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July 15, 2013 4:35:34 PM

Hello all. I'm planning on buying a gaming PC build that will last me about 4 years. This happens to be my first time building a PC too; I've always purchased assembled PCs at high prices from local stores. I would like a PC that runs well (60 fps) in medium-high settings with all games (World of Warcraft, Tera, LoL are only games I can think of atm). The one thing I really hate with my current PC is that it makes a lot of noise (and heat) so I looked into good cooler system. I do not plan to overclock at all.

Here's what I plan to be using:
CPU - Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell
Mobo - ASUS MAXIMUS VI GENE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Motherboard
Graphic Card - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 770
SSD - Samsung 840 128GB Sata SSD
HDD - Seagate Constelleation ES ST1000NM0011 1TB 7200RPM
RAM - CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Case - CORSAIR Vengeance C70 Case
Cooler - CORSAIR H110 Liquid Cooler
Power - CORSAIR HX750 750W PSU

(Budget Range: ~$2000)

I chose CORSAIR stuff because they seem compatible/fit with each other. I don't know about the others, and I think I'm going a bit overboard. My friends told me that if I'm buying a new PC, I should always choose Haswell over Sandy or Ivy Bridge, but it seemed pretty expensive. Would these work together well? Any recommendations to remove unnecessarily expensive parts? I've heard that Seagate and WD HDDs fail a lot too in short period (4 month?)

Lastly, are there any more parts I should purchase to complete the build? or would these work fine after assembling together and installing OS?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 5:06:54 PM

There isn't any reason to buy an i7 for gaming. Stick with an i5. The motherboard has built in Wi-fi, and there isn't much reason to spend more money on it unless you are going to severely overclock. Even though you don't plan on overclocking, I included an overkill cooler because towards the end of the pc's lifespan, you'll want to overclock to keep up comparable performance. The memory is a great brand, good price and 1866mhz for about the same price as 1600mhz. The case I linked has good air flow, great cable management and isn't horribly expensive. Also includes a side window to show off your build. Went with a Sandisk SSD because it has the benefit of being able to use it's entire storage, as opposed to leaving 20% free for performance issues. So even though it's smaller than a 128 from another manufacturer, you actually get more usable space. Pretty standard HDD storage drive. The 770 has one of the highest stock clock rates out of the box. Good price for a quality Psu, modular and gold rated.

Even though it isn't from one manufacturer like Corsair, you won't have any issues with compatibility.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1451.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-15 20:06 EDT-0400)
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July 15, 2013 5:25:30 PM

Swordkd said:
There isn't any reason to buy an i7 for gaming. Stick with an i5. The motherboard has built in Wi-fi, and there isn't much reason to spend more money on it unless you are going to severely overclock. Even though you don't plan on overclocking, I included an overkill cooler because towards the end of the pc's lifespan, you'll want to overclock to keep up comparable performance. The memory is a great brand, good price and 1866mhz for about the same price as 1600mhz. The case I linked has good air flow, great cable management and isn't horribly expensive. Also includes a side window to show off your build. Went with a Sandisk SSD because it has the benefit of being able to use it's entire storage, as opposed to leaving 20% free for performance issues. So even though it's smaller than a 128 from another manufacturer, you actually get more usable space. Pretty standard HDD storage drive. The 770 has one of the highest stock clock rates out of the box. Good price for a quality Psu, modular and gold rated.

Even though it isn't from one manufacturer like Corsair, you won't have any issues with compatibility.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1451.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-15 20:06 EDT-0400)


Thank you very much! Do these fit well in that case?
I plan to order this build if theres nothing more I need.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 5:25:41 PM

if you need a cheaper case a corsair 300r / 400r/ or better would probably serve you too.

For a single GPU you could get a far cheaper motherboard... by $80ish and if you truly dont intened to overclock you dont need a z series motherboard or k series CPU, those both denote "premium" overclocking features.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 5:40:52 PM

Just another to consider....
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1924.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-15 20:41 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 6:48:31 PM

They will all fit just fine in the case. I agree with not needing the "k" Cpu, or "z" chipset, but with expecting to keep these parts for 4 years, I'd spend more now to get them. Eventually you'll want to overclock just because, and you'll be all setup for it. It's well within budget too, so really no reason not to.
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