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September 4, 2013 5:56:29 PM

Hey Guys!

I've been looking to build a PC and have some knowledge about each component but I just wanted to run this through to an expert...

I'm wanting to game at smooth frame rates in 3D FPS and RPG's and edit HD video. Let me know if these parts would be good.

What I've been looking at is this:

i7 4770(k?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 760 FTW w/ ACX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 1866 Mhz 16Gb Ram

ASUS Maximus IV Hero Intel Z8Z Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Please note on the MOBO and RAM I don't know much)

WD Black 1TB
Samsung 840 12*Gb (Pro vs. Evo?)

And then a Rosewell 750W (Yes it's Haswell ready) and ASUS OD.


I know there is a new i7 (4820k) coming and was wondering if 4770k or that would be better.

Also, is the GTX 760 FTW a good choice for Video Card? I saw a faster clock speed and more ram. I'd like to run games on pretty high at 60-70 fps. (3D FPS not just Minesweeper)
Also, what is a CUDA Core? I read somewhere they need to be assigned and don't benefit games but do with editing.

Also I'm new at this so I won't be overclocking these parts anytime soon.

I'm really lost with motherboards and ram and don't have a clue where and what to look at...

And I was curious why the sustained sequential write on the EVO is faster than the PRO but the random 4KB write tanks. What is the difference?

Thanks if you've read it this far! Any help is appreciated.
September 4, 2013 6:28:21 PM

Also right now I'm running with a Xeon clocked at 2.53 Ghz and perhaps just slapping a gpu in their for now would do the job?
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September 4, 2013 7:43:00 PM

You dont want to overclock but you have the cpu and motherboard that are overclock ready, I guess thats a good investment for the future just make sure you decide on the cpu cooler early on

840 pro is faster than the evo

I wouldn't get the rosewell psu go for either a corsair tx650 or tx750 or alternate antec earthwatts/true power 650/750 psu instead

well, the xenon is made for servers primarily but it should still do a good job along with a gtx760 so you may consider that option.
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September 4, 2013 8:56:57 PM

shamsmu said:
You dont want to overclock but you have the cpu and motherboard that are overclock ready, I guess thats a good investment for the future just make sure you decide on the cpu cooler early on

840 pro is faster than the evo

I wouldn't get the rosewell psu go for either a corsair tx650 or tx750 or alternate antec earthwatts/true power 650/750 psu instead

well, the xenon is made for servers primarily but it should still do a good job along with a gtx760 so you may consider that option.


Thanks for the advice! My plan was just to run with the xeon and 760 until I've got the money for the i7 machine. Hey, a couple more questions... I'm lost when it comes to ram and I figured 16 gigs with 1866 speed was good after seeing 1600 as the standard, but I beleive you have to overclock some ram, so would getting it to 1866 decrease the life-span of the ram? And on the topic of overclocking, since I'm really new to this, I've researched up on all the risks of it... I'd like my machine to last a good 8-10 years, and thought that maybe I could run it stock speed's till the need arises, but is it really as bad as I see it?
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September 4, 2013 9:00:03 PM

Christopher Gonzalez said:

Thanks for the advice! My plan was just to run with the xeon and 760 until I've got the money for the i7 machine. Hey, a couple more questions... I'm lost when it comes to ram and I figured 16 gigs with 1866 speed was good after seeing 1600 as the standard, but I beleive you have to overclock some ram, so would getting it to 1866 decrease the life-span of the ram? And on the topic of overclocking, since I'm really new to this, I've researched up on all the risks of it... I'd like my machine to last a good 8-10 years, and thought that maybe I could run it stock speed's till the need arises, but is it really as bad as I see it?


I doubt it most rams have lifetime warranty anyway. running a 1866mhz capable rams at 1866 isn't even considered overclocking.

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September 4, 2013 10:37:28 PM
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Christopher Gonzalez said:
Hey Guys!

I've been looking to build a PC and have some knowledge about each component but I just wanted to run this through to an expert...

I'm wanting to game at smooth frame rates in 3D FPS and RPG's and edit HD video. Let me know if these parts would be good.

What I've been looking at is this:

i7 4770(k?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 760 FTW w/ ACX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 1866 Mhz 16Gb Ram

ASUS Maximus IV Hero Intel Z8Z Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Please note on the MOBO and RAM I don't know much)

WD Black 1TB
Samsung 840 12*Gb (Pro vs. Evo?)

And then a Rosewell 750W (Yes it's Haswell ready) and ASUS OD.


I know there is a new i7 (4820k) coming and was wondering if 4770k or that would be better.

Also, is the GTX 760 FTW a good choice for Video Card? I saw a faster clock speed and more ram. I'd like to run games on pretty high at 60-70 fps. (3D FPS not just Minesweeper)
Also, what is a CUDA Core? I read somewhere they need to be assigned and don't benefit games but do with editing.

Also I'm new at this so I won't be overclocking these parts anytime soon.

I'm really lost with motherboards and ram and don't have a clue where and what to look at...

And I was curious why the sustained sequential write on the EVO is faster than the PRO but the random 4KB write tanks. What is the difference?

