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New Gaming Rig being built by first time builder help,please!

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July 8, 2013 6:52:36 PM

So I was thinking and I decided that my current computer wasn't good enough for what games I was playing. Then one of my friends gave me the idea to bulid my own gaming rig so here I am. Here's my specs

CPU: i7-4770k 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

RAM Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Intel 525 Series 120GB mSATA Solid State Disk
(Some Guides I've seen recommend getting a SSD for your operating system to be stored on and a hard drive for all your files, games, e.t.c so I'm not quite sure whether to go for that idea or just 1 SSD)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card

Case: Inwin GRone (Gray) ATX Full Tower Case

Power Supply: Cooler Master V700 700W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer

Thermal Compound: Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste

Operating System: Windows Eight 64 bit

Cost:1772$

Is this setup good? Please don't post any upgrades because my budget was 1650 to 1700 so im already over. If anything is overkill let me know.

Thanks for the help!
July 8, 2013 6:58:29 PM

My suggestions:

-down to 8gb ram, that`s all you need for gaming
-down to 128gb SSD for your OS then and HDD for storage
-get a psu from XFX, seasonic or corsair
-drop the thermal paste, the H100i comes with some that works just fine

edit:
also, drop down to the i5 cpu, it`s all you need for gaming, the i7 is more for video editing etc.
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July 8, 2013 6:59:23 PM

Looks good, but what do you need 32GB of RAM for? Are you doing video/audio/photo productivity?

For the SSD, running your OS from it and other stuff from other drives works fine, but you may want to take the money you might save from doing 16GB of RAM and put it into a 240GB SSD. That way you can at least put a few games you like, or software you use pretty often. Having anything on the SSD will increase its performance incrementally.

On the cooler, I walked into the store ready to buy the Corsair H100i, but ended up with the Swiftech H220. Way, way better cooler. For a few dollars more, I would say that's absolutely a worthy upgrade.

Power supply is good, but if you can do a Corsair AX or Seasonic, go with that.
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July 8, 2013 7:00:03 PM

Drop the ram down to eight gigs. Unless your cad or video editing rig. Most games will never use up eight gigs of ram. Swap the ps for a seasonice unit or a rebranded seasonice unit.
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July 8, 2013 7:01:52 PM

I've deiced to drop to 16gb ram and I wholeheartedly agree with the HDD and SSD idea but I like modular power cases. Oh yes, the thermal paste, well most reviews I've seen say the paste drops temperatures very well and is a good investment.
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July 8, 2013 7:04:01 PM

I strongly agree with the above poster
jimthenagual suggestions it's solid advice.Why not the i7 you may ask? Well the i7 merely adds Hyper-Threading and a higher clock speed to the equation. Though these two improvements are fantastic in CPU intensive tasks such as video encoding and 3D modeling, in gaming scenarios it doesn’t really do a whole lot. Games these days are much more graphics intensive than CPU intensive, so it’s a much better idea to invest the extra dough into the graphics card.

That said, if you are looking to do live streaming or other tasks which require any sort of video encoding, feel free to pick up an Intel Core i7 instead. The part is 100% compatible with your biuild and will give you better performance for these tasks. However, with all things higher performance, expect to shell out a $100 premium for the processor.Intel Core i5-4670K processor (4th Generation Intel Core Processor) the b i5-4670K, based off the Haswell architecture, replaces the last generation Ivy Bridge based Core i5-3570K, which was among the top processors for gaming from both a value and performance standpoint. With the Core i5-4670K, this story hasn’t changed.

Despite Intel focusing on power efficiency with the new Haswell processors, the new Core i5-4670K is once again a performer, sporting the same 3.4 GHz clock speed with the ability to turbo up to 3.8GHz as the last generation Core i5-3570K. That said, despite the Core i5-4670K receiving identical clock speeds as its last generation counterpart, it’s still able to pull of up to a 10-20% performance improvement depending on the workload.

In addition, you should also selected a K series processor, which has a factory unlocked multiplier to allow for easy overclocking as well. Since Haswell’s overclocking ability is relatively similar to what we saw in last generation Ivy Bridge parts, a mild overclock of up to 4.0-4.6 GHz (~15-25%+ performance improvement) is easily achievable with proper cooling.

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July 8, 2013 7:09:54 PM

+1 on jimthenagual

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste ($11.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.46 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Inwin GRone Gray (Gray) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1728.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 22:09 EDT-0400)
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July 8, 2013 7:13:01 PM

thanks guys for the help used pcpartpicker and implanted the changes came in under budget. Problem is that the H220 appears to be out of stock everywhere so dont know where to buy it. Also I'm a bit confused. Do you mean just getting a high quality SSD and running everything from that?
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July 8, 2013 7:15:21 PM

irobot said:
Do you mean just getting a high quality SSD and running everything from that?


The standard setup these days seems to be to get a 128gb SSD for the OS, then an HDD for your storage.
If you REALLY wanted to cut some more off the budget, you can skip and SSD and just get an HDD. The SSD won`t make much of a difference in gaming, except for load times. That said, I have an SSD and LOVE it. The windows load times alone make it worth it for me.
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July 8, 2013 7:41:55 PM

Nowadays, I think every PC should include an SSD period. They’re waaaaaaaaay faster and they draw less energy, but unfortunately they do cost a significant amount more than a traditional hard drive.

Those who have some extra budget laying around, I’d definitely suggest going with a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro or 256GB Samsung 840 Pro in combination with a 1TB Hard Drive . This will allow for plenty of hard drive space for storage while OS and application files may be placed on the SSD for that extra top notch performance.
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