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July 4, 2013 5:37:18 PM

Hello im 15 and building my first gaming pc and i was wondering if these specs are compatible and long lasting. Plus im willing to upgrade something if its in my budget.

CPU:Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99

CPU Cooler:Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $9.99

Motherboard:Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $248.98


Memory:Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $169.99

SSD:Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $129.99

HDD:Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $179.14

Video Card:EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $229.99

Sound Card:Creative Labs Z PCIe 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $99.99

Wireless Network Adapter:TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $34.99

Case:Still looking for one that fits, comes with fans, black/blue, blue led's(Reccomendations please)

Power Supply:Kingwin 500W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $159.99

Optical Drive:Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $99.99

Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Also tell me if im missing something. $129.97

Monitor:Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor $176.99

Keyboard:Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Elite Wired Gaming Keyboard
$90.00

Mouse:Razer RZ01-00780100-R3U1 Wired Laser Mouse $69.99

Thermal compound: is it needed?


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July 4, 2013 5:39:44 PM

This is pretty bad for a $2500 gaming computer.
What is your monitor resolution?
ARe you overclocking?

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July 4, 2013 5:46:50 PM
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This is a pretty ridiculous machine, but without peripherals. If you need that in your budget, remove one of the video cards to cover a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dlX3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dlX3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dlX3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Urban S41 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($176.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2672.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 20:45 EDT-0400)
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July 4, 2013 8:44:45 PM

Eximo said:
This is a pretty ridiculous machine, but without peripherals. If you need that in your budget, remove one of the video cards to cover a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dlX3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dlX3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dlX3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Urban S41 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($176.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2672.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 20:45 EDT-0400)


Thank you this is wonderful but do you recommend a good monitor and do I need this thermal paste stuff I hear about. Plus does the case have blue led's by any chance.
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July 4, 2013 9:18:32 PM

The case has a front facing effect light that is blue, not sure if it is power or hard disk activity. You can go to that partpicker link and look through the available cases that will fit the components. Quite a lot of variety there. You could also buy some blue led case fans if you chose.

Monitors are a big personal preference thing in my opinion. That said, you can easily put $300 into a decent 27 inch 1080p monitor, or $600+ on a 2560x1440p or 2560x1600p monitor, or get a 120hz monitor at 1920x1080p, really depends on the content you want to use it for. I use an older ASUS VE278 at 1080, not sure what the current models are.

The cpu cooler will include thermal paste for one application.
July 4, 2013 10:10:50 PM

Eximo said:
The case has a front facing effect light that is blue, not sure if it is power or hard disk activity. You can go to that partpicker link and look through the available cases that will fit the components. Quite a lot of variety there. You could also buy some blue led case fans if you chose.

Monitors are a big personal preference thing in my opinion. That said, you can easily put $300 into a decent 27 inch 1080p monitor, or $600+ on a 2560x1440p or 2560x1600p monitor, or get a 120hz monitor at 1920x1080p, really depends on the content you want to use it for. I use an older ASUS VE278 at 1080, not sure what the current models are.

The cpu cooler will include thermal paste for one application.

Thanks but would the Apevia x-trooper series x case work instead?
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July 4, 2013 10:20:11 PM

Just saying, that build will not work. The heat spreaders on the Corsair Dominator WILL get in the way of the Noctua NH-D14.
Here's what I would recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Auria EQ276W 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($137.98 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($46.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $2316.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 01:16 EDT-0400)

-Not overkill on motherboard. You will still be able to overclock well and such.
-Low-profile RAM for the NH-D14.
-Slightly cheaper SSD, but still very good.
-Better case. Great cable management, great airflow, sound dampening pads for silence.
-Cheaper psu. The Silencer MK III is made by Seasonic so it's still high quality.
-Good price for a 1440p monitor. It may not be a well known brand, but it should still provide a great display.
-Better laser mouse.
-Keyboard is up to you, due to the switches. I just put in a keyboard I like. Cherry MX Reds are quieter than others and provides a new gaming feel.
July 4, 2013 10:46:27 PM

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Just saying, that build will not work. The heat spreaders on the Corsair Dominator WILL get in the way of the Noctua NH-D14.
Here's what I would recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Auria EQ276W 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($137.98 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($46.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $2316.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 01:16 EDT-0400)

-Not overkill on motherboard. You will still be able to overclock well and such.
-Low-profile RAM for the NH-D14.
-Slightly cheaper SSD, but still very good.
-Better case. Great cable management, great airflow, sound dampening pads for silence.
-Cheaper psu. The Silencer MK III is made by Seasonic so it's still high quality.
-Good price for a 1440p monitor. It may not be a well known brand, but it should still provide a great display.
-Better laser mouse.
-Keyboard is up to you, due to the switches. I just put in a keyboard I like. Cherry MX Reds are quieter than others and provides a new gaming feel.

If your correct you just saved me from disaster but is there a bigger internal hardrive 3TB preferably and will this case be compatible instead, apevia x-trooper series x case
Mainly for black//blue design and blue leds with windows on side.
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