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July 7, 2013 5:25:30 PM

I plan to build a gaming PC this fall, but have no plans to overclock at this time. Here is my build:

CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Combo or $239.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.99
Thermal Compound Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g $11.98
Motherboard Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 $139.99
Memory G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $169.99
Storage Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" SSD $189.99
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM $85.99
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM $85.99
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Combo or $265.66
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD $129.99
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-AC66 802.11b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 $93.99
Case Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower $74.99
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $18.99
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $18.99
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $18.99
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $18.99
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $18.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $122.98
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $56.99
Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer $27.98
VisionTek Connect 900544 USB 3.0 PCI Express Card - 4 Port, Plug and Play, PCIe Slot, Molex Power Connector $31.09

$1837.53


My questions on this build are:

1. Case fans
a. Will these fans be too noisy? I chose the biggest fans that will fit in the case
with the highest RPMs.
b. Am I better off with a single 200 mm side panel fan or two 140 mm fan?
- Which will be quieter
- Which will use less electricity?

c. Are Corsair fans reliable or are there more reliable and quieter gaming PC case fans?

2. The Case
a. Is corsair a reliable case brand?
b. Will this case last for multiple builds (I will do a rebuild in two or three years)

3. Do I need HDD cooling?

I may add an additional HDD drive at some point and/or second GPU if I deem necessary. Thanks.
July 7, 2013 5:38:12 PM

Ok to answer your questions i'll start with the fans: Those are good fans but if you need quieter ones the Noctua 120mm are the best... You are also better off with one 200mm side panel fan as opposed to two smaller fans (it'll also be quieter this way).

Corsair is a great case maker as well as cooler master, nzxt, and fractal design (those are my personal favorites).

You do not need HDD cooling (in my opinion at least).

You are also overpaying for 1600mhz RAM, you should pay around $120...

Unless you have 802.11ac wifi, that wifi card is OVERKILL...

And lastly you will want a different SSD (i believe the m4 has been replaced by the m500) such as the Sandisk Ultra Plus for value or the 840 Pro from Samsung for the highest performance...

Hope this helps
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July 7, 2013 5:39:29 PM

You should also consider a gtx 770 if you plan on gaming mostly
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July 7, 2013 5:44:16 PM

1. Case fans : chose 1 200mm , quieter , less electricity use - Corsair Fans is the best .

2. The Case : yes it is ( one of the best casing brands ) , yes it will since corsair company Focus on rebuilding points .

3. Do I need HDD cooling? : no you don't have to , since you have a lot of cooling fans inside the case which will create a better earflow and it will keep the system cool . ( btw . the front fans will work as kind of HDD cooler )
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July 7, 2013 6:34:10 PM

Thanks for the input. Based on the suggestions so far, here are two more questions:

1. I chose the RAM listed above because it had a CAS Latency of 7. I am currently refreshing my skills in C++ and was suggested to use 16 GB. The RAM with a CAS Latency of 8 is around $130. Is 8 sufficient enough for gaming at 1080p? How much of a performance difference would I see between latencies 7 and 8?

2. This is a link to eurogamer which reviewed the GTX 760 http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-nvidia.... I am hooking up this PC to a 65-inch 1080P 240 Hz Sharp LED TV. I plan to play both the Mass Effect and Crysis trilogies on high settings. Apparently the 760 can play Crysis 3 at around 60 fps at 1080p on high settings. That was why I listed the GTX 760 in my build. With the 760, I plan to upgrade 12 months after I build the PC. If I went with the 770, I might upgrade after 18 months. Would I be better of with the 770 and would it last me 18 months playing games at 1080P on high settings at playable frame rates?
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July 7, 2013 7:27:32 PM

I'd still get the 770... As far as RAM the difference between 7 and 9 latencies is minute so is recommend CL9 1866mhz ram as opposed to CL7 1600mhz RAM.

Here is the build with a few changes put into PCPARTSPICKER for you:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($126.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Aerocool Silent Master 200B 76.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($27.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1854.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 22:24 EDT-0400)
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July 7, 2013 7:28:38 PM

Also, what speakers do you have that would require such a high-end soundcard?
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July 7, 2013 8:12:39 PM

King Hackintosh said:
Also, what speakers do you have that would require such a high-end soundcard?


I have Logitech Z-623 THX-Speakers. I may be moving into my own apartment late this year or early next year and want a build that will last me at least three years. Besides gaming, this PC will also function as a Home theater PC and stereo. Like I said, in one of my previous posts, this will be hooked up to a 65-inch LED TV. I have A large FLAC music library. I installed a THX audio card in my last desktop around 8 years ago and had a good experience with it, plus I needed RCA ports to get audio from my cable box.
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July 7, 2013 8:19:26 PM

If this is going to double as an HTPC, you will want the quietest fans available (noctuas are the best).

In assuming if you move that means better speakers but seriously, those Logitech don't at all need such a good sound card (it's really only for speakers that cost over $250).

Other than that everything looks good.
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July 7, 2013 9:53:13 PM

No problem man - glad I could be of assistance :) 

Feel free to pm me with any more questions or trouble...
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