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Which PSU/MoBo/CPU cooler for Haswell gaming rig?

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June 1, 2013 9:49:04 PM

So the new Haswell cpus and Motherboards are currently being sold here in Australia and i want to build a new rig as i'm selling my current pc to my cousin.

this is the hardware that i have already picked out:

Case: Sharkoon T28 Blue Case
CPU: Intel S1150 Core i5 4670 3.40GHz Quad Core
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB
RAM: Patriot IEM Blue 16G(8Gx2) DDR3 1600
HDD: WD 3.5" Green 2TB 64M SATA3

i'm not sure on which PSU/MoBo/CPU cooler to get for it.

i'm looking for one of the 1150 socket motherboards that has input for 5-6 fans,
a long lasting and good value CPU watercooler (none of that huge external stuff, just internal),
and also along with those a power supply that will work well with the above specs.

what are your thoughts?

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June 2, 2013 2:19:14 AM

Where did you get the list of LGA1150 CPU and motherboards being sold in Australia? Trying to find them at PCCasegear and au.pcpartpicker.com and so far no results just yet.
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June 2, 2013 2:44:21 AM

Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H as 2 CPU fan header and 3 system fan header, so it's your cheapest option here. As for cooler, if you don't have the intend to hard OC your CPU ( on LGA1150 platform, you can OC your CPU a bit even if your CPU is non-k and your motherboard is not a Z87 by raising the base clock by a small amount under BIOS ), then even the cheapest closed loop water cooler would do the job well, Cooler Master Seidon 120m, for example.

Last but not least, the PSU. I suggest getting at least the Antec HCG 520.
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June 2, 2013 3:21:58 AM

yeah i was thinking about the same motherboard, thanks

with the cpu cooler, it doesn't say that it works with the new LGA 1150 motherboards, and when i looked up the ones that are compatible, they're not really available from any australian stores. although there is the Corsair website but they wouldn't let me put my address to Australia and even so, people have mentioned that the shipping to aus from the website will be very expensive.

is there any other PSU around 700w? in case i put in a second graphics card
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June 2, 2013 3:40:33 AM

Ali Sharifi said:
yeah i was thinking about the same motherboard, thanks

with the cpu cooler, it doesn't say that it works with the new LGA 1150 motherboards, and when i looked up the ones that are compatible, they're not really available from any australian stores. although there is the Corsair website but they wouldn't let me put my address to Australia and even so, people have mentioned that the shipping to aus from the website will be very expensive.

is there any other PSU around 700w? in case i put in a second graphics card


All LGA1155 coolers are compatible with LGA1150 motherboards :) 

As for PSU, if you want dual VGA later, get at least the Corsair GS 800 v2. You'll need a motherboard that supports SLI, too, with GA-Z87X-D3H being the cheapest, yet still quite an expensive board.
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June 2, 2013 4:05:50 AM

If you want that many fans, you will need to plug into the PSU or a dedicated fan controller. I suggest a fan controller, you can get good ones for about $35.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

As mentioned, LGA1155 compatible coolers will work with LGA1150, exact same mounting holes.
Though you say "good value" CLC liquid cooler, your not going to find that even in places where components don't cost as much. In Australia, definitely not when a Raystorm kit is only $5 more than a H100i. With there only being that much of a difference, don't bother with CLC cooling outright and go straight to custom.

This is the PSU I use, its pretty good quality and I believe Haswell certified. Will support dual cards just fine.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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June 2, 2013 5:58:53 AM

oh okay, thanks i think i'll go with the Corsair Hydro H50, and it's only $60-70 so it also would be less noisier and just above the price of a standard fan cooler.

with the extra fans it's not my own fans that i want to place into it, but the case itself comes with 3 fans and then there's the cpu cooler as well.

The corsair psu is $25 cheaper and is 800w, also i currently have a gs700 so i think i'll go with at GS800.

