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Buying Parts For Building a Gaming Desktop

By Kenthian
Jan 21, 2014
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  1. This is my first time to build a computer so I want to know if the parts I'm getting are good with each other and could say run battlefield 4 and assassins creed 4 on high or ultra and run a skyrim modded to hell with a good enb. Here's the parts I have selected so far:



    DVD Drive:

    Hard Drive:

    Network Adapter:

    Graphics Card:

    Sound Card:

    Power Supply:





    CPU Cooler:

    Int. SSD:

    Thermal Compound:

    Desk Decoration: (can't resist the Tali man...)

    And also, I'm a little confused on the SSD and HDD deal. I was customizing a pc on maingear to just get some bearings on what I needed and they had a 60gb SSD as a caching drive and a 1T HDD as the main drive. But I also heard that you want SSD as your main because its faster. What is a caching drive and what difference will it make?
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +628

    • Don't get Velociraptor. Get a 1TB WD Black instead.
    • Caching drive: uses the HDD for files, but stores commonly-accessed stuff on the SSD.
    • For best performance, get an SSD and use it for OS and core productivity programs. Then store games/media/documents on the HDD.
    • Don't need additional LAN card.
    • Why are you buying an additional audio card? It's nice, but your mobo comes with a decent one to begin with.
    • It's probably cheaper to get TWO dual-channel 2x 8GB RAM kits, instead of the quad-channel one.
    • Maybe spend a little more on CPU cooler, since you're getting the top GPU too. May I suggest a ~$100 all-in-one water cooling kit.
    • 120GB SSDs are better value these days.
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,192   +592

    Ok so here's my opinion on your selection of parts:

    You do not need a sound card or a network adapter, the on-board on that MSI board you selected will perform just as well (If not better) in both those categories.

    As @St1ckM4n said I would get a better CPU cooler like an all in one liquid cooling solution since your going big as it is.

    Since your not needing some of the parts you selected, grab a higher SSD like this one and just save your OS and important games to it. Cache Drives are very hard on your SSD and can wear them out fast and are just not necessary with the price of SSD's in this day and age.

    Again like St1ckm4n said, just get a 1tb 7200RPM drive, only grab Velociraptors if your wanting to run raid with HDD'ss and want the highest speed for a desktop (Using HDD's).

    Last, 32gb of that platinum ram is a little overkill and overpriced. If you really want some performance in that range of power, do something like this instead. Gskill Trident 1866 Cas Latency 8 16gb 2x8gb. This is faster and better ram all around and its 16gb, its a better deal than the above ram and will give you better performance. Since your doing gaming, I don't see any reason you would need 32gb of ram, 8gb would even suffice, but 16gb is a nice high end safety threshold.

    Thats my opinion

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