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June 10, 2013 5:07:45 PM

It's been several years since I've built a gaming computer so I'm here looking for some guidance. I started putting together a system on pcpartpicker and here's what I've got so far.

I was unsure on Case, PSU and which OS to go with.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/154z7

Budget: $1300-1600

Any help is appreciated.

Games : MMOs, BF4, Starcraft2, Diablo 3, Minecraft.

More about : psu case selection gaming

June 10, 2013 5:22:05 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1271.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 20:17 EDT-0400)

-Changed RAM to some low-profile ram.
-Added in a 1tb HDD for mass storage. If you already have an HDD, you can take it out.
-The Fractal Design Define R4 is a really good case. It's silent, sleek and roomy.
-A 750w psu is enough to SLI 750w. Its a really high quality psu at a really cheap price. Most 750w modular 80+ gold is $100+ but this one is only $60 for 750w modular 80+ bronze.
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June 10, 2013 5:32:00 PM

Would it be better to SLI two 770s or just get a 780? That is something else I was debating.
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June 10, 2013 6:09:09 PM

I would grab the GTX 780. That way, you can always SLI it in the future.
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June 10, 2013 6:09:37 PM

Looks reasonable.
A gtx770 needs a 575w psu. Same as a GTX780.
Pick only a quality unit. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, pc p&c are good.

So long as you are using only one monitor, a single card should do very well.
You will have a future upgrade to the next gen of cards due out next year.
My plan would be to sell the current card in favor of the next best thing.
If you have a psu in the 600-650w range, you should be ok for any single car upgrade. If you want to plan for sli, add 200w.

Cases are a personal thing. Buy the phantom if you love it.

From a performance point of view, windows 7 or 8 make little difference. Personally, I don't like the tiles interface.
With your budget, I might even consider a GTX780. They are very strong, and amazingly quiet with the reference cooler.

Most any Z87 motherboard will let you OC a 4670K to a conservative level. There are only two factors that determine your OC limit.
1. Luck of the bin; there seems to be a big spread, from, 4.2 to 4.6 chips.
2. Your cooler. haswell runs hot at high overclocks. The evo is a good value, but I might consider a Phanteks or noctua NH-D14.

I think I might go with a 240gb ssd. The Samsung 840 non pro will be equally fast.
Defer on the hard drive until you need the space.
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June 10, 2013 6:32:45 PM

geofelt said:
Looks reasonable.
A gtx770 needs a 575w psu. Same as a GTX780.
Pick only a quality unit. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, pc p&c are good.

So long as you are using only one monitor, a single card should do very well.
You will have a future upgrade to the next gen of cards due out next year.
My plan would be to sell the current card in favor of the next best thing.
If you have a psu in the 600-650w range, you should be ok for any single car upgrade. If you want to plan for sli, add 200w.

Cases are a personal thing. Buy the phantom if you love it.

From a performance point of view, windows 7 or 8 make little difference. Personally, I don't like the tiles interface.
With your budget, I might even consider a GTX780. They are very strong, and amazingly quiet with the reference cooler.

Most any Z87 motherboard will let you OC a 4670K to a conservative level. There are only two factors that determine your OC limit.
1. Luck of the bin; there seems to be a big spread, from, 4.2 to 4.6 chips.
2. Your cooler. haswell runs hot at high overclocks. The evo is a good value, but I might consider a Phanteks or noctua NH-D14.

I think I might go with a 240gb ssd. The Samsung 840 non pro will be equally fast.
Defer on the hard drive until you need the space.





Something like this: I actually have a 1TB seagate I can use for storage, that's why I went with the 128 SDD.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/156Rf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/156Rf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/156Rf/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($163.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1531.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 21:25 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2013 6:35:54 PM

Perfect.
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June 10, 2013 6:38:11 PM

I would go with this SSD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-driv...
In SSD, all of them are fast and the difference in speed isn't that big. The way to determine a good ssd from a bad one is how reliable it is. Samsung 840s aren't that reliable, as they use TLC. Plextor makes great, reliable SSD and they are in the same price range.
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June 10, 2013 7:03:27 PM

It is hard to come by facts regarding ssd reliability.
Early versions had firmware problems which are largely ironed out by now.
Here is a somewhat outdated report on component return rates. Intel and Samsung would be the first picks:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/881-7/components-ret...

They both control their own source of nand chips.
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