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June 2, 2013 3:02:00 PM

Hey guys i want to build a computer for the $1500 range i dislike AMD so i want to stay on the Nvidia and Intel side more expensive but my preference they are better, here is what i have picked out please tell me if this will work, or what would be better for the price, i'm looking to go to a max of $1500 but i may go higher if there is a huge improvement if i do go higher, also the parts have to fit the HAF X cause that's the case i'm sticking with, i also have Operating system purchased already + going to take the hard drive out of my current computer:


Cooler Master HAF X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 *IR-$10*
$169.98

Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
$119.99



ASUS Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI Motherboard
$154.99



Corsair Vengeance Black CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit
$132.98



Intel Core i7 4770K Unlocked Quad Core 3.5GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 8MB Cache Ret *IR-$50*
$349.98


ASUS GeForce GTX 660 OC DirectCU 1020MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
$214.99



Corsair TX750 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze
$139.98



Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100I CPU Cooler System LGA1155 1156 1366 2011 $119.99

If there is anything you suggest or i'm missing please tell me it would help a lot.
June 2, 2013 3:24:43 PM

the haf x is going to be wasted. how about a haf xm instead. haf x but sized down and priced down
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12ihR

-i7s are not for gaming but if you are doing work go ahead
-same goes for the ram. 8 is enough for gaming
-bigger and better SSD. the 128gb version is 86.99 and still is better than the 840
-much more powerful GPU
-way better psu and its more efficient and modular
-proper heatsink. get real watercooling or get a heatsink. the AIO units suck
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June 2, 2013 3:32:12 PM

Well i'm planning on doing gaming, but i'm also a aggressive Photoshop user and Cinema 4D user but mostly Gaming if you could recommend stuff it would be great, i understand the HAF-X may be wasted but i like a big juicy case, but i never saw that one and that would save me a few bucks, thanks for that, but i need 16GB of ram for Rendering but i want to be able to have a more stable longer lasting PC Thanks for telling me about i7's. So about this build if i just want a beastly computer for the price is that build that you sent me a perfect build, for gaming? Also i want to overclock so i would prefer an unlocked processor from what i understand is easier to overclock.
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June 2, 2013 3:47:29 PM

Also i Have a H55M-P33 in my computer right now is that a good motherboard? i also have 4 extremely cheap 2 gb RAM + a crappy graphics card, its got disk drive intel i3 dual core 3.2ghz need a quad core, my main issue was graphics card with my current pc its Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTS 512, its not getting the job done but is that a decent motherboard it holds i3's to i7's if i wouldnt have to buy a motherboard it would save me a bit. but i do want a new rig i just thought i would post just so you may be able to update me with something.
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June 2, 2013 3:51:17 PM

That's not a really good motherboard. Try this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1524.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 18:51 EDT-0400)
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June 2, 2013 3:55:45 PM

Well i dont want that case i dont need operating system, if this helps i would only like to purchase from the NCIX store so not to be rude but im sticking to NCIX since they are close. i dont want AMD so i dont want that Video Card ik the Sapphire has really good Ratings but i don't want it.
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June 2, 2013 4:11:06 PM

the big case wont do you any good. to make use of the space you basically have to watercool (custom)

here you go. adjusted for canada. price matching can be done and if you buy instore, get a sales rep and try to get discounts
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/12jg9

the dark rock 2 cooler at ncix is 59.99. its not listed here
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June 2, 2013 4:31:05 PM

is this alright it bumped up to $1612 that's a little bit of an issue but i guess i'll pull the extra bit out. http://prntscr.com/17zh54 thats what i got, and ill think ill stay with that, i see the Cooler that i picked wasn't listed on ncix oh well ill look up the dark rock 2 making the purchase like $1700 Thanks i think ill stick with that, i gotta purchase all these parts seperatly since i cant forge that out and i don't have nearly that much, but ill start with the case and work my way up to victory so in order how would you say i should buy these, and BTW your the biggest help a computer newb could have Thanks so much.
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June 2, 2013 5:14:41 PM

just remember the price matching. and change the ram back to what i picked out. a 2x8gb kit makes more sense than a 4x4 gb kit since you have the ability to throw more ram if you ever need to. not to mention its way cheaper
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June 2, 2013 5:16:35 PM

Alright its just the Vengeance is a favourite of mine. do you suggest any order i should buy these parts since i wont be able to buy them all at once?
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June 2, 2013 5:19:09 PM

vengeance has no benefits.

id buy the psu, dvd drive and case. the prices hardly change
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June 2, 2013 8:40:38 PM

Sorry for forgetting to ask this but will i be able to overclock and still maintain a cool temperature with the dark rock 2 cooler? i'm planning on getting the most bang for my buck. Thanks so much you've been an awesome help i'm just curious.
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June 3, 2013 3:41:03 AM

you should be able to. mileage will vary depending on the CPU
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