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December 11, 2013 12:06:39 PM

So, after seeing my friend build a custom gaming PC, I thought I should make one. So lets get to the point, I have used the solution on this link (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1853783/custom...) but I had changed it to what I think is best which is this http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2iIGy
However, I am a noob to this and I am not sure how powerful this is, but I do know that i7 and 16gb and 500gb SSD is overkill but if you have a different opinion I am happy to listen. Since I am knew I kinda chucked the whole lot in, being unsure about gaming I put it everything that would be needed for my PC like a wireless network adapter and a sound card. I have no gaming keyboard or mouse as I do not see a difference with a Microsoft version, however, like I said before I am happy to hear other people opinions. Please edit as much as you wan't as I would like the best hardware possible for [look at title] price but I do like it to run from 60-120 fps for a while. Also please state how much fps I would achieve with my setup and how much difference I would have with the setup that you would give me but any help is good since I am a complete newb.
EDIT 1: So from the comments I decided to get a GTX 780Ti but I do not have a CPU cooler since I will not overclock, however I am still not sure if I do actually need a CPU cooler. Thank you!
Sorry for another update but it turns out that some of the stores are not able to send it to my location, (I live in a very awkward place) but amazon is able to send it to me so I have decided to change all the parts to amazon. However, not all the parts are on amazon so I decided to change some, like quite a bit. Here is the link, if possible could you compare this with my previous build. If my previous build is better, I will try to work something out. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2jnea

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December 11, 2013 1:19:00 PM

An i5 is the maximum games will use, as games don't even use 4 cores right now. I recommend a Samsung 840 Pro 256 (Older by ~1 year but faster and lasts longer, but ~10 USD More expensive). 16Gb is what I use, as sometimes a game may go up to 4 Gb, windows 7 gets 4 Gb, and some other programs use up 2 Gb. Unless you're running EXTREMELY graphic intensive programs at the same time or are trying to game on multiple monitors, the GTX 780Ti w/ACX cooler is enough for 3 monitors on high-ultra settings, so no SLI just yet. I recommend a Creative Labs ZxR soundcard. I HIGHLY recommend the Corsair K70 keyboard, as it is fully mechanical and individually backlit. For the mouse, I recommend a Corsair M65.
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December 11, 2013 2:00:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£156.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£87.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£157.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£76.49 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£122.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£62.66 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (£338.48 @ Scan.co.uk)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£144.84 @ Dabs)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£66.50 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case (£127.98 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£104.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.93 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£275.09 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1801.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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I just swapped out the cooler, because at that price point, an AIO would be good (unless you want to do a custom loop). Other than that the build looks great. The i5 and 770 are a good combo for gaming :)  I game on WiFi, and it really depends on your network. For me, I have 0 problems, with my Wifi ping being equal to my wired and getting full network throughput over WiFi. It would depend on what equipment you have (router wise) and what speeds you should be getting.
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December 12, 2013 8:14:30 AM

Nuclear101 said:
An i5 is the maximum games will use, as games don't even use 4 cores right now. I recommend a Samsung 840 Pro 256 (Older by ~1 year but faster and lasts longer, but ~10 USD More expensive). 16Gb is what I use, as sometimes a game may go up to 4 Gb, windows 7 gets 4 Gb, and some other programs use up 2 Gb. Unless you're running EXTREMELY graphic intensive programs at the same time or are trying to game on multiple monitors, the GTX 780Ti w/ACX cooler is enough for 3 monitors on high-ultra settings, so no SLI just yet. I recommend a Creative Labs ZxR soundcard. I HIGHLY recommend the Corsair K70 keyboard, as it is fully mechanical and individually backlit. For the mouse, I recommend a Corsair M65.

Thanks this clears up quite a bit, I will check out the keyboard and mouse. Thanks!

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December 12, 2013 8:18:14 AM

blade of grass said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£156.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£87.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£157.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£76.49 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£122.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£62.66 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (£338.48 @ Scan.co.uk)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£144.84 @ Dabs)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£66.50 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case (£127.98 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£104.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.93 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£275.09 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1801.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 21:59 GMT+0000)

I just swapped out the cooler, because at that price point, an AIO would be good (unless you want to do a custom loop). Other than that the build looks great. The i5 and 770 are a good combo for gaming :)  I game on WiFi, and it really depends on your network. For me, I have 0 problems, with my Wifi ping being equal to my wired and getting full network throughput over WiFi. It would depend on what equipment you have (router wise) and what speeds you should be getting.

Thanks, I am just a little unsure with water cooling as I am quite clumsy but I will check out installation videos though.Thanks! Also I just wanted to add, I don't overclock do I still need a water cooler
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December 12, 2013 8:36:14 AM

GEt a better gpu like Gtx 780 Ti for that built
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December 12, 2013 8:40:33 AM

Wait for the 1TB of SSD by Samsung if you want to and get aftermarket cooler of the R9 290 or go for the GTX 780 TI since your budget is huge
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December 12, 2013 8:44:12 AM

Good build you've proposed, might want to try the sound on the Hero, it has the ROG extreme audio so may not need a sound card for over and above, would go w/ 16GB DRAM and would suggest the GSkill Tridents in 1866 or 2133, they are my first choice for the Z87 mobos as they are very strong and Haswell loves fast DRAM (with prices now might even look at 2133), the GSkill Sniper line would be my second choice
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December 12, 2013 9:29:23 AM

BuzzKenway said:
GEt a better gpu like Gtx 780 Ti for that built
hmmm, how much of a boost would i get.

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December 12, 2013 10:08:46 AM

Shocking777 said:
Wait for the 1TB of SSD by Samsung if you want to and get aftermarket cooler of the R9 290 or go for the GTX 780 TI since your budget is huge

how much of a difference will that add, but thanks anyway.
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December 12, 2013 3:32:19 PM

The SSD will boot up your game faster and computer and you have ton of spaces for it. The GTX 780 Ti and R9 290 is more future proof you can get 10-20 FPS difference than the GTX 770
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December 13, 2013 5:31:48 AM

hobohorror said:
BuzzKenway said:
GEt a better gpu like Gtx 780 Ti for that built
hmmm, how much of a boost would i get.



about 75 % + !!
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December 13, 2013 7:25:08 AM

he doesnt overclock



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£78.53 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£58.08 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (£300.98 @ Dabs)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.11 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£75.65 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Be Quiet 500W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£58.98 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£71.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor (£143.09 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1108.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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