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October 16, 2013 7:55:28 AM

I've designed a gaming/hd video rendering/programming pc, but don't know if it will be good enough, can someone look over it and make some improvements if needed? Thanks! http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/MrScribble/saved/#saved...

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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 8:01:04 AM

A great system!
Will work like a charm. Great build!
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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 8:03:00 AM

Spend the money on a 120-128GB SSD, you will thank me later.

Coolmax isn't exactly well known for power supplies. Look into an XFX 750 or 850 or Corsair H or A series.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 8:04:31 AM

If I was going to spend that much money I would get a 120GB SSD bare minimum. I don't believe you need a $200+ motherboard but to each their own. Since games will be using more than 2GB of VRAM on graphics cards in the near future(BF4 already does) I wouldn't recommend spending $800 on graphics cards that only have 2GB of VRAM.

I always advice against RAM with large head spreaders because it's unnecessary and they get in the way but since your going with a water cooled CPU it should be fine.
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October 16, 2013 8:10:40 AM

Everything in the system looks great except the video cards, and PSU. You absolutely will want more than 2gb of GPU memory. I would also agree with the PSU sentiments echoed above.

You may want to go with the 4gb version of the 770, or get a single 780, or perhaps get a 290x when it releases. Maybe two 290s? The price points all going to be what makes your decision there, but I can tell you that you will certainly want atleast 3gb of VRAM on the GPU.

I personally will be getting a minimum of 4gb VRAM on my next GPU, and not make the mistake that I made on my 680 2gb (I had reservations about this even at the time of purchase, which was a year and a half ago)

Here are some PSU recommendations:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And an idea for the GPU, but keep in mind that there is a rumor going around about a possible 770ti releasing within the next week or two for around $450:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 276 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Eximo said:
Spend the money on a 120-128GB SSD, you will thank me later.

Coolmax isn't exactly well known for power supplies. Look into an XFX 750 or 850 or Corsair H or A series.


I definitely agree here, a 60GB SSD will barely hold a Windows installation these days. And definitely don't trust a rig of this caliber to a Coolmax PSU, they're known for poorly made power supplies. I'd go with any of the recommendations that 3Ball suggested.

The original proposed rig looks great. I like the Phantom 630, but if you want any other suggestions I have a few high end cases to recommend like the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 or Silverstone FT-02B.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 9:41:01 AM

MrScribble said:
So I've taken in some of your suggestions and this is what I've come up with.
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/MrScribble/saved/1RZX


Getting better. This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($429.00 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($429.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($150.32 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($179.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $2304.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 12:39 EDT-0400)

- Dual GTX 770
- Windows 7 (if you want 8, get the 8.1 version)
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 for the case
- Super Flower quality PSU
- Swiftech H220 is the best liquid loop on the market right now
- Better SSD
- Dropped the sound card (unnecessary purchase)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 9:45:59 AM

Since it seems every large closed loop water cooler has been thrown out there so far I will recommend the H110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it works great, is a bit cheaper than the others and in just about every benchmark I have seen comes out on top, although any of them should work fine for what you need.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 10:20:55 AM

burdenbound said:
Since it seems every large closed loop water cooler has been thrown out there so far I will recommend the H110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it works great, is a bit cheaper than the others and in just about every benchmark I have seen comes out on top, although any of them should work fine for what you need.


The Swiftech is better than the H110 because you can connect your GPU(s) through the loop should you decide to purchase an aftermarket cooler for them. Plus Corsair is generally known for including shoddy fans with its' liquid coolers which most people wind up replacing anyways.
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