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September 14, 2013 7:47:37 AM


This is my first time build and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. I would especially like suggestions on a case, SSD and/or HDD, and power supply. The component list that I came up with is based on a whole lot of Googling and reading and just a little on my own experience and knowledge. I know the power supply is a bit over the top at 1000W so I'm looking at something smaller like the Seasonic Platinum 860W, but I don't believe Micro Center carries that particular supply so any suggestions you have would be helpful. The quieter the better and I don't mind spending a few extra dollars to avoid PS problems. Thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: Dec 2013

Budget Range: 2000-2300 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Surfing

Parts Not Required: Monitors, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center

Country: US

Parts Preferences: nVidia, Intel

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but I figure the 780 ought to do well w/o it for now

Monitor Resolution: Primary: 1920x1080 Sec: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: For a case, cooling is main factor


My present component selection:

Motherboard
ASUS Z87 Pro Socket LGA 1150 ATX Intel Motherboard
SKU: 614842
$199.99

Processor
Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5GHz Socket LGA 1150 Boxed Processor
SKU: 583369
$279.99

Processor Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
SKU: 888438
$29.99

Video Card
EVGA 03G-P4-2784-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked w/ACX Cooler 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe x16 3.0 Video Card
SKU: 627612
$669.99

RAM
Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL10 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 8GB Memory Modules) (Low profile)
SKU: 297325
$149.99

Power Supply
Cooler Master V1000 V Series 1000 Watt Modular ATX Power Supply
SKU: 622290
$219.99

Sound Card
Asus Xonar DX PCIe 7.1 Sound Card
SKU: 273540
$89.99

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Burners
LG Internal 16x Super-Multi Blu-ray Writer (M-Disc compatible)
SKU: 315911
$119.99

Case
(Haven’t decided yet)

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September 14, 2013 8:06:23 AM

Not too crazy about your choice of PSU, and I would get a card with 4gb of ram, instead of 3gb, but overall, its pretty good. What do you plan on doing with this?
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September 14, 2013 8:10:38 AM

I would go with this build, as it has a great price to performance ratio:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.80 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2110.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-14 11:08 EDT-0400)
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September 14, 2013 8:11:55 AM

Gaming mostly. My present rig has a 285GTX and it's not quite capable of handling FarCry 3 on max settings. I get some stutter once in awhile. What's your suggestion for a PSU in the $200 range
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September 14, 2013 8:12:16 AM

everything looks good..just PSU is way too much according to me, and one does not really need a sound card...
rest is okk' GTX 780 3gb is enough for 4k resolution..as the requirement for 4k is 2GB..
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September 14, 2013 8:28:43 AM

@ShaBaz Khan - I was questioning the sound card also because I just wasn't sure if I needed it or not. Thanks for clarifying that for me. It'll save me a few bucks.

@RazerZ - Thanks for your reply. I like many of your suggestions but I have a couple of questions. Why did you suggest the Gigabyte vs. the ASUS Z87 Pro mobo and the Zotac vs. the EVGA gpu? Was it reliability, performance, price?

Thank you everyone for your comments. The selection of components out there in the wild can be overwhelming to the noob. :) 
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September 14, 2013 8:32:02 AM

luvu2 said:
@ShaBaz Khan - I was questioning the sound card also because I just wasn't sure if I needed it or not. Thanks for clarifying that for me. It'll save me a few bucks.

@RazerZ - Thanks for your reply. I like many of your suggestions but I have a couple of questions. Why did you suggest the Gigabyte vs. the ASUS Z87 Pro mobo and the Zotac vs. the EVGA gpu? Was it reliability, performance, price?

Thank you everyone for your comments. The selection of components out there in the wild can be overwhelming to the noob. :) 

anytime dude..enjoy your build :) 

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September 14, 2013 8:35:08 AM

luvu2 said:
@ShaBaz Khan - I was questioning the sound card also because I just wasn't sure if I needed it or not. Thanks for clarifying that for me. It'll save me a few bucks.

@RazerZ - Thanks for your reply. I like many of your suggestions but I have a couple of questions. Why did you suggest the Gigabyte vs. the ASUS Z87 Pro mobo and the Zotac vs. the EVGA gpu? Was it reliability, performance, price?

Thank you everyone for your comments. The selection of components out there in the wild can be overwhelming to the noob. :) 


Gigabyte is known to make the most durable motherboards, and it currently is the best option if you plan to Sli in the future, for the price listed. Likewise the Zotac is the fastest GTX 780, and at it's price you just can't beat it.
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September 14, 2013 8:35:08 AM

luvu2 said:
@ShaBaz Khan - I was questioning the sound card also because I just wasn't sure if I needed it or not. Thanks for clarifying that for me. It'll save me a few bucks.

@RazerZ - Thanks for your reply. I like many of your suggestions but I have a couple of questions. Why did you suggest the Gigabyte vs. the ASUS Z87 Pro mobo and the Zotac vs. the EVGA gpu? Was it reliability, performance, price?

Thank you everyone for your comments. The selection of components out there in the wild can be overwhelming to the noob. :) 


Gigabyte is known to make the most durable motherboards, and it currently is the best option if you plan to Sli in the future, for the price listed. The Zotac is the fastest GTX 780, and at it's price you just can't beat it.
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September 14, 2013 9:18:37 AM

@RazerZ - I wasn't familiar with the Zotac. I checked out some reviews and it does show that the Zotac is a bit faster than the Geforce. One review compared the Zotac to the Geforce and the 7970. What stood out the most to me is how much the 7970 underperformed the nVidias. But in any event, I believe I'll go with the Zotac. Thanks for the enlightenment. It was a big help to me.
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September 14, 2013 9:21:12 AM

No problem, also don't forget to pick a solution to your thread :) 
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