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Mid-High end gaming build. Advice appreciated.

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November 29, 2013 8:17:03 PM

Before I begin I would like to thank you for helping me and I would also like to apologize for any mistakes I have made in this post.

Budget Range: < $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard

Do you need to buy OS: Using Windows 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Lynnwood, Washington(the state) US

Parts Preferences: Na

Overclocking: Yes/Not Much

SLI or Crossfire: No/Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Could change

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Building my first game dedicated computer, Laptop isn't cutting it anymore :/ 

Additional Comments:
Specific games: LoL(streaming), Skyrim(heavily modding), Rift and flashy new games

I plan on having both a SSD and HDD

The main reason I am creating this is to see if all of the parts that I have picked out will work together, also if there are any parts you feel would work better or perform the same thing for a cheaper price. When I picked out these parts I tried to choose "The best" without choosing things that were 2x the price of the previous upgrade.

The setup:

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X
Newegg Link

GPU:
ASUS R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon R9 280X
Newegg Link

PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series HX750
Newegg Link

CPU:
Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core
Newegg Link

CPU Cooler:
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler
Newegg Link

Motherboard:
ASRock Z87
Newegg Link

SSD:
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Newegg Link

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Newegg Link

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model
Newegg Link

I know a lot of people say I am just wasting money on 16 gigs of ram but i just don't want to fall short. If I really am wasting that much on two 8's and I would be able to get 4 4-gig sticks I would be willing to try that. I just don't want to be stuck with 8 gigs if I need more... if that makes sense.

Please leave me any comments/suggestions you have and thank you for reading through all of this. :love: 

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November 29, 2013 8:21:36 PM

Everything looks great except your motherboard and CPU sockets are different. That is a 1155 CPU and a 1150 motherboard. Change your cpu to the i5-4670k and you're golden!

I'd also say the PSU wattage is a little awkward. It's too much for a single 280X and not enough for crossfire 280X, it's right in the middle. That's a great PSU though, really good quality and it will run that system just fine. You just might be able to shave some dollars off if you drop to a 600-650W or so.

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November 29, 2013 8:27:15 PM

jimthenagual said:
Everything looks great except your motherboard and CPU sockets are different. That is a 1155 CPU and a 1150 motherboard. Change your cpu to the i5-4670k and you're golden!

I'd also say the PSU wattage is a little awkward. It's too much for a single 280X and not enough for crossfire 280X, it's right in the middle. That's a great PSU though, really good quality and it will run that system just fine. You just might be able to shave some dollars off if you drop to a 600-650W or so.



Alright, thanks for catching those. I'll change them up :D 
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November 29, 2013 8:34:10 PM

jimthenagual said:


I'd also say the PSU wattage is a little awkward. It's too much for a single 280X and not enough for crossfire 280X, it's right in the middle. That's a great PSU though, really good quality and it will run that system just fine. You just might be able to shave some dollars off if you drop to a 600-650W or so.



For some reason the 650 PSU costs more than the 750 at the moment. I would guess in the long run it may be better to get the 650 anyways though if it isn't necessary.
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November 29, 2013 8:35:44 PM

There is an amazing deal on an XFX XXX edition 650W made by Seasonic and semi-modular $39.99
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650xxxb...

But if you are wanting to stick with Corsair, and if the 750W is cheaper than the 650W, you may as well stick with the 750W. Your power supply will only draw as much power as it needs, so there is no danger in having too much.
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November 29, 2013 8:40:34 PM

That is most certainly cheap. Not sure how much the gold/bronze certified kills in the long run. I'll look into it before the final purchase but I will keep them both in my wish list for now, thanks :D 
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November 29, 2013 8:43:22 PM

Yeah, I went through the same thing when deciding on my power supply. Here is a decent read on whether or not it is worth it

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/143029-empowered-can...

I ended up going for a platinum. It will take a few years to get the investment back, but I'm a heavy user with a 860W system, and I live in Tokyo. I'll probably break even in a few years according to that article.
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November 29, 2013 9:00:17 PM

Based on that article I think it would be definitely better to go with the $45 bronze over the $90 gold. it seems like i would only be saving about 5-7ish dollars a year with the higher efficiency gained.
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