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Nearly arrived (overkill) gaming computer for under $4000, thoughts?

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September 3, 2013 5:55:58 AM

My parts are:

CPU: i7 4770K
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H320
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 780 Lightning
Motherboard: MSI MPOWER MAX Z87
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 Matte Black
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB
PSU: Corsair AX860 Platinum
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2x8GB sticks)
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner 24x

Any possible improvements that need to be made/ upgrades.

Also, I already have a GL2450hm BenQ monitor, as well as the Razer Golithus Extended Control Mat, the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 keyboard and the Razer Deathadder 2013 mouse.
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September 3, 2013 5:58:11 AM

superdonny67 said:
My parts are:

CPU: i7 4770K
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H320
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 780 Lightning
Motherboard: MSI MPOWER MAX Z87
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 Matte Black
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB
PSU: Corsair AX860 Platinum
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2x8GB sticks)
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner 24x

Any possible improvements that need to be made/ upgrades.

Also, I already have a GL2450hm BenQ monitor, as well as the Razer Golithus Extended Control Mat, the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 keyboard and the Razer Deathadder 2013 mouse.

i dont think u need any improvements :p  good to go (y)
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September 3, 2013 5:59:30 AM

superdonny67 said:
My parts are:

CPU: i7 4770K
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H320
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 780 Lightning
Motherboard: MSI MPOWER MAX Z87
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 Matte Black
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB
PSU: Corsair AX860 Platinum
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2x8GB sticks)
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner 24x

Any possible improvements that need to be made/ upgrades.

Also, I already have a GL2450hm BenQ monitor, as well as the Razer Golithus Extended Control Mat, the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 keyboard and the Razer Deathadder 2013 mouse.


If your budget is already that high I would spend the extra couple bucks on the WD Black rather than the Blue...
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September 3, 2013 6:03:28 AM

yes, get a WD black HDD and a Samsung 840 pro 250gb. they are faster
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September 3, 2013 6:14:26 AM

840 evo is plenty

Would get xspc watercooling kit instead of swiftech h320.

Prefer Nzxt 530/ nzxt 810 .

Lightning wow so expensive...
Would get a cheap/standart gtx 780 and watercool it.
-> looks better, better performance. Would cost about the same.

Prefer asus over msi motherboard
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September 3, 2013 6:21:13 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
The Evo and Pro 840s have identical rated sequential read and write speeds. The Pro has slightly better random read and write times and 2 extra years on its warranty. You won't notice the difference. Right now with the price difference being almost $70 less for the Evo )on newegg), it isn't worth it at all even for nothing more than the 2 extra years on the warranty. You can probably get an extended warranty for the Evo for longer than 2 more years for less than $70.


I agree the EVO is perfectly fine.
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September 3, 2013 6:30:15 AM

I am confused by your choice of 4770k, a chip that no amount of cooling can help with the overclocking.
You will be jailed between 4.3 and 4.6Ghz, and no amount of tweaking will put you any higher.
With a 3770k or a 3930k you can dream of higher clocks if you invest in good cooling.
Also a single GTX780 is a poor substitute for SLI 760/770.
Gone are the days that SLI did not worked.
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September 3, 2013 6:46:27 AM

If you are buying in the US, a quick market search tells me that setup runs for under 2.5k, so you should have a bit of money left.

I don't really like Corsair PSU's because they are just a brand, they don't manufacture their power supplies. They buy their stuff from various different manufacturers, which makes them unreliable as a brand. The model you listed is actually a good one because it is made by Seasonic, though I would much rather by a Seasonic PSU from Seasonic itself than from Corsair. Something like this, for instance:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Enermax and Huntkey are also good manufacturers.

At a few bucks more, a 7990 is a considerable opposition to the GTX 780, although frame latency issues may hold the 780 in favour. You may even find a great deal such as this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 3, 2013 7:03:08 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
The Evo and Pro 840s have identical rated sequential read and write speeds. The Pro has slightly better random read and write times and 2 extra years on its warranty. You won't notice the difference. Right now with the price difference being almost $70 less for the Evo (on newegg), it isn't worth it at all even for nothing more than the 2 extra years on the warranty. You can probably get an extended warranty for the Evo for longer than 2 more years for less than $70.


you are right, but if I was building a 3k computer, I would get the best ($70 is nothing considering the total build cost). The pro is faster, but you wont notice any difference physically. (just maybe psycologically).
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September 3, 2013 10:11:38 AM

for ~ 2.1k you can get a good looking pc. fully watercooled.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($152.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($176.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($613.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.01 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)

Other: xspc raystorm 750 ex240 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21235/ex-wat-270/XSPC...($149.00)
Other: XSPC Razor GTX 780http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19423/ex-blc-1431/XSP...($122.00)

Total: $2004.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 13:16 EDT-0400)


1440p monitors can be bought for ~310$
http://www.amazon.com/QNIX-QX2710-Evolution-LED-Monitor...

