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July 8, 2013 8:53:49 AM

Hello!

I would like your help picking parts for my new system. I have roughly 2500 USD to spend, and will buy from newegg.com.

I only need the computer, NO monitor or peripherals, and I already have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 EN.

Most important usage is gaming at high settings. When playing with friends, I often host game servers, and will keep my computer on for long periods of time.

Computer should be silent, NOT look like a monster, stable and power efficient if possible.

I will only do a little bit of overclocking, not pushing the limits. Multi-GPU is acceptable, but not preferred.

Thank you.

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July 8, 2013 9:31:39 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($425.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($425.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Gunmetal) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2000.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 12:30 EDT-0400)

I would heavily suggest looking at getting a 1440P display with the difference - that would be a very wise investment, you can run your existing monitor alongside it.
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July 8, 2013 9:46:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1024.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2480.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 12:52 EDT-0400)
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July 8, 2013 10:16:11 AM

@g-unit1111
Cant immediately see anything disconcerning about this, and good price.
If someone could comment on it, good or bad it would be helpful.

@SR-71 Blackbird
Isn't it bad to have only one stick of ram, vs two?
The Cooler Master HAF X looks like a monster to me.

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What are your thoughts on the Fractal Design Define R4?
I think its good looking, but worried about airflow maybe.
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July 8, 2013 10:19:18 AM

Nathan89 said:
@g-unit1111
Cant immediately see anything disconcerning about this, and good price.
If someone could comment on it, good or bad it would be helpful.

@SR-71 Blackbird
Isn't it bad to have only one stick of ram, vs two?
The Cooler Master HAF X looks like a monster to me.

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What are your thoughts on the Fractal Design Define R4?
I think its good looking, but worried about airflow maybe.


I definitely agree about the RAM but what do you want to know - like how good the graphics are or something else along those lines?

The Define R4 is among the best cases out there right now.
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July 8, 2013 10:28:06 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($136.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($162.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($673.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1954.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 13:26 EDT-0400)
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July 8, 2013 10:28:16 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I definitely agree about the RAM but what do you want to know - like how good the graphics are or something else along those lines?

The Define R4 is among the best cases out there right now.


If the Define R4 is good as you say, I will take that, as I think it will look more pleasing.

I'm not sure what I want to know. If someone had said "This build looks good", it would be enough :] But I guess as long as no one else posts otherwise, I will order tomorrow.
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a c 418 $ Windows 7
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July 8, 2013 10:29:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1023.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2174.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 13:34 EDT-0400)
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July 8, 2013 10:31:37 AM

Fangoooo said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($136.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($162.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($673.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1954.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 13:26 EDT-0400)


I don't know how many times I have to point this out but I will every single time: extra thermal compound is a complete waste of money! No matter how much you spend on a rig!

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I'm not sure what I want to know. If someone had said "This build looks good", it would be enough :] But I guess as long as no one else posts otherwise, I will order tomorrow.


As far as graphics go a dual GTX 770 SLI setup is about as good as it gets right now - it even beats the $1K GTX Titan for less money. You don't need an i7 or 16GB of RAM for gaming. The PSU I included is among the best on the market.
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July 8, 2013 10:40:40 AM

I agree, the price/performance ratio on the GTX Titan is not looking very good.
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July 8, 2013 10:56:34 AM

Nathan89 said:
I agree, the price/performance ratio on the GTX Titan is not looking very good.


Yeah the Titan is not a good value for the money. I cite this article and find the benchmarks to be pretty accurate: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_770_sl...
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