD also gives a very nice performance boost (loading times) if you can fit one in, just something to consider (the Blue drive is fine if you're on a budget and need the space).

Will point out the last week or 2 Jet has had GTX 960s attainable for ~$160 with their 15% off promo. Newegg and the like have also had them for ~$170 after rebate, though a 950 is plenty for current mobas at 1080p. The 950s have been showing up on sd for ~$120. I imagine some of the other parts could be cheaper too, but you'd have to take a look around the deals forum.

Just missing the OS. Only took a quick look but concept wise looks fine.
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Your motherboard is from Microcenter, so I'm assuming you have one nearby. Probably cheaper to buy your CPU there too and get the bundle discount. Might be able to find some other parts there too.
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Some would reccommend 2 sticks of ram for dual channel, but the last article I read testing this showed very little improvement in real world performance (something you can read into if you like). An SSD also gives a very nice performance boost (loading times) if you can fit one in, just something to consider (the Blue drive is fine if you're on a budget and need the space).

Will point out the last week or 2 Jet has had GTX 960s attainable for ~$160 with their 15% off promo. Newegg and the like have also had them for ~$170 after rebate, though a 950 is plenty for current mobas at 1080p. The 950s have been showing up on sd for ~$120. I imagine some of the other parts could be cheaper too, but you'd have to take a look around the deals forum.

Just missing the OS. Only took a quick look but concept wise looks fine.
Thank a lot for your reply ChpByr. Since I had only two RAM slots, I thought I'd get a single 8GB stick to allow room for upgrade later if needed. But I will read up on the difference though. I thought of an SSD initially, if I get a good deal I will buy it or probably will add it later. I would like to stick with 950 since the games I play doesn't need 960 now or even in the future I believe. Also, yes I picked up the ebay newegg deal for $120. Yep sorry for missing out the OS. Probably Windows7 or Windows10. Smilie
Question to you: If I want to go for a budget SSD, which one would you suggest?

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Your motherboard is from Microcenter, so I'm assuming you have one nearby. Probably cheaper to buy your CPU there too and get the bundle discount. Might be able to find some other parts there too.
Hey FlashX83, you got it right. I am making use of the combo deal with the processor which gives me a $30 discount Smilie Also buying the cabinet and HDD from microcenter. Thanks for pointing it out though. Other than that I believe my build looks okay, right?
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I just can't recommend anyone build or buy a computer without an SSD if at all possible. SSD's just make a huge overall difference in the feel of the system, Boot times, program launches, installing updates etc. Granted an SSD won't help you get more frames per second from your game it still improves the system significantly overall. I would recommend a 250gb Samsung, Intel, or Crucial SSD, and then a larger hard drive for game and media storage. 1TB isn't much these days and I feel like $50 for a 1TB drive is not a very good deal given for around $100 you can get 4TB usually.

The stock intel Skylake heatsync is not the best. You may want to upgrade at some point to an aftermarket solution. Even something like the Hyper212 is quite a bit better and like $20-30 generally.

It looks like that case comes with 2 fans, which is probably enough to get you going but you might want to replace or add too that as you see how things go.
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Very solid build for that price range. You may be able to do a bit better on that card if a deal rolls your way, but I think that should work well.

I agree with the comment above that you really should grab an SSD. Even if it is a small one that just holds your OS and a couple of games with everything else on another slower, larger drive. Your load speeds will thank you.
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I just can't recommend anyone build or buy a computer without an SSD if at all possible. SSD's just make a huge overall difference in the feel of the system, Boot times, program launches, installing updates etc. Granted an SSD won't help you get more frames per second from your game it still improves the system significantly overall. I would recommend a 250gb Samsung, Intel, or Crucial SSD, and then a larger hard drive for game and media storage. 1TB isn't much these days and I feel like $50 for a 1TB drive is not a very good deal given for around $100 you can get 4TB usually.

The stock intel Skylake heatsync is not the best. You may want to upgrade at some point to an aftermarket solution. Even something like the Hyper212 is quite a bit better and like $20-30 generally.

It looks like that case comes with 2 fans, which is probably enough to get you going but you might want to replace or add too that as you see how things go.
You all right. Without SSD I might be losing a lot of performance. I have decided to buy an SSD instead of a normal HDD which I will add when a good deal comes. I chose A-Data SP550 240GB with 560Mb/s Read and 510Mb/s Write. Is Intel/Samsung/Crucial is considerably better than SanDisk?

Also, yeah looking at how the Processor temperature is I will decide on whether to buy a better heatsync. Thanks for the suggestion though Smilie

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Very solid build for that price range. You may be able to do a bit better on that card if a deal rolls your way, but I think that should work well.

I agree with the comment above that you really should grab an SSD. Even if it is a small one that just holds your OS and a couple of games with everything else on another slower, larger drive. Your load speeds will thank you.
Yes, I have decided to buy the I chose A-Data SP550 240GB with 560Mb/s Read and 510Mb/s Write Smilie Regarding the GPU, Gtx 950 is more than sufficient for the games I play. So I didn't push any further on it.
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You all right. Without SSD I might be losing a lot of performance. I have decided to buy an SSD instead of a normal HDD which I will add when a good deal comes. I chose A-Data SP550 240GB with 560Mb/s Read and 510Mb/s Write. Is Intel/Samsung/Crucial is considerably better than SanDisk?

Also, yeah looking at how the Processor temperature is I will decide on whether to buy a better heatsync. Thanks for the suggestion though Smilie


Yes, I have decided to buy the I chose A-Data SP550 240GB with 560Mb/s Read and 510Mb/s Write Smilie Regarding the GPU, Gtx 950 is more than sufficient for the games I play. So I didn't push any further on it.
Ya there is a difference in terms of speed and reliability. This 2nd and 3rd tier brands and doesn't offer the support in terms of software, firmware updates etc. It's not a terrible drive but definilty not up to a Samsung, Crucial, or Intel drive *Which all make their own flash" It's ok it's just not great but still better than a hard drive.

http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...296-6.html
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