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August 19, 2013 2:45:33 PM

I've been researching and reading this forum for quite some time. I have a rough budget of 1500 and I'm okay with floating around 1600 as well. My goal is for the system to last me a minimum of 2 years. I am moving overseas for a year and I can't imagine computer parts will be cheaper than they are in Canada.

I have never overclocked before but I know eventually I would like to dabble in it. I've chosen these parts with the hopes that if in a year from now I feel the sudden urge to push my system I'll be able to.

I also have a free copy of windows 8 or windows 7 so it is not included.

Any advice, help or alternatives are welcome. I am looking for silent and powerful machine!

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1tQSc

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($43.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.46 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($54.00 @ Vuugo)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2370Smh-LED 23.0" Monitor ($167.00 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $1576.38

Thanks for any help or advice you can give
a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2013 2:58:51 PM

I'd get a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB, costs just $105 and is as fast as the PRO.

Not sure why you want a sound board, the ASUS already outputs 8 channels of sound.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Has a much better rating than the Corsair PS. Plus is modular and gold rated.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2013 4:02:19 PM
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2013 5:20:32 PM



Please, overclocking the CPU and the power hungry 7970? You need more than 550W. 750W is safer.
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a c 275 4 Gaming
August 19, 2013 5:35:13 PM

I would actually change some stuff on your build.

-The Xigmatek Gaia isn't very good. The cheaper Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO does a better job at a cheaper price.
-I hope you aren't using the sound card for the monitor speakers. What speaker/headset do you have?
-The EVGA card uses a reference design cooler, which doesn't cool as well as the dual fans design put on by other companies. Never pick an EVGA card unless it has the ACX cooler on it (their double-fan cooling design).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.06 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.78 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($118.80 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($54.00 @ Vuugo)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1501.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-19 20:33 EDT-0400)

-Personally, I like Asus monitors better. More of a personal preference though.
-Better cpu cooler at a cheaper price.
-Cheaper SSD.
-Cheaper PSU. Antec HCG is a high quality psu, and at a cheaper price it's modular.
-Better cooling on the gpu, also runs at higher stock speed.

You might want to take out the sound card depending on your speaker/headset.
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August 19, 2013 5:41:21 PM

In every single head to head account of the xigmatek gaia vs cm evo 212, the gaia is always either better or on par with the evo and 6-10 db quieter.

I have the Logitech z5500 speakers in very good if not perfect shape. They are old speakers now but still the best I've come across in terms of sound quality and power. They will definitely be hooked up to my computer and spread around the room.

I was also debating the m5s vs. the 840 pro. I could go either way I guess. Cheaper is probably better.

As for the EVGA card, I thought it had the ACX cooler? I must've chosen the wrong card from the list. I intend to buy the EVGA with the acx cooler

I only want a psu that does an adequate job and doesn't sound like a turbine inside my case.

Thanks for your advice!
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a c 275 4 Gaming
August 19, 2013 5:55:01 PM

I don't know where you saw the results from, or if it's even the right cpu cooler, but look at this:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Xigmatek-Gaia-CP...

I guess the speakers justifies the sound card.

The EVGA card you listed is actually using the reference, blower style design. The ACX cooler is the two fans cooling side by side.

The Antec HCG 620w is cheaper, modular, and still very quiet. In addition to the sound-dampening pads on the Define R4, the psu should be very quiet.


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