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September 3, 2013 11:38:59 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
oczdude8 said:
u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
The Evo and Pro 840s have identical rated sequential read and write speeds. The Pro has slightly better random read and write times and 2 extra years on its warranty. You won't notice the difference. Right now with the price difference being almost $70 less for the Evo (on newegg), it isn't worth it at all even for nothing more than the 2 extra years on the warranty. You can probably get an extended warranty for the Evo for longer than 2 more years for less than $70.


you are right, but if I was building a 3k computer, I would get the best ($70 is nothing considering the total build cost). The pro is faster, but you wont notice any difference physically. (just maybe psycologically).


If it is psychological, then he/she might as well get a blu-ray burner instead of the lowly plebeian DVD burner. Only a peasant would want a :sarcastic: DVD burner.


I have a Blu-Ray burner O.o
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September 3, 2013 11:37:31 PM

I'm in Australia so things are much more expensive, also I was buying the H320 because this is my first build and I watned to do it myself, without worrying about both the installation and the maintenance of water cooling :) 
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September 4, 2013 3:27:17 AM

Is water cooling really worth it? Or an upgrade to a PRO SSD? Also, I don't really have a need for a Blu-Ray burner, since i'll only be using my optical drive for games basically ahah
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September 4, 2013 3:32:31 AM

superdonny67 said:
Is water cooling really worth it? Or an upgrade to a PRO SSD? Also, I don't really have a need for a Blu-Ray burner, since i'll only be using my optical drive for games basically ahah


performance wise, you won't realy get more fps, watercooling just looks good..
you can overclock higher, but overclocking is generaly not necessary and overrated.

840 Evo has almost the same performance as pro, not worth it.
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September 4, 2013 4:16:28 AM

So would you say overall that my build's going to be able to play any game on max settings for at least the next 4-5 years? And then go sli 780's?
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September 4, 2013 4:31:16 AM

yea kinda
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September 4, 2013 4:42:15 AM

sounds like everything apart from maybe my hardrive is basically perfect then! :)  pretty happy with the colour scheme as well :) 
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January 4, 2014 2:36:38 PM

Hey, so you are in almost an identical situation to me. Here is one of the best solutions you could go for with the current market, making it ready to upgrade for the x99 motherboard, the Haswell-E Chipset, as well as the new DDR4 Memory.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1963546/thoughts-3...

Definitely check this out if you are considering spending 3000 USD on a computer.
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January 4, 2014 3:02:25 PM

Hey all, this whole build has changed hugely and is now on a roughly $4000 australian rig. I've gone full watercooling and everything will arrive next week. I'm also getting an asus gtx 780 ti.
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January 5, 2014 1:46:00 AM

All my parts are on the way, my build will include the following:

CPU: i7 4770K
Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 780 Ti Reference
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Formula
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 Matte Black
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
HDD: Western Digital Black 2TB
PSU: Corsair RM1000 Gold
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 (2x8GB sticks)
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner 24x
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit with SP1 OEM
Mic/ Video: Logitech C270 HD Webcam

Watercooling Components + Cables:

EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC780 GTX Ti Nickel
EK Full Cover VGA EK-FC GTX 780 Ti Backplate Black
XSPC EX280 Radiator
Alphacool G1/4 M-M Adapter with O-Ring Chrome
Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black Mini Valve
Alphacool Y Connector G1/4 Triple Female Chrome
PrimoChill Liquid Utopia Clear Additive 15ml
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing Red 7/16ID 5/8OD 3m
XSPC Raystorm D5 EX360 Water Cooling Kit
XSPC G1/4 Black Chrome 7/16 Compression Fitting x 10
XSPC RayStorm Intel Faceplate Red
Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black Low-Profile Stop Fitting x 2
Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Fan x 2
Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan x 3
BitFenix Sleeved 6-Pin VGA Power Cable 45cm Red/Black
BitFenix Sleeved Molex to 4x SATA Power Cable Red/Black
BitFenix Sleeved 24pin ATX Extension Cable 30cm Red/Black
BitFenix Sleeved 4-Pin Molex Power Splitter Red/Black
BitFenix Sleeved 8-Pin VGA Power Cable 45cm Red/Black
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound

Ordered from both Australian and American stores, around $4000 in total
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January 5, 2014 2:46:23 AM

Man, nice build, will definitely last you for years! Happy gaming.
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January 5, 2014 2:46:24 AM

Man, nice build, will definitely last you for years! Happy gaming.
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January 5, 2014 2:50:42 AM

Shocking777 said:
Man, nice build, will definitely last you for years! Happy gaming.


I'm really hoping the parts arrive this week, am going to fill and drain it three times, using primochill sys prep, plain demineralised water and primochill liquid utopia
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January 9, 2014 10:14:47 AM

Here's a question, I want to build a similar setup but I want to stream as well and I'd like to try a triple monitor set up for more immersive play.

Would this build allow for streaming and playing a game like LoL, WoW, and B4 at optimal settings with at least 60fps?

Also, what would I need to change or add to this build to allow triple monitors? I'm kind of a noob to computer builds so I'm probably asking dumb questions haha
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January 9, 2014 3:25:41 PM

I would say get a 780 SLI if you can for triple monitor setup. Each monitor is on 1080p right?
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January 9, 2014 4:53:57 PM

I want to run 3 1080p monitors but wouldn't mind upgrading in the future if the pocket allows it. So can I keep the Asus VI Formula or upgrade to Extreme? And do I get one Asus 780 sli or would I need two of those cards?
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