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November 10, 2013 1:06:43 PM

Hello everyone! So I am finally doing my own PC build. As such, I would like to know what you all think of the parts I plan to purchase.

I've done research, and as far as I can tell, everything plays nice together, however, this being my first time, I am not 100% sure that I am not over looking something critical.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1800 (currently, the build sits at $1814)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games > Other

Are you buying a monitor: No -- currently using 20'' acer 1600 x 900 (if I recall correctly, posting from another pc)


OS: Windows 8.1

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes -- plan to in the future.

Parts listing:

Case: NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition Matte Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR RM Series RM850 850W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX

CD/DVD Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H90 High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 140mm

I picked the NXZT case since it appears from reviewing to be pretty quiet and cool well--I also like how it looks!

I did NOT pick the NZXT cooler because I heard it's somewhat loud, and from reviews, the corsair tends to cool just as well and be quieter. Since the NZXT case has a rear 140mm, far as I can tell, it will support the corsair cooler.

As for the SSD, while I would like to grab a 256 GB, I could not seem to fit it into my budget and still get the other components I wanted. Therefore, I plan to mainly mount the OS, Office, etc on it. And use the 1 TB drive for games, media, and so on.

I picked the motherboard based on wanting something a little bit higher end, but also to have WiFi. While a wired connection would be great, it is not currently possible where I live.

One concern I have is if the RAM height will get in the way of the tubing for the cooler, not sure how I would go about finding out if it will.

That about sums it up! Thank you all for any feedback.

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November 10, 2013 1:12:40 PM

Nice, build pretty similar to the one I'm doing right now. The RAM height won't be a problem at all for the cooler.
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November 10, 2013 1:14:09 PM

Personally, I would ditch the H90 and get a Noctua NH-D14, but thats purely personal preference. And if you did that you would need to make sure you got RAM with smaller heatspreaders.
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November 10, 2013 1:16:29 PM

Nada190 said:
Nice, build pretty similar to the one I'm doing right now. The RAM height won't be a problem at all for the cooler.


Awesome, thanks for that info.

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