I had a pretty exciting day, today. One reason why is I did decide to go ahead with a build and I purchased many parts for this build. I am both excited and scared actually.
I went to Microcenter, and I feel pretty good about my initial purchases. I'm also happy that I did it all without any rebates or anything. Just all straight up prices.
Here is what I came away with today, and I will try to research and get a good deal on the rest of my parts soon:
- I went with a Fractal DEFINE XL R2
(BLACK PEARL) for $90http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=111https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Qtns4R_xA
I was originally considering the smaller Fractal Design R4, but since they were both the same price today at MC, I decided to just get the bigger one. I was certainly interested an a large number of cases, but decided to go ahead and get this one because the $90 price, without having to bother with delayed rebates, was basically they best that these sell at and this case seems to be well built and have great reviews. I hope it works out for a noobie.CPU
- Intel 4th gen i7-4770K Processor
I just felt like I had to step up to the this one for different reasons, but mainly for being slightly better than lesser models for video creation.Motherboard
- Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H
I just felt like this board was too nice for only $75 to pass up on. Just seems like a perfect MB and price for a new guy like me. The $75 price was honestly one main reasons I decided to go ahead and start purchasing items. The 2 week deal for this MB at this price ended today, and I just felt like I would have kicked myself if I missed out on this deal. From my research Gigabyte seems to be a great company, so I hope all goes well. Not to mention they seem to be very aggressive this year, which to me is consumer friendly. Plus, from my research, the board seems to be very well constucted.SSD
- Samsung Pro 256gb SSD
This model seems to be kind of the industry standard as a very well built SSD. I really like that it comes with a 5 year warranty, basically the top warranty in the industry. I felt the value was hard to beat. Samsung's new SSD's, Samsung Evolution, drop this week I believe (not quite this week at MC I was told. but Newegg list them as releasing on the 14th I believe From my understanding they are pretty much comparable to the Pro model that I picked up, and the 250gb model will be selling for $190 with a 3 year warranty. I'm not exactly sure, but I think the Pro that I got still might be just slightly better, and comes with a longer warranty. So I decided to not worry about the $30 difference and to go ahead and get the Pro. I realize there are several good SSD's out there, and it seems almost impossible to go make a bad selection, but these Samsung SSD's, for me, just had too many good reviews and benchmarks to pass up. I decided to go ahead and step up to the 256gb model for $100 more than a 128gb model.HDD
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Seems like I could have gone several different routes and they all would have been fine. I chose this one because the price to performance ratio seemed to be very good. I figure it will be a long time before I need more that 2 TB. I'll see I guess. This model was $60 less than a 2TB Cavier Black, so I decided to save a little money over that one.Blu-ray Read and Write drive
- LG 14x Internal Blu-ray Burner WH14NS40
- Bare Drive for $70http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=897090
It was actually past closing time, I had a really good sales guy helping me, so I told him I wanted to be able to burn my own Blu-rays so that I could watch in my home theater and he made aware that the $40 models I was looking at were read only, not write as well. I asked him to pick me out a good one, and he picked the LG. I suppose I could have researched it a bunch and save possibly $10-20, I really don't know, but I just felt like going ahead and getting one at MC will allows me a 15 day local return window. Besides, based on my limited research, it seems hard to beat MC prices on most items. Plus they will match prices. I am really looking forward to playing around with some things and then watching this stuff through my home entertainment center / home theater. I'll probably go straight to making a movie highlight reel of my personal favorite scenes.CPU cooler
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler for $30http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3053
I decided to just go with an air cooled system to start out. Maybe later I will look into a liquid cooled setup. This CPU cooler seems to have nothing but excellent reviews for a value based cooler that is better than the stock cooler for only an extra $30. This may allow me a very slight overclock when I progress that far.Thermal paste
- Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound
IDK, I just decided to ask my sales guy if I should buy a different thermal paste than what came with the CPU and he suggested this stuff would indeed be better for just a minimal cost.Anti-Static wrist strap
- for $4
After I asked, it was suggested to that this is all I really need if I could put he computer together on a hardwood floor or something. So I grabbed it.Diet Pepsi
for the wife $1.70
Geesh, kind of pricey, but probably well worth it...lol.TOTAL (after taxes) came out to $935.71,
(with $57.11 being the taxes).
My sales guy was very helpful. It was nice that he really always guided me to a lesser item. I definitely stuck to my guns on a few things. But it was very nice to have him be honest, trying to save me money. Several times he explained that one item I question about was not necessary, or he would explain how certain components performed similarly for less money. His assistance was very relieving.
I decided to wait and research several of my final items:
Keyboard and Mouse
For me the PSU decision is a little confusing, especially with a lot of manufacturers building PSU's yet they are sold under a different brands models as well. So I need to get to the bottom of what I need and what is the best value.
For the RAM, it is very confusing to me. Honestly I don't see enough of a price difference to not go with a 2400 model of some RAM, which would allow me to somewhat be on the safe side of a decision of which I don't know exactly what the future will bring. I have pretty much decided on 16gb og Ram. I suppose I could still be talked out of it, but it seems to be a case of "might as well err on the side of definitely enough RAM to not have to worry about it for years to come". One thing I am slightly confused about is whether in fact it is a fine practice to add RAM over time. I have scanned different forums, and one thing that pops up is that the more RAM you can get with the same build date (come off the line together) the better that RAM will function versus That basically adding to the RAM could potentially cause problems
As far as a keyboard and mouse, I think I should start of with some fairly basic combo package until I decide I want to upgrade to a gaming mouse and keyboard. Plus I would always have a backup KB and mouse that I know would work in case I did upgrade and all was not well. So I have to make a decision here, but I have yet to dive into the world of KB / Mouse to see if I do want to spend some extra money for that.
Monitor...well I think this is going to go hand in hand with a GPU. For example it would seem nice, to me, to try out "lightboost" on a game like BF3 / BF4. But then I would probably need a heck of a video card to handle this. I think I could find a decent "lightboost" monitor for aound $350. I'll see how it goe
.GPU- I don't know. Honestly I have seen and read somethings that say the 780 is the most value model. But then I see many going with a leftover 660/ 66oti model for their lower prices. I am really going to have to crank up my research on the GPU front
So, if anybody is still keeping up with this thread, I could use your input on what I have purchased. I could also use some help on the remianing pieses that I need.
Again, thanks fellas for your help.
So how did I do???