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November 30, 2013 6:44:18 AM

Hey, I'm making my first gaming PC and I want it to be moderately high end. I'm not exactly a pro and I don't know what parts I need. I don't know what kind of hard drive to get; internal or external, I don't know whether I should get ssd or not, I don't know where to get an optical drive and I'm not sure of compatibility. Here is my build so far:

CPU: Intel core i7 4770k
Graphics card: nvidia geforce gtx 770
Power supply: Corsair enthusiast series 750 watts
Ram: corsair vengeance 16gb (8x2)
Case: NZXT guardian 921 mid Tower case
Motherboard: Z77 ASUS
CPU cooling: noctua nh-d14
I have not ordered them yet, but I have them in my cart at Amazon.
What else do I need for a powerful gaming rig for overclocking some? Screws, glue, parts, optical drives, hard drives, etc
Plz help

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November 30, 2013 6:59:08 AM

hey!!
one problem i could figure out is that your motherboard is not compatible with ypur cpu.
your motherboard doesnt support 4th gen processors.
motherboard =LGA 1155 socket
and processors supports LGA 1150 socket.
so therefore they are incompatible.
get a z87 series mobo.
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November 30, 2013 7:20:34 AM

First off, great catch varun_2

If you are going to be overclocking, you will need to get an aftermarket cpu cooler. I'd recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 series or possibly one of the AIO watercoolers (just about everyone makes them now, but do your homework, some are better than others). Also, you may want to get a SSD for your boot drive to hold your OS and important games/programs if you can afford it. Get a HDD for mass storage (less important games/programs and data). And don't forget you will need an OS.
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November 30, 2013 9:09:29 AM

Wait, so should I down grade to i7 3770k or should I upgrade my motherboard? Ps-How do I make windows 8 my OS?
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November 30, 2013 12:13:37 PM

i think upgrading your mobo would be an ideal option.
Because then you will be future proof as LGA 1150 still has one more set of cpus to be relaeased on.
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November 30, 2013 2:08:44 PM

Thanks I upgraded the motherboard to Z87. But, I don't know what hard drive to use nor where to look for one. Could you please put any suggested hard drives?
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November 30, 2013 2:25:03 PM

where are you buying from, will provide a link from their site to HDD's I'd recommend. I would stick with Western Digital or Seagate for hard drive. Many good SSDs out there if you are interested in them. And don't forget you will need an OS (win7/win8)..
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November 30, 2013 4:19:02 PM

Website: Amazon
Questions: Do I need TWO SSDs, because I am planning on getting Samsung 840 pro 128 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-MZ-7PD128BW-S...
More Questions: Will one SSD and one Hard Drive work well? Remember that I want a high end PC with a budget limit of around 1,000-1,500
Another Question: What would a recommended Hard Drive be? I have heard that Seagate is not reliable and that worries me. I do not feel comfortable with seagate.
Again, here is my build (updated)


CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 780 Superclocked 3gb GDDR5 384 bit
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watts
OS: Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-bit
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16gb (8x2)
Case: NZXT guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case

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November 30, 2013 4:21:26 PM

Another Question Along With The Other Post: Are there any adapters, screws, tools, material, or screwdrivers needed? If so please tell me or leave some links.
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November 30, 2013 5:49:58 PM

For a HD look to the WD Blue line of drives, same as the blacks but less expensive, the 1 SSD and 1 Platter drive (HD) is a good combo - put your OS and primary apps on the SSD and secondary apps and data on the platter. For the mobo would suggest the Asus Gryphon or up a little the Hero (that's the one I decided on), and for the DRAM might look at the GSkill Tridents or Snipers in 2x8GB either 1866 or 2133 (the Haswell CPUs scale to and use DRAM with higher freqs very well

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-ha...
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November 30, 2013 7:07:43 PM

I want to keep this setup. I dont know what hdd or sata to get, and specifically how many (How many SSDs do I need?). Is that ssd good, and do i need 2? Do I need any adapters or screws of any specific kind
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December 1, 2013 5:32:04 AM

animal said:
where are you buying from, will provide a link from their site to HDD's I'd recommend. I would stick with Western Digital or Seagate for hard drive. Many good SSDs out there if you are interested in them. And don't forget you will need an OS (win7/win8)..


