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November 15, 2013 2:14:57 PM

Hey everyone! I have been doing a lot of research and I think I have chosen the right components for a good build. The most resource intensive task will be running Battlefield 4 at 1440p.

The questions I have are:

1. Is the monitor adequate to run 1440p without bottlenecking my system?

2. Will the aftermarket fan be sufficient to OC?

3. Is the motherboard I chose too expensive? Is there a cheaper one that will work just as well?

4. Is the PSU too high? Can I get away with a lower wattage? The estimated is 428W, and I'm not sure how much I will need to OC.


Also, if I can save money on any of the components by getting a cheaper alternative it would be much appreciated! :) 

My build consists of:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.04 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.94 @ SuperBiiz)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($384.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.36 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)

Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($116.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Amazon)

Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)

Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $1641.22

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November 15, 2013 5:06:10 PM
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stephangfx said:
Hey everyone! I have been doing a lot of research and I think I have chosen the right components for a good build. The most resource intensive task will be running Battlefield 4 at 1440p.

The questions I have are:

1. Is the monitor adequate to run 1440p without bottlenecking my system?

2. Will the aftermarket fan be sufficient to OC?

3. Is the motherboard I chose too expensive? Is there a cheaper one that will work just as well?

4. Is the PSU too high? Can I get away with a lower wattage? The estimated is 428W, and I'm not sure how much I will need to OC.


Also, if I can save money on any of the components by getting a cheaper alternative it would be much appreciated! :) 


1. That monitor is 1080p...so no, it won't display at 1440p.
2. Yes, EVOs do a fine job of overclock cooling, just don't be tryin to hit any records with it.
3. I don't recommend MSI...I'd recommend something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. You can tone it back on the PSU to something like 650W or so, and that would still give you plenty of headroom.

If you really like the Corsair Vengeance (who can blame you), consider the low profile version (Vengeance LP), otherwise you're bound to run into clearance issues with the EVO. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
November 16, 2013 11:45:42 AM

The only problem I'm having is that the Mobos you recommended are not compatible with the i5-4670k, at least according to the pcpartpicker.
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November 16, 2013 6:09:15 PM

Haha awesome. Thanks for the help man! I really appreciate it. Didn't even think about the ram not fitting.
November 16, 2013 7:59:32 PM

stephangfx said:
Haha awesome. Thanks for the help man! I really appreciate it. Didn't even think about the ram not fitting.


No prob, good luck!
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