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Alright guys, FIrst PC Build, How'd I do? Is it all compatable? anything I'm missing?

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August 11, 2013 1:06:05 PM

Title says it all. I just put this together as a new Gaming Pc and I was hoping I could get some verification to make sure I'm not overlooking anything Important.

and I know it's pretty time consuming to go over this kinda stuff but truly, any and all help is greatly appreciated.

So anyway Here's the List.

CPU - Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K

CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

Motherboard - ASUS GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card - EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card

Ram - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

SSD - SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Power Supply - SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Dvd Drive - LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM

Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker SGC-5000W-KWN1 Black and White Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Also getting a mouse, keyboard and Headset with it all, and It comes out to $1751 total.


So, What do you guys think?





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August 11, 2013 1:13:31 PM

Tanner Collins said:
Title says it all. I just put this together as a new Gaming Pc and I was hoping I could get some verification to make sure I'm not overlooking anything Important.

and I know it's pretty time consuming to go over this kinda stuff but truly, any and all help is greatly appreciated.

So anyway Here's the List.

CPU - Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K

Cpu Fan - ARCTIC COOLING Alpine 7 GT (UC-AR7GT-AC-01) 80mm CPU Cooler for Intel

Motherboard - ASUS GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card - ASUS GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Ram - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Hard Drive - Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD2500HHTZ 250GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Power Supply - CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Dvd Drive - LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion (70SB135400000) 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM


Also getting a mouse, keyboard and Headset with it all, and It comes out to $1566 total.


So, What do you guys think?







How about a case? lol
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August 11, 2013 1:17:33 PM

Oh haha Don't know how I skipped that one in the post

Was thinking the COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker SGC-5000W-KWN1 Black and White Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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August 11, 2013 1:20:59 PM

Not much of a point in that cpu cooler, since it would barely perform better than the stock cooler.

Also don't get a velociraptor harddrive. Either get an ssd, or just stick with a cheap 7200rpm terabyte.

Not much point in the add-on sound card. I've never owned an internal sound card that solves more problems than it creates. If you really have a special need for a better audio source, just get an external solution.

Take that money you saved from the cooler, cheaper harddrive, no sound card and pump it back into your system by getting a better graphics card. Or just pocket it the savings.
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August 11, 2013 1:22:57 PM

Get a better cooler for the Haswell chip. The Noctua D14 is a great choice.

Velociraptor is a waste of money. Get a 120-256GB SSD and a standard hard drive for storage. The Samsung 840 or 840 Evo if they are available yet are great choices. Even an old 'slow' SSD like my 3 year old Vertex 2 will destroy a mechanical drive, even the overpriced Velociraptor.

Overkill power supply for a GTX 650 Ti. Since you don't list price or where you are buying from it's hard to recommend a better choice. A quality 450w power supply is plenty for that card though. If you plan on upgrading any single card will run on a good 550w unit. Well the Titan needs a recommended 600 watts but I doubt you will be adding a $1000 GPU from a 650 Ti.

Sound card is up to you but could be added later when something like an SSD is more important.
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August 11, 2013 1:28:32 PM

rakadedo said:
Not much of a point in that cpu cooler, since it would barely perform better than the stock cooler.

Also don't get a velociraptor harddrive. Either get an ssd, or just stick with a cheap 7200rpm terabyte.

Not much point in the add-on sound card. I've never owned an internal sound card that solves more problems than it creates. If you really have a special need for a better audio source, just get an external solution.

Take that money you saved from the cooler, cheaper harddrive, no sound card and pump it back into your system by getting a better graphics card. Or just pocket it the savings.


What he said. If you can save $50 or so, upgrade the GPU to a 760.
edit: Also, the Stryker is a fantastic case (it's what I'm using!) but very big for a microATX board.
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August 11, 2013 1:35:17 PM

Awesome thanks so much guys. Alright, So I've dropped the Additional CPU cooler and Sound card along with replacing The velociraptor Hard drive, with a Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive.

