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Already Have Case, PSU and Card, Need MOBO and CPU Recommendation, Radeon 7870 System

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December 2, 2013 2:40:28 PM

Hello!

I am currently in the process of acquiring parts for my first computer build.

Currently I have purchased:

An AMD Radeon HD 7870 (ASUS)
A 650 Watt corsair PSU (Overkill I know!)
A Corsair Mid ATX Case (Carbide series 200r)
8 GB of 1600 mhz ram (team brand)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
link to ram if compatibility with motherboards/cpus is an issue.

I plan on using a 1TB HDD, I will possibly upgrade to an SSD-HDD setup later.

The PC will be general use with some, but not all emphasis on gaming. No video editing, mostly surfing, maybe a media PC, but no heavy duty CPU required. I would like to get the most out of my video card.

I plan on running a 64 bit windows 7 edition.

Please recommend an Intel CPU that will not bottleneck my video card, preferably on the 1150 Socket. I want to be able to drop in a broadwell or skylake in the future. I am open to AMD if you can provide evidence that it will not bottleneck my GPU (many amd cpus do this apparently, but I am far from an expert).

Also I obviously need a MOBO reccomendation.

I plan on buying the mobo, cpu, hard drive, peripherals, heatsink (maybe, I don't plan on ocing but i've heard intel haswells run hot) after christmas when I get a little boost of funds :D 

Try to keep the MOBO and CPU under $400.

thanks.

Sorry in advance if I broke any rules about posting stupid threads like this one or broke forum etiquette. I am new obviously.

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December 2, 2013 2:53:20 PM

Most recommended AMD CPUs will not bottleneck a 7870. That being said, if you have $400, I would try to get an i5-4670k, and a Z87 board to go with it. You could probably squeeze a MSI Z87-G43/45 into the $400 budget along with the i5.
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December 2, 2013 2:56:47 PM

enemy1g said:
Most recommended AMD CPUs will not bottleneck a 7870. That being said, if you have $400, I would try to get an i5-4670k, and a Z87 board to go with it. You could probably squeeze a MSI Z87-G43/45 into the $400 budget along with the i5.


Do you recommend an aftermarket heatsink If I buy the 4670k (it is haswell)? It will not be OC'd, but I've heard gaming with the stock heatsink on haswell silicon can make it overheat.
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December 2, 2013 2:59:47 PM

advancedantidote42 said:
enemy1g said:
Most recommended AMD CPUs will not bottleneck a 7870. That being said, if you have $400, I would try to get an i5-4670k, and a Z87 board to go with it. You could probably squeeze a MSI Z87-G43/45 into the $400 budget along with the i5.


Do you recommend an aftermarket heatsink If I buy the 4670k (it is haswell)? It will not be OC'd, but I've heard gaming with the stock heatsink on haswell silicon can make it overheat.


Technically it won't overheat, but an aftermarket cooler eg. the CM Hyper 212 EVO is definitely worth it for temperatures and stability when using 100% CPU load.
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December 2, 2013 3:08:43 PM

Second what Nuclear has said. You can get away with using the stock heatsink, but it's never recommended if you can afford something decent that is aftermarket. A CM Hyper 212 EVO costs roughly $30-35 and is sufficient for cooling and does relatively well when you overclock.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12beR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12beR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12beR/benchmarks/
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $384.97 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 18:10 EST-0500)

Would still come under $400.
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December 2, 2013 4:35:23 PM

Nuclear101 said:
advancedantidote42 said:
so whaddaya think guys?

4670k it is?

would this board be acceptable? any better MOBOS In $US 100-125 range?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That is actually a pretty good motherboard :) 


so any compatibility problems with:

An AMD Radeon HD 7870 (ASUS)
A 650 Watt corsair PSU (Overkill I know!)
A Corsair Mid ATX Case (Carbide series 200r)
8 GB of 1600 mhz ram DDR3 (team brand)
intel i5 4670k cpu
Some random HDD
usb keyboard and mouse
and this mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd like to pull the trigger and buy today, as many components are discounted and have rebates

peace



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December 2, 2013 4:59:56 PM

advancedantidote42 said:
Nuclear101 said:
advancedantidote42 said:
so whaddaya think guys?

