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October 4, 2013 9:40:16 AM

Hi guys.

I've been looking into building a PC for some time now and have the funds available, finally. I'm shooting for around 1500 but would go up to 1700 if something comes up that gives it a lot more oomph.

Would like to overclock, and don't especially want to cheap out on the smaller items (the 256 PRO SSD comes to mind here), but if they're simply over the top, please do let me know.

Here's my list.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($102.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85.87 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1644.70

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KL7b

Reasoning:

The case is a holdover from a time when I was thinking about liquid cooling. Is that in the ballpark of necessary? Would like to err towards quiet, but if things run too hot, obviously that's the worse problem.

I've been told 8GB RAM is fine for gaming. Will it be for a few years?

I was going with the 2GB 770, but found that the 4GB wasn't significantly more expensive, so I decided to future proof a little, here. Curious if adjusting some of the other pieces and going 780 would provide a significant advantage.

Not overly attached to the optical drive, os, or keyboard. I think I may be overkilling it on the mobo and underkilling on the fan.

Thanks for looking!
October 4, 2013 9:58:21 AM

What resolution are you gaming at? If it is 1080p, you might want to scale back to the 2GB version of your video card.
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October 4, 2013 10:12:31 AM

I've got a weird monitor/hdtv I've been using as a console gaming that display I got cheap at costco a few years back. (http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/samsung-syncmaster...) I've only ever hooked it up to a laptop before, but it ported everything fine from that, but it was only ever for watching movies on a bigger screen.

The review here says the resolution is 1920x1200

Thanks for the advice, HBA. That was the liquid cooler I was originally going with. Could you possibly explain the advantage of the ASUS Maximus?

Thanks for the quick replies!
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October 4, 2013 10:21:30 AM

TeddyTwoTrees said:
I've got a weird monitor/hdtv I've been using as a console gaming that display I got cheap at costco a few years back. (http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/samsung-syncmaster...) I've only ever hooked it up to a laptop before, but it ported everything fine from that, but it was only ever for watching movies on a bigger screen.

The review here says the resolution is 1920x1200

Thanks for the advice, HBA. That was the liquid cooler I was originally going with. Could you possibly explain the advantage of the ASUS Maximus?

Thanks for the quick replies!


Since you would be going with a liquid cooler and a k version cpu, you are probably going to overclock, not saying the otherboard are bad or this one is the grand daddy, it just offers way better overclocking potential with better heat dissipation. better voltage control for overclocks. Basically its a high end motherboard (for not that much more then you were paying for the board) with better features.
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