Any recommendations on a better Video card? Is the GTX650TBI not that great? Graphics is one of my primary concerns so If there is a better option for what I've got going here I'm very interested.
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August 11, 2013 1:42:46 PM

Update: Alright I've added back the Cpu Cooler as I would like to have the additional cooling power, as not enough rly scares me,
i took anort3's advice and looked into the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 and I think i'll go with it.

Any things to look for as far as 760 Gpu's go?
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August 11, 2013 1:45:45 PM

Don't drop the CPU cooler. You are getting a 'K' model CPU. The whole point of that is to overclock. Haswell runs hot though so get a better cooler like the Noctua or even a closed loop cooler like the H100/H100i.

Add an SSD. You will be amazed. An SSD is the single best thing you can do to improve overall system performance. It will not improve gaming except load times but your computer will 'feel' faster overall.

I would get a GTX 760 if you can afford it. Still good with a 550w power supply with anything up to and including a GTX 780/HD 7970Ghz Ed.

The Seasonic G series 650w unit is on sale at Newegg right now for the amazing low price of $59 after rebate and promo code. It's more than you will need but is a better unit than the Corsair you had picked above.
Assuming you are in the US of course.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 11, 2013 1:46:45 PM

Yes don't pick a velociraptor as your HDD, they're terrible they all break after a year or two. If you got the budget just go for a SSD (the new Samsung 840 Evo or Crucial M500) or it you go with a traditional mechanical drive, just pick a standard WD Black.

And no need for an aftermarket cooler, new Intel stock cooler do a pretty good job. However, if you plan to overclock, definitely go with a better aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a popular choice and a good bang for the bucks.

Unless you have a very small case, for a few extra bucks you could pick the Asus Z87 Pro mobo instead which is a full ATX motherboard.

As for the case (which is very important for good airflow) you could pick the Antec Nine Hundred, or the Corsair Cabide 500R. These are two popular choices.

For the sound card, I used to be a big fan of Creative Sound Blaster back in the days, but not anymore. I think Asus are making better sound cards now. I have the Asus Xonar DX and it's awesome.

Finally, as others suggested, the new GeForce GTX-760 is an awesome bang for the bucks. It sells for 250$, but offers the same performance as last year 670 (which was selling for 400$). So if you can stretch your budget a little bit, I'd definitely go with the 760.
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August 11, 2013 1:52:25 PM

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Yes don't pick a velociraptor as your HDD, they're terrible they all break after a year or two. If you got the budget just go for a SSD (the new Samsung 840 Evo or Crucial M500) or it you go with a traditional mechanical drive, just pick a standard WD Black.

And no need for an aftermarket cooler, new Intel stock cooler do a pretty good job. However, if you plan to overclock, definitely go with a better aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a popular choice and a good bang for the bucks.

Unless you have a very small case, for a few extra bucks you could pick the Asus Z87 Pro mobo instead which is a full ATX motherboard.

As for the case (which is very important for good airflow) you could pick the Antec Nine Hundred, or the Corsair Cabide 500R. These are two popular choices.

For the sound card, I used to be a big fan of Creative Sound Blaster back in the days, but not anymore. I think Asus are making better sound cards now. I have the Asus Xonar DX and it's awesome.

Finally, as others suggested, the new GeForce GTX-760 is an awesome bang for the bucks. It sells for 250$, but offers the same performance as last year 670 (which was selling for 400$). So if you can stretch your budget a little bit, I'd definitely go with the 760.


Velociraptors have 5 year warranties and are known to be long lasting drives. They are used in quite a few data centers. They are slow and overpriced based on even an entry level SSD though.

The Hyper 212 Evo is a great cooler.....for anything except Haswell. It's not enough.
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August 11, 2013 2:05:11 PM

Alright, damn you guys know soo much about this stuff lol.
So I did pick up the Noctua cooler, and yes I do plan on overclocking if i can get everything right.
And I switched out Power supplie to the SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply..