4670k it is?

would this board be acceptable? any better MOBOS In $US 100-125 range?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That is actually a pretty good motherboard :) 


so any compatibility problems with:

An AMD Radeon HD 7870 (ASUS)
A 650 Watt corsair PSU (Overkill I know!)
A Corsair Mid ATX Case (Carbide series 200r)
8 GB of 1600 mhz ram DDR3 (team brand)
intel i5 4670k cpu
Some random HDD
usb keyboard and mouse
and this mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd like to pull the trigger and buy today, as many components are discounted and have rebates

peace



I can't see any incompatibility issues :) 
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December 3, 2013 4:36:57 PM

Nuclear101 said:
advancedantidote42 said:
Nuclear101 said:
advancedantidote42 said:
so whaddaya think guys?

4670k it is?

would this board be acceptable? any better MOBOS In $US 100-125 range?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That is actually a pretty good motherboard :) 


so any compatibility problems with:

An AMD Radeon HD 7870 (ASUS)
A 650 Watt corsair PSU (Overkill I know!)
A Corsair Mid ATX Case (Carbide series 200r)
8 GB of 1600 mhz ram DDR3 (team brand)
intel i5 4670k cpu
Some random HDD
usb keyboard and mouse
and this mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd like to pull the trigger and buy today, as many components are discounted and have rebates

peace



I can't see any incompatibility issues :) 


Some more questions:

What do I do for static protection? My house only has 2-prong outlets (I use adapters to plug in Fridge, Microwave, etc.), but I'm pretty sure the adapters don't provide a true ground, only allow the hot prong and neutral prong to connect in the adapter. I understand that unless I touch my case and I am grounded there is a high risk of ruining components. Should I just build it in an environment with 3 prong outlets to be safe (I have access to one).

Overall, what do you recommend for static protection? Writ strap, pad, or both?

I decided on this motherboard because I don't plan to crossfire and I've heard motherboard barely affects performance:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still haven't bought processor.

Is it worth it to get the 4670k over the i5 4430 if I don't plan on doing video editing/cpu intensive tasks often?

I can get the 4670k for $225 atm but I don't think I can buy it tonight (No access to credit). I think the price will be back at $250 soon.

thanks

I will go with HDD for the moment, SSD later, but I have to get a monitor (hopefully for christmas)

I have a PS/2 keyboard and mouse, I know it's pathetic but I will do better later.

I have a 720p monitor (I know, pathetic, better later) available, but it has no HDMI input, so I'd need an HDMI to VGA or DVI adapter. Are these reliable? Do they affect quality of images?

Does the bios initial setup detect the resolution of your monitor?

Thanks in advance
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December 3, 2013 5:38:39 PM

For my computer builds, I actually never used any static protection, but it was in Taipei where it was hot and humid (>90% humidity all the time, even in winter) but for here I would just recommend touching your components as little as possible and use an anti-static wrist band. Or you could just touch the case multiple times where a large piece of metal is. Also, make sure as little parts touch any wool, carpet, etc. that can carry a charge. It is worth the 4670 or 4670k because of performance, and overclocking (which isn't hard) will boost performance even further. I personally recommend Western Digital a bit more than Seagate because of HDD failures, but Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 1-2 TB are respectable. For lower RPM and/or less/more storage, use WD. For SSD's, if you want to pay a bit more, get the 840 Pro's by Samsung. They are the faster and are the longest lasting. Then there are the EVO's, which are a bit less costly and a bit slower and last for 19 years. Just don't get the 840 Normal editions, they never work properly according to reviews. Video adapters are usually reliable, and they may/may change image quality. The BIOS setup does detect the resolution of the monitor usually.
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