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Need some expert advise on this build - Any recomondations/advice would be greatly appreciated!

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December 19, 2013 5:02:31 AM


My budget is $1500 and i have all the below componets priced right around there.

If you have any suggestions i will greatly appriciate the help - this will be my first build

Thermaltake Urban S21 w/ USB 3.0
Pioneer BDR-209BKS 16X Blu-Ray Writer
Intel(R) Core™ i7-4820K Quad-Core 3.70 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 - Planning to overclock - 20%
Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System
Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Dual Standard 120MM Fans
2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1866MHz Quad Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V2)
GIGABYTE X79-UP4 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 5, GblAN, 4 GEn3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1, 1 PCI
850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
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December 19, 2013 5:12:38 AM

If its for strictly gaming, step down to a 4670k I5. You dont need the extra cores (if thats the 6 core i7.. Not big on intel really) And you dont need none of the hyper threading since most games dont support it.. Thats all an i7 is is a i5 with HT. So save money on that right there. Then take the extra you saved and get a better graphics card, 770, 780, R9 290, R9 280X

But if your doing along with gaming video editing, streaming, rendering, etc. photoshop type stuff and sony vegas or whatever. Then keep the i7 itll help in those areas
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December 19, 2013 5:20:30 AM

First, do not buy the HDD Cooling system. It's completely pointless to ever cool your HDD unless your case has very limited airflow. Which in the Urban s21, there is plenty of room for ventilation. As for your motherboard/ processor, if you are comfortable with spending more money, then by all means go for it. Yet, the performance/$ ratio of Intel is a really big turn off for me. I'd highly advise switching over to an AMD build, yet the build as it stands is great. I'm at school right now, so these are just a few of my first impressions, when I get home I'll look a bit more in depth about the build.

Hope I was of help so far.

//CCapG
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December 19, 2013 5:27:08 AM

It depends what you want to do with your pc, just mild gaming, vid editing, browsing etc, yea why not amd. I agree with most of the above but if its purely for high demanding games, stick with Intel.
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December 19, 2013 5:30:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1294.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 08:30 EST-0500)
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December 19, 2013 5:43:25 AM

rprice124 said:

My budget is $1500 and i have all the below componets priced right around there.

If you have any suggestions i will greatly appriciate the help - this will be my first build

Thermaltake Urban S21 w/ USB 3.0
Pioneer BDR-209BKS 16X Blu-Ray Writer
Intel(R) Core™ i7-4820K Quad-Core 3.70 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 - Planning to overclock - 20%
Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System
Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Dual Standard 120MM Fans
2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1866MHz Quad Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V2)
GIGABYTE X79-UP4 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 5, GblAN, 4 GEn3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1, 1 PCI
850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card


An LGA 2011 platform like this is not necessary.
Better to save money on the CPU and motherboard and spend more on the graphics card if the purpose of the machine is games.
Core i7 or Core i5 haswell CPU on a socket 1150 motherboard.
Radeon R9 280X or GTX 770 graphics card for ultra settings at 1920x1080 resolution.
You can go with a faster card if you wish; GTX 780, Radeon R9 290, Radeon R9 290X, GTX 780 Ti.
With the socket 1150 CPU and any of these cards, a 600W power supply is enough.
Pick a better brand than Thermaltake.
Some suggestions; Antec HCG 620, Corsair TX 650, Seasonic G 650.
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