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September 9, 2013 10:51:24 PM

This is a build that is in progress (10/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better. THIS IS A STRICTLY RED AND BLACK THEMED BUILD!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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September 9, 2013 10:56:41 PM

Are you sure 1TB is enough?
If there are a lot of games and a lot of documents i suggest you go with 2TB instead.
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September 9, 2013 11:08:42 PM

Very nice nice but i would go with a good 2TB HDD and maybe add in a SSD to put windows on
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September 9, 2013 11:11:20 PM

1TB will be fine, and you can add more later easily.

I'd suggest a cheaper MB e.g. the GA-Z87X-D3H or Z87-A, and you really don't need a $160 case.
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September 9, 2013 11:17:19 PM

joshj2398 said:
This is a build that is in progress (8/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 01:49 EDT-0400)



For 1500, I can squeeze in 2x gtx 770s in sli. Don't ask me how, I just know I can do it (legally of course). Maybe you should rethink some parts and see if you can do it as well.
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September 9, 2013 11:22:01 PM

ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
This is a build that is in progress (8/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 01:49 EDT-0400)



For 1500, I can squeeze in 2x gtx 770s in sli. Don't ask me how, I just know I can do it (legally of course). Maybe you should rethink some parts and see if you can do it as well.


I have no need for Dual SLI 770's.
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September 9, 2013 11:26:05 PM

joshj2398 said:
ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
This is a build that is in progress (8/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 01:49 EDT-0400)



For 1500, I can squeeze in 2x gtx 770s in sli. Don't ask me how, I just know I can do it (legally of course). Maybe you should rethink some parts and see if you can do it as well.


Please for the love of God tell me your secrets.


Get some components from redflagdeals (people selling sealed stuff) or similar websites. That way I avoid tax. Get the rest from ncix.com and/or canadacomputers.com (2 stores where I live).

I got my 4770k sealed from some asian dude off this legit website (TAX FREE!!). Of course, you gotta make sure not to trade with shady people. You use your judgement there.
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September 9, 2013 11:29:26 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
1TB will be fine, and you can add more later easily.

I'd suggest a cheaper MB e.g. the GA-Z87X-D3H or Z87-A, and you really don't need a $160 case.


The case is purely based on aesthetic and personal experience (my friend has one and I play on his comp. all the time and love the look of the case and it is very quiet). As for the MoBo, the build is strictly red and black. I'd looked at the MSI gaming MoBos and heard mixed things about them so I went with the Asus Maximus VI Hero based off stellar reviews and I've had good personal experience with Asus products. Plus it looks ****ing awesome!
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September 9, 2013 11:32:50 PM

WOW WTF? I said the same thing 3x times. That was a mistake. This site was lagging, so I spammed the submit your answer button. That was a mistake. MY BAD, sorry!
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September 9, 2013 11:33:49 PM

ameek said:
WOW WTF? I said the same thing 3x times. That was a mistake. This site was lagging, so I spammed the submit your answer button. That was a mistake. MY BAD, sorry!


No prob I'll delete 2 of em.

Nevermind can't delete em.
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September 9, 2013 11:36:10 PM

If you are not getting a SSD then atleast get a WD Caviar Black 1tb instead of the blue one
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September 10, 2013 12:08:51 AM

Wouldn't bother with the Black. Very little faster. Also, it looks like he's already bought the drive.

$70 is a lot to spend on just one part of a colour scheme. Considered the Z87 Extreme4? All black.

There are plenty of quiet discreet cases under $100. BitFenix Shinobi/Shinobi Window?
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September 10, 2013 1:00:49 AM

joshj2398 said:


The case is purely based on aesthetic and personal experience (my friend has one and I play on his comp. all the time and love the look of the case and it is very quiet). As for the MoBo, the build is strictly red and black. I'd looked at the MSI gaming MoBos and heard mixed things about them so I went with the Asus Maximus VI Hero based off stellar reviews and I've had good personal experience with Asus products. Plus it looks ****ing awesome!


Both Mobo manfacturers have about the same failure rate.... I prefer Asus on the hi end and MSI in the $130 - $220 range based upon feature comparisons

http://technewspedia.com/failure-rate-of-pc-components-...

