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August 22, 2013 3:01:45 PM

Hi everyone, I've done a lot of reading in the last few weeks and this is what I've come to:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v4kJ

I would greatly appreciate any advice! specially since this is my first time

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Daniel

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August 22, 2013 3:05:28 PM
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Looks very good!

But I'd change the CPU to an i7-3770k with that budget! And also 16GB ram, It will come in handy when you have a 780!
August 22, 2013 3:25:27 PM

Matthew Randle said:
Looks very good!

But I'd change the CPU to an i7-3770k with that budget! And also 16GB ram, It will come in handy when you have a 780!


Thanks...I checked and the 4770k is priced practically the same...is the 3770k better for gaming? Also I'll use 16gb ram like you suggested
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August 22, 2013 3:49:37 PM

danielcaceres said:
Matthew Randle said:
Looks very good!

But I'd change the CPU to an i7-3770k with that budget! And also 16GB ram, It will come in handy when you have a 780!


Thanks...I checked and the 4770k is priced practically the same...is the 3770k better for gaming? Also I'll use 16gb ram like you suggested


No the 4770k is actually better! Its a newer generation!
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August 22, 2013 4:01:18 PM

Matthew Randle said:
danielcaceres said:
Matthew Randle said:
Looks very good!

But I'd change the CPU to an i7-3770k with that budget! And also 16GB ram, It will come in handy when you have a 780!


Thanks...I checked and the 4770k is priced practically the same...is the 3770k better for gaming? Also I'll use 16gb ram like you suggested


No the 4770k is actually better! Its a newer generation!


Not for gaming, you want the 4670K for that. The original build has way too much money being invested in case fans, and the extra thermal compound is a waste of money. Most hydro coolers will have their own included that is made for that cooler. Then invest the money in a dual GTX 770 setup:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($197.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1935.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 18:38 EDT-0400)
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August 22, 2013 4:07:25 PM

No No No No No This is way better. your i5 will be outdated before an i7.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($266.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($479.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($479.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2372.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 19:17 EDT-0400)
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August 22, 2013 4:17:25 PM

FractalDesignCore said:
No No No No No This is way better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($266.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($479.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($479.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($124.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2381.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 18:56 EDT-0400)


I'll agree with most of this build except the i7. You just do not need it for a gaming rig.
August 22, 2013 5:42:26 PM

thanks to everyone for the quick responses...I've read here and on several other websites that i7 does not present any improvement on a gaming rig...but helps for video editing which I'm not into...I went with the h630 because it is a full tower case which gives me room for improvement in the future...I plan on making a custom water loop in the future. Also...what would be better a gtx 780 or two 770 sli?? Thanks in advance
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August 22, 2013 5:57:09 PM

danielcaceres said:
thanks to everyone for the quick responses...I've read here and on several other websites that i7 does not present any improvement on a gaming rig...but helps for video editing which I'm not into...I went with the h630 because it is a full tower case which gives me room for improvement in the future...I plan on making a custom water loop in the future. Also...what would be better a gtx 780 or two 770 sli?? Thanks in advance


Go with the 2 sli gtx 770s. It kicks the singled 780s out of the water.
August 22, 2013 5:58:13 PM

It all depends on the graphics cards. If you are doing a triple monitor setup,4k, or a very high res then 2 GTX 770's would be ideal. But for 1080p Id go with a GTX 780, better to get the fastest single GPU over 2 slower GPU's. It's all preference though, the 770's will give better performance but the 780 wont have the issue of SLI, which some games have.
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August 22, 2013 6:01:18 PM

yeah i agree 1-2 monitors are good with sli gtx 770s but 4 monitors or above your going to need the sli 780s.
August 22, 2013 6:05:06 PM

Yep yep. 1 monitor though go with a single 770 or 780. The AMD cards are stupid cheap now too. You can get a 7970 for like 312 bucks or something stupid like that
August 22, 2013 7:38:11 PM

Since I am new to this, I only had time to investigate nvidia cards....what would be the AMD equivalent to the 780....I'm planning on a single monitor 1080p setting so from what you guys recommended would be better...if I ever do a triple monitor setup it would be in a few years so if anything I would get another 780 which would be cheaper...or it's AMD equivalent...which is better?
August 22, 2013 7:42:37 PM

AMD's only equivalent right now is the 7990 which is a dual GPU card and it honestly smokes the GTX 780 and is about 50-70 bucks more than a 780. The recent drivers for AMD has made it a very viable card. Otherwise 780 is king.
August 22, 2013 9:00:48 PM

mourice12 said:
AMD's only equivalent right now is the 7990 which is a dual GPU card and it honestly smokes the GTX 780 and is about 50-70 bucks more than a 780. The recent drivers for AMD has made it a very viable card. Otherwise 780 is king.


Just did some quick research on the 7990 and it is certainly above the 780...I'll defiitely go with that one....do you think I should use the fans that come with the case or buy better ones?
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August 22, 2013 9:47:36 PM

danielcaceres said:
mourice12 said:
AMD's only equivalent right now is the 7990 which is a dual GPU card and it honestly smokes the GTX 780 and is about 50-70 bucks more than a 780. The recent drivers for AMD has made it a very viable card. Otherwise 780 is king.


Just did some quick research on the 7990 and it is certainly above the 780...I'll defiitely go with that one....do you think I should use the fans that come with the case or buy better ones?


The bad thing is the 7990 has lots of driver issues and really can't be Crossfired.

August 23, 2013 6:31:40 AM

Driver's have been fixed actually. 13.8 made the Frame latency really really really good actually. Also why would you Crossfire 2 7990? Overkill much
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