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November 9, 2013 8:07:43 PM

I want to build a gaming pc but I don't know if I have all the right parts for it. I have a list made up but I am unsure if its good what I want to use it for. I want to be able to be playing games and doing a bunch of other things so essentially multi tasking such as streaming and playing a game. Here is my list please comment about what you think I should change or keep. Also my price range is about $1350-$1500

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU CoolerP ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 MemoryP ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State DiskP ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard DriveP ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video CardP ($292.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire Intel Haswell Ready Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD WriterP ($16.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)P ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Also I want to go for a green color scheme but I couldn't find any green ram chips so I kind of just went with the red one.

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November 9, 2013 8:12:27 PM

I would go for a GTX770 or AMD R280X TOXIC. The rest are pretty much powerfull enough
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November 9, 2013 10:37:15 PM

Gate9er said:
I would go for a GTX770 or AMD R280X TOXIC. The rest are pretty much powerfull enough


This. You also really wouldn't need the i7 if you're only gaming and not video editing.
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November 10, 2013 9:26:09 AM

Gate9er said:
I would go for a GTX770 or AMD R280X TOXIC. The rest are pretty much powerfull enough


Any suggestions on a new Mother Board a lot of the reviews show some discontent with it and I wanna know your opinion.

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November 10, 2013 10:36:08 AM

As others have said I'd go with the GTX 770 and an i5. If you had extra money, you could even look at a GTX 780 because their price dropped to about $500. However, the 780 is pretty much overkill for most games at 1080p.

You really don't need the i7 for games. Even though it's $100 more, you'll only see a slight improvement, and ONLY in games that are heavily multithreaded. Also, hyperthreading isn't really of any use unless you're editing. I just noticed that you said you want to stream, though. In that case, AMD might not be a bad idea if you want to save money. Just an option. The i7 will perform similarly to an 8350 when streaming, according to Logan at Tek Syndicate on youtube. AMD is really good when all cores are used, but not so much if you're only using a couple of cores.

That power supply is also way more than you need. I think that a 600W PSU should be plenty. Check out a Seasonic S12 620W that should be more than enough. It costs less, and Seasonics are amazing. If you want a little higher wattage and 80 Plus Gold, check out the Corsair HX650. Both of those are plenty for your use and are really solid.

For the motherboard, check this one out. It's an MSI Gaming series one, and it's actually similarly priced to your original one.

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

I can't personally speak for MSI, but I hear that their new "gaming" series of products (GPUs, mobos, etc..) is pretty good. Correct me if I'm wrong, someone. Also, I'm not sure if the red fits your color scheme, but picking different RAM could fix that if there's a clash. :)  I have to say it would look 100% baller (?) if you put in an MSI GTX 770 Gaming series in there to match! Just look at the picture in the description of the GPU on the board. I think it looks awesome.

EDIT: I don't think you *need* 16 GB of RAM. Although, I don't know if streaming likes more RAM or not. I'd buy 1 8GB stick of RAM, then buy matching stick of RAM later if you need it. The reason I have for that is that RAM prices are through the roof right now, although you seem to have found a decent deal. I think there were fires at 2 of the largest RAM plants or something like that. Basically, there's a limited supply of RAM at the moment.

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November 10, 2013 10:48:07 AM

Noah Scanlon said:
Gate9er said:
I would go for a GTX770 or AMD R280X TOXIC. The rest are pretty much powerfull enough


Any suggestions on a new Mother Board a lot of the reviews show some discontent with it and I wanna know your opinion.



Hi

To be honest I don't believe you should struggle enough with a motherboard selection. Almost all mid-price mobo's will do exactly the same job, just make sure you get a mobo that will come with everything you need inside the box (e.g. some mid-price motherboards even come without the necessary screws). If you 've read about problems with the Extreme4, then seriously do not buy it.

+1 Spencer1 for the MSI. After all, even Linus says it :) 

Go for the second mobo of the series though (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KZ34rNNQCU

+1 Spencer1 for the colour match. I trully hate it when people just put hardware into their rig without considering to even match their parts' colours. Even 10 years ago computers looked much more prettier with that greenish pcb colour the parts had.
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November 10, 2013 11:35:34 AM

Hey another fellow Linus fan :D 

I noticed the second motherboard in the series after the fact, as I sorted them by lowest price on Newegg. I'd probably go for that better one too, for the extra 10 or so bucks. Either way, get something that goes with the rest of your system. Even if you have the best components, it can look pretty terrible if you've got Green LED fans, blue RAM, yellow CPU heatsink, red mobo, etc. Your PC instantly looks way better if the colors match, honestly.

Howevr, as Gate9er said, most mid range motherboards will do the job. If it'll get the job done, looks are actually a pretty decent factor in deciding the one to get. However, ASRock is sometimes hit and miss. I think that MSI/Gigabyte/Asus are better, but that's just me. I don't stay up to date with motherboards, as I've owned my current one for about 2 years now, when AMD's Bulldozer and AM3+ was new :sarcastic:  My Asus M5A97 EVO has survived everything from an Antec PSU explosion to me cutting myself on an old crap case and bleeding all over it while it was running :ouch: 

I'm pretty sure that MSI does just as good of a job with their boards though.
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November 10, 2013 1:56:37 PM

Spencer1 said:
As others have said I'd go with the GTX 770 and an i5. If you had extra money, you could even look at a GTX 780 because their price dropped to about $500. However, the 780 is pretty much overkill for most games at 1080p.

You really don't need the i7 for games. Even though it's $100 more, you'll only see a slight improvement, and ONLY in games that are heavily multithreaded. Also, hyperthreading isn't really of any use unless you're editing. I just noticed that you said you want to stream, though. In that case, AMD might not be a bad idea if you want to save money. Just an option. The i7 will perform similarly to an 8350 when streaming, according to Logan at Tek Syndicate on youtube. AMD is really good when all cores are used, but not so much if you're only using a couple of cores.

That power supply is also way more than you need. I think that a 600W PSU should be plenty. Check out a Seasonic S12 620W that should be more than enough. It costs less, and Seasonics are amazing. If you want a little higher wattage and 80 Plus Gold, check out the Corsair HX650. Both of those are plenty for your use and are really solid.

For the motherboard, check this one out. It's an MSI Gaming series one, and it's actually similarly priced to your original one.

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

I can't personally speak for MSI, but I hear that their new "gaming" series of products (GPUs, mobos, etc..) is pretty good. Correct me if I'm wrong, someone. Also, I'm not sure if the red fits your color scheme, but picking different RAM could fix that if there's a clash. :)  I have to say it would look 100% baller (?) if you put in an MSI GTX 770 Gaming series in there to match! Just look at the picture in the description of the GPU on the board. I think it looks awesome.

EDIT: I don't think you *need* 16 GB of RAM. Although, I don't know if streaming likes more RAM or not. I'd buy 1 8GB stick of RAM, then buy matching stick of RAM later if you need it. The reason I have for that is that RAM prices are through the roof right now, although you seem to have found a decent deal. I think there were fires at 2 of the largest RAM plants or something like that. Basically, there's a limited supply of RAM at the moment.



I'll be getting the MSI mother board but like I said I'm not sure on what I should be looking for so could provide some links to the products you listed. Also Im going towards a green color scheme if you were wondering


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