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September 8, 2013 6:30:12 AM

Firstly this is my first pc build I've had laptops all my life decided I want more power. So far I've come up with this build
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/jgrov2/saved/20gw
The machine is purely for games and maybe some study in the future. I want to overclock to around 4 to 4.2ghz and maybe the gpu as well. I want to hdmi to my 55 inch samsung series 7 LED most of the time. For the rest I was thinking intel widi to a smaller 20 inch screen. My budget at the moment is around $1900 aud and ill be buying from umart Australia.

First question is will the gpu be able to play well on my tv?

Secondly is widi good enough to game on now or is there another alternative?

Thirdly I need a case preferably horizontal that will fit in an entertainment unit. The front of the space is open but there's only a small hole at the back. Is this unsuitable for a pc case?

Fourthly will the gtx 770 be enough to play all the forthcoming titles with high settings mainly bf4 arma3 and Rome 2?

Fifth, within a few months or maybe straight away I'd like to water cool thinking of xspc ray storm 750 ex360 with an ek full gpu block. I've calculated full tdp with over clocked Haswell around the 400 watt mark worse case scenario would this kit surffice?

6, for my needs would the msi g45 ape a better choice over the gd65?
7, for my needs would the 4gb version of the gtx 770 be any better over the 2gb version?

Finally, any other suggestions to the build or anything I may have missed?
September 8, 2013 6:40:18 AM

Jared Groves said:
Firstly this is my first pc build I've had laptops all my life decided I want more power. So far I've come up with this build
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/jgrov2/saved/20gw
The machine is purely for games and maybe some study in the future. I want to overclock to around 4 to 4.2ghz and maybe the gpu as well. I want to hdmi to my 55 inch samsung series 7 LED most of the time. For the rest I was thinking intel widi to a smaller 20 inch screen. My budget at the moment is around $1900 aud and ill be buying from umart Australia.

First question is will the gpu be able to play well on my tv?

Secondly is widi good enough to game on now or is there another alternative?

Thirdly I need a case preferably horizontal that will fit in an entertainment unit. The front of the space is open but there's only a small hole at the back. Is this unsuitable for a pc case?

Fourthly will the gtx 770 be enough to play all the forthcoming titles with high settings mainly bf4 arma3 and Rome 2?

Fifth, within a few months or maybe straight away I'd like to water cool thinking of xspc ray storm 750 ex360 with an ek full gpu block. I've calculated full tdp with over clocked Haswell around the 400 watt mark worse case scenario would this kit surffice?

Finally, any other suggestions to the build or anything I may have missed?


1. Yes it will. I'm assuming its 1080P which it will handle most games MAXED out
2. I dont recomend it you could just use an HDMI cable (or whatever fits your TV)
3. That doesn't sound good for you cooling as for a case that can fit this stuff with good cooling the Cooler master HAF XB sorta big but you picked and ATX mobo which is the biggest and its a cube case so its more compact.
4. should max them out
5. The case i recomened can hold watercooling but not a 360mm radiator UNLESS you house it externaly. It can fit enough to OC haswell a decent bit.

I think it all looks good
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September 8, 2013 7:20:21 AM

1. All the GPU knows is that its connected to a screen, it will work fine in your TV assuming they have a connector in common (assuming HDMI).

2. A wired connection would be better.

3. I would say it is, heat will just build up in that cubby hole and you will be running horrible temps. Defeats the purpose of all that water-cooling you plan to get later.

4. At 1080p, yea expect to be way up there in terms of settings at a consistently high (50+) FPS. Standard stuff like AA and Post-Processing turned down of course.

5. If your getting a GPU block, I suggest you spend a bit more for the D5 version of the kit. The X20 750 isnt the greatest pump. I think you will struggle to find a HTPC style horizontal case that can support a triple rad, the closest I can think of is a Corsair Air 540, which is more of a cube than a horizontal rectangle.

6. It wont be "better" but its a much better value. You get the same core features of the higher end board just without some bells and whistles.

7. For 1080p gaming, 2GB is plenty unless you are particularly fond of Skyrim texture mods.
Just remember the amount of VRAM (and normal RAM as well) only affects performance once you run out of it, having more than you need wont benefit you but costs a fair deal.

You only need 8GB of RAM for gaming, and the hair combs they glue to Vengeance RAM are pointless. Get a low profile kit like G.Skill Ares/Sniper or Corsair Vengeance LP.
Unless you plan to go SLI you don't need such a large PSU, 550W would do fine.
Also I suggest you buy the RAM and maybe SSD somewhat soon, a Hynix factory went up in flames recently and it provided 15% of the worlds DRAM. Prices may be affected like we saw with the Thailand Floods and HDD's.
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September 8, 2013 7:27:01 PM

Thanks for the responses so far i think i might go with the g45 mobo and just a standard pc case but try and get the system as quiet as possible and stick with the 2 gb evga gtx 770 if i get the normal version and water cool it i should be able to overclock it to at least the superclocked version right? Also i chose the larger psu so later on i can get another 770 for sli
Can anyone suggest a good value small monitor around 20 inch mark?
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