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October 15, 2013 7:22:41 PM

Alright so I've finally decided to take the plunge into pc gaming. I've been doing some research the past couple weeks and have finally got together a list of parts that I want. Overall I'm pretty happy with my choices, I just had a few last minute questions regarding some of the components, but first I'll post my build specs. I was on a $1300 budget and wanted a red and black color scheme.

Case: CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Black

Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit

RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB(2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB

HDD: WD Black 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache

ODD: LG 24x DVD Burner

PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series 750W Modular

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Okay so please forgive me if this isn't standard setup or whatever but I think I got all the essential information at least.

My first question is about my power supply. I know that 750W is a bit much for my system as it is right now, but I want to eventually upgrade to having 2 graphics cards and 16G RAM. So in that scenario, would this PSU be ideal? If I downgraded to the 650W version would I still have enough power for my future specifications?

My other concern is with my CPU cooler. I'm not worried about the quality as much as I am about the size. I'm afraid of it running into one of the RAM slots preventing me from eventually having four sticks in my motherboard.

Anyway, those are my concerns. Any and all help is appreciated.




October 15, 2013 7:30:04 PM

That looks like a very solid build. The motherboard is way too expensive IMO.

To answer your questions: the cooler is fine. The PSU is also a decent one and will be able to support SLI.
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October 15, 2013 7:32:00 PM

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My other concern is with my CPU cooler. I'm not worried about the quality as much as I am about the size. I'm afraid of it running into one of the RAM slots preventing me from eventually having four sticks in my motherboard.


If those are the tall RAM sticks, and you have 4 of them...yes, you will probably have a clearance issue with slot 1.

Potential solutions:
1. Send that RAM back and get low profile sticks.
2. Slide the fan up a little bit to clear the first slot. It is not hard mounted to that exact location.
3. Rotate the cooler so that it is blowing 'up', instead of towards the back.
4. Unmount the fan, and put it on the backside in a pull configuration

I recommend option #1.
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October 15, 2013 7:39:36 PM

You should be fine with those parts (RAM heat spreaders might be a bit too tall, which exact set are you buying?). I would opt for a bit different parts to maximize your bang for the buck, so here's something I'd consider (if color options aren't that big of a deal):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($135.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1196.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 22:39 EDT-0400)

Water cooling option and a few other changes to keep under budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.25 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($135.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1212.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 22:43 EDT-0400)
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October 15, 2013 7:42:52 PM

^^Really hard to argue that is a really solid build, I'm not sure I could actually come up with anything better for that amount of money^^
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