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September 4, 2013 9:29:26 PM

Hi, I need to purchase a new PC real soon due to my current PC being damaged. Unfortunately I do not know anything about the current Haswell processor and what parts are the best for it. Would like to know which parts are compatible and highly rated.

My uses for the computer would be to run games on high setting at high resolutions and possibly be able to do some 3D graphics work. I probably won't be overclocking it til much later down the road.

My budget is around $1500, can go a bit higher if needed. Don't really want to go over $2000. I would like a it to be quiet as possible with Air Cooling, Also a mid-tower case that isn't too big or very heavy. Also I would prefer it be silent as possible. What I don't like about my current computer is that it is a bit big, weighs over 50lbs and is a little loud so I need to wear headphones.

Don't need to include harddrives or monitor.

Processor: i5 or i7 (K version)?
CPU cooling: Prefer Air Cooling, whats the best atm? also with low settings
Motherboard: ???
Power Supply: something modular?
RAM: 16gb of ???
Case: Mid-tower, small sleek and cool looking? No window preferred
Graphics Card: only want a single card
CD Drive: ???
PC Fans: What is a very good Quiet one to replace everything with? Also do I need a Fan Controller?

Also is Arctic Silver 5 still the best thermal paste?

Thank you so very much if someone can think of a build for me and a few other can agree that it is a solid build.

Thanks!!!
September 4, 2013 9:46:12 PM

Yes I do have a micro-centers close by so I can drive there if needed. I guess I mostly need to know what the parts are so I can look around to buy them, doesn't need to be "sale" products because I would like to make the purchase in a week or so. My last computer was prebuilt, but since I will build it myself, it should come out cheaper and better.
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September 4, 2013 9:55:34 PM

Okay which MC? I'll browse their selection also.
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September 4, 2013 10:01:25 PM

Dallas Metroplex/Richardson, Texas

Ohh sorry didn't include that, I haven't shopped there in a long time.
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September 4, 2013 10:10:55 PM

Sorry, one last question, do you need OS? Interested in SSD?
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September 4, 2013 10:23:09 PM

SSD no OS: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9Gi / add the CPU/MOBO from MC and it comes out to about $1760. ATX build mobo http://www.microcenter.com/product/415530/Maximus_VI_He...

If you only plan to have a single GPU this build is mATX: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9N4
use this mobo for mATX http://www.microcenter.com/product/414755/Maximus_VI_Ge...
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September 4, 2013 10:24:10 PM

I will need to buy a windows 7 disc, but this does not have to be factored in with the price.
I actually have a spare 128gb ssd and will probably reuse one of the bigger harddrives from my current computer for storage.

So the build doesn't really need to include monitor, harddrives, soundcard, mouse, keyboard, but probably need everything else.
I think the tricky part for me would be the case, since all the parts need to fit nicely in it, and would like a smallish silent one.

My current computer fell off my desk, and I need to rebuild it later, but would like a nice replacement it then. So I have spare ssds and harddrives.
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September 4, 2013 10:40:22 PM

Immaculate said:
SSD no OS: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9Gi / add the CPU/MOBO from MC and it comes out to about $1760. ATX build mobo http://www.microcenter.com/product/415530/Maximus_VI_He...

If you only plan to have a single GPU this build is mATX: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9N4
use this mobo for mATX http://www.microcenter.com/product/414755/Maximus_VI_Ge...


Thank you I will look into this build, also does the Maximus VI Gene Socket LGA 1150 mATX perform better than the ATX verison? I assume the ATX version is the SLI version. Seems to be same price. I probably just go with a single card, since I really not interested in dual GPU's.

I am kind of worried about the case, Corsair 350D Window, hopefully it isn't too compact, I will go read up on it.
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September 4, 2013 10:46:30 PM

Immaculate said:
This is what I have until you can tell if your close to a Microcenter.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9c7

MC Locations: http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/default.aspx


Regardless of whether or not an OP lives near a Micro Center, there's absolutely no reason to purchase an i7 and 16GB of RAM for gaming purposes. And there's nothing that says that combination will be more "future proof" :ange:  than an i5 and 8GB of RAM. You will not need the extra threads. Invest in a better GPU instead. Also extra thermal compound is a complete waste of money no matter what your budget is. Any cooler you buy will have better compound than Arctic Silver.

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Thank you I will look into this build, also does the Maximus VI Gene Socket LGA 1150 mATX perform better than the ATX verison? I assume the ATX version is the SLI version. Seems to be same price. I probably just go with a single card, since I really not interested in dual GPU's.


If you're not using dual cards, no reason to pay more money for a better motherboard.

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Also is Arctic Silver 5 still the best thermal paste?


