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October 9, 2013 8:06:08 PM

This is my first ever gaming PC build and when looking for advice on components i found myself on this site frequently. I want to build this PC for running games on ultra high settings especially Battlefield 4. I also need this computer to function for school work as i am in college. I tried to list the components i have chosen at the moment the best i can. As of this moment these are the components i want to buy:

Case: NZXT Phantom 820
CPU: Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 690
RAM: G SKILL Trident X Series 16GB
Hard Drives: Crucial 256GB + WD 2TB 7200 RPM
Power Supply: Thermaltake 700W ATX
2 Monitors: ASUS 24" 144Hz 1ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D Monitor

As this is my first build, i don't want to overclock or water cool my PC. Please feel free to suggest any changes or comment on anything i have posted. I will not take any offence because i understand that i am a complete newbie at this and learning it on the fly.

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October 9, 2013 8:30:27 PM

Do yourself a favor and wait until after the week of Oct 17th. That is when it is rumored to have the new AMD 290x/AMD290 video card releases. If the AMD card does not offer you better performance for less, Nvidia is expected to make price cuts soon after the AMD release to adjust for competitive pricing. The new AMD chips are rumored to have approximately 2800 and 2500 stream processors on them and bring some serious performance.
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October 9, 2013 8:46:04 PM

sleepybp said:
Do yourself a favor and wait until after the week of Oct 17th. That is when it is rumored to have the new AMD 290x/AMD290 video card releases. If the AMD card does not offer you better performance for less, Nvidia is expected to make price cuts soon after the AMD release to adjust for competitive pricing. The new AMD chips are rumored to have approximately 2800 and 2500 stream processors on them and bring some serious performance.


+1 take his advice.

To OP:
The heatsinks on that RAM look big, if you want to OC your K CPU, then that might cause a problem. (Just read you don't want to OC, so don't buy the K model of that CPU unless the K is cheaper).

You can easily buy an 8GB kit, that is 2 4GB sticks. If your mobo has 2 more spaces left, you can always upgrade to 12 or 16GB in the future. Save the remaining money to spend now on something you'll have to replace to upgrade. I.E you can always buy more ram and not lose your current RAM, but if you wanted to upgrade your CPU because you didn't spend enough now, you have to completely purchase a new CPU.

That said your CPU is a solid choice, and so the single 690 depending on what games you're gonna play on those two monitors. But deffo wait for AMD's future announcement, and adjust to it.

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