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How is my $1000 build?, Need help choosing a PSU.

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December 13, 2013 10:33:46 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $49.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($139.99)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $901.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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CPU - Going to use this rig for gaming for the next two or more years. I went with 4670k just for gaming.
Cooler - Got a nice cooler because i will be overclocking.
MOBO - Just love the hero! Even though i can save $30 dollars by getting the z87-pro, I don't need the wifi and I'd prefer better sound.
RAM - purchased already.
Storage - WD 1TB 7200 blue should be sufficient. Also planned on getting a samsung SDD EVO 120gb for $90 but i would rather use that money else where and buy a 250gb in the future.
GPU - went with the 7870 ghz because of its price and i am currently using 720p. I believe if i got a GTX 760 or a 280x my monitor would bottleneck the gpu.
PSU - cheap, microcenter... 750w is plenty.
Case - what can i say? other than it looks great.
Monitor - 720p, i do plan on changing to 1080p or 1440p.. whatever is at a great price in the future..
This build is about $900 and i won't be needing any peripherals and i already have windows. Should i get a different power supply?

1- My first question is how is build overall?
2- How good is the sound on the Hero?
3- So I've heard the CX 750m is perfect for my build and its going on sale at microcenter for $60 after rebate. But the CX 750m is tier 3 and has somewhat poor build quality. I have an estimate of 373 watt currently. I do plan on overclocking the 4670k and i will either purchase another 7870 or a 280x later in the future. Should i purchase this tier 3 psu? My budget for a power supply is $60-90 max preferably.
December 13, 2013 10:42:24 AM

If this is for gaming...then not very good. A 720p monitor is ok for a $500 system but anything more then you are wasting money. You should want to see what you are doing better.

Please upgrade to a 1080p monitor.
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December 13, 2013 10:51:04 AM

envy14tpe said:
If this is for gaming...then not very good. A 720p monitor is ok for a $500 system but anything more then you are wasting money. You should want to see what you are doing better.

Please upgrade to a 1080p monitor.


Yes i will upgrade to a 1080p monitor in a couple months. I do understand the 720p monitor is holding me back, that is why i chosed to go with the 7870 ghz. I plan selling the 7870 fast for probably $100 whenever i do upgrade. Besides that how is my build then for a 1080p?

I plan on going for dual monitor. Entirely not sure but i will probably purchase a 24-28 inch monitor led/lcd for gaming and using my current monitor for streaming shows, sports and browsing the internet.

edit - Anyones opinion is greatly appreciated! Please try to explain why instead of leaving myself hanging.

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December 13, 2013 11:50:54 AM

I'd get a 650W PSU instead and scale back the mobo to design for a system that has one GPU. Really, unless you have a 120Hz monitor or 3 monitors you are better off building a one GPU system.

Buy some Corsair AF fans to cool the case and SP fans to replace the loud H100i fans. However, instead of a loud and expensive cooler; I'd opt for a quiet Noctua system.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jLhY
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $49.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($139.99)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $885.88
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December 13, 2013 12:25:43 PM

Thank you for explaining why. Yes I do plan on getting 2 fans for the h100i and another one for the front intake. I see that the psu u picked is $23 more, is it worth it over the cx750. Hows the evga 750 supernova gold?
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December 13, 2013 7:43:51 PM

Enfeeble said:
Thank you for explaining why. Yes I do plan on getting 2 fans for the h100i and another one for the front intake. I see that the psu u picked is $23 more, is it worth it over the cx750. Hows the evga 750 supernova gold?


The XFX one I picked is made by Seasonic which is the top quality builder. EVGA isn't as high quality but it's ok.

Why not just get a R9 280x now? And use a cheaper cpu cooler for now. This would give you much better gaming performance and allow you to get a new monitor sooner.
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