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December 12, 2013 11:41:08 AM

Any thoughts on this build? Trying to stay below $1800, mostly for gaming with a little bit of photoshop. Also will be doing autocad, as I work in construction.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jfB5

Some concerns that I have are:

1. Will gpu fit in the case?
2. Not quite sure about the mobo that I chose.
3. Corsair RM series fairly new, any thoughts?
4. Am I getting the best bang for buck?

Any advice and suggestion would be great. Thanks guys
a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 11:45:38 AM

the psu is over-over-overkill 650w seasonic/xfx/antec would do, unless you intend to sli. the Ram is also fairly expensive for 16gb 1600mhz....
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December 12, 2013 11:49:56 AM

I do get a combo discount paired with cpu, which is why I went with that. Is 650w your minimum recommendation or can I be safer with 750w?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 11:53:56 AM

won_chulupa said:
I do get a combo discount paired with cpu, which is why I went with that. Is 650w your minimum recommendation or can I be safer with 750w?


higher is most often safer but make sure it is a quality brand
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 12:00:59 PM

1. yes
2. Im not a big ASrock fan myself, Id get the Asus Z87-A
3. Is OK but the 850w XFX is cheaper and built By Seasonic
4. You could trim it up a bit, is blu ray necessary? You could also save a bit and get a 2Gb 770. The only reason I'd go with a 4Gb card is if you are planning on SLI and either triple monitors gaming or a 4k monitor. Also if you are not planning on SLI you could get a smaller PSU.
Made a couple of changes to your build.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jgFF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jgFF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jgFF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($323.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($221.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1673.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 15:00 EST-0500)
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December 12, 2013 12:07:24 PM

won_chulupa said:
I do get a combo discount paired with cpu, which is why I went with that. Is 650w your minimum recommendation or can I be safer with 750w?


ghost878 said:
Why not go with a core i7 4770k when building such a beast thats approx the same price from your buyer site
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Not quite sure what you mean, I did pick the i7-4770k? If you're talking about the promo code, I can't use it because it interferes with the combo savings (coupled with gkill ram) and it saves an extra $3.
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December 12, 2013 12:09:19 PM

bignastyid said:
1. yes
2. Im not a big ASrock fan myself, Id get the Asus Z87-A
3. Is OK but the 850w XFX is cheaper and built By Seasonic
4. You could trim it up a bit, is blu ray necessary? You could also save a bit and get a 2Gb 770. The only reason I'd go with a 4Gb card is if you are planning on SLI and either triple monitors gaming or a 4k monitor. Also if you are not planning on SLI you could get a smaller PSU.
Made a couple of changes to your build.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jgFF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jgFF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jgFF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($323.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($221.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1673.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 15:00 EST-0500)


Thanks for your input. The gpu was the cheapest out of the 4gb range when I was researching it at the time. How much difference in terms of performance? Noticeable?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 12:09:23 PM

nothing wrong with z87 asrock... and imo you should get a better gpu for a 1800 build
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December 12, 2013 12:12:08 PM

_Vass said:
nothing wrong with z87 asrock... and imo you should get a better gpu for a 1800 build


Hmm, with bignastyid's build ($1684)... I could spend an extra $120 on the gpu.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 12:24:18 PM

"The gpu was the cheapest out of the 4gb range when I was researching it at the time. How much difference in terms of performance? Noticeable?" At 1080p and even 1440p there is virtually no difference in performance with a single card. The R9-290 would be a good choice in a few weeks when the cards with the non-reference coolers come out(supposedly they are coming out end of this month or beginning of next), or you could do this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/r9-290-accelero-xtr....
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 12:47:33 PM

yes non reference 290 or 780 but 780 is overpriced :/ 
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a c 287 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 1:06:34 PM

_Vass said:
yes non reference 290 or 780 but 780 is overpriced :/ 


Actually with price cuts the GTX 780 is actually $100 cheaper than the R9 290X. I wouldn't bother with the standard R9 290 because of all the heat issues that are associated with it.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 2:05:27 PM

g-unit1111 said:
_Vass said:
yes non reference 290 or 780 but 780 is overpriced :/ 


Actually with price cuts the GTX 780 is actually $100 cheaper than the R9 290X. I wouldn't bother with the standard R9 290 because of all the heat issues that are associated with it.


290x has the same heat issues right?
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a c 287 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 2:18:17 PM

_Vass said:
g-unit1111 said:
_Vass said:
yes non reference 290 or 780 but 780 is overpriced :/ 


Actually with price cuts the GTX 780 is actually $100 cheaper than the R9 290X. I wouldn't bother with the standard R9 290 because of all the heat issues that are associated with it.


290x has the same heat issues right?


As far as I know. Read these:

- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/r9-290-accelero-xtr...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290x-ther...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-drive...
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December 12, 2013 2:35:29 PM

These are some great infos. Never even considered Radeon until now. Thanks for your input guys, really appreciate it. Gonna do a little bit more research.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 10:17:46 PM

g-unit1111 said:
_Vass said:
g-unit1111 said:
_Vass said:
yes non reference 290 or 780 but 780 is overpriced :/ 


Actually with price cuts the GTX 780 is actually $100 cheaper than the R9 290X. I wouldn't bother with the standard R9 290 because of all the heat issues that are associated with it.


290x has the same heat issues right?


As far as I know. Read these:

- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/r9-290-accelero-xtr...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290x-ther...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-drive...

seems to me they got similar issues...
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