New Haswell build - Looking for advice/input

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few weeks.

Budget Range: $1800-$2000ish USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Entertainment

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Amazon

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu

Overclocking: Would like to leave the option open down the line.

SLI or Crossfire: Same as OCing, would like to have the option in a few years.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 with Monitor picked, also has a tv 37' hes looking to connect for few uses.

Additional Comments:

My buddy is looking to build a new pc for 1800-2000 USD. He doesn't mind spending a little extra and wants to pc to be more than enough for a long while.

Keeping upgrade and OC options open to extend its life.
He picked out the parts for the most part.
I just want to make sure everything is compatible and optimized.

Wondering if there would be a better choices for parts? Like the psu/ssd.

Also maybe a solid suggestion on a good aftermarket heatsink?


RAIDMAX Agusta ATX-605BT $109
MSI Z87 MPOWER Max LGA 1150 $240
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz $340
CORSAIR AXi AX760i 760W $190
EVGA 04G-P4-2768-KR GeForce GTX 760 $310
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 $140
Intel 335 Series SSDSC2CT080A4K5 2.5" 80GB $105
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB $90
ASUS VE278H Black 27" 2ms $270
DVD burner $20
Windows 7 64 bit OEM 100.00

Roughly 1915.00
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  1. RAIDMAX makes pretty crap cases. Stick with Antec, Corsair, Fractal Design, NZXT, Coolermaster for quality.

    If this is mostly for gaming, drop to an i5 and 8gb RAM and get a better GPU.
  2. I don't see the expense for the 4 GB GFX not at 1920 x 1080 .... no gain for added expense

    Look here and see what the 4GB gets ya :

    A $2k build should have a 144 Hz Monitor w/ Lightboost to completely eliminate motion blur

    The HX series has better voltage stability and lower ripple than AX

    You said "entertainment" so added Blue Ray Player

    Dropped to 4670k as gaming and entertainment don't need i7 / HT

    Boosted ya up to 770 w/ PSU capable of adding 2nd one

    MoBo - $400 - MSI Z87-GD65
    CPU - Inluded w/ above - Intel Core i5-4670k

    Case - $250 - Corsair 500R
    PSU - included - Corsair HX850

    RAM - $142 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 9 DDR3-1866

    Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14

    HD - $90 - WD Black 1 TB
    SSD - $135 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB

    GFX - $400 - MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770

    DVD Writer - $58 - Asus Blue Ray Player / DVD Burner

    OS - $100 - Win 8-64 Home Pre

    Monitor - $270 ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor
  3. Jack's build is much better. You could drop to an 840 evo instead of the pro, WD Blue instead of black, and drop to 2x4gb RAM (plenty for now and easiest upgrade if/when you want more). That might start creeping towards an GTX 780 gpu, which would be a worthy upgrade, particularly if you're targeting 144fps. Just a thought really, it's a good build either way.
  4. Best answer
    Do not bother with the i7 unless he will be doing some real work on it
    ex: photoshop video editing etc

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.97 @ Outlet PC)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($387.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1499.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-19 00:22 EDT-0400)

    this is all he would really need.

    If wanting to spend more on the monitor(near the $300 area) get a 1440p monitor

    If you do get the 1440p monitor i also suggest upgrading video card to a 780 as it does a lot better than the 770 at higher resolutions.

    Case is preference, if you want a silent case, the Fractal design define R4 is a great and cheap choice.

    I also suggest getting a pair of headphones(not headset, if he needs a mic you can get very good ones around $20) and a nice sound card too. You can read up on very nice quality headphones here.
  5. It helped put things into better perspective for my buddy(I hope).
    Hes very adamant about keeping the case he wants, I showed him the fractal design r4 (one I own) and a lian li and he basically laughed at it. Case is always personal pref anyway.

    Went down to the i5 /w combo mobo and the 770. Also switched the ram and went with suggested psu. Few other switches too.

    Thanks again guys, always nice to get helpful posts.
  6. Well, he wasted $100 on a pretty terrible quality case but oh well. Glad he made the other suggested changes.
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