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October 13, 2013 4:34:35 PM

Hey everyone! I wanted to verify that I have a descent gaming PC parts list. This is my first time building a computer. I want to be able to play all kinds of games; from Skyrim, to Battlefield 4, to MMOs (I use Steam to download games, or from the game companies' sites). I'd like to run all (or most of) my games at maximum, or close to maximum detail, and have a good FPS count, like 65-100+ FPS. I would also like to be able to do video editing, or at least have my computer good enough for it to be an option. I will try to be as detailed as possible in my list. if you would like more info, please ask! I will keep an open mind to everything, but I would also like to know the good things I have on my list.

- CPU - Intel i7-3770k
- 4 cores
- 8 threads
-Clock speed: 3.5 GHz
-Max Turbo frequency: 3.9 GHz
-8 MB cache

- GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
-Base Clock/Boost clock: 1006 MHz, 1058 MHz
-texture fill rate (billion/sec): 128.8
-memory speed: 6 Gbps
-standard memory config: 2048 MB (2GB)
-bus support: PCI Express 3.0

- Motherboard - MSI Intel Z77A-GD65 GAMING
-Chipset: Z77 express
-DDR3 memory: 1066-3000, dual memory channel, max = 32 GB
-PCI-Ex16: 3 (x16/x4/x4, or x8/x8/x4)
-PCI-E gen: Gen3 (16, 8, 4)
-SLI: yes

- RAM memory - Kingston Hyper X Blu
-8 GB (2 x 4GB modules)
-1600 MHz
-DDR3
-Non-ECC

- Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda
-Size: 1 TB
-SATA 6 Gb/s
-Cache: 64 MB
-3.5 inch
-Speed: 7200 RPM

- Optical Drive - ASUS BW-12B1ST
-Blu-ray internal burner drive with disc encryption
-Speed: 12x

- PSU - Corsair CX series CX600m
-Size: 600 W
-ATX/EPS
-Modular
-80+ bronze

- Case - Cooler master HAF 922
-dimensions (W x H x D): 10 x 19.7 x 22.2 inches
-5.25 inch bays: 5 exposed (one could convert to 3.5" drive bay)
-3.5 inch bays: 5 hidden, 1 exposed (converted from one 5.25" bay)
-Fans: Front 200mm, Top 200mm or 2 x 120mm's, rear 120mm, bottom 120/140mm
(optional), side 200mm (optional)

There are some more things I would like to add, and after talking to some people on the forums, I am debating on whether or not to change some parts. I still would like an SSD in the $100-$175 range (no specific memory size), and I would like to find a good Display/Monitor for my computer in the $150-$250 range. On top of that I would like to put in a second GTX 680 graphics card after a little while, and bridge the two together using SLI. Is my board a good one for that?

Below are the parts that I may change:

- CPU - i7-4770k
and
- Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H (as suggested by TheBigTroll)

Conclusion:
The list above is not final, but it is very close to what I want the build to be like. I have a few questions to be answered on top of the examination of the parts above.
-(RAM) what is ECC/Non-ECC?
-What would be a good SSD? ($100-$175; no certain memory size)
-What would be a good Monitor/Display? ($150-$250)
-Is my MSI gaming Motherboard good for SLI bridging the 2 GPUs together?
(I may add/edit this later, but these are just some questions i have for now)

The more detailed your review/answer is, the better for me! Your knowledge is one major part of my success.

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this, your advice helps a lot. The tech community is a great resource for stuff like this. I really appreciate it! :) 

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October 13, 2013 4:54:45 PM

I would recommend that you get a 4770k instead as it is more power efficient and slightly more reliable. Also, a Kingston SSD 128gb is good for OS and Games. If you want to pay a little extra, go with either 2 128 GB SSDs in Raid 0 or a 256GB SSD. I recommend Raiding.
An MSI Z87 GD65 gaming board as that is a very good gaming oriented board. It fully supports SLI. I would also recommend getting 2 MSI N770 Gaming graphics as those are better than a 680 and go well with the board, if you have the budget for 2. If not, you should go with 1 770 over the 680.
If you go with 2 I would get a Haswell Ready PSU of at least 700 watts to power the system.
Any monitor with a response time of 5ms or less will be adequate for gaming.
I hope this helped you answer some questions. :) 
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October 13, 2013 4:59:09 PM

thank you for your reply. What do you think about the MSI 3GB GTX 660Ti? i had my sights set on that one before the 680s. also for the GPUs, do you recommend having two? and what is RAID 0?

