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August 2, 2013 2:20:36 PM

I've started putting together parts for my first build, but I started getting overwhelmed when I looked at cases, power supplies, and graphic cards. I wouldn't mind switching any of the parts I've already picked out. I'm not 100 percent confident that my choices go well together. I'm looking for help picking out parts. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: Middle to late August

Budget Range: 1500 to 1750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and program compiling

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, ASUS motherboard

Overclocking: No (but it's something I might consider later)

SLI or Crossfire: No (but I might consider it later as an upgrade)

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments:

I've already picked out a processor, motherboard, and memory:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite..." target="_blank"> Intel Core i7-3770 BX80637i73770 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Retail [\url]

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite..." target="_blank"> ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 Motherboard - ATX, 4x DIMM, DDR3, Socket 1155, PCIe 3.0, Intel Z77 Chipset, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, DVI, DisplayPort [\url]

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite..." target="_blank"> Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered [\url]

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August 2, 2013 2:52:43 PM

This latest i7 4770k (able to oveclock in the future) goes perfect with the g45 motherboard from MSI, the motherboard is great to overclock with and has an amazing sound card built in for better audio and killer ethernet for faster internet speed.

A great ssd performing nearly as fast as a samsung 840 pro for a lot cheaper, an amazing 1tb to store your documents, movies, songs, pictures and many more.

The 600t as it looks clean and looks different to the average case, it is just a preference but the bitfenix alchemy cables go amazing in the case and maches the white http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU...

A msi 770 2gb goes and looks amazing with the motherboard

Great psu 650w is all you need leaving head room for SLI in the future, featuring a semi-modular design to keep your case staying clean.

8gb 1600mhz of ram is perfect and can be overclocked to 1866mhz, low profile but still stays cool.

The 212 evo is an amazing cheap cpu cooler that performs nearly as good as a $70 cooler.

As for the optical drive, they are all basically the same and if you don't use it apart from the install of your os than it doesn't really matter how cheap it is.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($153.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($16.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1429.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-02 17:52 EDT-0400)

Hope this helps!
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August 2, 2013 3:07:32 PM

I like Ets build a lot.... but went another way for some pieces

Case - $260 Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU - included Corsair HX850

I wanted the ability to SLI and this combo gives ya that with a jonnyguru 10.0 performance rated PSU .... and a highly rated case to match.

The GD65, according the most reviewers, is THE Z87 MoBo in its price range. Ya didn't indicate any need for HT so went with 4570k

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_z87_gd65_ga...
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/msi_z8...

MoBo - $402 - MSI Z87 GD65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - Included - Intel Core i5-4770k

RAM $80 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why Phanteks ? .... It's the best, so is the TIM (Same thermal performance as AS5 but no curing problems)
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...
http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=co...

Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $7 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $400 - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Later MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Best SSD / Best 1TB HD

HD - $90 Caviar Black 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $135 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ya had the budget so why not get the ability to watch BR movies
DVD Writer - $50 - Asus Blue Ray Player / DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1504
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August 2, 2013 3:26:58 PM

EasyTransfer said:
This latest i7 4770k (able to oveclock in the future) goes perfect with the g45 motherboard from MSI, the motherboard is great to overclock with and has an amazing sound card built in for better audio and killer ethernet for faster internet speed.


For gaming though an i7 is an unnecessary purchase, especially for a $1500 budget. And you certainly don't need expensive RAM either - with RAM prices as volatile as they are. I do like the choice of the Sandisk SSD though - they are excellent drives.
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August 2, 2013 4:14:24 PM

g-unit1111 said:
EasyTransfer said:
This latest i7 4770k (able to oveclock in the future) goes perfect with the g45 motherboard from MSI, the motherboard is great to overclock with and has an amazing sound card built in for better audio and killer ethernet for faster internet speed.


For gaming though an i7 is an unnecessary purchase, especially for a $1500 budget. And you certainly don't need expensive RAM either - with RAM prices as volatile as they are. I do like the choice of the Sandisk SSD though - they are excellent drives.


I included the i7 as he sates he will be program compiling and the i7 will speed the progress, some may say it is not worth the cost for such a little difference isn't worth it but it doesn't hurt to take it out if necessary.
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August 2, 2013 4:49:10 PM

EasyTransfer said:
g-unit1111 said:
EasyTransfer said:
This latest i7 4770k (able to oveclock in the future) goes perfect with the g45 motherboard from MSI, the motherboard is great to overclock with and has an amazing sound card built in for better audio and killer ethernet for faster internet speed.



For gaming though an i7 is an unnecessary purchase, especially for a $1500 budget. And you certainly don't need expensive RAM either - with RAM prices as volatile as they are. I do like the choice of the Sandisk SSD though - they are excellent drives.


I included the i7 as he sates he will be program compiling and the i7 will speed the progress, some may say it is not worth the cost for such a little difference isn't worth it but it doesn't hurt to take it out if necessary.


Well, if he is a beginner programmer an i7 would be overkill. And an i5 would fit the bill.
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August 2, 2013 5:52:09 PM

Wow. I didn't expect so much so quickly and am quite happy. Thanks for all the help. I'm not buying until later this month, so I'm gonna read up more on these parts you have suggested.

thanksforthefish87 said:
EasyTransfer said:
g-unit1111 said:
EasyTransfer said:
This latest i7 4770k (able to oveclock in the future) goes perfect with the g45 motherboard from MSI, the motherboard is great to overclock with and has an amazing sound card built in for better audio and killer ethernet for faster internet speed.



For gaming though an i7 is an unnecessary purchase, especially for a $1500 budget. And you certainly don't need expensive RAM either - with RAM prices as volatile as they are. I do like the choice of the Sandisk SSD though - they are excellent drives.


I included the i7 as he sates he will be program compiling and the i7 will speed the progress, some may say it is not worth the cost for such a little difference isn't worth it but it doesn't hurt to take it out if necessary.


Well, if he is a beginner programmer an i7 would be overkill. And an i5 would fit the bill.


In regards to this, last program that I ran took about 5 hours to run. I don't know the hardware that the computer had, but it was about a year old. How much would of an improvement would the i7 be over the i5?
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August 3, 2013 2:06:24 AM

What programs do you use, so I can find benchmarks.
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August 3, 2013 2:11:45 AM

This is a quote from a program compiler at work when he built his home pc, I know he used sandy bridge but still there is a difference with the threads.
"I went with the 2500k and honestly I regret it. I miss those 4 extra logical cores when I'm doing video editing. i.e. timeline preview and rendering.

The 2500k is still fantastic, don't get me wrong. But I wish I just spent the extra money for the 2600k. If you don't work with applications that will benefit from HT then save your money. But if you do then go for it."

If you are going to be compiling on a regular basis get the i7 if gaming is more the reason for the build then the i5 is perfect.
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August 3, 2013 2:14:19 AM

Also if you do have more cash lying about for this build and don't know what to do with it then I would recommend 16gb of ram as you will need it when compiling and also a bigger hdd to store more of you work.
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August 3, 2013 12:18:28 PM

I wish I had more cash lying about...

EasyTransfer said:
What programs do you use, so I can find benchmarks.

The important one would be MATLAB.
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August 4, 2013 3:16:14 AM

Have a read about on here, specifically the cpu section. If you look closely it says that the performance with hyperthreading is not large enough to make this an attractive opportunity.
So what I have to say about that is go with the i5 as the difference is unnoticeable.
So now you have saved some money on the i5 you can ever spend it to hit your 1500$ or you can save some cash making it a 1350$ pc. If you want to spend more I recommend maybe doubling your ssd or hdd.
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