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July 1, 2013 11:28:49 AM

Hi all,

This will be my first build in years. I want a nice gaming rig based around a 4770K. I will use this rig to learn basic overclocking and see how I go (hence some of the spec picks).

Would you make any changes? Will everything fit?

Fractal Design Case Define R4 Titanium Grey Usb3 Window
Fractal Design 140mm Silent Series R2 Case Fan
Intel Core i7 4770K 3.50GHz Socket 1150 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
K/HDD Caviar GRN 2TB 3.5 SATA 6Gbs 64MB (x2)
Corsair Neutron Series Gtx 240gb 2.5 Inch Sata 3 6gb/s Solid State Drive
Asus GTX 770 Direct CU II 2GB GDDR5 HDMI DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Grpahics Card
Asus Z87-Pro Socket 1150 HDMI DVI DisplayPort Motherboard ATX Motherboard
Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL8 @1.5V Ballistix Tactical
Lg Internal 24x Bulk Dvdrw - OEM
XFX Black Edition 750w 80+ Gold Fully Modular PSU

I haven't found a CPU cooler I like yet, so would appreciate any suggestions there. I have seen the D14 and it is a bit of a beast, so something a little smaller might be better?

Cheers,
Mark
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:32:39 AM

Why the 4770k? If you are only gaming, the 4670k will be more than enough.
Also, get a Corsair HX750 PSU, as well as the Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD.
Get the Gigabyte UD3H Z87X motherboard, as it is one of the best price/performance motherboards out there.
Also, if you need 16GB of RAM, get Corsair Vengeance LP RAM, as LP RAM allows for bigger cooling, and I trust Corsair a lot as a company.
As a cooler, the Corsair H100i is a great cooler, but it requires a 240mm radiator spot. Also, the Swiftech H220.
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:34:37 AM

For you CPU cooler have you thought of getting the water cooler series from Corsair, I have a H60 and that keep my CPU very cool.
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July 1, 2013 11:35:04 AM

I'm not really budget constrained so I figured why not get the best! I do quite a lot of editing in Lightroom; is it likely to make a difference for that usage?
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:36:03 AM

Azrael47 said:
For you CPU cooler have you thought of getting the water cooler series from Corsair, I have a H60 and that keep my CPU very cool.


The H60 is not worth it. Either go 240mm rad (like an H100i or a Swiftech H220), or just go with air cooling. The performance benefit with a 120mm rad over air is negligible.
July 1, 2013 11:36:20 AM

I chose the mobo as I want on-board WiFi.
July 1, 2013 11:37:13 AM

The H100i looks good but I am paranoid of a leak.. Would feel more comfortable with air cooling!
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:37:59 AM

markhaldane said:
I'm not really budget constrained so I figured why not get the best! I do quite a lot of editing in Lightroom; is it likely to make a difference for that usage?


I doubt it. if you want to get it, then go for it, but I think that the i7 processors tend to be unnecessary unless you are a professional who does rendering, etc.
Also, OCing is not difficult; there isn't much of a learning process. I pretty much learned in one night with a forum sticky, so I wouldn't get too focused on it.
July 1, 2013 11:38:37 AM

dannyboy2233 said:
Why the 4770k? If you are only gaming, the 4670k will be more than enough.
Also, get a Corsair HX750 PSU, as well as the Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD.
Get the Gigabyte UD3H Z87X motherboard, as it is one of the best price/performance motherboards out there.
Also, if you need 16GB of RAM, get Corsair Vengeance LP RAM, as LP RAM allows for bigger cooling, and I trust Corsair a lot as a company.
As a cooler, the Corsair H100i is a great cooler, but it requires a 240mm radiator spot. Also, the Swiftech H220.


Any reasoning behind those alternative PSU, Mobo and SSD choices or just personal preference? Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:39:54 AM

dannyboy2233 said:
Azrael47 said:
For you CPU cooler have you thought of getting the water cooler series from Corsair, I have a H60 and that keep my CPU very cool.


The H60 is not worth it. Either go 240mm rad (like an H100i or a Swiftech H220), or just go with air cooling. The performance benefit with a 120mm rad over air is negligible.


