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July 21, 2013 4:50:50 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz
HDD: WD Black 1TB 64MB Cache
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC w/ ACX
PSU: Corsair CX 750W
Case: CM Storm Enforcer

I wanted to build a system that was in my price range (~$1000), but also wanted it to be as future proof as possible. As far as upgrading to i7 haswell, 16GB of memory, and upgrading GPU (possibly even SLI), I want to have that capability.

Are the parts I have chosen a good value considering this goal of having a future-proof system?
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July 21, 2013 5:07:42 AM

Drop the WD Black; it's barely faster than a Blue (or any other 7200RPM drive).

Get a i5-4670K; OCing can extend the usable life significantly.

Other than that, looks pretty reasonable.
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July 21, 2013 5:22:44 AM

Or pick a 1000W+ PSU and make it possible to add another exactly same GTX 760 for SLI in the future if GPU couldn't hold.
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July 21, 2013 5:29:49 AM

His PSU already could run 2x760s. There's no need for a 1kW+ PSU on pretty much anything.
a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2013 6:17:42 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
His PSU already could run 2x760s. There's no need for a 1kW+ PSU on pretty much anything.


Just to be quite sure. He would also OC so leave more space for him (And also longer the PSU's life by not keeping it fully loaded). And in the future he may be glad keeping a good 1000W PSU for better SLI solution.
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July 21, 2013 6:40:30 AM

Ummm... No. Just overkill. You could run two 760s and a Haswell chip on a 650W - 84W (CPU) + 2x170W (760s) = 424W. Add a couple of hundred for fans, VRM inefficiencies, MB, and HDDs, and you've still got room.

That's a worst case scenario, e.g. Furmark + Linpack. Not going to happen in the real world, and it'll spend 80% of it's time idle (e.g. web browsing etc.). Even gaming probably won't break 200W normally, especially before he gets a 2nd GPU.

Then there's the fact that some 95% of those who intend to SLI/CF never do and just get a next generation card instead.
a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2013 7:18:01 AM

I agree. But I always go scenario, maybe it's some kind of obsessive-compulsive. I am a <24>(TV Series) fan but I couldn't afford risks like Jack Bauer did. Your solution is more actual indeed.

But still, when OC, the CPU TDP will be more than 84W, how much power it will consume btw.

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July 21, 2013 7:25:01 AM
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CX is Corsair's budget line and one I would avoid. This is a great deal @ v$150 for the pair.:

$205 - $35 MIR - $20 off w/ promo code COMPNTSAL13, ends 7/29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

As to the sizing controversy .... the 760 draws 169 watts

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_760_re...

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Here is Guru3Ds power supply recommendation:

GeForce GTX 760 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit.
GeForce GTX 760 SLI - On your average system the card requires you to have a 700 Watt power supply unit.

If you are going to overclock GPU or processor, then we do recommend you purchase something with a bit more stamina.


A TX750 for stock, HX850 for overclocked system would be my recommendation

I'd always recommend the Black over the blue but the big Barracuda 7200.14's are fast and come at a much lower cost per GB

The EVGA Classified series are great but, although the SC series has a great cooler, their PCBs and VRMs have been stock, and therefore not up to the quality of the factory OC'd cards from the competition from MSI, Asus and Gigabyte which use beefed up PCB's and VRMs with more phases to handle the extra juice
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/desktop-hdd.15-st40...
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July 21, 2013 7:26:06 AM

Not a huge amount more - Haswell doesn't have a lot of headroom, and only the worst chips reach the TDP even at full load.
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