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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 11:38:11 AM

Hey everyone,
I was planning to build a PC but I needed some advice from you guys.
So for starters, the parts I have in mind are:
CPU: I5-4670k
GPU: GTX 770 or R9 290X (Going to wait for this one)
Motherboard: Maximus VI Hero
SSD: Samsung 250 GB EVO
HDD: Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB hard drive
Case: Corsair Air 540
Cooling: Corsair H100i
Generic CD/DVD Drive
PSU: Seasonic X-750
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 2 x 8GB 1600Mhz
Keyboard: Corsair K95
Mouse: Roccat Kone XTD
Monitor: Dell U2713HM
So I'm open to all advice, and I can change whatever you guys think is worth changing.
Thank you :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 11:45:23 AM

All good to me. Take in consideration that the Corsair Air 540 is massive, you have to have a place to put it in in contrast to a standard tower.

As for the GPU, you may want to wait until AMD partners begin to release their takes on the R9 290x to see how they handle the heating issues.
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October 24, 2013 12:10:53 PM

I'm assuming that you have a pretty good budget for all of this.

Right now, the GPU wars is at it's peek. AMD is putting out some pretty groundbreaking work. To be honest, the GTX 780 (and the new TI version coming out) beats the R9 290x in all other resolutions other than 4k. If you plan on using a 4k ultra HD monitor (which means a rather large investment) than, by all means I insist you go for the 290x. However, if standard 1080p gaming is good for you, stick with Nvidia. Yes the AMD R-series are pretty good looking ON PAPER (talking about mantle here), but it depends highly on the video game makers to focus on using AMD technology for it to be superior. I'm personally cautiously holding my breath on these new gen AMD GPUs (note that I really really like where they are going). They have a lot of promise, but I'm just not quite convinced yet that they will beat out Nvidia.

Anyways, your build is pretty solid. I'm in love with the new Corsair 750D. It's a work of art IMHO. If you want a silent rig, than opt for them Noctua coolers. They outperform watercooling options and cost less, all the while being more silent. They are just not the most pretty and elegant coolers and if you're looking at a windowed case, watercooling would look better.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 12:36:37 PM

@PepitoTV Yeah, made me think twice about the corsair air 540, don't think I have enough room for that. And for the gpu, I'll probably wait, I'm not in a hurry anyway.
@TNoDz_ The GPU war is at it's peek indeed, but I'm waiting to see if Nvidia will offer something that's worth it. The AMD R290x beats the GTX 780 on most reviews/benchmarks, except linus tech tips' from what I've seen. As for the resolution, as you can see above, I'm getting a 2560*1440 monitor.
And as for the 750D, how does it compare to the 500r? But I want to stay with the liquid cooling as this PC will probably be moved a lot, and with a big cpu fan, it might be too heavy for the motherboard when the case is moved.
As for my budget, I'm trying to lower the cost as much as I can, without compromising performance.
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October 24, 2013 12:55:17 PM

Ytyoussef said:
@PepitoTV Yeah, made me think twice about the corsair air 540, don't think I have enough room for that. And for the gpu, I'll probably wait, I'm not in a hurry anyway.
@TNoDz_ The GPU war is at it's peek indeed, but I'm waiting to see if Nvidia will offer something that's worth it. The AMD R290x beats the GTX 780 on most reviews/benchmarks, except linus tech tips' from what I've seen. As for the resolution, as you can see above, I'm getting a 2560*1440 monitor.
And as for the 750D, how does it compare to the 500r? But I want to stay with the liquid cooling as this PC will probably be moved a lot, and with a big cpu fan, it might be too heavy for the motherboard when the case is moved.
As for my budget, I'm trying to lower the cost as much as I can, without compromising performance.


On Linus, they mentioned specifically that if your going into high resolutions(4k to be precise) than the 290x beats everything else. To be honest its too early to tell as these reviews can be skewed in either way. Some games are also designed around the AMD GPU and some are designed for Nvidia.
I agree that you should wait out until the hype for AMD dies out and that Nvidia replies to AMDs new GPUs.

For the case, go watch its unboxing at LinusTechTips and tell me you don't find it amazing.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 1:00:04 PM

I've seen that, but I was talking about 1080p and 1440p, most reviews show that the r290x beats the gtx 780 in most tests, and it's neck to neck with the titan at 1080p, while it beats it almost every time at 1440p
And yeah, I've seen that video, and I think you just made me decide. :)  Just going to check the cooling performance compared to other cases.
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October 24, 2013 1:04:53 PM

Ytyoussef said:
I've seen that, but I was talking about 1080p and 1440p, most reviews show that the r290x beats the gtx 780 in most tests, and it's neck to neck with the titan at 1080p, while it beats it almost every time at 1440p.