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Without further ado, here the list sorted from highest to lowest (higher means higher failure rate):

Motherboards

ASUS: 2.34%
MSI: 2.24%


Cases are in many instances selected solely based upon aesthetics. Of the 2 listed Id recommend the Corsair, tho I prefer the 500R over the 650D
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September 10, 2013 3:27:55 AM

Huh. Largely the opposite of what everyone says; nice to see self-selection at work.

No way am I getting an OCZ SSD...

Personally I quite like the Shinobi's looks; there's just something about having a large near-unmarked black block.
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September 10, 2013 5:08:44 AM

This build already looks good.
But I'd go with something else instead of Corsair.
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September 10, 2013 9:22:15 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
joshj2398 said:


The case is purely based on aesthetic and personal experience (my friend has one and I play on his comp. all the time and love the look of the case and it is very quiet). As for the MoBo, the build is strictly red and black. I'd looked at the MSI gaming MoBos and heard mixed things about them so I went with the Asus Maximus VI Hero based off stellar reviews and I've had good personal experience with Asus products. Plus it looks ****ing awesome!


Both Mobo manfacturers have about the same failure rate.... I prefer Asus on the hi end and MSI in the $130 - $220 range based upon feature comparisons

http://technewspedia.com/failure-rate-of-pc-components-...

Quote:
Without further ado, here the list sorted from highest to lowest (higher means higher failure rate):

Motherboards

ASUS: 2.34%
MSI: 2.24%


Cases are in many instances selected solely based upon aesthetics. Of the 2 listed Id recommend the Corsair, tho I prefer the 500R over the 650D


I saw the 500R and didn't really like the look of it.
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September 10, 2013 9:23:16 AM

deathlessme said:
This build already looks good.
But I'd go with something else instead of Corsair.


What would you recommend?
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September 10, 2013 9:24:48 AM

ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
This is a build that is in progress (8/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 01:49 EDT-0400)



For 1500, I can squeeze in 2x gtx 770s in sli. Don't ask me how, I just know I can do it (legally of course). Maybe you should rethink some parts and see if you can do it as well.


Please for the love of God tell me your secrets.


Get some components from redflagdeals (people selling sealed stuff) or similar websites. That way I avoid tax. Get the rest from ncix.com and/or canadacomputers.com (2 stores where I live).

I got my 4770k sealed/brand new, from some asian dude off this legit website (TAX FREE & cheaper than buying from stores!!). Of course, you gotta make sure not to trade with shady people. You use your judgement there.


Do you mean you could fit SLI 770's into this build or into an entirely new build?
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September 11, 2013 8:18:29 AM

joshj2398 said:
deathlessme said:
This build already looks good.
But I'd go with something else instead of Corsair.


What would you recommend?


Wait..
Sorry man, Corsair Vengeance is good.
I don't read really well.
I'm dealing with so much stress.
But you can go with Crucial Ballistix if you want to, it's one of my favourite brands.
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September 11, 2013 12:49:01 PM

joshj2398 said:
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I saw the 500R and didn't really like the look of it.


Me too..... newegg pictures are cheesy looking...... First time I used was when someone had it on their build list and asked me to build for him. Then it arrived and I was like wow..... it did live up to all the reviews and then some.

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September 11, 2013 5:14:26 PM

Btw, get G.Skill for gaming.
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September 12, 2013 10:05:35 AM

joshj2398 said:
ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
This is a build that is in progress (8/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 01:49 EDT-0400)



For 1500, I can squeeze in 2x gtx 770s in sli. Don't ask me how, I just know I can do it (legally of course). Maybe you should rethink some parts and see if you can do it as well.


Please for the love of God tell me your secrets.


Get some components from redflagdeals (people selling sealed stuff) or similar websites. That way I avoid tax. Get the rest from ncix.com and/or canadacomputers.com (2 stores where I live).

I got my 4770k sealed/brand new, from some asian dude off this legit website (TAX FREE & cheaper than buying from stores!!). Of course, you gotta make sure not to trade with shady people. You use your judgement there.


Do you mean you could fit SLI 770's into this build or into an entirely new build?