And I'm looking into switching out the HD with an SSD and the GTX650 with a 670, any specifics you guys would recommend for what I have going so far?

And again I just wanna thank you all for your help, so nice having your input.
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August 11, 2013 2:14:23 PM

Samsung has the best reputation for speed and reliability with SSDs. The 840/840 Evo ( evo is new and maybe not for sale yet ) are the entry level drives and the 840 Pro is performance grade. It costs a bit more though. I would get a 840 ( or 840 Evo ) 250GB model. They are cheap and you will not have to manage space like with a 120/128GB model. Remember to keep 20% of an SSD as free space so TRIM can work correctly.

EVGA is my brand of choice for Nvidia cards. Best customer service and warranties in the business. The GTX 760 is you best bet on a budget. As fast as the 670 was and cheaper.

Read this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Compare card performance here:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU13/583
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August 11, 2013 2:21:25 PM

Oh yeah. For the best prices this finds them for you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/
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August 11, 2013 2:21:25 PM

Tanner Collins said:
Alright, damn you guys know soo much about this stuff lol.
So I did pick up the Noctua cooler, and yes I do plan on overclocking if i can get everything right.
And I switched out Power supplie to the SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply..

And I'm looking into switching out the HD with an SSD and the GTX650 with a 670, any specifics you guys would recommend for what I have going so far?

And again I just wanna thank you all for your help, so nice having your input.


Good choice with the PSU there.

Don't pick the 670, it's a card from last year so it's a little overpriced (last time I checked it was selling between 300$ and 400$). Get the new 760 instead, it sells for 250$ and offers similar performance to the 670. Here's a good one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the SSD, I'd recommend the new Samsung 840 Evo that should come out before the end of the week (release date August 14 on Newegg):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I don't know if you read my previous comment, but I'd get that sound card instead of the Sound Blaster:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, just make sure you pick a case with good airflow.
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August 11, 2013 2:44:25 PM

Jeez, these prices guys,
Alright, I've added an 250g SSD over the hard drive.
And I've swapped the GTX650TIB with an EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB

And I've also updated the initial post to reflect the current changes.

So how we looking now fella's? She's gettin a bit pricey, like new car status lmao.
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August 11, 2013 2:47:51 PM

Tanner Collins said:
Jeez, these prices guys,
Alright, I've added an 250g SSD over the hard drive.
And I've swapped the GTX650TIB with an EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB

And I've also updated the initial post to reflect the current changes.

So how we looking now fella's? She's gettin a bit pricey, like new car status lmao.


Check my above builds. A case will be $50-$500 depending on how much you want to spend :)  Sound card is still optional and not really necessary unless you have high end speakers or headphones.
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August 11, 2013 2:50:16 PM

ASUS GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard

OR

ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

^ this one right?
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August 11, 2013 2:55:25 PM

Oh holy f, that's some savings

Damn Anort3, you've been insanely helpful, words fail me, thank you so so sooo much
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August 11, 2013 2:57:44 PM

Yep, I'd get the Asus Z87 Pro for just an extra 20$.

As for the case, I suggested the Antec Nine Hundred or the Corsair Cabide 500R earlier. Both cost around 100$ and they offer excellent airflow plus they both look good.
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August 11, 2013 3:16:28 PM

Tanner Collins said:
Oh holy f, that's some savings

Damn Anort3, you've been insanely helpful, words fail me, thank you so so sooo much


Glad to help. :) 

The Gigabyte board is every bit as good as the Asus. I use Gigabyte in all my personal builds and have for 10 years.

If you have a $1500 budget get the GTX 770 build. Much better 1920 x 1080 performance.

My 'go to' case for budget build is the newegg exclusive Antec 300 Illusion. No front USB 3.0 but it comes with 2 x 120mm front fans a 120mm rear exhaust fan and a top 140mm exhaust fan included. You have to like blue obviously. An amazing case for the price. Just a suggestion. You will have to look at it everyday so get one you like.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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