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July 4, 2013 6:15:07 PM

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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July 4, 2013 6:51:19 PM

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 
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July 4, 2013 7:10:46 PM

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
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July 4, 2013 7:48:31 PM

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.
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July 4, 2013 8:06:00 PM

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 ;) 
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July 4, 2013 9:03:47 PM

Does anyone else think that my RAM wouldn't fit with that CPU cooler?

Looking forward to your reply, Luke
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July 5, 2013 7:35:11 AM

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-...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
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July 5, 2013 6:26:17 PM

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 
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July 5, 2013 9:59:49 PM

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
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July 5, 2013 10:45:25 PM

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).
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July 6, 2013 7:12:01 PM

What does everyone think on the h100i?
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