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November 1, 2013 8:05:13 PM

Hey everyone! I am new to the Tom's Hardware site, but a good buddy of mine told me to post my saved build on here so I can get the help I need!
Is anything on the list overkill?
Am spending way too much?
Any components bugging you? (performance, price, personal preference)

Constructive criticism is much appreciated! Thanks everyone.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ LGA 1150 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770

Mobo: MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87 MPOWER SP

Graphics:EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2762-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2762-KR

RAM: HyperX 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 PC3-12800 CL10 DIMM Desktop Memory, Black KHX16C10B1BK2/16

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001

SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW

Heat Sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)

Comp. Case: CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Carrying Hands, White

Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply with Modular Cables (RSA00-AMBAJ3-US)

Monitor: ASUS VS239H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED IPS Monitor

Optical Drive: Samsung 8x Slim DVD+/-RW Slim USB External Drive, Black SE-208DB/TSBS


Last-Minute Notes: - Keyboard and mouse are nothing special
- Software not included in the list. Plan on dealing with that later
- Purpose of build: Heavy workload on school and gaming.
- I would prefer to stick to Amazon. But if you have suggestions for other sites, then feel free to post them! :D 

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November 1, 2013 8:16:44 PM

You can't go wrong with this build. Not even at the peak budget either, but this is top of the line.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($683.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($106.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1564.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-01 23:15 EDT-0400)
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November 1, 2013 8:21:17 PM

So this is a gaming/general use machine.

- Drop the i7 to an i5, you dont need hyperthreading for gaming. If you want to overclock you will want a K-edition chip. If you dont want to overclock, I suggest changing the mobo to a H87 board unless you want to Crossfire/SLI.
- Halve the RAM to 8GB, again you dont need 16GB for gaming. Go for a 1600Mhz, CL9 1.5v kit, G.Skill Sniper is what I recommend.
- You dont need such a beefy PSU. something like a 550W would be fine if you dont intend to add more than one GPU, 750W if you do.
- Dont bother with an 840 Pro, the 840 EVO is more suited for your usage and cheaper.

-Use the cash saved to upgrade your GPU to something like a 780 or 290X.
-Maybe upgrade the case as well unless you are picking that one for a specific reason (maybe you LAN frequently or something).
-The cooler could do with a bit of an upgrade. If the rig is going to be fairly stationary, just get a 212 EVO, has a better baseplate than the 212+. If you do LAN a lot and the rig is going to be travelling a fair bit, might want to get something like a H100i to avoid damage to the mobo that a heavy air cooler could incur.
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November 1, 2013 8:33:38 PM

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-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($183.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($484.70 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1486.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-01 23:32 EDT-0400)

Overclocks well with the Phanteks cooler.
No need for i7 or 16gb of ram. An i5 and 8gb is fine.
850w psu for future SLI and headroom for overclocking.
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