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July 15, 2013 9:39:30 PM

First off I have not built a computer in over almost 7 years, so I'm kinda out of the loop on many things. After a long night of drinking and researching different options and looking at other builds it seems I went way overboard. The only thing I have to keep is the Keyboard, mouse and hotas

This will primarily be a gaming rig (Flight sims, and FPSs @ 1080p @ or above 60fps) I just wanted to make sure I was future proofed for the next 5 yrs at least (if that's even possible noways ).


Any advice would be greatly appreciated ...


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1h8qf

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July 15, 2013 11:14:20 PM

That looks like a pretty good config. You can add more RAM later, and you can also add another video card.

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July 16, 2013 12:00:32 AM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($73.00 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($132.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($155.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($140.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG278HE 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($376.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2743.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 02:49 EDT-0400)

Here are my thoughts:
You don't need an I7 for gaming, the I5 will do and save you $100. It is just as fast.
Water cooling is a lot of work and somewhat risky and gives you another thing to fail, the water pump. I'd recommend the Noctua NH-C14 air cooler. It cools as well as most water coolers and provides nice cooling for the motherboard regulators and RAM.
This motherboard has much better options for video out if you ever need it (troubleshooting etc.)
Memory is low profile so it will easily fit under any cooler. 16G is a good amount for future proofing.
Storage is a difficult issue. I recommend the Wester Digital Black for HDD, fast and reliable. If using both a SSD and a HDD then 512GB SDD is simply overkill. a 256K will give you all the room you need for many, many games and all your OS and Office etc. programs. Do you really need so much storage? I have a 5 year old computer with only about 250GB on it. How much do you have on your present HDD? A great solution would be the Samsung 840 (non pro) 500GB SDD with no HDD if 500GB is enough for everything.
With that fast monitor you need a lot of graphics horsepower. For not much more money, two GTX 770's will give you a lot more than a single GTX 780.
The Storm Trooper 2 Case has a lot better cooling and fan setup. You can have intake fans on the side of the case blowing cool air right on your graphics cards which burn more power than anything else.
Your power supply is great, mine is good, either is a win.
The rest is just copied.
Do you need Windows?
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July 16, 2013 1:52:21 AM

Excellent advice there from babernet. Especially on dual GTX770s. The GTX780 will only give you 15% more framerate than a GTX770.
July 16, 2013 4:29:06 PM

babernet_1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($73.00 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($132.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($155.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($140.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG278HE 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($376.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2743.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 02:49 EDT-0400)

Here are my thoughts:
You don't need an I7 for gaming, the I5 will do and save you $100. It is just as fast.
Water cooling is a lot of work and somewhat risky and gives you another thing to fail, the water pump. I'd recommend the Noctua NH-C14 air cooler. It cools as well as most water coolers and provides nice cooling for the motherboard regulators and RAM.
This motherboard has much better options for video out if you ever need it (troubleshooting etc.)
Memory is low profile so it will easily fit under any cooler. 16G is a good amount for future proofing.
Storage is a difficult issue. I recommend the Wester Digital Black for HDD, fast and reliable. If using both a SSD and a HDD then 512GB SDD is simply overkill. a 256K will give you all the room you need for many, many games and all your OS and Office etc. programs. Do you really need so much storage? I have a 5 year old computer with only about 250GB on it. How much do you have on your present HDD? A great solution would be the Samsung 840 (non pro) 500GB SDD with no HDD if 500GB is enough for everything.
With that fast monitor you need a lot of graphics horsepower. For not much more money, two GTX 770's will give you a lot more than a single GTX 780.
The Storm Trooper 2 Case has a lot better cooling and fan setup. You can have intake fans on the side of the case blowing cool air right on your graphics cards which burn more power than anything else.
Your power supply is great, mine is good, either is a win
The rest is just copied.
Do you need Windows?


Thx... I am considering switching out processors to the I5 and sli the 770s. Do you guys recommend Win 8 or should i go with 7. BTW I am still using Xp so anything right now will be a massive upgrade

July 16, 2013 5:34:34 PM

rap1800 said:


Thx... I am considering switching out processors to the I5 and sli the 770s. Do you guys recommend Win 8 or should i go with 7. BTW I am still using Xp so anything right now will be a massive upgrade



Just go with Windows 8. Version 8.1 is coming in a month or so and it will fix the start button fiasco. It is faster and more secure than Windows 7.

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