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August 6, 2013 6:07:20 AM

Hey folks,

I've been making a build for a while now, doing my research and buying parts that fit the profile I've made when they're on sale. The intended purpose is strictly gaming. I decided to go with Haswell as I have a MicroCenter locally and they made the 4670K and Z87 MOBO combo very attractive. I've already picked those up, as well as a roomy case and a nice semi-modular power supply. I've got decent RAM from a recent upgrade to my previous build. Likewise, I have the OS (Windows 7 Pro 64-bit) and a single 1080p monitor (I'd like to go with a dual-monitor setup ideally).

I don't have any immediate need for this build to be completed, so I've been sitting by and picking up parts on sale. If I have to wait another month or two, so be it. My budget is flexible, I only ask that we work within the confines of the parts I've already purchased.

So far what I'm looking at is the following:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oRyc) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oRyc/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oRyc/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | Purchased For $199.99
**CPU Cooler** | [Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-si...) | $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...) | Purchased For $75.99
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz16gx3m2a...) | Purchased For $79.99
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $179.99 @ Adorama
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $133.01 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn770...) | $399.99 @ Microcenter
**Case** | [Corsair 600T Mesh (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc600tm) | Purchased For $79.99
**Power Supply** | [EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pg065...) | Purchased For $69.99
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1293.93
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-06 08:54 EDT-0400 |

The big things I'm still looking at are the storage drives. I was going to get a smallish (256GB range) SSD and a large storage HDD (2-3GB). Im waiting for the right price on the brands I like. I'd ideally like to get a 3TB HDD from Seagate or Western Digital at $100 or less, and the Samsung 840 Series SSD for $10-20 less.

To my questions:

First, the CPU cooler. I've been pretty torn about what to get there. I have plans to overclock, although I'm not expecting to pull anything amazing from the Haswell CPU. I'm torn between getting one of the higher-end air coolers: Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, maybe the Silver Arrow Extreme (Noise isn't a big issue for me), the Phanteks TC14_PE, or a CLC water cooler like the Corsair H100i. The issue for me is I already have full profile RAM (Corsair Vengeance series) which looks like it knocks off some choices, and while my case is pretty large, pulling numbers for clearances on a Z87 board is tough right now. My case can easily put in one of the closed-loop water coolers. What's the best way to solve my cooling conundrum?

Second, the graphics card. I'm going to make this build with no plans to do SLI. Several times I've made a build with the possibility of adding another graphics card for SLI/Crossfire later on, and a year or two down the line I'd prefer to just upgrade my build. If I'm sticking to lower resolution monitors (1080p), can a single 770 run 3640x1080 well? I'm having trouble finding statistics on some of the odd resolutions. Would two 760s be better? Would a 780 be needed? If Im sticking to a single card, is there any reason to spring for the 4GB VRAM version of the 770?

I appreciate the views and any responses in advance.

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August 6, 2013 6:25:18 AM

Fohmyn said:
Hey folks,

I've been making a build for a while now, doing my research and buying parts that fit the profile I've made when they're on sale. The intended purpose is strictly gaming. I decided to go with Haswell as I have a MicroCenter locally and they made the 4670K and Z87 MOBO combo very attractive. I've already picked those up, as well as a roomy case and a nice semi-modular power supply. I've got decent RAM from a recent upgrade to my previous build. Likewise, I have the OS (Windows 7 Pro 64-bit) and a single 1080p monitor (I'd like to go with a dual-monitor setup ideally).

I don't have any immediate need for this build to be completed, so I've been sitting by and picking up parts on sale. If I have to wait another month or two, so be it. My budget is flexible, I only ask that we work within the confines of the parts I've already purchased.

So far what I'm looking at is the following:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oRyc) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oRyc/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oRyc/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | Purchased For $199.99
**CPU Cooler** | [Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-si...) | $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...) | Purchased For $75.99
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz16gx3m2a...) | Purchased For $79.99
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $179.99 @ Adorama
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $133.01 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn770...) | $399.99 @ Microcenter
**Case** | [Corsair 600T Mesh (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc600tm) | Purchased For $79.99
**Power Supply** | [EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pg065...) | Purchased For $69.99
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1293.93
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-06 08:54 EDT-0400 |

The big things I'm still looking at are the storage drives. I was going to get a smallish (256GB range) SSD and a large storage HDD (2-3GB). Im waiting for the right price on the brands I like. I'd ideally like to get a 3TB HDD from Seagate or Western Digital at $100 or less, and the Samsung 840 Series SSD for $10-20 less.

To my questions:

First, the CPU cooler. I've been pretty torn about what to get there. I have plans to overclock, although I'm not expecting to pull anything amazing from the Haswell CPU. I'm torn between getting one of the higher-end air coolers: Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, maybe the Silver Arrow Extreme (Noise isn't a big issue for me), the Phanteks TC14_PE, or a CLC water cooler like the Corsair H100i. The issue for me is I already have full profile RAM (Corsair Vengeance series) which looks like it knocks off some choices, and while my case is pretty large, pulling numbers for clearances on a Z87 board is tough right now. My case can easily put in one of the closed-loop water coolers. What's the best way to solve my cooling conundrum?

Second, the graphics card. I'm going to make this build with no plans to do SLI. Several times I've made a build with the possibility of adding another graphics card for SLI/Crossfire later on, and a year or two down the line I'd prefer to just upgrade my build. If I'm sticking to lower resolution monitors (1080p), can a single 770 run 3640x1080 well? I'm having trouble finding statistics on some of the odd resolutions. Would two 760s be better? Would a 780 be needed? If Im sticking to a single card, is there any reason to spring for the 4GB VRAM version of the 770?

I appreciate the views and any responses in advance.


Go for the H100i it is your best solution ... but you will need to change the fans .

The Nzxt Kraken are good as well ..

as for SSD , you can get 2x128 840 pro and raid 0 them ... it is fun to use 1GB /s drives :) 

If you dont plan to SLI , then get the GTX 780 and the reference cooler is good ... PNY is selling it only for $610

you wont need 4G , but also 2G is low .. 3G is ok and the GTX 780 is your best choice . IMO .

GET This : http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PNY-GTX780&c=C...

613 $ is a steal .

I dont know your MAX budget , but at least try to get the GTX 780 ... you can drop the SSD for a while and get it later.
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