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FIRST SYSTEM BUILD - Questions about RAM, PSU and COOLING. Double Checking to confirm.

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August 12, 2013 1:36:47 PM

Hey There, I am going to be building a rig for my course that i am undertaking right now and i will need a good mavhine to do so.
The course i am doing right now is Architecture and i will be using various CAD softwares and also be using various rendering softwares and be using alot of Photoshop too.

I have been looking into various of items and also looked at various reviews.

Case: Cooler Master Storm trooper

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K

(i could get a PALIT JETSTREAM GTX 770 4GB for a bit more if that would help my rendering to quicken up faster or for having a maximum of 3 screens attached in the future. i am planning on using one/2 screens at the moment)

RAM: now the tricky part, i dont know what i should go for, i really like the corsair vengeance pro series and i would go for 16GB but i dont know whether to go for a 1600Mhz or a 2166MHz or a 2400Mhz.. I am absoluetely clueless on whether it will make a major difference or not?

Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65-GAMING ATX Motherboard

Cooling: H100i if it decides to fit straight into the case or a H80i to cool down the processor.

PSU: Corsair HX850.. now will this one be enough for anything i will put into the mashine or should i invest into a lower PSU? this is the only one i have heard which would be stable to run at literally anything?

i will also be running a Crucial M4 SSD in this machine.

please help me to finalise my options.
August 12, 2013 2:04:07 PM

justoliver said:
Awesome build - consider swapping your mobo for the Asus Z87-PRO.

RAM I would go for this -

Your PSU is overkill - personally I would go for a 750 watt modular PSU for tidy wiring :)  perhaps this:

thanks for the quick reply :) 
well basically i have chosen the motherboard as it has really performed well for overclocking as it can automatically address overclocking with one button, i am not very experienced with overclocking and wont be able to spend time to check what temperatues my cpu will be working on. this is why i thought the MSI Z87-GD65-GAMING ATX Motherboard would be best for my RIG.

also i can see you have mentioned that i should go for the 2133** Ram option. will it make a significant difference between the 1600 and the 2400? as its not much of a price difference in the UK. £100 for the 1600 - £125 for the 2133 and £150 mark for the 2400. question is, would i really need to go all the way out or will there be much of a difference between the 1600 and the 2133Mhz. i am thinking of buying 2x 8GB sticks so that future upgrades are possible.

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August 12, 2013 2:07:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($165.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $481.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 17:07 EDT-0400)