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July 28, 2013 12:29:42 AM

Hi guys,
I just signed up and I am totally new to this website. I am not sure quite sure if this is the right place to ask questions regarding pc specs, if not could someone direct me to the right forum. This is what I am planning to buy for my first pc build mostly for everyday use and gaming.

1.WD Caviar Black 1TB 64MB FAEX (what is the difference: black, red, blue?)
2.ASUS H87-PLUS (Any good?)
3.ASUS GTX 660
4.ASUS DVD+R/-RW 24x
5.Intel® Haswell i5-4670 3.4GHz
6.Corsair Vengeance® 8GB1600(4GBx2) Black
7.Corsair CX 600M 80 Plus® Bronze
8.Corsair Carbide Series® 300R Windowed or Corsair Carbide Series® Air 540
9.cooler master hyper 212 evo
10 Dell u2713hm (2560*1440)

Is this spec good enough to play high spec games such as bf4, crysis, assassin creed, Microsoft flight sim x, etc.
Please feel free to comment cuz I am a first time builder and I am still learning.
Cheers

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July 28, 2013 12:41:25 AM

There's a few things you can improve upon.

1. Your graphics card could be better. Whatever remaining budget you have should go into upgrading your graphics card. Just going one step up to the 660ti will make a noticeable improvement.

2. You can downgrade to about 450W-500W for the PSU to save some money.

3. You don't need an aftermarket cpu cooler if you are not overclocking.

4. I would recommend choosing a smaller monitor with 1920x1080 resolution. Games run very poorly at 2560x1440 resolution unless you have a GTX 770 or higher, and even then you still will have to turn some settings down. 27" is also very inconvenient. When gaming, you want the entire monitor to be within your field of vision. The size of the monitor will depend on how far away it is from you, but for standard desks, 20-24 inches is ideal.

With the exact same budget, if you downgrade your PSU, monitor, and remove the cpu cooler, you will have enough to upgrade to a GTX 770 probably, which is the ideal gpu at the moment.
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July 28, 2013 1:18:06 AM

1) Western Digital Red are mainly for network storage. Caviar Green, Blue, and Black all specialize in a specific thing, with Blue being the most balanced. Green use the lowest power with the weakest performance, with Black providing superior performance at the cost of power consumption. I would advise getting Caviar Blue or Seagate Barracuda as the Caviar Black are for more expensive at a little performance boost.

2) This motherboard should be fine for your build. Nothing too extreme but has everything you will need.

3) You could get an HD7870 for slightly cheaper and you will see a noticable performance increase over the GTX660.

4) Disc drives are for the most part obsolete, but if you see yourself using it, get whichever you like; it truly doesn't matter too much.

5) As long as you don't plan on overclocking, this chip will be fine. It would be to your benefit to get an unlocked CPU (Intel chips with 'K' at the end)

6) Fine RAM.

7) Fine power supply. You'd be safe with 450w.

8) Case is truly up to you. I own a Corsair case and its very nice.

9) You won't need an aftermarket cooler if you don't plan on overclocking, but if so, this is a nice budget cooler.

10) I wouldn't advise getting a 2560x1440 reso screen with that GFX card. Your FPS will be extremely hindered in all games. 1920x1080p is still a very high quality resolution, and looks fine.
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July 28, 2013 2:09:53 AM

1.For PSU, I went to Asus website to calculate my wattage and I need a minimum of 500 watts. May I ask how do you know the amount of watts needed right away without knowing each component watt output?
2.Does cpu heatsink extend the life of a cpu or it does not help at all?
3.As for the monitor, what is a good monitor brand that will last a long time. What about LG29EA83 29 inches (2560*1080 Ultrawide monitor) Do I also need to get a better graphic card for this monitor?
4.Is the motherboard I am getting good enough for gaming or could I get something else that is more powerful with the same price?
5. If I dont have a dvd drive then how can I install my window 7 and other softwares?
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July 28, 2013 2:42:55 AM

hi! on my side i would suggest you...

gpu gtx 760 (minimum above all if you play BF4) this the new gpu from nvidia and the price is cheaper , the performance is a lot better then 660 ti ( price is around 260 us)

and next of it , you better have a good hard drive like WD BLACK .... its a little bit more expensive , but is more reliable and faster

for the psu .... you need at least 650 Watts depending on which gpu you have , because a simple gpu can take 200 watts itself and if in the futur you want to add an other gpu to be in SLI mode 650 watts will be the minimum

for a good ram at cheap price a kit of g-skill memory will be fantastic and corsair Vengeance still good too (but chek the price)

and another thing... i d ont know if you plan to play in multi monitor mode? if the answer is yes you need a 4 gb memory gpu minimum if not 2 gb is the better option.

and is it very important to check the lenght of your graphic card because of your pc case.... sometime the cases are too small for the graphic cards


so i hope it can help you!

i am happy for you its always interresting to build a pc by ourself










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July 28, 2013 2:56:10 AM

1) I can tell based on your component choices. Haswell CPU's are notorious for their low power consumption, and a 660 won't push you over the limits. For example, I am running a heavily overclocked 965 BE (125w TDP vs 84w TDP on 4670) along with an HD7850 (which is admittedly lower consumption then your GTX660), on a 430w PSU. It all depends on the +12V rail on the PSU, and as long as you get a trusted name (Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, etc) you will be fine.

