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September 4, 2013 10:17:58 PM

Hello tech guru's of this awesome forum!

I haven't build a new pc a long time, my current build is running on a first gen i5 with a amd hd 5770, suffice to say it's time to upgrade.

I've been playing with a few builds and I'm pretty conflicted with my final build, I'm looking to stay within a reasonable budget price of around $1200ish. (looking for the best price/performance before a price jump - if that makes sense):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.96 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.08 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($250.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1233.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 01:00 EDT-0400)


I was originally planning on going with a i5-4670 w/ a z87 Asus-Plus....but the jump to an I7 and the maximus hero was only a 100....

This build will most likely be predominately used for gaming purposes.

I'm wondering if you kind folks could please offer your opinions/improvements on this build? and of course most importantly do you folks see any particular issues with this build that I should worry about?

Many thanks in advance!!

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September 4, 2013 10:41:24 PM

For gaming you don't need an i7 and instead of the H80, get a strong air fan, they perform about the same. Use the difference instead on a better GPU, that will be a much wiser investment for gaming. I would suggest something like this:

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)
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