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I'm Getting a new build for gaming. Have any reccommendations?

Hello all, I was just wondering if all of my hardware components are good for gaming and if any of you would recommend anything else.

Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Stryker Case
Mobo: MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Motherboard
GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Classified
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL 16GB
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
CPU Cooler: Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler
Optical Drive: LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive
HDD: Western Digital WD Black 2TB
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB
PSU: Corsair AX860i Platinum (Not exactly sure on PSU)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks in advance, Luke
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  1. Looks good!

    Strictly speaking, for gaming, you only need an i5-4670k. Also, the mpower motherboard isn't necessary. A cheaper one will do just fine as well. I would recommend either the ASRock Extreme4 or the Gigabyte UD3h, both are great. For the RAM - you've got a huge cooler, so low profile RAM might be better, as RAM with tall heat spreaders may not fit. I recommend Corsair Vengeance LP, it looks great and runs great!

    Hope this helps :D
  2. Munchbot said:
    Looks good!

    Strictly speaking, for gaming, you only need an i5-4670k. Also, the mpower motherboard isn't necessary. A cheaper one will do just fine as well. I would recommend either the ASRock Extreme4 or the Gigabyte UD3h, both are great. For the RAM - you've got a huge cooler, so low profile RAM might be better, as RAM with tall heat spreaders may not fit. I recommend Corsair Vengeance LP, it looks great and runs great!

    Hope this helps :D


    Thanks for the advice, but if you don't mind me asking why do you recommend dropping the i7-4770k? and what about the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard?

    P.S. My budget isn't really a worry right now. I've been saving since the start of this year and i'm so excited, FINALLY getting a desktop computer. I've just had my HP laptop with a HD6770 and i think an i7 3630QM in it and the resolution at 1366X768.

    Thanks, Luke
  3. Most games use only 2-3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 4770K will be largely useless.
    The evga classified graphics cards are intended for overclocking hobbyists seeking records. I don't know what the price premium would be, but I would think a simple GTX780 superclock would be better.

    Ditto on the high priced enthusiast motherboards. Most any Z87 based motherboard will perform the same with conservative overclocking.
    If you don't have a big budget worry, do yourself a favor and buy a really nice monitor. A 27" 2560 x 1440 or even 30" 2560 x 1600 unit.
  4. geofelt said:
    Most games use only 2-3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 4770K will be largely useless.
    The evga classified graphics cards are intended for overclocking hobbyists seeking records. I don't know what the price premium would be, but I would think a simple GTX780 superclock would be better.

    Ditto on the high priced enthusiast motherboards. Most any Z87 based motherboard will perform the same with conservative overclocking.
    If you don't have a big budget worry, do yourself a favor and buy a really nice monitor. A 27" 2560 x 1440 or even 30" 2560 x 1600 unit.


    Thanks for the explanation on the CPU, I'll go with the i5-4670k. Wouldn't the Classified be much better than the superclocked though? and what Motherboard would you recommend? Oh and I plan on doing a slight overclock on the CPU just to 4.0GHz maybe.

    Thanks again, Luke ;)
  5. Does anyone else think that my RAM wouldn't fit with that CPU cooler?

    Looking forward to your reply, Luke
  6. Best answer
    The ram does not have overly high heat spreaders, which are mostly marketing.
    They are good only for very high overclocking of the ram.
    Not at all necessary for a conservative 4.0 overclock, or even higher.
    And... 1600 ram will do just as well. I bought 1866 only because it was on sale at 1600 prices.
    Faster ram has negligible effect on FPS or real app speed:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3
    Still, I suggest low profile ram. Take the time to go to the g.skil web site, and access their ram configurator.
    Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of supported ram kits. I suspect that this 16gb kit will do the job:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558
    Ram is cheap, 8gb is all you need for gaming, but 16gb will keep lots of code in ram available for instant reuse.

    EVGA does not yet list a classified version of the GTX780.
    Look at the superclocked version instead that has the titan blower style cooler. It seems to be in high demand:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130917

    Any Z87 motherboard will support a oc short of record seeking. Buy based on your brand preference.
    If you are planning on future sli(which I would avoid excepting triple monitor gaming) only then look at full atx sized motherboards with two separated X8 graphics slots.
    This ASUS Z87-PLUS would be about as good as I would go:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980
  7. I have one last question to ask of tom'shardware users. Do you recommend I build my computer myself or get these people to: http://pccasegear.com. I know this is an american site but yeah...

    It cost $99 for them to build it. They don't install the aftermarket CPU cooler though.

    Thanks, Luke :D
  8. luke1426 said:
    I have one last question to ask of tom'shardware users. Do you recommend I build my computer myself or get these people to: http://pccasegear.com. I know this is an american site but yeah...

    It cost $99 for them to build it. They don't install the aftermarket CPU cooler though.

    Thanks, Luke :D


    I'm getting a shop to build mine ($120) for the fact that the parts are then under guarantee plus the thought of a stress free start up when I hit the Start button. Its like push starting a car, let someone else do the sweating
    BTW the shop gets the parts cheaper than I so the shop build cost is wiped out in the end
    I'll do the upgrading and tweaking
    just confirm the guarantee part with them
  9. crooked windows said:
    luke1426 said:
    I have one last question to ask of tom'shardware users. Do you recommend I build my computer myself or get these people to: http://pccasegear.com. I know this is an american site but yeah...

    It cost $99 for them to build it. They don't install the aftermarket CPU cooler though.

    Thanks, Luke :D


    I'm getting a shop to build mine ($120) for the fact that the parts are then under guarantee plus the thought of a stress free start up when I hit the Start button. Its like push starting a car, let someone else do the sweating
    BTW the shop gets the parts cheaper than I so the shop build cost is wiped out in the end
    I'll do the upgrading and tweaking
    just confirm the guarantee part with them


    They provide a Full manufacturer warranty on all parts and 1 year return-to-base warranty on labour.

    Also another question, I thinking of getting Corsair Hydro Series h100i CPU Cooler. For two reasons really, 1: I believe it would look better in my case(It has a window so you know ;)). 2: It cools better and is quieter (at low RPM).
  10. What does everyone think on the h100i?
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