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New Work/Gaming System Build ($1,400ish budget). How does this look?

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October 24, 2013 8:04:16 PM

Hello all,

I am building myself a new computer. I will use it for work, but nothing crazy (perhaps a little bit of photoshop). Mostly it'll be for general web use and gaming. Also, I have one 1920 x 1080 monitor.

How does this build look? I'm mostly unsure about the motherboard, case, and GPU, but any and all advice or suggestions would be appreciated. I'd like to keep it in the $1,400 range, but it's not a hard cap if there is a really big upgrade to be had for not much more.

Thank you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1378.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 21:23 EDT-0400)

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a c 287 4 Gaming
October 24, 2013 8:15:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1416.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 23:14 EDT-0400)

Better cpu cooler for better overclocking.
Slightly cheaper ram, but also slightly faster.
No need for 840 PRO. 840 EVO is just as fast and cheaper.
Switched out PSU for a larger one. This way, you can SLI in the future. 1050w may be overkill, but it's cheaper than an 850w psu, which is needed for SLI. It's bigger and cheaper, can't go wrong with that.
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October 25, 2013 12:48:51 AM

Thanks for the response, I have some follow up questions if you don't mind.

1: I've never overclocked before. I want the option, but if I did it, it would probably be very modest at best. Maybe 3.8 - 4.0 Ghz. Would the Hyper 212 EVO be good enough for that?

2: That is an insane deal for the Power Supply. But I wouldn't SLI for at least a couple of years if ever. Is there any detriment to having such a large PSU that is un-needed?

3: Would there be any gain from spending $40 more for the 4GB version of that GPU? (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp43774k...) Like maybe in a few years if games start recommending more than 2GB?

4: Finally... is Windows 8 really ok? All I hear are bad things, but I've never used it.

Thanks again.
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October 25, 2013 7:43:04 AM

1. The Hyper 212 EVO is more than capable of overclocking to 4ghz.
2. I think you should get it just in case. That way, in 2-3 years, you can SLI instead of buying a whole new card.
3. The amount of VRAM needed is determined by your monitor resolution. If it's 1080p, 2gb is plenty enough.
4. Yes. The only bad thing you hear about it is "It looks horrible. It's a touch screen OS." If you don't like the new interface, you can completely change that by getting Start8, which adds a start menu, skips metro screen on boot, and disables the hot corner. This effectively makes it look like Windows 7 but you have all of the pros of Windows 8.
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October 25, 2013 1:26:04 PM

Thanks again. I found a 5% discount code for Newegg (NAFSAVE5OCT25W) that expires today, so I may go ahead and pull the trigger. This is what I'm looking at now.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1369.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-25 16:31 EDT-0400)

That XFX PSU is out of stock already, so I went back to the SeaSonic for now, I can upgrade if I want to SLI later. And since I have some room in the budget I went with the 840 Pro SSD for more reliability.

1: Does anyone familiar with that case know if there are any extra fans I should buy right away?

2: Could someone recommend a quality wireless NIC (Windows 8 compatible)?

Thanks again for the help.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
October 25, 2013 4:48:51 PM

It doesn't matter if you have room in the budget. The 840 PRO offers no extra reliability over the 840 EVO. In benchmarks, the PRO may be faster, but in real life situations you won't notice the difference.

Here's a good psu for SLI: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss85...
It's only $10 more and it allows for SLI and overclocking.

1. You shouldn't need any extra fans.
2. If you most certainly can't connect via ethernet, then here's a nice wireless adapter: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-wireless-network-...
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