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September 30, 2013 8:29:51 PM

I happy with what I put together on pcpartpicker, but I really would like to hear opinions from you guys that know much more about this than I do. Here it is:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IE5c
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IE5c/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IE5c/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($172.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1004.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 23:25 EDT-0400)

I'd like to hear honest opinions on if the parts will fit in the case, if the parts I chose are good, and if this is over all a smart buy. Don't hold back I don't wanna blow that much money without being completely sure. I'm sure y'all feel the same way.

I guess I should also state that I'm just doing gaming and light Photoshop use on this computer.
September 30, 2013 8:52:21 PM

A decent Air Cooler like the Hyper 212 EVO would do a better job than the H50, and on the mobo, won't touch MSI mobos for client builds, might want to look at the Asus Gryphon or up to the Asus Pro or Hero, MSI has poor QC
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September 30, 2013 9:13:45 PM

That is a very good motherboard. I have built a couple rigs for friend and we have used that board in both of them. For motherboards I only use Asus or MSI. Out of the 40 or so MSI motherboards I have used over the years I have had exactly none died so far. I can't say that about Gigabyte. I have used 3 of them and two were DOA straight from Newegg.
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September 30, 2013 9:14:02 PM

So the hyper 212 is actually better than the h50? Seems cheaper too as well as crazy buys on newegg. So would you highly recommend that?

Also, if MSI has poor quality control, is Asus just a better brand? And what would be the difference between the gryphon and the hero?
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September 30, 2013 9:34:59 PM

the 212 is a great cooler, and with Haswell cools better than the H50, need at least a H80 or better to beat it, if thinking OCing to 4.5 and higher would look to a Phantek or the CM GTS V8 (what I got when it was finally released, the 212 kept my 4770K fine up through 4.4 (the 4770K runs a little hotter with the Hyper Threading an my runs 24/7), MSI basically is a crapshoot, the mobos themselves aren't bad, the QC is, many arrive DOA and I get more trouble calls on their mobos than any 2 other manufacturers put together, (often component failures within 30-60 days, (DRAM slots, USB, ethernet ports, etc)...Asus seems to have the best handle on Z87, the Gryphon is a great mobo, it's a micro, so less PCIx slots, less SATA, the Hero has a higher end Audio (the ROG Supreme which is nice)
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October 1, 2013 4:50:26 AM

Now I honestly don't see myself over clocking to 4.5+ so that cool master might be just the thing. Talking power supply now, would I need a higher watt one if I wanted to oc? And does ocing wear on the CPU after a while? You said you over clock all the time. Does that decrease life spans?
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October 1, 2013 8:07:38 AM

The 550 should be fine with your rig, no worries
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October 1, 2013 10:55:12 AM

Thanks a lot man. I appreciate your help.

Ok so after looking into MSI mother boards a bit more, I have noticed more people on different boards saying they stay far away from MSI motherboards. So after all is said and done.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JGd3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JGd3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JGd3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1011.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 14:51 EDT-0400)

So I swap the H50 for the 212 hyper cooler and the MSI mobo for the ASUS hero. I do like the idea of more SATA ports for future use if I decide to get into something else. So this is my potential future rig. Anything thing else?
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October 1, 2013 2:11:27 PM

Your the Hero, you picked my favorite mobo, (it's what I decided to build mine on, let us know how the build goes ;) 
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