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September 1, 2013 10:51:47 PM

Hey Guys,

I am working on my new build for gaming:

Purpose:
I am playing First Person Perspective games and would like to have a solid rig that last for couple years to play games on the 24'' 144hz monitor.

Additional features:
I also would like to try water cooling (closed loop) and have relatively quiet build.

OC:
If my CPU unit allows, I will be aiming for 4,4 - 4,5Mhz OC.

Other considerations:
1) My plan is build the rig now, temporarily using my GTX570 and wait what is Radeon 9970 capable of. I will pick either Palit GTX780 Jetstream or 9970. (I prefer NV cards, however I'll get 9970 if it will cost less than 780 while providing the same or better performance + free BF4 code ;)  ).

2) I will be using PSU and SSD from my existing system

Configuration:
So far I came with below config:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($82.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Graphic card:
To be decided - Either Radeon 9970 or GTX780, ATM will use existing GTX570
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage - SSD is from my current build: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply - from my current build: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $976.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-02 01:48 EDT-0400)

What do you think ?

Also, for this setup do you recommend additional case fans ? (I was thinking to get 2 extra fans - one for top exhaust and additional one for the front intake).

Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

Cheers,
Mick

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a c 555 4 Gaming
September 1, 2013 10:58:52 PM

Overall looks good, would change the mobo, I won't touch MSI for builds, poor QC and support, maybe the Asus Z87-A
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a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2013 11:05:37 PM

To run a HD 9970 you'll need 200 more watts.
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September 2, 2013 6:27:46 AM

Thanks guys for reply.

@Tradesman1 - I am also looking at ASrock Extreme 4 - similar specs to MSI. Asus has slightly older codecs - might not be noticeable...

@jjs: woah, that will be 1 watts hungry beast - need to calculate if it's worth for me - as decent 850W PSU would cost me close to 200...

How about case fans ? Would you recommend to add any on top of R4 stock (front and back) ?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 12:39:33 PM

If you're aiming for a quiet desktop then you shouldn't get case fans. You've got water cooling anyway.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 1:50:41 PM

mick_32 said:
Thanks guys for reply.

@Tradesman1 - I am also looking at ASrock Extreme 4 - similar specs to MSI. Asus has slightly older codecs - might not be noticeable...

@jjs: woah, that will be 1 watts hungry beast - need to calculate if it's worth for me - as decent 850W PSU would cost me close to 200...

How about case fans ? Would you recommend to add any on top of R4 stock (front and back) ?


That ASRock would be a good board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The HD 9970 doesn't exist as yet although there has been some specs leaked of late. The HD 7970 is good, although the GTX 780 may be better, but still pricey
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