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August 5, 2013 6:10:20 PM

Hello fellow PC enthusiasts,

I am new to these forums so please bear with me. This will be the very first
time I will be attempting to build a gaming PC. I have already done extensive research into how to actually go about building a PC. I now need some help on whether my system I have put together is compatible and whether it will suffer from any noticeable bottle-necking. I also wish to know what components provide the best bang for my buck, and as one of my goals for the build, I want it to be as future-proof as possible, but for a justifying price. My budget is pretty loose although.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oEZ9



Thank you, any comments are appreciated.
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2013 6:15:35 PM

You'd be wasting ALOT of money
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August 5, 2013 6:16:59 PM

1155 socket is dead end .... would recommend current generation components for future compatibility.

Current version of Formula drops this week / next week (newegg exclusive)
http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VI_FORMULA/
For gaming, pair it with 4670k / workstation + gaming, the 4770k
The RAM disk feature will put that extra RAM to good use when gaming,
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?35094

Phanteks ... it's the best and worth every penny (14C under Hyper 212)
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...

Lose the tall toothy heat sinks which will hit the heat sinks
RAM - $140 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage looks great

No need for sound card....Formula has Supreme FX

$250 case / PSU combo leaves me wanting more....avoid the PSU, case is just ..... well .... old. This PSU gets 10.0 jonnyguru rating and since ya picked 850, can only assume you planning SLI

Case - $210 - Corsair 500R Black (MSRP = $140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU - included - Corsair HX850 (MSRP = $190)
(Saved $40)

BR Burner 20% off + $20 MIR = $52 (saved $23)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asaus 144 Hz Monitor $243 ... $85 more but worth every penny (saved ya $63 in last cupla items)

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August 5, 2013 6:20:33 PM

What are you using it for? 16GB of ram is overkill for gaming. However if you plan on doing lots of rendering and video work then 16GB is the way to go. Also would not recommend such a high end motherboard unless you plan on extreme OCing and/or multi GPU setups. That cooler you picked out is great, but you can get just as good for a fraction of the price OR go liquid cooling.

Aslo has JackNaylor stated the 1155 Socket is dead. I would recommend going with a i5 4670k and a good Z87 Motherboard.


EDIT: Also a full tower case isn't exactly needed. However if you have the money and space then by all means go for it.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2013 6:27:17 PM

This is alot better price/performance:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oHmv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oHmv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oHmv/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($104.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($439.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($150.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($52.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Total: $2247.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 21:26 EDT-0400)
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August 5, 2013 6:37:25 PM

Jonathan Sifleet said:
This is alot better price/performance:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oHmv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oHmv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oHmv/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($104.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($439.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($150.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($52.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Total: $2247.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 21:26 EDT-0400)


This looks good other than I would still suggest a 770 and a future SLI with it. I would also suggest the Swift Tech H220 over the H100/110. Expandable, similar/better performance and quite as all get out.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2013 7:23:46 AM

I'd go with a custom loop, but then again, he's a first timer so...
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