Anyone who has information about this can elaborate... Please do!
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October 13, 2013 8:36:58 PM

Go with the 770 or higher since you mentioned bf4 at around 60 fps with good res...Raid 0 is pretty much a fancy way of saying that it combines your two drives for better access speeds to put in easy terms....like combining powers lol...Also the 660ti is a hue down grade for future gaming.

Also...go with the 4770K...Way better
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October 14, 2013 4:29:57 AM

So RAID 0 only works when you use multiple SSDs? Also, the MSI motherboard of my choice runs 2 GPUs @ (x8/x8) whereas the Gigabyte motherboard suggested to me by TheBigTroll runs, 2 @ (x16/x8) I am kind of a performance freak... Would it be ok to get the MSI board, or would I get a lot better performance from the Gigabyte board?
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October 14, 2013 8:48:16 PM

ComputerBuilder934 said:
thank you for your reply. What do you think about the MSI 3GB GTX 660Ti? i had my sights set on that one before the 680s. also for the GPUs, do you recommend having two? and what is RAID 0?

Anyone who has information about this can elaborate... Please do!


660ti is still good, but I would still recommend an MSI 770 gaming or lightning card. I would suggest getting one 770 and getting another one in a month or two when you have more money, increasing your performance even more. Raid 0 is where 2 SSDs split information so that both can run at full power to access a file instead of one running at full power. This gives you much faster read/write times, and faster boot and gaming. Hoped this helped. :) 
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October 14, 2013 8:54:14 PM

darkside_gamer7 said:
Go with the 770 or higher since you mentioned bf4 at around 60 fps with good res...Raid 0 is pretty much a fancy way of saying that it combines your two drives for better access speeds to put in easy terms....like combining powers lol...Also the 660ti is a hue down grade for future gaming.

Also...go with the 4770K...Way better


Yes, I would agree.
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October 14, 2013 8:55:51 PM

ComputerBuilder934 said:
So RAID 0 only works when you use multiple SSDs? Also, the MSI motherboard of my choice runs 2 GPUs @ (x8/x8) whereas the Gigabyte motherboard suggested to me by TheBigTroll runs, 2 @ (x16/x8) I am kind of a performance freak... Would it be ok to get the MSI board, or would I get a lot better performance from the Gigabyte board?


x8 x8 still runs just as well. The card(s) would probably run out of steam before it used full bandwith. 8x8x is still just as good.
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October 15, 2013 5:35:26 AM

Would you recommend using 2 SSDs instead of a HDD? my original idea was to have 1 SSD and 1 HDD, but like I said earlier, I am all about performance, and RAID 0 sounds perfect to me. I just want to be able to have enough memory to store all my games and files. Big SSDs are ridiculously expensive, and I am on a budget. I Have $600 saved up, but with all the parts (accessories included) I'm looking at $1500 at least. I don't have a job, so progress is slow... I'll get there eventually!
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October 15, 2013 4:16:59 PM

ComputerBuilder934 said:
Would you recommend using 2 SSDs instead of a HDD? my original idea was to have 1 SSD and 1 HDD, but like I said earlier, I am all about performance, and RAID 0 sounds perfect to me. I just want to be able to have enough memory to store all my games and files. Big SSDs are ridiculously expensive, and I am on a budget. I Have $600 saved up, but with all the parts (accessories included) I'm looking at $1500 at least. I don't have a job, so progress is slow... I'll get there eventually!


It really depends on what you are going to be doing. If you are just gaming and that's it, 2 SSDs would be a good choice for you. You can always add another 1TB hard drive later. If you are going to be doing a lot of other things, I would recommend 1SSD and 1HDD and get another SSD later. Hope this helps and good luck with saving up money. I'm also in a similar situation with system building currently. I'm counting on the Holidays. :) 
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October 15, 2013 4:31:36 PM

I too am counting on the holidays (and birthday soon after that) for the rest of the money, and good luck to you too! I am going use my computer for gaming and making/editing videos. I would probably want a HDD for that right? I'll probably end up getting 2 SSDs, and then adding an HDD if neccessary. Thank you again for all your help!
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October 15, 2013 4:36:39 PM

ComputerBuilder934 said:
I too am counting on the holidays (and birthday soon after that) for the rest of the money, and good luck to you too! I am going use my computer for gaming and making/editing videos. I would probably want a HDD for that right? I'll probably end up getting 2 SSDs, and then adding an HDD if neccessary. Thank you again for all your help!


Eaither one would be good, so long as you get an HDD after. And yes, I'm counting on my birthday in January. :)  No problem helping out. :) 
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October 16, 2013 6:46:20 PM

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