2) The heatsink may or may not extend CPU life, I'm not positive and therefore won't lead you to believe other way. With the hyper212 being so cheap, you may want to purchase it for peace of mind.

3) Asus, AOC, Samsung, and Acer all make fine monitors. the 2560x1080p may look awkward, but personal preference prevails when it comes to screens. Personally I prefer 16:9 aspect ratio to maintain HD, but if you want to get the 2560x1080, go for it! You'll get lower fps in games, but this will be slightly more manageable vs the 2560x1440. I would still recommend increasing your GPU to a 760 (slightly more expensive than the 660, but will *to my knowledge* draw less power and perform better.

4) Your motherboard is fine. There is no reason to get anything else for your needs.

5) Most software can be downloaded via the internet, and it is recommended to download drivers, updates, etc over the internet to get the latest possible version. As for Windows, you can use a USB drive to boot, but if that isn't an option, dropping $15 on a drive wouldn't be the end of the world
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July 28, 2013 3:06:25 AM

''The heatsink may or may not extend CPU life, I'm not positive and therefore won't lead you to believe other way. With the hyper212 being so cheap, you may want to purchase it for peace of mind.''

i am agrre with eyedeology ...
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July 28, 2013 5:04:21 AM

Just a curiosity, what sort of graphic card would one need to go along with 2560*1440 monitor?
Which one has better overall performance: HD7870 or GTX760?
Will I be able to play bf4 on high or even ultra high?
Correct me if I am wrong, the higher the monitor resolution, the better graphic card has to be?
Thanks heap.
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July 28, 2013 1:10:55 PM

Although true that the GTX760 is superior, I would stay away from synthetic benchmarks for the most part.

With either card (7870, 760) you would likely be able to play BF4 completely maxed out (maybe with lowered AA, nobody knows for sure) at 1920x1080p. As for at 2560x1440, I would highly doubt you would get playable frame rates on ultra, but with lowered settings, it is highly likely that you would be able to play BF4 smoothly at 1440p.

Honestly, I think the game would look better ultra@1080p vs medium/high@1440p. I haven't seen the game at 1440p, but I would be willing to bet ultra@1080p would be more visually appealing.

Yes, the higher the resolution, the more demanding the graphics become and in return it requires a better GFX card.
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July 29, 2013 6:28:55 AM

I would like to know if msi gtx 760 vs asus gtx 760 vs nvidia gtx 760 have the same performance or one outperforms the others despite the fact that they are all gtx 760.
Also, will my pc be able to boot faster and run quieter with the WD black than the WD blue? I use my pc mostly for every day use and gaming such as bf4, crysis, etc. If you have to choose between the WD blue or black, which one would you pick and why?
Cheers
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July 29, 2013 2:28:50 PM

brandnewpc said:
I would like to know if msi gtx 760 vs asus gtx 760 vs nvidia gtx 760 have the same performance or one outperforms the others despite the fact that they are all gtx 760.
Also, will my pc be able to boot faster and run quieter with the WD black than the WD blue? I use my pc mostly for every day use and gaming such as bf4, crysis, etc. If you have to choose between the WD blue or black, which one would you pick and why?
Cheers


Basically, nVidia develops the chipset and lets aftermarket companies modify the boards slightly and add their own cooling solutions. From what I've heard/seen, EVGA makes the best nVidia cards.

If you were to choose between the reference (nVidia), MSI, and Asus, I'd have to ask you to send me the links so I can look at their coolers/stock clocks. etc.

IF money isn't an issue and you want faster boot times, I would suggest an SSD boot drive. Solid State Drives are VERY fast, I'm not sure on the numbers exactly but it should boot your OS at least 4 times faster than a standard HDD. Look into getting a Samsung 840 120gb SSD combined with your WD Caviar (it really doesn't matter, once again if money isn't an issue, go with Black!), and you'll be set. You should be able to go from pressing your power button to be completely loaded at your desktop in around 15 seconds with an SSD. With 120gb SSD, you'll be able to fit your OS, a few of your favorite games, and even some office apps and various other apps that you would want the faster boot for.

Now if money is an issue, I would recommend going Cavier Blue for the cheaper HDD and get a smaller 64gb SSD for a boot drive. 64gb drives are slightly slower than 120gb/250gb/500gb etc. but will still give you ridiculous boot speeds. 64gb is smaller so you'll only be able to fit OS and maybe a game or 2.

EDIT: Personally, I have a Caviar Blue. My build had a strict budget, though, and I had to make do with what I could.

A friend of mine has a Seagate Barracuda, and to tell you the truth I feel like its faster. Barracudas run about 5USD more than Caviar Blue, but I think Caviar Black is faster than Barracuda.
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