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Please Critique/Advise on This ~$1400 Gaming PC Build (buying this weekend in Canada)?

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December 13, 2013 5:41:06 PM

Hi everyone,

I posted a few days ago but I realized I could have done some more research on my own and I didn't ask the right questions maybe. This is finally the build that I have come up with after reading quite a bit in the forums, all from NCIX Canada, as it is where I will be buying the parts. Any help to reduce the price where possible would be greatly appreciated.

CPU and Motherboard: NCIX Bundle Deal ASUS Z87-A ATX SLI Motherboard & Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Quad Core Processor $379.99

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink $34.98

Memory: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M1A1600C10 Low Profile Heatspreader 8GB DDR3-1600 CL10 Single Memory Module $88.18

Storage:
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive $94.99

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 OC Twin Frozr IV 954/1006MHZ Boost 3GB GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E 3.0 Video Card $529.99
The Asus DirectCU II GTX 780 is only $10 more so I'm torn between those two. Are they significantly different?

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Window Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU $79.99

PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX650 650W ATX 12V 87A 24PIN ATX 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply $119.99

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24F1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer Black
$24.98

Subtotal: CAD $1,353.09
Your total including tax and shipping: CAD $1,515.46

Is this a fair price for this system? Will all the parts fit in this case?

Any advice to reduce the price by getting more value efficient parts is greatly appreciated. e.g. the case, PSU, RAM. I don't know much about those components so maybe there are parts that are better value for the money.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this PC will be used mostly for simracing and from time to time games like Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, and other third person games.

Initially I will use only one 1080p monitor, but eventually I'd like to move to triple 24" screens at 1080p.

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Simracing, other gaming, and regular stuff like internet browsing, video streaming, etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX Canada as much as possible

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia combination. GTX 780 for sure.

Overclocking: Yes, I'll overclock the Video Card

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080. In the near future I plan to get two more 1920x1080 monitors to setup triple screens.

Additional Comments: As I said before, this system will be mostly used for simracing and new directx 11 simracing titles like Assetto Corsa and Project Cars. Iracing and Rfactor 2 will be used a lot too. Occasionally there will be other gaming with new titles, and also arcade racers like Need for Speed. I would like this system to last a while, at least a couple of years, being able to run games in max or high settings.

Thanks, and I hope I can get some good feedback from all the knowledgeable people around here.
a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2013 6:31:33 PM

Use RAM as a dual channel kit . Twice the bandwidth = added performance for the whole system . 2 x4 gig is plenty . The "CL 10 " spec is pretty bad . You want LOWER numbers here . And it should be rated 1.5 volts or less .
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a c 620 4 Gaming
December 13, 2013 7:39:21 PM

That DRAM would fine and no problem with your EVO cooler, the fans are height adjustable, I'd go with the Asus GPU - all in all a good solid build ;) 
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December 13, 2013 8:35:08 PM

Tradesman1 said:
That DRAM would fine and no problem with your EVO cooler, the fans are height adjustable, I'd go with the Asus GPU - all in all a good solid build ;) 


Thanks again. One final question would be about the PSU. Is there another PSU that you would recommend that could shave off a few dollars and still give enough performance for overclocking the gpu?
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December 13, 2013 8:58:27 PM

Tradesman1 said:
How about save $30 w/ SeaSonic S12G S12G-650 at Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or save $50 with the SeaSonic S12II 620

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Since NCIX is building my rig (I'm paying them to do it right instead of me experimenting with $1500 worth of parts), I am limited to what they offer. I really appreciate your help, any thoughts from NCIX?

http://www.ncix.com/products/?minorcatid=1066
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a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2013 9:11:47 PM

The HX Corsair power supply is a premium product with modular cables . If you are not building it then all the cable routing is done my NCIX so you can replace it with the much cheaper , but still very good

TX 650 $79 [ check regarding the rebate ]
http://products.ncix.com/detail/corsair-tx650-v2-650w-a...

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December 14, 2013 12:44:44 AM

Thanks for your help. Both of you helped me make up my mind.

I just ordered all the parts. I went for the Asus DirectCU II, Vengeance 2x4GB Blue DDR3 1600, and kept everything else as in the OP. Adding Windows 8 and the assembly service it was ~$1500 Canadian plus taxes. Significantly over my initial budget but I really hope it will last a few years without needing to upgrade anything.

Since both of you were so helpful, I don't know how to pick the best answer. Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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a c 620 4 Gaming
December 14, 2013 7:47:20 AM

Outlander_04 was here first, give it to him ;) 
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