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July 6, 2013 9:39:44 PM

Hello again tom's hardware users I just wanted to put an updated list of my components for my first Build and wanted to know what you think. It will basically only be used for gaming.

Here's a list of my parts:

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL 16GB (4x4GB)

Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified

HDD: Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2002FAEX In stock

PSU: Corsair AX860i Platinum Power Supply

SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SSD Retail Box

Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Stryker Case

Optical Drive: LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for taking your time to read and (assess my build)

Luke.
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July 6, 2013 10:46:08 PM

Oh and is the Corsair link software still really buggy? I just read in several forums/reviews that it (was) very buggy? I do not know about V2 though

Cheers, Luke
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July 6, 2013 10:47:50 PM

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Oh and is the Corsair link software still really buggy? I just read in several forums/reviews that it (was) very buggy? I do not know about V2 though


Yeah that seems to be the general consensus is that it's really buggy. I wouldn't buy any iLink equipment unless there's a definite fix for it.

It's a pretty decent start. For gaming you don't need an i7 or 16GB of RAM. Drop both of those and put that into getting a 1440P display. Or invest in getting a 770 SLI setup, that will be way faster than a single 780. You also don't need the BD-R drive. Games will never be available on BD, and movie watching is way more of a hassle than it should be. The AX860i is also really gimmicky. Get a Seasonic X750 instead. The Swiftech H220 is also a better liquid cooler than the H100i is.

What is your budget?
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July 6, 2013 11:04:40 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Oh and is the Corsair link software still really buggy? I just read in several forums/reviews that it (was) very buggy? I do not know about V2 though


Yeah that seems to be the general consensus is that it's really buggy. I wouldn't buy any iLink equipment unless there's a definite fix for it.

It's a pretty decent start. For gaming you don't need an i7 or 16GB of RAM. Drop both of those and put that into getting a 1440P display. Or invest in getting a 770 SLI setup, that will be way faster than a single 780. You also don't need the BD-R drive. Games will never be available on BD, and movie watching is way more of a hassle than it should be. The AX860i is also really gimmicky. Get a Seasonic X750 instead. The Swiftech H220 is also a better liquid cooler than the H100i is.

What is your budget?


Hello g-unit, my budget is right around $3000 (AUS) give or take a few hundred.
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July 7, 2013 12:07:26 AM

luke1426 said:
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Hello g-unit, my budget is right around $3000 (AUS) give or take a few hundred.


Here's how I would spend that budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($229.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($529.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($529.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($355.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $2734.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 17:06 EST+1000)

Then with the difference get whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.
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July 7, 2013 1:53:34 AM

g-unit1111 said:

Here's how I would spend that budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($229.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($529.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($529.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($355.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $2734.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 17:06 EST+1000)

Then with the difference get whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.


It's funny you mention a mouse, monitor and keyboard lol. I forgot to mention I already have those
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July 7, 2013 2:20:22 AM

Ok I'm just gonna say I will go with your PSU, CPU cooler and a non Blu-Ray drive, but I'm gonna stick with the GTX 780 because i will sli later on. I am still considering the CPU though because I want this PC to be REALLY GOOD so I don't have to upgrade for a while. I'd still appreciate some more... guidance though. lol

Thanks again, Luke :) 
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July 7, 2013 8:27:37 AM

Please answer promptly as I am buying all the parts at same time and getting it built through pccasegear.
I am concerned because the EVGA GTX 780 superclocked went out of stock in less than a day and is only back in stock on the 10th of this month.

I fear the same will happen with the classified.

Much appreciated, Luke.

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July 7, 2013 10:31:06 AM

luke1426 said:
Ok I'm just gonna say I will go with your PSU, CPU cooler and a non Blu-Ray drive, but I'm gonna stick with the GTX 780 because i will sli later on. I am still considering the CPU though because I want this PC to be REALLY GOOD so I don't have to upgrade for a while. I'd still appreciate some more... guidance though. lol

Thanks again, Luke :) 


OK that's fine. The Swiftech H220 is a far better choice than the H100i is, and the cool thing is you can hook it through your GPU - something the H100i doesn't allow. I'm planning to get one for my rig in a few weeks.

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I am concerned because the EVGA GTX 780 superclocked went out of stock in less than a day and is only back in stock on the 10th of this month.


Yeah if it's a new card - grab it while it's in stock as fast as you can. New cards are usually incredibly high in demand so get them if you've got a shot.
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July 7, 2013 4:49:59 PM

g-unit1111 said:
luke1426 said:
Ok I'm just gonna say I will go with your PSU, CPU cooler and a non Blu-Ray drive, but I'm gonna stick with the GTX 780 because i will sli later on. I am still considering the CPU though because I want this PC to be REALLY GOOD so I don't have to upgrade for a while. I'd still appreciate some more... guidance though. lol

Thanks again, Luke :) 


OK that's fine. The Swiftech H220 is a far better choice than the H100i is, and the cool thing is you can hook it through your GPU - something the H100i doesn't allow. I'm planning to get one for my rig in a few weeks.

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I am concerned because the EVGA GTX 780 superclocked went out of stock in less than a day and is only back in stock on the 10th of this month.


Yeah if it's a new card - grab it while it's in stock as fast as you can. New cards are usually incredibly high in demand so get them if you've got a shot.


Alright thanks g-unit, you've been a lot of help!
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