Cheers guys!
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June 2, 2013 6:07:22 AM

it's more about noise levels
and also, wouldn't that giant thing just fall if i place my pc vertically?
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June 2, 2013 6:12:43 AM

No, its screwed down to the CPU socket to keep it up, same as a water-block.
What makes you think a H50 will be quieter? Its still a 120mm fan spinning, and you also have the noise a pump can make.
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June 2, 2013 6:20:00 AM

well, with the current cpu cooler i have it's ridiculously loud. it sounds like a helicopter when playing even minecraft at times. i have a Hyper 212 at the moment actually, but i don't know where the piece of metal which attaches the fan to the radiator is and the fan also stopped working for some reason

oh and this is a really retarded question, but how can you tell how many VGA slots a MoBo has?
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June 2, 2013 6:35:44 AM

Ali Sharifi said:
well, with the current cpu cooler i have it's ridiculously loud. it sounds like a helicopter when playing even minecraft at times. i have a Hyper 212 at the moment actually, but i don't know where the piece of metal which attaches the fan to the radiator is and the fan also stopped working for some reason

oh and this is a really retarded question, but how can you tell how many VGA slots a MoBo has?


Count the amount of PCI-E slots it has.
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June 2, 2013 6:43:15 AM

It can hold another 670/770 in the future, but you won't be able to enable SLI for those cards, since this motherboard doesn't support SLI.
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June 2, 2013 11:15:20 PM

alright, i understand now

so this is the final rig i've decided on:

Motherboard: ASRock Z87-EXTREME3 SLI Compatible ($181)
CPU: Intel S1150 Core i5 4670 3.40GHz Quad Core ($246)
GPU: GTX 770 2GB (from $439-529)
PSU: Corsair GS800 V2 ($119)
RAM: Patriot IEM Blue 16G(8Gx2) DDR3 1600 ($129)
HDD: WD 3.5" Green 2TB 64M SATA3 (already have)
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster 212 EVO ($34)

although i'm not sure which GPU to get because there are different ones at different prices :/ 

here are the ones that are available in australia:

galaxy gtx 770
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

asus gtx 770
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

evga gtx 770
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

gigabyte gtx 770
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

and Palit gtx 770
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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June 3, 2013 2:12:38 AM

The cheapest one would do just fine ( Palit on is the cheapest yet its cooler is better than the Galaxy one ).
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June 3, 2013 2:17:40 AM

Most I can say is look up reviews on the cards and figure out which is best. The Palit one also looks good to me, unusually for Palit it seems to have a good cooler on it but thats entirely based on just looking at it, another dual fan card could work better.
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June 3, 2013 2:21:24 AM

is there any difference to the performance standards of the different cards?
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June 3, 2013 2:27:28 AM

Its the same GPU, VRAM and memory bus underneath all the cards, assuming they all run at the same clocks (they probably dont, but you can always overclock any of them) they will all perform the same as far as what appears on the screen goes.
The difference between them will come down noise and temperatures, possibly how far you can overclock as well.
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June 3, 2013 2:28:54 AM

Ali Sharifi said:
is there any difference to the performance standards of the different cards?


Depends on the default core clock, but shouldn't bigger than 5% if you don't plan to OC your 770. If you do, then consider getting the MSI GTX 680 lightning for 499$, which is a certified OC king ( GTX680 and GTX770 uses the same GPU in case you didn't know ).
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June 3, 2013 2:30:52 AM

yeah i'm using a gigabyte 680 SOC atm but i don't really plan on overclocking any time in the future, at least not yet, but i'd like something with low noise levels and temperatures, and if they all perform around the same, that's pretty much all i'm looking for in the 770
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June 3, 2013 2:46:31 AM

If you already have a 680, dont bother with a 770.
For all intents and purposes, the 770 is just a 680 with a clock speed bump, underneath its all the same components. From a 680, its only worth upgrading to a 780 or better.
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June 3, 2013 2:49:38 AM

i would, but i'm selling my current pc which includes the 680, so i'm gonna need a new gpu anyway and also the 770 is cheaper than the 680 here in australia, so it'd be better for me
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