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I'am thinking of making my own computer from scratch, and your help is probably needed.

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December 11, 2013 9:19:16 PM

Hello forums, I recently decided that I was going to save up and gradually buy up the parts that I need for my PC and while I'am quite new to this kind of thing I have a general knowledge/experience (somewhat limited) with computers and everything involved. Now although I do have some knowledge when it comes to computers, I have to say that this whole idea is quite intimidating as it would almost definitely stretch beyond what I do know and have done so hence why I'am here. Sidetracking aside the main question I'am going to ask is about compatibility between the different parts that I have been looking at.

This is what I have so far
Case: Corsair Carbide 500R Mid-Tower Case
Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
Power supply: SeaSonic Platinum SS-860XP2 860W ATX 12V
Hard Drives: Corsair Force Series 480GB SATA III SSD, WD 4TB Black SATA III Hard Drive.
Optical Drive: LiteOn iHAS124 24x DVD-Writer, SATA, Black.
Graphics Card: MSI N770 Gaming Geforce GTX 770 4GB PCI-E

Note- I'am currently not sure what is compatible with the current motherboard (other than that is listed here) and any suggestions and even complete overhauls of my whole rig idea are acceptable, although I would like to keep the case.

Quick little edit here, I would like to make sure that the build is able to game and record/edit videos and several other programs at any one time, and it has a lot of storage as many different Steam games and other games and such will go on the on-board drives as this is what it will be used for.
December 11, 2013 9:32:11 PM

Also forgot to mention that I need other parts that are compatible with all the current ones especially the motherboard and case, since they are the only ones I do not want to swap out or change around everything else is open for negotiation.
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December 12, 2013 8:40:03 AM

you can find your supported processors here. Your board is socket 1150 so you need a socket 1150 cpu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

it takes DDr3@ 1600 stock speed for memory and socket 1155 coolers will fit the newer 1150 socket.

You are seriously overpowered at 860w unless you are planning to SLI in the future or get a good price on it.

You dont want to record to any drive thats in use. So plan accordingly or even get another HDD dedicated to the task.
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December 12, 2013 8:56:44 AM

To game and do other task at the same time would suggest the 4770K for your CPU and to go 16GB of DRAM in 2x8GB, the Haswell CPUs love fast DRAM so might look at 1866/8 or 2133/9....Think about an SSD for OS and primary apps and the get a conventional HD (platter type for data and secondary apps...would also reconsider the Power Max mobo, maybe look to the Asus Hero or Pro, won't touch MSI mobos due to the poor QC
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December 12, 2013 4:05:14 PM

popatim said:
you can find your supported processors here. Your board is socket 1150 so you need a socket 1150 cpu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

it takes DDr3@ 1600 stock speed for memory and socket 1155 coolers will fit the newer 1150 socket.

You are seriously overpowered at 860w unless you are planning to SLI in the future or get a good price on it.

You dont want to record to any drive thats in use. So plan accordingly or even get another HDD dedicated to the task.


In reference to what you said about recording I know that if I record on the same drive that I'am playing a game on and also running the OS on it, it will slow exponentially. Also if these were the drives I were using in my rig would it be better to use the SSD as the one with the OS installed onto or the HDD considering how I want to use them or should I get two very small SSD's and one 1 terabyte/2 terabyte HDD?

Another thing here, If I'am overpowered with the current power supply I have equipped would it be better to just get a cheaper one with slightly less wattage so that I can get my build faster? Or would it be better to just wait a little longer so that when the time comes that I want to upgrade my build again I already have a power supply that is good for higher energy using parts? (but depending on how long that is I could need a new one when the time comes anyways)
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