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My First PC Build
by taylor171PC
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I'm 15 and I saved up to build a computer to replace my slow laptop, and so I could start PC gaming. I didn't have enough money to buy a GPU, so I have to live with integrated graphics for now. I will get one this month, so please comment some GPU suggestions around or under $200.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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WiliyamMSL 7 points 11 months ago

I would've went with an AMD APU if you were starting to be a pc gamer but that i5 is an AWESOME cpu. Throw in an R9 270X somewhere down the line and this build would literally kick ass. Also could you post some internal pics please?

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

I was considering it, but I knew I would get a graphics card soon so I stuck with the i5, and the rest of the pics are up.

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 6 points 11 months ago

I'd suggest a 7870 for your gpu. If you look around, a 7950 can be bought for around 200 dollars

 
 
xOutrageous 5 points 11 months ago

Hey man, sweet build! I'm 14 and I'm beggining to save up for a build too. I really like the parts you chose. As far as a GPU around $200, I would recommend a R9 270x or a GTX 760 if you can find one on sale (good luck with THAT). OR you could get a R9 270 and a Hyper 212 CPU cooler. This way you can OC your CPU AND you can OC the 270 to 270x speeds easily. Hope this helped!

 
 
boldimort 1 point 11 months ago

Well said, you can easily overclock a 270 to 270x speeds for a lower price tag

 
 
Swish2000 1 point 11 months ago

You can't oc a locked CPU. Good idea otherwise.

 
 
xOutrageous 1 point 11 months ago

Oops! Might have missed that. Thanks.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions :)

 
 
EpicEagle44 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Your best bet for a GPU would be a 7870, they are very good cards and you can pick one up for around $180.

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Nah, he should go for a 7950, virtually the same price, but better performance.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion :) I could probably find one on sale soon.

 
 
appleroxinhouston 0 points 11 months ago

get the new equivalent of the 7870, the R-series

 
 
purplepenguin 1 point 11 months ago

Nah. The 7870 apparently is better, although there never will be new drivers. I think it's still worth it to go 7870.

 
 
Electrospeed 1 point 11 months ago

...except that the equivalent R-series card is more expensive.

 
 
appleroxinhouston 1 point 11 months ago

how bout a 760 :) nm I think it's time to stop arguing over something that's already done. I'm a GeForce fan.

 
 
NeonMane 2 points 11 months ago

For a GPU I would suggest an MSI Twin Frozr Radeon HD 7850, an Asus R9 270 or an GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions :) Those are good cards.

 
 
ThisOneisOdd 1 point 11 months ago

I just ordered a Twin Frozr 7850 myself on Black Friday for $130. Good card, good deal, even at the average price point.

 
 
w0zzyfuzzy 2 points 11 months ago

I would recommend the MSI R9 270. It overclocks like a beast and can match the speeds of a 270x. Plus it is basically the replacement to the 7850.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions :)

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reece00567 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

pls get a better keyboard, pls..

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

keyboard should be the last thing he upgrades lel

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Agreed. Hell, I'm still using a crappy $20 5-6 year old Logitech wireless. It works just fine, and it's still got it's Russian character stickies for whenever I pick Rosetta Stone back up.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

i own the exact same keyboard that OP has, its not too great, i will say the keys are way too large so i currently use a lgoitech ek110. It's not about the type of keyboard, it's about the feeling it provides for you

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I own a slightly-rubbish LX710, although I no longer use the mouse as my two previous RoG laptops came with much better ones and I bought a Corsair Vengance M90 with my current build.

The keyboard has some occasional signal drops, and the media buttons on the sides are too easy to accidentally hit, but as I said, it works fine for the most part. Frankly I'm surprised that considering the abuse it's seen, it actually still works...

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

a GPU is #1 on my list haha, but i will get one for sure lol

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

For a GPU, go with a 7950. They outperform a R9 270/270x for like $20 more.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions :)

 
 
HD7ames [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Looks good man on your first PC build and I can understand where you decided to invest and where not to. as far as a graphics card? It depends what kind of games you want to run and that is a good CPU if you're not overclocking. might want a 7870 to save money or a R9 270 since those are the newer models. I just don't see the point of running anything higher than those models since you are really not going to see a difference if not running 120 or 140 hz monitors.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

thanks, i'll probably get a 7870 on sale soon

 
 
ammar [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

gr8 build you were wise (and patient) to get a good cpu for performance instead of an APU since you'll get a video card, you can get a 7950 at this budget

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, i'll consider the 7950 for sure

 
 
Orthithian [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I would suggest just to wait any extra amount of time and get a gtx 760. It runs all current games at ultra to high settings and is a great value.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

My friend has it, great card, if i can find a good deal....

 
 
RustyBaker [5 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Terrific job, looks fantastic on the inside. Nothing against you, but maaaaan do I dislike the look of MoBos with the brown PCB.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks! I tried my best with the cable management since people like to judge that, and yeah i know, but it doesn't look too bad when camera flash is off lol

 
 
Arcanap13 1 point 11 months ago

The Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 Ghz ed. (2gb) is on sale for 129.99 right now, awesome card and a good deal.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

sweet, but i live in canada so i'll have to find a deal here

 
 
Blizzard [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Get an R9 270 as it is an r9 270x underclocked so all you have to do is overclock it and you have just saved some money, also another good reason to buy a R9 270 is that it can run Battlefield 4 at 1080p ultra at an average of 50fps once overclocked :)

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

thanks, i hear it is a great card

 
 
xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Very nice build. I was looking at the exact same CPU since I want to build an internet machine that runs effectively for other things as well. I don't really plan on adding a GPU and the APUs have better performance graphically. That said single threaded performance is much better for intel.

Like the others have said, a 7870 is under $200 and even a 7850 or 650 ti boost will give you solid FPS at 1080p.

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

its a pretty awesome cpu for $200 Thanks for the suggestions :)

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

u can get a samsung 120gb for 90 bucks...

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

i got an adata 128gb for $90 though, i boot in 10 seconds!

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

u should get a higher wattage psu if ur getting a high end gpu... i dont think 550w gonnna be a enough

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

7870, r9 270, 7850, gtx 660, 7950, all of the cards im considering, need a minimum of 500w, so im pretty sure im good :)

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

However that is minimum. If you put those gpus on max load, there could be some power problems

 
 
rishabhchugh13 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Good job on your build! I'm planning in using the same MoBo in my build. Is it any good and were there sufficient cables provided with it?

 
 
NoiseCancellingMike 0 points 11 months ago

Good GPU = GeForce GTX 660 from nvidia. It can play most modern games at 1080p with reasonably high FPS (30 to 60 fps depending on the game). You could also get a 660 Ti for a little more money. Hope I helped!

 
 
taylor171PC [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion :)

 
 
NoiseCancellingMike 1 point 11 months ago

No prob :)