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August 31, 2013 8:44:26 AM

Thanks for the help, all. I'm moving on from my 6 year old Dell, and I'll be purchasing the parts for my first build in about 4 hours or so. I'd love any feedback or suggestions before I take the plunge. I'm intending to mostly play games (favoring MMOs over things like Crysis) on a single monitor at 1920 x 1200. I will not be streaming myself or anything that fancy though. I do intend a light overclock.

Here's what I've got:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
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: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($113.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $1100.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 11:32 EDT-0400)


I know the HAF 912 doesn't have a front USB 3.0 port, though that's not a deal breaker in and of itself. The 750w PSU is a bit much, but is intended as futureproofing since I'll probably end up SLIing 760s in a few years. Any other suggestions/comments? I appreciate your advice.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 8:49:23 AM
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If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.
August 31, 2013 8:57:19 AM

iNova said:
If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.


64GB drive is barely enough for the OS. I would go with the 128, or even larger if you wanted to add a few apps to the drive.

I'm not a big fan of Rosewill PSU's. Too much money spent replacing parts those PSU's burned up.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Don't need that big a PSU unless you plan on going SLI and even then, I'd suggest just buy a better video card before going SLI
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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 9:06:45 AM

egilbe said:
iNova said:
If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.


64GB drive is barely enough for the OS. I would go with the 128, or even larger if you wanted to add a few apps to the drive.

I'm not a big fan of Rosewill PSU's. Too much money spent replacing parts those PSU's burned up.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Don't need that big a PSU unless you plan on going SLI and even then, I'd suggest just buy a better video card before going SLI


Did you not read the OP's post? He plans on SLI'ing in the future.
August 31, 2013 9:09:58 AM

iNova said:
egilbe said:
iNova said:
If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.


64GB drive is barely enough for the OS. I would go with the 128, or even larger if you wanted to add a few apps to the drive.

I'm not a big fan of Rosewill PSU's. Too much money spent replacing parts those PSU's burned up.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Don't need that big a PSU unless you plan on going SLI and even then, I'd suggest just buy a better video card before going SLI


Did you not read the OP's post? He plans on SLI'ing in the future.


You shouldn't buy computer parts now, for what you plan to do in the future. That's just plain foolish. A single card solution is always better than SLI
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 9:12:15 AM

egilbe said:
iNova said:
egilbe said:
iNova said:
If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.


64GB drive is barely enough for the OS. I would go with the 128, or even larger if you wanted to add a few apps to the drive.

I'm not a big fan of Rosewill PSU's. Too much money spent replacing parts those PSU's burned up.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Don't need that big a PSU unless you plan on going SLI and even then, I'd suggest just buy a better video card before going SLI


Did you not read the OP's post? He plans on SLI'ing in the future.


You shouldn't buy computer parts now, for what you plan to do in the future. That's just plain foolish. A single card solution is always better than SLI


I'm not the OP, and building a computer now the planning to upgrade/ SLI/Crossfire isn't foolish. It saves you money now, then when you SLI/Corssfire in the future saves you a ton of money instead of building a completely new system every 2-5 years.
August 31, 2013 9:13:29 AM

egilbe said:
iNova said:
If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.


64GB drive is barely enough for the OS. I would go with the 128, or even larger if you wanted to add a few apps to the drive.

I'm not a big fan of Rosewill PSU's. Too much money spent replacing parts those PSU's burned up.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Don't need that big a PSU unless you plan on going SLI and even then, I'd suggest just buy a better video card before going SLI


Rosewill capstone 750 is tier 2 on that PSU list.
August 31, 2013 11:15:50 AM

Any other feedback from anyone, or does the rest of it look ok?
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 11:20:53 AM

Looks good!
August 31, 2013 11:38:22 AM

Vadered said:
egilbe said:
iNova said:
If your SSD is just for the OS, 128GB is not needed, a 64GB SSD will do fine for just Windows 7. Then you can use that extra money on a GTX770 or just leave it at that and save money. Also I'm assuming your going to overclock, but the stock cooler will do fine if your NOT planning to overclock.


64GB drive is barely enough for the OS. I would go with the 128, or even larger if you wanted to add a few apps to the drive.

I'm not a big fan of Rosewill PSU's. Too much money spent replacing parts those PSU's burned up.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Don't need that big a PSU unless you plan on going SLI and even then, I'd suggest just buy a better video card before going SLI


Rosewill capstone 750 is tier 2 on that PSU list.


twice burned, never again. YMMV
August 31, 2013 11:47:16 AM

I understand, egilbe. Any PSU you would suggest in its place? Give me one 750w and one at whatever wattage you'd suggest for non SLI.
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 11:49:21 AM

The Capstone is perfect. The reason why he hates Rosewill PSU's is either:
1.) He has had 2 of em DOA like he said OR
2.) He is just a hater
August 31, 2013 11:51:31 AM

Vadered said:
I understand, egilbe. Any PSU you would suggest in its place? Give me one 750w and one at whatever wattage you'd suggest for non SLI.


Anything from Seaonic, Antec, Corsair in the 500 to 600 watt range. You have the tier list as a guide, I tend to buy from the top two tiers (except Rosewill) I've not had a problem with any other PSU iI've purchased.
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 11:54:15 AM

egilbe said:
Vadered said:
I understand, egilbe. Any PSU you would suggest in its place? Give me one 750w and one at whatever wattage you'd suggest for non SLI.


Anything from Seaonic, Antec, Corsair in the 500 to 600 watt range. You have the tier list as a guide, I tend to buy from the top two tiers (except Rosewill) I've not had a problem with any other PSU iI've purchased.


I would recommend a 750W PSU. He plans to SLI in the future
a c 247 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 12:11:28 PM

Vadered said:
Any other feedback from anyone, or does the rest of it look ok?


Looks good to me, there isn't anything I would change!
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