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November 16, 2013 11:46:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: As soon as I am confident the system will be trouble free, hopefully within a couple weeks. Want to take advantage of sales as they come up.

Budget Range: Approximately $2000 after rebates, and before shipping, OS, and taxes.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, CAD software (low second), miscellaneous (surfing, MS word, excel, etc.)

Are you buying a monitor: No (not in this package, will be purchasing a new one later)

Parts to Upgrade: New build, I plan on putting everything together myself. I have not done something like this in over 15 years, so I want it to be a somewhat forgiving process.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca

Location: Alberta Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe (I plan on overclocking when I need to get better performance)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (If I need to get extra performance later on, I would consider it)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 eventually.

Additional Comments:
-I would like to keep everything cool primarily, then prevent dust ingress, run quiet and look presentable.
-I play mostly MMO's, SWTOR but plan on playing WildStar and potentially any MMO that comes out later (have played GW2, Planetside2 and a few others recently).
-I would like this to be the last system I buy for a long time, and would like to do minimal upgrades in the future before replacement. My budget is somewhat flexible, but I want good life cycle costs, and I want to stick with brands that I trust and have used (Have used Asus and Crucial in the past with no issues, heard good things about Corsair, knowing they are more pricy).
-I am trying to decide if there is any value in the i7 4770K vs the i5 4670K for a long life system, and should I be considering the ASUS Z87 Pro or another MB given what I am trying to do with it?
-Storage isn't an issue unless someone has a good argument for it, I only use about 170 of 240 GB on my current machine with a bunch of crap I don't need. I plan on getting an external storage device at a later date and am planning on keeping my existing laptop.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I curently run a laptop for gaming, and have for about 3 years, it isn't able to keep good resolutions and deal with lots of activity without lagging and overheating.

Components:

Intel Core i7 4770K Unlocked Haswell Quad Core 3.5GHZ Processor LGA1150 8MB Cache Retail $389.99
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=81325&vpn=BX80646I7477...

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100I CPU Cooler System LGA1150 1155 1156 1366 2011 AM2 AM3 FM1 & FM2 $119.99
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=77648&vpn=CW%2D9060009...

ASUS Sabertooth Z87 ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SLI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI Motherboard $259.99
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=84498&vpn=SABERTOOTH%2...

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 High Airflow Mid-Tower Case ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT 2XUSB3.0 No PS Black $149.99
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=70458&vpn=CC%2D9011016...

Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5in 240GB SATA 6BPS 7MM Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $219.99
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=81655&vpn=CT240M500SSD...

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 OC DirectCU II 941MHZ 3GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card $549.99
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=88434&vpn=GTX780%2DDC2...

Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140mm Fan $169.98
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=38650&vpn=CP%2D9020032...

Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A2133C10 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-2133 CL10 Dual Channel Memory Kit $233.41
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=74478&vpn=CMZ16GX3M2A2...

Samsung SH-224DB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black $23.34
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=76258&vpn=SH%2D224DB%2...

$2116.67 before OS, taxes, rebates and shipping.

Any help in avoiding pitfalls would be appreciated.

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November 16, 2013 1:13:40 PM

ca.pcpartpicker.com

Automatically checks compatibility. This looks compatible to me and is a really good and powerful build. Your motherboard and CPU are fine. There is a vast improvement from the 4770k and the 4670k. It should run every game over 60fps smoothly on high res without overheating.
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November 17, 2013 10:26:46 AM

Amit Parmar said:
ca.pcpartpicker.com

Automatically checks compatibility. This looks compatible to me and is a really good and powerful build. Your motherboard and CPU are fine. There is a vast improvement from the 4770k and the 4670k. It should run every game over 60fps smoothly on high res without overheating.


Thanks for pointing me to pcpartpicker, I thought it was a US thing and wasn't thinking of it as a solution. After checking everything out there I have a few better options for getting the best sales, and I figured I can save approximately $200 off the total price bringing it down to around $1900.

Thanks again Amit!
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November 17, 2013 1:22:25 PM

Can you post the link here? The ASUS Sabertooth isn't really the best for that price. Look into some ASUS Maximus boards like the IV Hero.

And with your saved money get the 780 ti. That is the best card out right now.
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November 18, 2013 5:44:57 PM

Amit Parmar said:
Can you post the link here? The ASUS Sabertooth isn't really the best for that price. Look into some ASUS Maximus boards like the IV Hero.

And with your saved money get the 780 ti. That is the best card out right now.


Here is the link, some stuff has changed on it already from what I saw a couple days ago.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/24yoD

I was hoping to get all the parts from NCIX, and it sounds like they price match, so I will probably go down that road so I can get everything from one place.

Will the 780 ti out perform the 780 OC when it is overclocked? I remember reading somewhere (can't remember where) that it overclocks quite well. I am assuming I won't notice any difference at this point in time, but will in the future as games become more demanding.

If the ti is that much better barring overclocking, it is something I will need to look into. I just need to rationalize the extra few $ saved into the better card. I really appreciate the advice.

Thanks again!
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November 18, 2013 6:43:48 PM

Yes the 780 ti will do fine in overclocking and already has a really high clock rate.

Look into some modular psus because they reduce the hassle of finding a place to put wires.
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November 19, 2013 8:02:38 PM

Amit Parmar said:
Yes the 780 ti will do fine in overclocking and already has a really high clock rate.

Look into some modular psus because they reduce the hassle of finding a place to put wires.


I had thought that the one I had linked originally was a modular PSU, but I am seeing it labelled as a semi-modular PSU on pcpartpicker. Any comments on that?
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November 20, 2013 4:44:32 AM

Running 1 video card won't need 850w. Get the EVGA SuperNova NEX 750W Full Modular Power Supply 80+ GOLD.
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November 20, 2013 5:12:13 PM

Amit Parmar said:
Running 1 video card won't need 850w. Get the EVGA SuperNova NEX 750W Full Modular Power Supply 80+ GOLD.


I'll look at that. Thanks so much for all your help. I'm excited about the new machine. And thanks again for pointing me to pcpartpicker.
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November 21, 2013 4:33:26 AM

No Problem :) 
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