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October 19, 2013 10:25:56 PM

Hi all,

Appreciate all your help! I've include build details below:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month.

Budget Range: ~$1700-1900 including monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Complete Rebuild

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Los Angeles, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU - AMD GPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 2560x1440

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current system is outdated (i7 920, 5850)

Parts Description:

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/eisen86/saved/2CpY

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($235.00 @ Scorptec)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($215.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1565.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-20 18:44 EST+1100)

Parts Not Listed in Link:


SAPPHIRE 100363TXSR Radeon R9 280X 3GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unfortunately the Sapphire R9 280x is on back-order for most major retailers but I don't mind waiting it out.

I could really use a second opinion on the above configuration. I don't rebuild often (4-5 years) so I'd rather spend the extra money to do it right. As noted above, this will be almost entirely for gaming, starting with BF4.

Thanks!

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October 19, 2013 10:56:13 PM

good build
PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1QVd0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1QVd0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1QVd0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($235.00 @ Scorptec)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($215.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1519.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-20 16:56 EST+1100)
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October 19, 2013 10:56:55 PM

ram same money more speed. the samsung ssd is better ssd for the money. better firmware less issues.
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October 19, 2013 11:58:20 PM

Not sure why you guys are using the Australian PCPartPicker if the OP is in the USA.

Anyways, you're overpaying for the ram. You want to invest in an 850w psu if you plan to crossfire and overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($326.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1740.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-20 02:53 EDT-0400)

-Better cpu cooler. You can overclock much better now.
-The motherboard has all of the bells and whistles you need.
-Cheaper RAM.
-No real point in paying an extra $40 for the Sapphire one you linked (think it's the Toxic version). The Vapor-X is cheaper, fast, great cooling, and it's in stock. You're paying a lot more for better cooling, but the Vapor-X already has great cooling.
-Cheaper case. The 500R is a great airflow case. You can keep the 650D if you like the looks of it better.
-144hz monitor. 1440p monitors are quite expensive (~$500) and it'll be hard to squeeze it in this budget. A 1080p monitor should suffice for now and you can upgrade later. This monitor is 144hz so it can display up to 144fps. Great for FPS.
-Upgraded psu to 850w so you have the option to crossfire later.
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October 20, 2013 12:42:10 AM

Whoops, not sure I got onto the Australian PP site.

My understanding is that the Toxic R9 280x is tuned a bit faster than most other versions out at the moment. Am I over-estimating the difference?

The Asus monitor looks great, I hadn't been considering higher hz monitors.

Thanks for the recommendations!
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October 20, 2013 1:06:32 AM

The Toxic definitely has slightly faster stock speeds and better cooling, but it's too expensive for what you're getting. The Vapor-X one is already high quality.
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October 20, 2013 11:25:19 AM

Thanks I'll keep that in mind.

Leaving this open for additional feedback before placing my order.
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