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Livestream/Gaming Build Around $1,500

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June 23, 2013 10:41:07 PM

Hello,

I have been out of the game in terms of what is *hot & new gen* for almost 6 years, as my current rig has lasted me since 2007. I plan for this build to be a gaming/live streaming/video editing rig, and would love to see it last me for another 6 years or more. The only thing I have some knowledge of is, the new the haswell chips that intel has recently dropped, and it sounds like everyone is saying its not a huge grand improvement over their last gen chips. Aside from the light reading on haswell, I'm not too sure in what pick and choose in terms of parts. Any feedback and/or help will be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so of this writing - Mid July; end of July the latest (sooner is better).

Budget Range: $1,200 - $1,500 (If less than $1,500 - that'll be awesome)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: To be able to livestream feed off games for stream sites such as twitchtv/justintv and video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Windows 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Have bought from newegg before without any hassles, and they have a distribution center close to where I live. Amazon will work too.

Location: USA, Florida

Parts Preferences: preferably intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - If budget allows, if not single GPU is fine.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for now, but would like to add two or more screens later down the road.

Additional Comments: I need a good CPU case preferably with a good side window to show off the goodies inside, as well as one with filters (I hate dust) & easy cable management. I would like to have a decent size SSD for OS startup, as well as put a couple games off from steam (Left for Dead 2, Counter Strike:Source, Team Fortress 2) and finally the MMO that I'm currently nerding out in: Guild Wars 2. A water or liquid cooler would be a huge plus. The games I'll be wanting to run in the near future will be Battlfield 4, ARMA III, Final Fantasy XIV, any game that will basically be cpu/gpu intensive.

Why Are You Upgrading: My first build was back in 2007, roughly around the same time Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare launched, which is mainly why I bought an actual gaming computer to begin with. Aside from a new CPU case, a couple fans and 3rd party heatsink, everything else is complete stock & 6 yrs. old worth of parts inside my current rig. No I don't want to just "upgrade" the parts inside, since I'll be giving this computer to my wife so that we can play side by side, and I can just upgrade the parts *when needed*.
June 23, 2013 11:02:19 PM

here you have build to start with. Maybe you need more memory to steam and video eciting but that you can buy more later if you really need. I did put in really good PSU and so on because you did want a reliable build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19DOL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19DOL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19DOL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($116.20 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($404.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1474.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 01:55 EDT-0400)

If you want modular PSU then it is just 10 $ more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same proce in amazon.
Take one good silent 120mm fan to floor of that case make you video card run cooler. Than you can make your own fan profile with afterburner make you card more silent work. Scythe gentle typhoon is good silent fan. Take 1150rpm fan.
out of stock in newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Look other stores if you can find one :) 
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June 24, 2013 3:01:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($398.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1425.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 06:00 EDT-0400)
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June 24, 2013 5:11:38 AM

I would like to keep the i7-4770K, since I'll be heavily be using video editing / photoshop software. As for the SSD you picked out, I'm concerned over the size of it, since windows 8 is roughly 20G and I would like to put Guild Wars 2 on the SSD and that is roughly 15Gish give or take, probably add another +5G in the later future for content down the road. That will leave me with 88G to spare and split between my editing software as well as my steam games (+future games) I wanna throw on it. Now I could just add the games that I play the *most, but truth be told, I'll end up being lazy on micro-managing how much space I have left on the SSD itself. As for the tower case you picked out, for a couple bucks more, I could go for the NZXT Switch 810. This will allow me to put the H100i in a push/pull config + plenty of room to spare for future upgrades. I like your choice of PSU - aside from color. I would like a black coat finish as I want everything in my case to look uniformed and somewhat neat & matching.

- Thanks for your response
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