Thanks if you've read it this far! Any help is appreciated.


From what I understand, the 3770K and the 4770K difference is pretty minor. If you can find the 3770 for cheaper I would get that one. If you weren't doing any video editing I wouldn't even recommend an i7 but if you really plan on doing that it's worth the plunge. I don't know enough about the 4820 to make a recommendation on that.
September 4, 2013 10:45:05 PM

Christopher Gonzalez said:
Hey Guys!

I've been looking to build a PC and have some knowledge about each component but I just wanted to run this through to an expert...

I'm wanting to game at smooth frame rates in 3D FPS and RPG's and edit HD video. Let me know if these parts would be good.

What I've been looking at is this:

i7 4770(k?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 760 FTW w/ ACX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 1866 Mhz 16Gb Ram

ASUS Maximus IV Hero Intel Z8Z Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Please note on the MOBO and RAM I don't know much)

WD Black 1TB
Samsung 840 12*Gb (Pro vs. Evo?)

And then a Rosewell 750W (Yes it's Haswell ready) and ASUS OD.


I know there is a new i7 (4820k) coming and was wondering if 4770k or that would be better.

Also, is the GTX 760 FTW a good choice for Video Card? I saw a faster clock speed and more ram. I'd like to run games on pretty high at 60-70 fps. (3D FPS not just Minesweeper)
Also, what is a CUDA Core? I read somewhere they need to be assigned and don't benefit games but do with editing.

Also I'm new at this so I won't be overclocking these parts anytime soon.

I'm really lost with motherboards and ram and don't have a clue where and what to look at...

And I was curious why the sustained sequential write on the EVO is faster than the PRO but the random 4KB write tanks. What is the difference?

Thanks if you've read it this far! Any help is appreciated.


Oh and when it comes to the mobo...if the pieces it should be fine. ASUS is a pretty reliable company. It would be nice if it had a second optional fan connect, but that's a common issue with mobo's these days. You'll probably end up either losing a fan on your case because of it, or buying a splitter to connect all your fans.
September 5, 2013 3:58:26 PM

shamsmu said:
Christopher Gonzalez said:

Thanks for the advice! My plan was just to run with the xeon and 760 until I've got the money for the i7 machine. Hey, a couple more questions... I'm lost when it comes to ram and I figured 16 gigs with 1866 speed was good after seeing 1600 as the standard, but I beleive you have to overclock some ram, so would getting it to 1866 decrease the life-span of the ram? And on the topic of overclocking, since I'm really new to this, I've researched up on all the risks of it... I'd like my machine to last a good 8-10 years, and thought that maybe I could run it stock speed's till the need arises, but is it really as bad as I see it?


I doubt it most rams have lifetime warranty anyway. running a 1866mhz capable rams at 1866 isn't even considered overclocking.


Thanks! That was really the only question I had with ram... I'm also curious, would the 760 bottleneck the i7? From what I see, i7 4770k is in builds with even titans in them.
September 5, 2013 4:03:14 PM

thebolt said:
Christopher Gonzalez said:
Hey Guys!

I've been looking to build a PC and have some knowledge about each component but I just wanted to run this through to an expert...

I'm wanting to game at smooth frame rates in 3D FPS and RPG's and edit HD video. Let me know if these parts would be good.

What I've been looking at is this:

i7 4770(k?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 760 FTW w/ ACX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 1866 Mhz 16Gb Ram

ASUS Maximus IV Hero Intel Z8Z Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Please note on the MOBO and RAM I don't know much)

WD Black 1TB
Samsung 840 12*Gb (Pro vs. Evo?)

And then a Rosewell 750W (Yes it's Haswell ready) and ASUS OD.


I know there is a new i7 (4820k) coming and was wondering if 4770k or that would be better.

Also, is the GTX 760 FTW a good choice for Video Card? I saw a faster clock speed and more ram. I'd like to run games on pretty high at 60-70 fps. (3D FPS not just Minesweeper)
Also, what is a CUDA Core? I read somewhere they need to be assigned and don't benefit games but do with editing.

Also I'm new at this so I won't be overclocking these parts anytime soon.

I'm really lost with motherboards and ram and don't have a clue where and what to look at...

And I was curious why the sustained sequential write on the EVO is faster than the PRO but the random 4KB write tanks. What is the difference?

Thanks if you've read it this far! Any help is appreciated.


Oh and when it comes to the mobo...if the pieces it should be fine. ASUS is a pretty reliable company. It would be nice if it had a second optional fan connect, but that's a common issue with mobo's these days. You'll probably end up either losing a fan on your case because of it, or buying a splitter to connect all your fans.


I won't be doing much overclocking anytime soon, so I don't think cooling will be any major issue, but I do plan on it in the future so thanks for the heads up! Also, are their any motherboards out their that you could recommend? The Maximus has all I'll ever need, just a hefty price tag. I'd like it to be 2 Way SLI Compatible and capable of safe overclocking. I believe some MSI motherboards have an overclocking feature that will power-off the machine if overclocking goes wrong... And I'm pretty new to this so that would be nice (or maybe is it a feature with all new boards?).
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