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First Build Ever..Needs This Community's Approval/Rejection

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July 19, 2013 3:30:06 AM

So I'm finally ready to throw my idea of a good/great gaming comp build out onto the site for approval/rejection. No need to be gentle folks...If you see something that doesn't belong or screams "won't work" I'd love to find out here now than when I'm putting really expensive plastic together down the road.

CPU: Intel Core i7 Haswell 4770K
GPU: EVGA GTX 760 4GB
MOBO: MSI Z87-G45
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance PRO
PSU: Corsair X750
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
CASE: Corsair 550D
Harddrive: 1 500 GB SSD
a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 3:35:02 AM

What are your intentions for the build? Gaming? Editing? And is the PSU CX, TX or HX? :) 
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July 19, 2013 3:36:22 AM

Don't get 32 GB it's a gigantic overkill, just get 16 or 8GB. If you're looking to overclock get a good cooler like the CoolerMaster Hyper212 Evo, if you want watercooling go for a corsair h100i. Everything will work in this rig.

Edit: didn't see you had a watercooler already, sorry ;p
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July 19, 2013 3:38:34 AM

what is that 32GB of RAM for?? u do not need more than 8 for gaming now and in the forseeable future
also get an i5 4670k instead of the i7, it performs the same in games
Haswell runs hotter so if u're planning overclocking liquid cooling is recommended
use the money saved from the CPU and RAM in getting a GTX 770
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July 19, 2013 3:39:54 AM

Less ram and get a 770 instead
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 3:40:20 AM

Drop the 32GB to 8GB, get an SSD, drop to i5 if gaming, get a 770, and I hope you have a nice screen.
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July 19, 2013 3:47:49 AM

I can't say I'm surprised with the answers so far. Everything is MUCH appreciated btw, you guys/gals are awesome. Let me clear it up as much as I can; the purpose from the start was for gaming and it's still that. Seems everyone thinks 32GB for RAM is too much and I'd be happy to go for just 16GB if one question can be answered: Because I'm running this all on an SSD only set-up, will having only 16GB be enough to avoid any involuntarily over-use of the SSD?

I won't be overclocking anytime soon. 1. I don't know how right now and I don't want to melt the perfectly good flooring the tower will be sitting on and 2. It doesn't seem to be necessary with gaming only in mind. Will it be ok then if I just get the 212 fan or is this CPU going to require a liquid cooling alternative?

The PSU is the HX version. Thanks again



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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 3:55:15 AM

if u're not overclocking do not get even the Hyper EVO, just use the stock cooler and buy a liquid cooler when u intend to start overclocking
I would repeat get only 8GB of RAM and invest the saved money in a GTX 770
yes the HX is a good PSU and it will easily support another 770 if u plan SLI in the future
also do not get the 4GB GPU unless u plan on SLI in the future but if u do then the 4GB is important
What SSD are u getting?
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July 19, 2013 4:00:19 AM

SAMSUNG 840 MZ-500 GB SSD. Pricey but I've heard only good things about SSDs. Don't worry I was listening the first time you suggested a drop in the RAM to 8GB. Think I'll stay with the 7i though. I do plan on utilizing a second video card in the future as well.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 8:38:45 AM

jinayhvora said:
if u're not overclocking do not get even the Hyper EVO, just use the stock cooler and buy a liquid cooler when u intend to start overclocking
I would repeat get only 8GB of RAM and invest the saved money in a GTX 770
yes the HX is a good PSU and it will easily support another 770 if u plan SLI in the future
also do not get the 4GB GPU unless u plan on SLI in the future but if u do then the 4GB is important
What SSD are u getting?


Just want to add a little something. Jinayhvora is correct, the 4GB video card is a waste of $$ UNLESS you are going to use a 27" or larger monitor or multiple monitors. I have 2 660s' in SLI, 2GB version, and have never seen more then ~900MB or memory usage, even in Metro 2033 on 'Ultra' or BF3 and Crysis2 on Ultra; I playon a 24" monitor.
Use the savings to get a 770 as suggested.
Gonna be a really nice rig!
Update: Re. RAM. I am running 16GB (purchased when it was a little cheaper) and my G510 keyboard allows me to monitor how much is being used. I have never used more then 50%, and that was while gaming, downloading, AND playing music. So 8GB should be plenty.
However, this article is very interesting and you may have seen it. I don't run an SSD, but this article makes it really tempting for me to take the plunge.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-ram-endurance,3...
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July 19, 2013 8:46:25 AM

That PSU of yours might be on the edge if you decide to SLI 2x770 with OC on CPU/GPU. I still don't understand why you want to spend money on the I7 and i have no idea why you need to get a 500GB SSD. Get a decent 128GB or 256GB, install OS and a game or two. Use other drives for storage and app/game installs that are not IO/read/write demanding like 95% of everything
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