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Good build for my first build? budget is 1700$!

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November 25, 2013 9:42:11 PM

IS this a good build please let me know :http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/28LkI



Hello,
Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas

Budget Range: $1600-$1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not sure anywhere that ships to Canada

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No clue

Overclocking: Yes If someone could give me pointers

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure of what this is
November 25, 2013 10:38:43 PM

your build is excellent for that usage,you can sli your asus gtx 780 in the future,

SLI is an application of parallel processing for computer graphics, meant to increase the processing power available for graphics.it is developed by nvidia

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November 25, 2013 10:59:27 PM
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16gb ram is not necessary for your intended use, but it won't hurt. If you were looking to drop costs you can go for 8gb without a performance difference.

SLI is basically taking 2 graphics cards and making them work together for a significant performance increase. It would be something that you can decide on now and prepare your system to accept a secong GPU in a couple years to get it to top end performance after it starts to be out dated. I personally decided to do this with my system but you could just as easily sell your 780 in 2-3 years and buy a new top end GPU.
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November 25, 2013 11:15:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($86.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($534.79 @ DirectCanada)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1623.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 02:13 EST-0500)

8gb of ram is fine for games.
Newer socket LGA 1150.
Better quality case.
Bigger psu for future SLI.


November 26, 2013 6:00:03 AM

John Sebastian said:
your build is excellent for that usage,you can sli your asus gtx 780 in the future,

SLI is an application of parallel processing for computer graphics, meant to increase the processing power available for graphics.it is developed by nvidia


I would like to play battlefield 4 1080p? Can I over clock this build? How do I over clock?
November 26, 2013 6:59:24 AM

I haven't clicked the buy button yet but do I have to make an account for all the site my piece come from?
November 26, 2013 7:48:50 AM

I believe you can check out as guest, but I would still make an account because they will remember your information in case you plan to buy from them again.
November 26, 2013 4:04:18 PM

-Don't stick with socket LGA 1155. It's a dead socket since Ivy Bridge is going to be discontinued. Grab the newer socket LGA 1150.
-There is no need for 16gb of ram in games. 8gb will perform the same.
-Your wireless adapter is really expensive. You'll be fine with a ~$30 one.
-You can get a much better psu for the price.
-I would suggest the Corsair 300R for the case as it's higher quality.
November 27, 2013 10:55:03 AM

realchaos said:
-Don't stick with socket LGA 1155. It's a dead socket since Ivy Bridge is going to be discontinued. Grab the newer socket LGA 1150.
-There is no need for 16gb of ram in games. 8gb will perform the same.
-Your wireless adapter is really expensive. You'll be fine with a ~$30 one.
-You can get a much better psu for the price.
-I would suggest the Corsair 300R for the case as it's higher quality.


I actually changed a lot of things last night I'll update it when I get home tonight and I changed the case, the Wifi, and power supply I don't mind having 16gb cause I will be doing some video editing!
November 27, 2013 10:59:40 AM

I'll be changing the motherboard thanks for the tip
December 10, 2013 4:11:40 PM

There is still a lot you can change:
-Again, socket LGA 1155 is a dead socket. Go with socket LGA 1150, you won't regret it and it's practically the same price.
-2x8gb of ram is overkill. 2x4gb is plenty.
-OCZ power supplies are not that great.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($240.50 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($86.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.84 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.44 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($532.84 @ Newegg Canada)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($41.59 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($135.81 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1666.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 19:09 EST-0500)

For $100 cheaper:
-Newer socket.
-Changed cpu cooler. The Phanteks performs a bit worse than the H100i, but it's much cheaper and quieter. It's definitely the better buy, IMHO.
-8gb of ram is plenty.
-Changed to a faster and more reliable SSD. Also changed to a cheaper HDD because there's no need for a Black as a secondary drive.
-Better quality psu, also larger for more headroom when you crossfire, if ever, in the future.

I would wait until the aftermarket coolers on the R9-290 come out, it shouldn't be much longer.
December 10, 2013 6:50:01 PM

realchaos said:
There is still a lot you can change:
-Again, socket LGA 1155 is a dead socket. Go with socket LGA 1150, you won't regret it and it's practically the same price.
-2x8gb of ram is overkill. 2x4gb is plenty.
-OCZ power supplies are not that great.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($240.50 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($86.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.84 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.44 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($532.84 @ Newegg Canada)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($41.59 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($135.81 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1666.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 19:09 EST-0500)

For $100 cheaper:
-Newer socket.
-Changed cpu cooler. The Phanteks performs a bit worse than the H100i, but it's much cheaper and quieter. It's definitely the better buy, IMHO.
-8gb of ram is plenty.
-Changed to a faster and more reliable SSD. Also changed to a cheaper HDD because there's no need for a Black as a secondary drive.
-Better quality psu, also larger for more headroom when you crossfire, if ever, in the future.

I would wait until the aftermarket coolers on the R9-290 come out, it shouldn't be much longer.

Are you saying go with a different video card or just hold strong with what they give me?
THanks i would of loved to go with my build but your answer is more in my budget range and probably better most likely! how would i know which one is new and better in the future any tips?
December 10, 2013 7:28:14 PM

You see the cooler on the R9-290 you posted? It has a single fan on one end of the card. That type of cooling is called a blower style cooler where that fans takes in air from the inside of the case and it blows the air through the gpu and out the back of the case. Blower style coolers are typically all right, but the one AMD has put on the R9-290 is horrible. It gets extremely loud and, despite the fact that the fan is running really fast to produce the loud noise, it still runs above 90c under load. That is probably one of the worst coolers I've seen yet.

When looking for the R9-290 in the future, you want one that has two fans on it. Those are called aftermarket fans because they are not coolers from AMD, those kind of coolers are what makes each brand different. The aftermarket coolers from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and Sapphire will do a much better job at cooling the R9-290 and allow you to overclock.
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