The motherboard you picked supports sli, it is the same mother I am using right now in fact ( Asus Maximus VI Hero). I would basically try to cut corners here and there. Get some stuff without tax (from people selling stuff sealed). Then somehow fit the 770 sli in there. I know I can do it EASILY with 1500$ in Toronto Canada.
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September 12, 2013 4:03:51 PM

ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
ameek said:
joshj2398 said:
This is a build that is in progress (8/14 components purchased) and will be aimed toward gaming, school work, casual web browsing, perhaps streaming, etc. I know a lot of you are going to say "get an SSD," but I'm not going to at the moment because I'm waiting for prices to decrease and will buy one as soon as I'm ready. I'm open to any suggestions (other than get an SSD). Also if you've read my recent thread in the "Cases" section of the forum, you know that I'm in a bit of pickle deciding between the Corsair 650D and the BitFenix Colossus. All I want to know is which is better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1BWp6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($30.00)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1578.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 01:49 EDT-0400)



For 1500, I can squeeze in 2x gtx 770s in sli. Don't ask me how, I just know I can do it (legally of course). Maybe you should rethink some parts and see if you can do it as well.


Please for the love of God tell me your secrets.


Get some components from redflagdeals (people selling sealed stuff) or similar websites. That way I avoid tax. Get the rest from ncix.com and/or canadacomputers.com (2 stores where I live).

I got my 4770k sealed/brand new, from some asian dude off this legit website (TAX FREE & cheaper than buying from stores!!). Of course, you gotta make sure not to trade with shady people. You use your judgement there.


Do you mean you could fit SLI 770's into this build or into an entirely new build?


The motherboard you picked supports sli, it is the same mother I am using right now in fact ( Asus Maximus VI Hero). I would basically try to cut corners here and there. Get some stuff without tax (from people selling stuff sealed). Then somehow fit the 770 sli in there. I know I can do it EASILY with 1500$ in Toronto Canada.


Can you make a theoretical $1500-$1600 build that fits dual SLI 770's and the Maximus VI Hero on PCPartPicker and link it here as a reply?
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September 12, 2013 10:05:05 PM

I can do $1700.... but nit w/ KB, Mouse and Speakers but didn't have time to shop, just newegg

MoBo - $220 - Asus Hero http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $230 - Intel Core i5-4670k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $200 - Corsaie 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU - included - Corsair HX850 $240 - $40 MIR

RAM - $70 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $90 - WD Black 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GFX - $400 - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX $400 MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $16 - Asus DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Can save $40 if ya get the Gigabyte Windforce but ya color scheme be fudged.
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September 12, 2013 10:27:11 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I can do $1700.... but nit w/ KB, Mouse and Speakers but didn't have time to shop, just newegg

MoBo - $220 - Asus Hero http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $230 - Intel Core i5-4670k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $200 - Corsaie 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU - included - Corsair HX850 $240 - $40 MIR

RAM - $70 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $90 - WD Black 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GFX - $400 - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX $400 MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $16 - Asus DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Can save $40 if ya get the Gigabyte Windforce but ya color scheme be fudged.


Thanks a ton for that.
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September 12, 2013 10:50:47 PM

My pleasure ..... and I want to compliment you for doing this project with your son.

As my boys grew up they all had their extracurricular interests (sports, scouts, whatever) and Dads get to do everything with their kids ..... then the idiot fairy comes .....oh, you heard of the tooth fairy but no one told ya about the idiot fairy ?

Ya see when your boys are young, Dad is their hero ... Dad knows everything, Dad can do anything. Then around 13 or so, while ya son is sleeping, the idiot fairy comes and they wake up and their friends know everything and dad is an idiot :) 

Building PCs provided a way for this father and sons to do "grown up" things together. My boys have been helping me build PCs since they were 10. We now teach other father and sons/daughters to do theirs. I get at least 2 calls a week from my middle son who is away at college and he's got a friend / classmate with him and they wanna discuss their friends planned build and bounce ideas off me .... when he's home, and even when he's not, his friends pop in ask about upgrades tweaking, and it gives us something in common to share .... I originally took up building because I wasn't satisfied with products I was buying ..... now it's the sheer enjoyment of it and sharing it with as many people as we can.



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September 12, 2013 10:54:10 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
My pleasure ..... and I want to compliment you for doing this project with your son.

As my boys grew up they all had their extracurricular interests (sports, scouts, whatever) and Dads get to do everything with their kids ..... then the idiot fairy comes .....oh, you heard of the tooth fairy but no one told ya about the idiot fairy ?

