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August 29, 2013 5:24:53 PM

First time building a computer so kind of excited. I've been tempted to not even have an optic drive. I have two external harddrives which I usually save my larger video files.

Here is a build that I put together I'm very open to critiques or if you notice large flaws http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xKNt
my biggest concern is the MOBO and Optic drive

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month preferably this or next week

Budget Range: Under 2000 when all said and done

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Almost exclusively gaming, and maybe streaming (capture card??)

Are you buying a monitor: No will be using my acer p235h



Parts to Upgrade: Everything but peripherals

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None in particular but newegg, amazon, micro center, and tiger direct have treated me well in the past

Location: Columbus, OH

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will be using wifi but only for the next few months until i move (I have a USB network adaptor; do you think I should purchase a network card?) Capture card (for streaming)? Some times use video editing software like adobe premiere and sony vegas. My headset is the Astro's A40's if that' useful. I don't usually play graphic intensive games my usuals are: LoL,DAoC, D3,TF2.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having issues with my old computer (over 7 years old) and wanted to update to hopefully last a long time

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August 29, 2013 5:47:40 PM
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Option 1

It would be easy enough to give you an SLI build with twin 770s .... but from your descriptions, I see upgrades coming....2nd GFX card, possibly water cooling

Case - $250 - Enthoo Primo http://www.phanteks.com/#&panel1-1&panel2-1 (US Release Date September 3)
PSU - $130 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - $300 - Asus Maximus VI Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $340 - Intel Core i5-4770k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $140 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - $130 - Coolermaster 240L Prestige http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $400 - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $135 Seaagte 7200.14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $150 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $58 - Asus Blue Ray Player / DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's $2,033

You will need a couple of fittings and tubing from frozencpu.com to expand ya loop from just the CPU to the CPU and MoBo.

Option 2

MoBo - $190 - MSI Z87-GD65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $230 - Intel Core i5-4670k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $230 - Corsaie 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GFX - included - Corsair HX850 $300 - $20 combo discount - $30 MIR - $20 off w/ promo code EMCXMVN49, ends 9/2

RAM - $140 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $90 - WD Black 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $150 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $400 - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX $400 MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $58 - Asus Blue Ray Player / DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,968

August 29, 2013 11:46:07 PM

Andred said:
First time building a computer so kind of excited. I've been tempted to not even have an optic drive. I have two external harddrives which I usually save my larger video files.

Here is a build that I put together I'm very open to critiques or if you notice large flaws http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xKNt
my biggest concern is the MOBO and Optic drive

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month preferably this or next week

Budget Range: Under 2000 when all said and done

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Almost exclusively gaming, and maybe streaming (capture card??)

Are you buying a monitor: No will be using my acer p235h



Parts to Upgrade: Everything but peripherals

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None in particular but newegg, amazon, micro center, and tiger direct have treated me well in the past

Location: Columbus, OH

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will be using wifi but only for the next few months until i move (I have a USB network adaptor; do you think I should purchase a network card?) Capture card (for streaming)? Some times use video editing software like adobe premiere and sony vegas. My headset is the Astro's A40's if that' useful. I don't usually play graphic intensive games my usuals are: LoL,DAoC, D3,TF2.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having issues with my old computer (over 7 years old) and wanted to update to hopefully last a long time


"I don't usually play graphic intensive games, my main games are LoL, DAoc, D3, TF2." In this case, I would not recommend you buy an SLI setup. Should you purchase a network card? No. Should you purchase a capture card? I don't know as I do not stream however from my limited knowledge I would say it is unnecessary as the computer itself is strong enough to not be bothered by a stream, but if you want one you definitely got the budget for it. All this taken into consideration, I would build the following:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xTec

You can drop the size on the SSD, but I slapped on a 512GB model with a 4TB Seagate Nas drive for blunt storage. You could add a good quality sound card (though I think your headphones come with one so that's probably pointless) but that hero motherboard has really good integrated audio so take that into consideration also. And you could also buy a capture card. Overall this is a great build that will allow you to SLI should you start playing more demanding games in the future but until then, just buy 1 760 and put the rest of the money toward nicities like a 512GB SSD / 4TB HDD, maybe some new peripherals or monitors?

- Prax

- Edit: And if you are set on spending 2k and getting max performance for 2k:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xTm7
August 30, 2013 4:51:49 PM

After some research and your inputs I think I will be switching my CPU to Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter) and pick up a cheaper Optical Drive like the ones recommended: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC). Still looking/researching all the MOBOs I do appreciate the feedback.

Jack do you think the Enthoo Primo will be worth the price tag?
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