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June 29, 2013 12:04:15 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000-$1200 after everything

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Video

Are you buying a monitor: No, using TV in Bedroom

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, (pcpartpicker seemed like a good way to do it).

Location: Pleasantville, New Jeresy, USA

Parts Preferences:My first build, you tell me what's the best

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: I need some more clarification on it. Whatever is the best choice for a noob.

Your Monitor Resolution: planning on using hdmi for the television. it only goes to 720p but ill upgrade soon.

Additional Comments: I am looking for something to game on when the ps4 and Xbox one comes out. I would love to play watch dogs, gta iv, battlefield 4, crysis etc. at a good fps. I am sure the budget is enough for it to run current gen games better than the consoles. I want something that i can easily upgrade when the time comes. I know you guys are the masters. I would really appreciate a sick build. Thank you for your time and effort.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I wanna get my feet wet when it comes to pc gaming. I am tired of looking at all the steam deals! haha. I just need some help choosing the parts. I know a bit about computers I even help fix them.

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June 29, 2013 12:06:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston T1 Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($59.09 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1216.96

Promo code "EMCXPVM26" for the GPU to bring the price down to $328 AR
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June 29, 2013 12:26:12 AM

Thank you. Are there any other suggestions form anyone else reading or is this the perfect build to suit my needs?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 1:16:41 AM

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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.39 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1231.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-29 04:14 EDT-0400)

A similar build. I would not recommend water cooling. Too much can go wrong. I have the latest graphics card, runs quieter and faster than the 7970.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 2:20:59 AM

babernet_1 said:
A similar build. I would not recommend water cooling. Too much can go wrong. I have the latest graphics card, runs quieter and faster than the 7970.


It isn't a custom block but a self contained kit. OP wants to overclock and water is preferred for Haswell. Also, overclocking the 7970 will actually yield better performance than the 770 (not to mention it is $70 less and comes with 4 games).
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June 29, 2013 9:50:51 AM

slomo4sho said:
babernet_1 said:
A similar build. I would not recommend water cooling. Too much can go wrong. I have the latest graphics card, runs quieter and faster than the 7970.


It isn't a custom block but a self contained kit. OP wants to overclock and water is preferred for Haswell. Also, overclocking the 7970 will actually yield better performance than the 770 (not to mention it is $70 less and comes with 4 games).


I agree with barbernet_1. I don't know how much of a hassle it would be to water cool on my first build.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 10:14:24 AM

Aseem Reid said:

I agree with barbernet_1. I don't know how much of a hassle it would be to water cool on my first build.


No more difficult than installing a case fan and a heatsink...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 10:50:53 AM

Aseem Reid said:
TheBigTroll said:
heres what i would get
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bl8f


I like the TheBigTroll's build It does not go over the budget. How about this?
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ThaMachine19/saved/1RFf
I just got a cheaper case and I just added windows 8 for the heck of it.


the case i chose is much much better. also, i wouldnt get windows 8. you end up making it looking like windows 7 in the end anyways
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 11:03:42 AM

Aseem Reid said:


I like the TheBigTroll's build It does not go over the budget.


My build is within the budget once you apply the promo code for the card :) 
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June 29, 2013 12:41:27 PM

slomo4sho said:
Aseem Reid said:


I like the TheBigTroll's build It does not go over the budget.


My build is within the budget once you apply the promo code for the card :) 


Oh my bad. So is water cooling the best way to go? and is it ok to use this power supply instead? It the same watts and voltage. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

slomo4sho ill probaly go with yours after you answer these for me. All the builds are similar and I'm open to anything I guess ill look into water cooling now.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 12:46:16 PM

Aseem Reid said:
Oh my bad. So is water cooling the best way to go? and is it ok to use this power supply instead? It the same watts and voltage. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

slomo4sho ill probaly go with yours after you answer these for me. All the builds are similar and I'm open to anything I guess ill look into water cooling now.

Haswell runs hot and water is recommended if you plan on overclocking the chip. The XFX PSU is a great choice as well and is pretty tough to beat at $40.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 12:47:02 PM

Aseem Reid said:
Oh my bad. So is water cooling the best way to go? and is it ok to use this power supply instead? It the same watts and voltage. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

slomo4sho ill probaly go with yours after you answer these for me. All the builds are similar and I'm open to anything I guess ill look into water cooling now.

Haswell runs hot and water is recommended if you plan on overclocking the chip(The 240M is currently $10 less than when I originally posted). The XFX PSU is a great choice as well and is pretty tough to beat at $40.
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June 29, 2013 1:32:57 PM

slomo4sho said:
Aseem Reid said:
Oh my bad. So is water cooling the best way to go? and is it ok to use this power supply instead? It the same watts and voltage. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

slomo4sho ill probaly go with yours after you answer these for me. All the builds are similar and I'm open to anything I guess ill look into water cooling now.

Haswell runs hot and water is recommended if you plan on overclocking the chip(The 240M is currently $10 less than when I originally posted). The XFX PSU is a great choice as well and is pretty tough to beat at $40.


ok thanks everyone ill go with slomo4sho's build with the cheaper power supply. ordering as we speak. Wish me luck
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 1:38:56 PM

ahh. just remember that your warranty is instantly fried from using his ram
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2013 1:48:37 PM

TheBigTroll said:
ahh. just remember that your warranty is instantly fried from using his ram


Who would tell Intel that the ram is rated at 1.65V if in the very unlikely event that the chip does fry? Also, under-volting the ram isn't all that difficult. He can opt for the following if he is concerned about the voltage:

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.80 @ Newegg)
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June 29, 2013 1:48:38 PM

TheBigTroll said:
ahh. just remember that your warranty is instantly fried from using his ram


why? warranty for which part
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June 29, 2013 1:50:14 PM

slomo4sho said:
TheBigTroll said:
ahh. just remember that your warranty is instantly fried from using his ram


He can opt for the following if he is concerned about the voltage:

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.80 @ Newegg)


ill use that then. scared me there for a second.
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