Ya see when your boys are young, Dad is their hero ... Dad knows everything, Dad can do anything. Then around 13 or so, while ya son is sleeping, the idiot fairy comes and they wake up and their friends know everything and dad is an idiot :) 

Building PCs provided a way for this father and sons to do "grown up" things together. My boys have been helping me build PCs since they were 10. We now teach other father and sons/daughters to do theirs. I get at least 2 calls a week from my middle son who is away at college and he's got a friend / classmate with him and they wanna discuss their friends planned build and bounce ideas off me .... when he's home, and even when he's not, his friends pop in ask about upgrades tweaking, and it gives us something in common to share .... I originally took up building because I wasn't satisfied with products I was buying ..... now it's the sheer enjoyment of it and sharing it with as many people as we can.





I'm the son, but if my dad read your comment I'm sure he'd love and agree with everything you said.
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September 12, 2013 11:00:41 PM

That's great .... I hope you continue the tradition with your own sons / daughters.

BTW, how old were you when the idiot fairy came :)  ... I think was about 13..... my family moved and I didn't follow for about 6 months so I could graduate w/ my class..... I got used to the absence of parental influence and was convinced I was a man of the world at the point. I moved back to the old neighborhood at 17 to attend college..... now we live about 20 miles apart.
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September 12, 2013 11:07:02 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
That's great .... I hope you continue the tradition with your own sons / daughters.

BTW, how old were you when the idiot fairy came :)  ... I think was about 13..... my family moved and I didn't follow for about 6 months so I could graduate w/ my class..... I got used to the absence of parental influence and was convinced I was a man of the world at the point. I moved back to the old neighborhood at 17 to attend college..... now we live about 20 miles apart.


I do definitely want to continue the tradition of building a PC/PCs with my kids. I have no clue what the idiot fairy is, sorry (sounds pretty funny). I too plan on moving into my same neighborhood for college and even afterwards if my future job is close enough.
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September 12, 2013 11:32:22 PM

You've got a pretty nice setup there.

-Mechanical keyboard instead of the Sidewinder
http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-g...

-Very nice motherboard. Overclockability!

-There is only a mild performance improvement between Ivy Bridge and Haswell. Haswell runs a bit hotter, and isn't really needed for desktops unless you want to use integrated or just the "Latest Intel" stuff. Even if you upgrade every two years, Intel will probably be on a different socket due to their "Tick-Tock" marketing rhythm. Ivy chips & 1155 motherboards are also sometimes cheaper than the Haswell/1150 ones.

My $0.02
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November 18, 2013 10:37:34 AM

If Micro Center is an option for you (which it seems to be), you can pick up that i5 4670K for 199.99 plus tax.
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November 18, 2013 3:34:12 PM

Nice gravedigging.
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November 18, 2013 4:00:03 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Nice gravedigging.


Unintentional. It came up in the suggested threads stuff. *shrug* Sorry for that.

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November 18, 2013 4:35:23 PM

Hoshi said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Nice gravedigging.


Unintentional. It came up in the suggested threads stuff. *shrug* Sorry for that.



Lol yeah I've completely (not really, but a lot) redisgned my budget and rig itself since this was 1st posted.
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November 18, 2013 4:59:21 PM

joshj2398 said:
Hoshi said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Nice gravedigging.


Unintentional. It came up in the suggested threads stuff. *shrug* Sorry for that.



Lol yeah I've completely (not really, but a lot) redisgned my budget and rig itself since this was 1st posted.


Out of curiosity, what do you got going on now?
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November 18, 2013 5:58:35 PM

Hoshi said:
joshj2398 said:
Hoshi said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Nice gravedigging.


Unintentional. It came up in the suggested threads stuff. *shrug* Sorry for that.



Lol yeah I've completely (not really, but a lot) redisgned my budget and rig itself since this was 1st posted.


Out of curiosity, what do you got going on now?


I feel like it's a fairly solid gaming and rendering build (despite going w/ a nonhyperthreaded CPU)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/23wxi
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/23wxi/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/23wxi/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($217.98 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $129.99)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $5.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $200.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (Purchased For $165.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $50.00)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $551.30)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For $20.00)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($165.28 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans (Purchased For $30.00)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($95.65 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $20.00)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $30.00)
Other: NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller (Purchased For $30.00)
Other: Klipsch - HD Theater 600 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System with Powered Subwoofer (Purchased For $200.00)
Total: $2217.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 20:57 EST-0500)
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