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First Build(For Gaming). Looking for some expert eyes!

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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  1. great premium build :)
    maybe you want to look further on Corsair Link V2
    http://www.corsair.com/us/blog/corsair-link-v2-features-and-functionality
  2. AMD Radeon said:
    great premium build :)
    maybe you want to look further on Corsair Link V2
    http://www.corsair.com/us/blog/corsair-link-v2-features-and-functionality


    Thanks for directing me to that! I didn't realise that the PSU and CPU cooler had LEDs in it that could be changed.
  3. 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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    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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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 :)
  9. 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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    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.

    Quote:
    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.
  11. 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.

    Quote:
    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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