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Reuse a copy of windows (7/8/10), or find a copy on /r/softwareswap or G2a.com 

 


 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($172.89 @ OutletPC) 

Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($42.89 @ OutletPC) 

Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($37.99 @ Amazon) 


Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card  ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz) 

Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz) 

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz) 

Total: $698.63

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-08 16:54 EST-0500

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Reuse a copy of windows (7/8/10), or find a copy on /r/softwareswap or G2a.com 
 
 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($172.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($42.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($37.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card  ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Total: $698.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-08 16:54 EST-0500

 

id replace the 1x8 to 2x4 

 

why not get a r9 285 with i5 4690 or a r9 290 with i5 4590? then again, what games will you be playing @op

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id replace the 1x8 to 2x4 

 

why not get a r9 285 with i5 4690 or a r9 290 with i5 4590? then again, what games will you be playing @op

Because the board only has two RAM slots and you won't notice a difference between two 4gb sticks and one 8gb stick, so he'd be better off with a single stick leaving room to throw in another. 

 

And because a 4460+390 > 4590 + 290 > 4690 + 285 regardless of what games he'll be playing. 

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I'm new to this and when it says  Some Intel H81 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Haswell Refresh CPUs. What exactly does that mean?

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I'm new to this and when it says  Some Intel H81 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Haswell Refresh CPUs. What exactly does that mean?

Intel launched Haswell refresh (AKA Devil's Canyon) late 2014, they're basically identical to their Haswell counterparts with a better TIM (they run a bit cooler), and tend to overclock more consistently (a non issue on locked CPUs -- i.e. anything that's not a 4670k/4690k/4770k/4790k). Actually both benefits are useless for locked CPUs since you'll rarely ever run into a temperature issue on a locked CPU (unless you live in a literal furnace). There's one final difference between a Haswell Refresh and Haswell CPU, and that's that Haswell Refresh CPUs are usually clocked about .1-.2ghz higher (also irrelevant for all intents and purposes). 

 

With all of that said, Haswell Refresh CPUs need a compatible bios (at this point, every H81 board on the market -- from a reputable company -- will have a compatible bios as an option, it's just a question of whether or not the board has that bios (or an older one) installed. Now, since HAswell Refresh came out over a year ago, it's VERY unlikely to get a bored with an incompatible bios (but if you do, you can't really update it -- you can, but you need a compatible cpu/a computer shop that will do it for you). One final thing to note is that you can contact the retailer and ask them what revision bios the board has installed before you order (and then see if that's a compatible bios -- which it almost is guaranteed to be at this point). 

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