It's up to you man. I prefer Nvidia, but I really like where AMD is going and I wont mind switching over to AMD if these cards prove to be as good as they pretend. Right now there is a lot of hype and it gets me skeptical because there are a lot of gimmicks and marketing ploys going on.

The 290x is an awesome card. It will probably come out cheaper than the 780 so its a really hard choice and comes down to what you prefer. I'm just saying that the 290x is ment for 4k resolution and I think thats where AMD is looking to beat Nvidia.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 2:11:56 PM

It already has an MSRP of 550$, so for the price I think it's better, but I agree with you that it's over-hyped, anyway I'll wait until the custom coolers for the 290x come out. As for the case, I'm still hesitant, some of the reviews make me think twice about the 750d :L
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October 24, 2013 2:21:42 PM

Ytyoussef said:
It already has an MSRP of 550$, so for the price I think it's better, but I agree with you that it's over-hyped, anyway I'll wait until the custom coolers for the 290x come out. As for the case, I'm still hesitant, some of the reviews make me think twice about the 750d :L


I wouldn't say over-hyped. I'm glad AMD is getting this much coverage; it means they are doing something right. It's just when new releases come out, everyone jumps on the bandwagon without that 2 minutes to check out what the cons are. I'll wait until after x-mas before deciding if AMD is really kicking as much ass as everyone is saying.

For the case, well reviews are reviews. They'll all be different but I find it perfect because it offers better cooling than the 650D yet comes with the perks the 800D and 900D have without the monstrous size.
If your still hesitant, the Fractal Design DEFINE R4 Black Pearl - Window is an amazing case acclaimed by almost everyone. Its absolutly eligant and rivals a lot the corsair obsidian series.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 3:42:47 PM

Finally, I'm going with the Corsair Air 540, I'll just make room for it. It's an amazing case from what I can see. I'm skeptical about the door on the Fractal Design Define R4, which doesn't seem very solid. And the 750D's side panel with the window is apparently very flimsy. So for the case, I think I've decided. As for the PSU, any advice? The AX760i is 185 euros, which is quite expensive, so I wanted to know if there were any better choices
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October 24, 2013 4:40:06 PM

Ytyoussef said:
Finally, I'm going with the Corsair Air 540, I'll just make room for it. It's an amazing case from what I can see. I'm skeptical about the door on the Fractal Design Define R4, which doesn't seem very solid. And the 750D's side panel with the window is apparently very flimsy. So for the case, I think I've decided. As for the PSU, any advice? The AX760i is 185 euros, which is quite expensive, so I wanted to know if there were any better choices


Try a corsair hx 750W or anything that is made by seasonic is good too.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2013 2:13:54 AM

Thanks, I've decided on the Seasonic X-750. Read some really good reviews about this unit.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2013 6:39:16 AM

As for the CPU cooling, any advice?
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October 25, 2013 8:35:03 AM

Ytyoussef said:
As for the CPU cooling, any advice?


It kind of really depends on what you are going for. If any aftermarket cooler is all you care about then the coolermaster hyper 212 evo is basically the lone champion. Cheap, works very well to cool even with an OC CPU, and not too loud. If your case has a window and you want to diplay the parts in all its glory, and you don't mind paying a little more than a heatsink cooler, then a Corsair H100i would be your best choice for watercooling.

Finally, if you want great cooling, and very little noise, than a noctua cooler is what you want. It's somewhat considered as the best coolers on the market. They have exceptional cooling and more often than not it beats watercooled options. The company makes extremely silent fans that still remain relatively silent under load. The only issue is that they are not very pretty and tend to be very large which will require low-profile RAM.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2013 8:39:50 AM

Ok, I guess I'll keep the h100i then, as I want to go for an AIO cooling solution because the case will probably be moved a lot. And since the Air 540 has a really big side window :D , this seems to be the best option until I save up for custom water cooling. Thanks man, you've helped me a lot, and I don't know which reply to choose because of this :p  So i'll just go with anyone.
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October 25, 2013 8:51:53 AM

Ytyoussef said:
Ok, I guess I'll keep the h100i then, as I want to go for an AIO cooling solution because the case will probably be moved a lot. And since the Air 540 has a really big side window :D , this seems to be the best option until I save up for custom water cooling. Thanks man, you've helped me a lot, and I don't know which reply to choose because of this :p  So i'll just go with anyone.


Sounds good man. If you are looking to custom watercool in the future, remember to think of a color theme for your rig (LEDs, coolant color...etc). Watch a lot of how-to videos on how to remove the heatsinks off GPUS and how to install a water block. If you don't feel comfortable, which is something normal, save up to have a professional do it. The worst possible issue would be to have coolant leaking all around your case.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2013 9:44:07 AM

I will, and I have already extensively read and watched instructions on the subject, so I'm not worried about that. And yeah, the color theme is probably the hardest part :p 
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