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Any help on my first custom computer build would be awesome.

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November 21, 2013 3:03:22 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm ordering a custom pc for the first time and I'm not sure if this configuration is any good. I'd rather not make a huge mistake the first time out.

For needs, I'd like the computer to function like a mid-range workstation, able to run adobe cs6 suite, CAD, and video editing software. I'd also like it to play games fairly well.

This is the configuration I came up with. If anyone has a chance to have a look and see if there's anything I really don't need or if I'm completely off the mark, that would be great.

The entire price I was quoted online for this build (I excluded some peripherals and software from the list below) is $1983.00 Does that seem like a good price? Is there anything that I'm missing, anything that I should swap out?

Thanks in advance for taking your time to help!

• BLUETOOTH: USB Bluetooth EDR Dongle Thumb Size [+14]
• CAS: Thermaltake Urban S21 w/ USB 3.0 [+2]
• CD: LG 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive & DVDRW, 3D Playback Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)
• COOLANT: Standard Coolant
• CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4670K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 (All Venom OC Certified) [-104]
• CS_FAN: Default case fans
• FAN: Asetek 510LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
• FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
• HDD: 250GB Samsung 840 EVO Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 520MB/s Write [+116] (Single Drive)
• HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+102] (Single Drive)
• IUSB: Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub [+25]
• KEYBOARD1: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Cooler Master Storm Devastator Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo [+59]
• MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [+89] (ADATA XPG V2)
• MONITOR: * 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-P 1080P (23.6" Viewable) 2ms LED Backlight, DVI, HDMI Input [+179]
• MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Z87-K ATX w/ GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCIe x1, 3 PCI
• NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
• OS: Microsoft® Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit Edition) + Office 365 FREE 30 Days Trial [+31]
• OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
• POWERSUPPLY: * 850 Watts - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply [+44]
• SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
• SPEAKERS: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers [+15]
• USBX: NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module [+19]
• VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 4GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [-2] (EVGA ACX Cooling Edition Powered by NVIDIA)
November 21, 2013 3:08:02 AM

also, should I have it overclocked?

And, I was a little confused about usb ports. I think I just selected them all so I might end with too many. I really don't know the difference between an Internal USB 3.0 4 port Hub and an Internal USB 6 port Expansion Module?

Also, I originally had the CPU as the i7-4770K but I read other peoples responses on this site that an i7 wouldn't be needed and that i5 is ok. When I read that before, it was in reference to a gaming computer so I'm not sure if a more graphics based workstation would require an i7? any thoughts?
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November 21, 2013 4:13:21 AM

Looks like a really nice system. I wouldnt pay for overclocking, you can do it your self with a little bit of help and reading (there are guides to follow on here, and you cant really break anything on an intel CPU). However if you dont plan on overclock, dont get the expensive cpu cooler and dont get the "K" model cpu.

If you can afford the extra, I would go for the i7 4770k, it will help with editing and workstation functions and also future proof it a bit even in gaming, as going forward the hyper threading does seem to be utilized in some new games. However, the i5 4670k is still a fantastic CPU.


The USB expansion module seems to take power from the PSU so the ports have plenty of power for devices that are USB powered. Never used one so not sure how worthwhile it is:

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/99-iu01-usb-expansio...
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November 21, 2013 7:36:13 PM

Thanks for the reply rob! I might go for the i7 then and if not overclocking I might drop the CPU cooling?

Either way. I'm excited to drop mac and go this route for my work comp because hopefully I can just upgrade pieces in the future. So tired of buying completely new comps from apple.
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November 22, 2013 5:34:21 AM

njuma said:
Thanks for the reply rob! I might go for the i7 then and if not overclocking I might drop the CPU cooling?

Either way. I'm excited to drop mac and go this route for my work comp because hopefully I can just upgrade pieces in the future. So tired of buying completely new comps from apple.


Yeah you can go for a regular air cooler if not overclocking.

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November 22, 2013 5:39:33 AM

Looks great.

I'd still build it myself if I was in your position, much cheaper. Also you get invaluable knowledge that will help for any potential necessary troubleshooting.
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