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December 7, 2013 10:13:13 AM

I have never built a computer before because it was too much $. I now have some to spend and want to build a gaming computer that will hopefully last. Is this a good build/ any suggestions?
Corsair Obsidian 750D case
MSI Z87-G45 mobo
MSI R9 280X graphics card (later on I will add another for crossfire)
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W PSU
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell
G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
CPU Cooler Hydro Series H110

Will the PSU be enough for when I want to add another R9 280x? The cards are about 250 watt each.

** edit ** I chose the 4770k and 16gb ram because I will be doing some video and photo edditing. soney vegas, photo shop. I will also be doing a ton of music editing in cubase and fl studio. do you guys think It's still overkill for those programs as well?

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December 7, 2013 10:17:00 AM

Quite the case for you first build haha. From a quick look, all looks good, and the PSU should run the two cards.
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December 7, 2013 10:19:19 AM

750w is safe 850w is great. Do you really need the 16gb of memory? other than that it is a solid build
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December 7, 2013 10:19:36 AM

-Drop the processor down to an i5. There's no difference in games between an i5 and i7.
-Drop the RAM to 2x4gb. 8gb total is plenty for games. Also, stick with DDR3-1600mhz, it's cheaper and performs the same.
-I would drop the cpu cooler to the Corsair H100i. A 240mm rad is better because there are more 120mm fans with static pressure.
-Yes the psu is good.
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December 7, 2013 10:31:09 AM

realchaos said:
-Drop the processor down to an i5. There's no difference in games between an i5 and i7.
-Drop the RAM to 2x4gb. 8gb total is plenty for games. Also, stick with DDR3-1600mhz, it's cheaper and performs the same.
-I would drop the cpu cooler to the Corsair H100i. A 240mm rad is better because there are more 120mm fans with static pressure.
-Yes the psu is good.


and to Vass above... I should have mentioned I chose the 4770k and 16gb ram because I will be doing some video and photo edditing. soney vegas, photo shop. I will also be doing a ton of music editing in cubase and fl studio. do you guys think It's still overkill for those programs as well?
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December 7, 2013 10:33:00 AM

Yes, I would by far suggest the 16GB RAM - it will keep you up to date with future programs ect. I would say no it is not overkill haha.
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December 7, 2013 10:33:36 AM

jimbo34 said:
realchaos said:
-Drop the processor down to an i5. There's no difference in games between an i5 and i7.
-Drop the RAM to 2x4gb. 8gb total is plenty for games. Also, stick with DDR3-1600mhz, it's cheaper and performs the same.
-I would drop the cpu cooler to the Corsair H100i. A 240mm rad is better because there are more 120mm fans with static pressure.
-Yes the psu is good.


and to Vass above... I should have mentioned I chose the 4770k and 16gb ram because I will be doing some video and photo edditing. soney vegas, photo shop. I will also be doing a ton of music editing in cubase and fl studio. do you guys think It's still overkill for those programs as well?


nah the 16gb comes in usefull in video rendering/editing tho the speed is overkill 1800 or 2133 would do the job as well. and get 750w hx series you don't need 850
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December 7, 2013 10:34:40 AM

Honestly, 1600 for the RAM is good as well haha.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 10:34:54 AM

Oh okay then stick with the i7 and 2x8gb of ram, but as Vass said you'll be fine with 1600/1866mhz.
I would keep the 850w so you have headroom for overclocking and it won't stress out your psu too much.
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December 7, 2013 10:36:38 AM

Yeah, and I'm not sure what the temps run like with the 4770K, but if you are overclocking and you have $100 bucks that you can spend, I would suggest a H100i cooler from Corsair.
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December 7, 2013 10:44:36 AM

rcsavi98 said:
Yeah, and I'm not sure what the temps run like with the 4770K, but if you are overclocking and you have $100 bucks that you can spend, I would suggest a H100i cooler from Corsair.


Just curious why the H100i and not H110? newegg is the same price and I just guessed bigger was better airflow. I'll be using it as an exhaust on the top. (I realize the warmer air wont cool as well)
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December 7, 2013 10:49:15 AM

jimbo34 said:
rcsavi98 said:
Yeah, and I'm not sure what the temps run like with the 4770K, but if you are overclocking and you have $100 bucks that you can spend, I would suggest a H100i cooler from Corsair.


Just curious why the H100i and not H110? newegg is the same price and I just guessed bigger was better airflow. I'll be using it as an exhaust on the top. (I realize the warmer air wont cool as well)


Only difference is that the H100i is a 240mm radiator (2x120mm fans) and the H110 is a 280mm radiator (2x240mm fans). Get the one that fits in your case. (with it being the 750D, you should be able to fit the H110).
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December 7, 2013 10:50:53 AM

Thanks for all the quick help, just needed confirmation before buying the rest of this build!
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December 7, 2013 10:52:09 AM

Any time, it's what I'm on the website to do lol :D 
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a c 271 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 4:47:48 PM

In theory, the H110 should perform better because the radiator is bigger. But then again, the H110 uses 140mm fans while the H100i uses 120mm fans. There are A LOT more 120mm fans to choose from over 140mm fans since 120mm is the standard size for fans. With that said, there are more static pressure 120mm fans than 140mm, so the Corsair H100i can perform better than the H110 due to the better fans.
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December 7, 2013 6:40:53 PM

realchaos said:
In theory, the H110 should perform better because the radiator is bigger. But then again, the H110 uses 140mm fans while the H100i uses 120mm fans. There are A LOT more 120mm fans to choose from over 140mm fans since 120mm is the standard size for fans. With that said, there are more static pressure 120mm fans than 140mm, so the Corsair H100i can perform better than the H110 due to the better fans.


I'm one to stick to Corsair (like it says in my signature haha). The Corsair after market fans compared to the stock fans are great (I picked up a couple today actually). You shouldn't have to big of a problem with either or.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 6:51:51 PM

I don't think you understand what I'm saying, so I'll try re-phrasing it.
The H110 uses 140mm fans while the H100i uses 120mm fans. Since 120mm fans are the standard fan size, there's a huge variety of 120mm compared to 140mm. That means that there are more static pressure 120mm fans over 140mm fans. So despite the bigger radiator of the H110, the H100i can perform better due to better fans.
But I guess either would serve the OP well.
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