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gaming pc: need a few advices for power/storage/cooler choices

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November 10, 2013 11:31:39 AM

hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum and I gathered a lot of usefull information thus far on what specifications I should be looking for in my next PC. I'm already pretty sure what will be the main components. Nonetheless, I'm still unsure how to complete my PC whith a decent power supply, cooler and storage.
I'd be very gratefull for any bit of information from you guys.

By the way, if you think my current choices dont make sense for some reason please feel free to explain why :) 

Here are the specifications so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GBSupply

thank you very much
November 10, 2013 5:46:30 PM

Hey there. Whats your budget? What games will you be playing. Help me help you :p 
November 10, 2013 11:59:15 PM


My overall budjet is pretty broad: overall, I don't want to spend more than 1800$. My goal are to be able to play bioshock infinite, crusaders 2, starcraft 2. I don't plan on playing any pure FPS games, only RPG's and RTS's. I am willing to pay a few more bucks to be able to play future games in high quality.
I have had really bad experience with coolers before and lost 2 computers to overheat so I'd love to get a piece of advice concerning PC coolers.
Other than playing, I am also going to use my computer for potentially heavy matlab/c++ programs but I guess this isn't much of an issue with today's CPUs.

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November 11, 2013 6:32:45 AM

Alright. Here is my suggestion. This should be able to play all games on high no doubt.

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.75 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.33 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1809.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With that CPU you cooler (I have it as well), and the special fans I picked out for it, you'll never overheat in the history of overheating.
November 11, 2013 7:06:52 AM

Thank you for your answer.

I have a few questions though:
- Do i really need the I7 cpu? I have heard that it didn't improve the visual quality much
- the assus GTX 780 Ti seems to be a bit overkill. Will I really feel the difference with a cheaper AMD r9 290 or eaven a gtx 770? (looking at your logo I was thinking you might be a little biased in favor of the gtx :) )

anyways, thank you for your time
November 11, 2013 7:10:38 AM

If you have a GPU, your CPU doesn't affect visual quality. The i7 out performs the previous series in many ways, but it's not really my expertise. Don't get the r9, the leaf blower. A 770 Asus DirectCU II is also a good choice, or maybe a standard 780.