I disagree
a b 4 Gaming
a b Î Nvidia
July 1, 2013 11:40:14 AM

Looks good, but for a gaming rig you dont really need the 4770k (4670k(oops) would be just as fast in games), and 8Gb(2x4Gb) is more than enough ram. For an SSD id get the 256Gb Samsung 840 pro. PSU is a good choice and could run a 2nd 770 down the road. For a cpu cooler http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-pht...
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:40:48 AM

markhaldane said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Why the 4770k? If you are only gaming, the 4670k will be more than enough.
Also, get a Corsair HX750 PSU, as well as the Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD.
Get the Gigabyte UD3H Z87X motherboard, as it is one of the best price/performance motherboards out there.
Also, if you need 16GB of RAM, get Corsair Vengeance LP RAM, as LP RAM allows for bigger cooling, and I trust Corsair a lot as a company.
As a cooler, the Corsair H100i is a great cooler, but it requires a 240mm radiator spot. Also, the Swiftech H220.


Any reasoning behind those alternative PSU, Mobo and SSD choices or just personal preference? Thanks!


I've simply always trusted Corsair more than I've trusted XFX. The Samsung 840 Pro Series perform better than the Corsair Neutron, and the motherboard is $30-$40 cheaper for practically the same thing. I have the Z77 version of that MoBo, and TBH, you're best off just getting a cheaper MoBo with an aftermarket WiFi adapter.
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:41:25 AM

bignastyid said:
Looks good, but for a gaming rig you dont really need the 4770k (4650k would be just as fast in games), and 8Gb(2x4Gb) is more than enough ram. For an SSD id get the 256Gb Samsung 840 pro. PSU is a good choice and could run a 2nd 770 down the road. For a cpu cooler http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-pht...


i5 4670k*
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:42:36 AM

Azrael47 said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Azrael47 said:
For you CPU cooler have you thought of getting the water cooler series from Corsair, I have a H60 and that keep my CPU very cool.


The H60 is not worth it. Either go 240mm rad (like an H100i or a Swiftech H220), or just go with air cooling. The performance benefit with a 120mm rad over air is negligible.


I disagree


That's because you own it. The Corsair H60 is especially unproductive (no offense to you at all) simply because it is a 120mm rad with only one fan; it can't even do push/pull. You'd be better off saving money and going air, or spending a bit more and going with an H100i or a similar cooler.
July 1, 2013 11:53:01 AM

Try closed loop watercooling, it's more efficient and quieter than aircoolers (they require even more fans to exhaust the heat out of your case). Contrary to another poster, you don't need a big radiator either unless your room temparature is substantially over the average 20 degrees celsius. The best thing with a watercooler is not only are you exhausting the heat directly out of the case, you're also keeping the rest of your components cool by sucking out other warm air whereas with an aircooler it'd just be blowing heat everywhere.
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a b Î Nvidia
July 1, 2013 11:53:05 AM

dannyboy2233 said:
bignastyid said:
Looks good, but for a gaming rig you dont really need the 4770k (4650k would be just as fast in games), and 8Gb(2x4Gb) is more than enough ram. For an SSD id get the 256Gb Samsung 840 pro. PSU is a good choice and could run a 2nd 770 down the road. For a cpu cooler http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-pht...


i5 4670k*

yep thats what i meant

a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 11:56:27 AM

If you can get it, if you have the budget, then why the hell NOT right?? haha It would be a good CPU for future purposes, it has more roads to lead to whichever path you want to upgrade on your rig.. Well that's just me, the rich side in me that doesn't exist. haha
July 1, 2013 12:32:24 PM

Yeah I think I will just stick with the 4770K, but thanks for the suggestions that it is more than needed.

So CPU cooler choice seems to be H100i, the Phanteks, or ??. What's the Megahlems Rev tower like? Looks sexy!

I can change the SSD to the Samsung Pro, but I'll leave 16GB in the build as it doesn't cost much extra. I think those sticks are fast enough considering I will be OCing the CPU, and the timings are the best in class (I think).

The PSU is fully modular wheras the Corsair isn't, that's why I picked it, plus some good reviews so I will consider the change but may leave it.

Price isn't really an issue so I will stick with the Pro version of the mobo. I like the look of the controller software it comes with.
July 1, 2013 3:05:57 PM

Update to my build:

Fractal Design Case Define R4 Titanium Grey Usb3 Window
Fractal Design 140mm Silent Series R2 Case Fan
Intel Core i7 4770K 3.50GHz Socket 1150 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler
WD Caviar green 2TB 3.5 SATA 6Gbs 64MB (x2 to be run in RAID0 array)
Samsung 256GB SSD 840 PRO
Asus GTX 770 Direct CU II 2GB GDDR5 HDMI DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Grpahics Card
Asus Z87-Pro Socket 1150 ATX Motherboard
Corsair 850W HX 80PLUS Gold Modular PSU
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C10 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
Lg Internal 24x Bulk Dvdrw - OEM

How does that look?
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 9:32:31 PM

Well that looks like a monster. You have a big PSU, SLI in the future to make it better! :D  Damn, two 770. whew Good build bro.
July 2, 2013 1:13:48 AM

adimeister said:
Well that looks like a monster. You have a big PSU, SLI in the future to make it better! :D  Damn, two 770. whew Good build bro.


