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July 19, 2013 2:59:04 PM

Will this last me 4 to 5 years? Should I go to ivy bridge instead of Haswell. Going to be playing most major next gen titles like bf4, elder scrolls, etc. on 1080p; I want to run most on ultra settings. Would appreciate cost lowering suggestions.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($220.43 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($133.77 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart M 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.57 @ Amazon)
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July 19, 2013 3:03:18 PM

Yery good build. Will last you a long time.

One small improvement: get the 212 EVO (CPU cooler) instead and then upgrade to16GB of RAM. That will help even more.
If you want to save a few bucks you can go with a cheaper Mobo.
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July 19, 2013 3:10:35 PM

Well you wont be running games at ultra for 4-5 years you will start to have to lower settings, but you can always add another 770 later. I would suggest a different power supply the Smart-m series has ripple issues. This one (http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...) is much better and will allow you to add another 770 down the road.
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July 19, 2013 3:27:10 PM

I would go with 16GB of low profile memory. Having 16GB today does not help gaming performance but you want it future proof for 5 years this will help. Something like this(just whatever you do pass on the gimmicky tall heat spreaders like the Ripjaws have): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Might also consider a slightly higher quality power supply like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A good 750 watt PSU will run GTX 770's in your rig in 2 way SLI without issue. However don't go under 750 watts if you plan to SLI 770's. If you never plan to SLI you can use a good quality 500 watt PSU. Note in 3 years if you don't SLI you will likely be upgrading your GPU.
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July 19, 2013 3:41:23 PM

Kingbob said:
Yery good build. Will last you a long time.

One small improvement: get the 212 EVO (CPU cooler) instead and then upgrade to16GB of RAM. That will help even more.
If you want to save a few bucks you can go with a cheaper Mobo.


JamesSneed said:
I would go with 16GB of low profile memory. Having 16GB today does not help gaming performance but you want it future proof for 5 years this will help. Something like this(just whatever you do pass on the gimmicky tall heat spreaders like the Ripjaws have): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Might also consider a slightly higher quality power supply like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A good 750 watt PSU will run GTX 770's in your rig in 2 way SLI without issue. However don't go under 750 watts if you plan to SLI 770's. If you never plan to SLI you can use a good quality 500 watt PSU. Note in 3 years if you don't SLI you will likely be upgrading your GPU.


Yea I do plan to SLI eventually to keep up, that being said I'll look into a better psu thanks. About the evo I saw a review on tecsyndicate about the Night Hawk running ,cooling, as good an H100 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMB93_upUmI ). And I do plan to overclock only reason I chose Night Hawk over evo
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July 19, 2013 3:44:19 PM

Been given some good advice, so just some added comment on going with 16 gigs of Ram.
.. Currently 8 gig is the sweet spot
.. There is no such thing as "to much memory" (I can remember when " would would EVER use more than 1 Megabyte" note the word is meg NOT gig.

Found one really valid point on going with 16 gigs Ram when USING an SSD - It prolongs life by cutting down on SSD writes by a pretty fair amount.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-ram-endurance,3...

Added:
Take a pass on ram recommended by JamesSneed - It is 1.35 V, Would be OK if you upped the voltage to 1.500
Playing it safe, Both the SB and IB spec list max Ram voltage @ 1.575V - But also the spec is Min = 1.425V. Guessing Intel did not change this spec for Haswell.
Recommend you try to stay with ram rated at 1.5V
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July 19, 2013 3:48:47 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Consider this MoBo / CPU combo, saves ya $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Id move up from the blue to the Black HD

Gigabyte Windforce is faster, $20 cheaper and more robust than the EVGA SC series

PSU however us the only thing im really worried about
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yea the psu will be upgraded, had not thought about SLI for more future proofing. Is the difference between the blue and the black worth the 20 or so dollars? This is my first build so I really dont know. As for the mobo the mpower just looks amazing , bumblebee theme, and it has wifi and bluetooth already.

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July 19, 2013 6:56:22 PM

Yes the Black is worth the extra 20 bucks - Primarily as it is a more reliable drive than the "blue"
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