No. The correct answer is no thermal compound is needed other than what's included with your fan. If you buy a Noctua or Cooler Master CPU cooler, you get better stuff than Arctic Silver. It's overrated, and you do not need to purchase thermal compound. Use the stuff that's included with your fan - it's about the same.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1269.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 01:41 EDT-0400)PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Then with the difference use whatever monitor, keyboard, and mouse you want.
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September 4, 2013 10:53:43 PM

I never said anything about an i7?
I chose the mATX for Single card GPU and i case the OP ever wants a better sound card
I also chose 16GB because certain game tweak like Skyrim's uGridsToLoad and use up a lot of RAM.
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September 4, 2013 10:59:34 PM

One thing I forgot to mention is I do have multi-monitors and my main one is at 2560x1440. Would a better CPU or GPU be better for me in this situation? My ram use is around 3GB on idle, I may get bigger monitors later on, cus its pretty mismatched atm with 3 different resolutions. Gaming I only do 1 monitor though.
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September 4, 2013 11:06:22 PM

I think the GTX 780 would suffice for your display.
Or
Wait till Radeon 9000s
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September 4, 2013 11:36:01 PM

Immaculate said:
I never said anything about an i7?
I chose the mATX for Single card GPU and i case the OP ever wants a better sound card
I also chose 16GB because certain game tweak like Skyrim's uGridsToLoad and use up a lot of RAM.


I have nothing against an mATX build. But again it's all what the OP wants.

But there's a lot of stuff that's just not necessary like thermal compound, sound cards, case fans, things of that nature. I definitely don't advocate spending money just to spend money or buying things you don't need.
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September 4, 2013 11:59:13 PM

Comparing the from the list I got so far I came up with this build atm, Pretty much went with the quieter version / better rated...

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99
CPU Fan: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $65.95
PSU: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $164.99
Mobo: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $63.99
Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99

Graphics: GTX 770/780 or wait for next new one (can decide this later) +$500/600
Case: Need Do More Research (leaning towards Fractal Design Define R4)

ATM its at $699.90 + Graphics + Case, so close to $1400ish
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September 5, 2013 12:43:23 AM

sun80 said:
Comparing the from the list I got so far I came up with this build atm, Pretty much went with the quieter version / better rated...

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99
CPU Fan: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $65.95
PSU: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $164.99
Mobo: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $63.99
Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99

Graphics: GTX 770/780 or wait for next new one (can decide this later) +$500/600
Case: Need Do More Research (leaning towards Fractal Design Define R4)

ATM its at $699.90 + Graphics + Case, so close to $1400ish


At Microcenter that CPU is $200 and Motherboard is $100 when combo'd / I would rather see you get the ASUS Hero, it just looks so good! Hero would be like $175 after combo.

The Fractal R4 is a good case, I would get the window version, unless you plan on using the side panel fan slot.
If you going with 8GB RAM. Get this kit, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 5, 2013 1:02:15 AM

Immaculate said:
sun80 said:
Comparing the from the list I got so far I came up with this build atm, Pretty much went with the quieter version / better rated...

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99
CPU Fan: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $65.95
PSU: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $164.99
Mobo: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $63.99
Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99

Graphics: GTX 770/780 or wait for next new one (can decide this later) +$500/600
Case: Need Do More Research (leaning towards Fractal Design Define R4)

ATM its at $699.90 + Graphics + Case, so close to $1400ish


At Microcenter that CPU is $200 and Motherboard is $100 when combo'd / I would rather see you get the ASUS Hero, it just looks so good! Hero would be like $175 after combo.

The Fractal R4 is a good case, I would get the window version, unless you plan on using the side panel fan slot.
If you going with 8GB RAM. Get this kit, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I read the only difference between the ares and ripsaw is the ares is a bit shorter, only reason I choose that one, but the ripsaw seems to have Timing 7-8-8-24 Cas Latency 7 compared to 9-9-9 and latency 9. Not sure what that means but if the ripsaws are faster or something, I can switch.

Does having better motherboard give better performance or something? or the asus one just better looks?

I think I want a non-window case, going for more performance than looks, and hate when you can see scratches on the windowed cases lol.
I wonder if I need buy these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
To replace the current fans on the case, and how many, but they are like $30 fans ehhh...

Hopefully I get more suggestions, almost ready to pull the trigger and make the big purchase...
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September 5, 2013 1:33:21 AM

If you want to add some 140mm case fans get these. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can wait for Radeon 9000s to come out, you should do so.
The Ripjaws should fit.
You say you want single gpu but pick quite a large case. Look at the Cooler Master HAF XB. No windows, small, desktop style.
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September 5, 2013 2:23:52 AM

I understand the silent PC. However unless you have a bunch of loose screws and wobbly fans I can't see it being noticeably louder, especially with headphones on. The part on the Fractal R4 ATX that seems to reduce the most noise is keeping the front intake door shut.
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September 5, 2013 9:47:42 AM

sun80 said:
I read the only difference between the ares and ripsaw is the ares is a bit shorter, only reason I choose that one, but the ripsaw seems to have Timing 7-8-8-24 Cas Latency 7 compared to 9-9-9 and latency 9. Not sure what that means but if the ripsaws are faster or something, I can switch.

Does having better motherboard give better performance or something? or the asus one just better looks?

I think I want a non-window case, going for more performance than looks, and hate when you can see scratches on the windowed cases lol.
I wonder if I need buy these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
To replace the current fans on the case, and how many, but they are like $30 fans ehhh...

Hopefully I get more suggestions, almost ready to pull the trigger and make the big purchase...


I personally don't recommend blowing tons of money on case fans. You can only have as many fans as your case has mounts for, and the size and positioning of them do matter. You should read this before purchasing tons of case fans: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...
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