Website: Amazon
Questions: Do I need TWO SSDs, because I am planning on getting Samsung 840 pro 128 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-MZ-7PD128BW-S...
More Questions: Will one SSD and one Hard Drive work well? Remember that I want a high end PC with a budget limit of around 1,000-1,500
Another Question: What would a recommended Hard Drive be? I have heard that Seagate is not reliable and that worries me. I do not feel comfortable with seagate.
Again, here is my build (updated)


CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 780 Superclocked 3gb GDDR5 384 bit
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watts
OS: Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-bit
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16gb (8x2)
Case: NZXT guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
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December 1, 2013 5:59:27 AM

Answers to you last questions:

1. Do you need two SSDs? No, one will be sufficient as long as you get one with enough capacity to hold your OS and the main games/programs that you want to boot quickly

2. Using an SSD as your boot drive and a HDD as your secondary drive (for storing non-critical games/programs and data storage) will work fine.

3. Personally, I would recommend a Western Digital Black (or Blue) 1 TB SATA 3 7200 rpm drive as your HDD.

4. As to your previous question about special tools, adapters, etc. , you should not need anything other than a small Philips-head screwdriver as far as tools go and any other necessary parts (adapters, screws, etc.) should come with the case or individual components.

A few things you need to consider based upon what you have stated you will be buying:

In order to use the Noctua NH-D14 you will need to remove the top fan(s) from your case in order for it to fit. Also, with regard to the cooler, it will overhang your mobo RAM slots, so depending upon how tall the Vengeance modules are, you could have issues there as well.
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December 1, 2013 6:34:02 AM

animal said:
Answers to you last questions:

1. Do you need two SSDs? No, one will be sufficient as long as you get one with enough capacity to hold your OS and the main games/programs that you want to boot quickly

2. Using an SSD as your boot drive and a HDD as your secondary drive (for storing non-critical games/programs and data storage) will work fine.

3. Personally, I would recommend a Western Digital Black (or Blue) 1 TB SATA 3 7200 rpm drive as your HDD.

4. As to your previous question about special tools, adapters, etc. , you should not need anything other than a small Philips-head screwdriver as far as tools go and any other necessary parts (adapters, screws, etc.) should come with the case or individual components.

A few things you need to consider based upon what you have stated you will be buying:

In order to use the Noctua NH-D14 you will need to remove the top fan(s) from your case in order for it to fit. Also, with regard to the cooler, it will overhang your mobo RAM slots, so depending upon how tall the Vengeance modules are, you could have issues there as well.


So, if the Noctua doesnt work, what will work well?
How large should my SSD be?
Could you provide links to the hard drive?
Ive changed my mind in cases, I'm getting the Rosewill Challenger instead of the NZXT Guardian, will that solve any issues?

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December 1, 2013 7:42:02 AM

changing cases may not resolve the cpu cooler issue, I can't find anything other than the Challenger will allow a cpu cooler up to about 158 mm if you don't install the top side fan.

Your SSD should be large enough to hold your OS and other important games/programs that you want to boot quickly.

Hard drive links:

http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-WD1...
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December 1, 2013 8:31:13 AM

I have already chosen my hard drive. My question is, where should I buy these parts? Amazon or pcpartpicker.com?
pcpartpicker is about one hundred dollars cheaper, but i am not familiar with it's delivery or charging.
Here is my build:
Will this build work well?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2cEUV
Put suggestions in a reply please
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December 2, 2013 1:31:55 AM

pcpartpicker does not sell anything, they just direct you to the places that have the best prices, you buy from known e-tailors (Newegg, etc.)
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