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first pc build and want a little guidance on if the parts i picked out are good

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June 6, 2013 4:21:22 PM

hey fairly soon im going to be buying a gaming computer and i want to know if there are other parts that work as well or better for better prices or if the same part is sold somewhere else for better prices these are the parts in my build:


graphics card: EVGA ACX Cooler 03G-P4-2784-KR GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS/ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ( one of the thing i could use help with choosing)

power supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

cpu: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

i could use help finding a optical drive i found all these parts on newegg
June 6, 2013 5:04:58 PM

wow that rig will kick ass...
About the optical drive, pick up a nice brand like samsung or lg...
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June 6, 2013 5:11:59 PM

Do you plan on overclocking?
You should grab the socket LGA1150 Haswell processor. It came out recently and its the newest hardware on the market right now. Grab the i5-4670k with the ASRock Z87 Extreme6 if you plan to overclock. If you don't plan to overclock, grab the i5-4670 with the ASRock H87 Pro4.
Also, if you plan to overclock then you need an aftermarket cpu cooler.
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June 6, 2013 8:00:55 PM

realchaos said:
Do you plan on overclocking?
You should grab the socket LGA1150 Haswell processor. It came out recently and its the newest hardware on the market right now. Grab the i5-4670k with the ASRock Z87 Extreme6 if you plan to overclock. If you don't plan to overclock, grab the i5-4670 with the ASRock H87 Pro4.
Also, if you plan to overclock then you need an aftermarket cpu cooler.

are you sure i should go with i5 instead of the i7?
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June 6, 2013 8:09:51 PM

Gaming doesn't need an i7. An i5 is perfectly capable for running games.
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June 6, 2013 8:12:02 PM

realchaos said:
Gaming doesn't need an i7. An i5 is perfectly capable for running games.


do you think overclocking is worth it?
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June 6, 2013 8:25:35 PM

Overclocking is basically squeezing the most performance out of your money. If you are comfortable and feel safe with it, then it is worth it. It's fun getting that extra 500-1000mhz but you must be very careful as it is a delicate process.
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June 6, 2013 9:21:04 PM

realchaos said:
Overclocking is basically squeezing the most performance out of your money. If you are comfortable and feel safe with it, then it is worth it. It's fun getting that extra 500-1000mhz but you must be very careful as it is a delicate process.


what are the dangers of overclocking and what exactly is the process?
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June 6, 2013 10:40:24 PM

to overclock, you have to mess around with voltages and the cpu multiplier. You have to start at stock speed, and slowly increase the speed. After every increase, you run a stress test like Prime95 to test if the current settings are stable. If it is, then you can increase the multiplier a bit more. If it isn't, you have to decrease the multiplier a bit or increase the voltage a bit.
That's the dangerous part. You have to be careful when adjusting the voltage. Going too high may burn the processor and then you'll have to byu a new one. Here's a more in-depth guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k...
Although it is meant for sandy bridge, overclocking should still work the same way with just different numbers.
Be warn: All chips, even if they are all i5-4670k, will overclock differently. As in, your i5-4670k may be able to overclock very well but someone else with an i5-4670k may not be able to overclock at all. The chips are only tested and assured to run at STOCK speeds so if you get a chip that can't overclock at all then you can't send it back. All chips are different.
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