Thanks! Is there anything you would suggest changing? I was planning to use 2x front intake and 1x rear exhaust fans as I hope the modified GPU will be able to keep itself cool enough. What's a good thermal compound to use on my CPU?
July 2, 2013 8:17:47 AM

markhaldane said:
Hi all,

This will be my first build in years. I want a nice gaming rig based around a 4770K. I will use this rig to learn basic overclocking and see how I go (hence some of the spec picks).

Would you make any changes? Will everything fit?

Fractal Design Case Define R4 Titanium Grey Usb3 Window
Fractal Design 140mm Silent Series R2 Case Fan
Intel Core i7 4770K 3.50GHz Socket 1150 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
K/HDD Caviar GRN 2TB 3.5 SATA 6Gbs 64MB (x2)
Corsair Neutron Series Gtx 240gb 2.5 Inch Sata 3 6gb/s Solid State Drive
Asus GTX 770 Direct CU II 2GB GDDR5 HDMI DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Grpahics Card
Asus Z87-Pro Socket 1150 HDMI DVI DisplayPort Motherboard ATX Motherboard
Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL8 @1.5V Ballistix Tactical
Lg Internal 24x Bulk Dvdrw - OEM
XFX Black Edition 750w 80+ Gold Fully Modular PSU

I haven't found a CPU cooler I like yet, so would appreciate any suggestions there. I have seen the D14 and it is a bit of a beast, so something a little smaller might be better?

Cheers,
Mark


July 2, 2013 8:20:17 AM

Wellm I personally think the crucial is a good set of ram espcially winning tomshardware 2013 awards with gskill sniper in second. But I have a serious question I am putting together a pc now as well, and got in 16 gb of crucial tactical low profile(8gbx2) and wanted to make sure asus z87-pro supports it, do either of you know and could help me I am a newbie
a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2013 10:20:33 AM

Usually the thermal paste that comes with the aftermarket cooler is already good. Just like on my hyper 212x. :)  No need to buy another thermal paste..
July 2, 2013 3:27:42 PM

Looks great. I'm gonna buy the same CPU. I think the PSU should be fine, but I usually suggest a minimum of 1000w, but I am an elitest asshole so it all comes down to you.
a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2013 3:30:59 PM

ShindoSensei said:
Looks great. I'm gonna buy the same CPU. I think the PSU should be fine, but I usually suggest a minimum of 1000w, but I am an elitest asshole so it all comes down to you.


A minimum of a 1000W!




a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2013 9:16:18 PM

@Azrael47: HAHAHAHAHAHA My reaction too, 1000w. hahaha Well, they sure do have a lot of excess money to spare. Give us some!!!!
July 3, 2013 5:45:20 AM

Yeah I think 1000W is excessive unless you're putting some serious water cooling inside! My 850 should be fine for running dual-graphics cards in the future.
July 3, 2013 8:01:29 AM

My only reason to get the 1000w is that not only will it be future proof (so in the long run you don't need to spend that much money) but also the fact that you want to be able to back your pc up with as much power as it needs. I'm running a 570 with a 750w, and during some overclocking it can throttle on the power department because of the fact that my MOBO and everything else is drawing power from it. Of course I am using older, less energy efficient hardware, however once you consider the peace of mind you may have with having more than required energy usage, I guarantee you won't be complaining ;) 
a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2013 8:47:05 AM

haha I understand I would love to have a 1000w in my system but I don't have the money for it. I was just surprised how you said minimum.
July 3, 2013 9:21:32 AM

Azrael47 said:
haha I understand I would love to have a 1000w in my system but I don't have the money for it. I was just surprised how you said minimum.


LMAO, maybe that wasn't the best word choice, however I think I found a really buck banging PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It may be a bit pricey, however if you consider how many years you can use it for 4-way SLI and an added PHYSx card, you may consider the purchase XD
a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2013 9:38:39 AM

ShindoSensei said:
Azrael47 said:
haha I understand I would love to have a 1000w in my system but I don't have the money for it. I was just surprised how you said minimum.


LMAO, maybe that wasn't the best word choice, however I think I found a really buck banging PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It may be a bit pricey, however if you consider how many years you can use it for 4-way SLI and an added PHYSx card, you may consider the purchase XD


Nice find however for now I searching for a modular PSU which is around 700W :D 

I LIKE Corsair as I can purchase the custom cable colour :D 
!