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December 22, 2013 7:10:29 PM

Hello everyone. I'm building my first gaming PC and I was wondering if the components I have put together are good, or if I should change/add certain things, whether it be because I'm forgetting something or because I could get a better product for nearly the same price. I want a good gaming pc that can handle next generation games. I also edit videos, which is why I chose the i7 model to take advantage of its hyper-threading capabilities. Any help improving/suggesting better bang for buck would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :D 

Here's the build:

PROCESSOR $335
Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cach
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-4770K-Quad-Core-Processo...

MOTHERBOARD $235
MSI Computer Corp. ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87 MPOWER MAX
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Motherboards-Z87-MPOWER-MAX/d...

HARD DRIVE $90
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS $569
ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II 4GB

RAM $214
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module - 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) - DDR3 SDRAM - 2400 MHz DDR3-2400/PC3-19200 - ECC - Unbuffered - 240-pin - DIMM
http://www.rakuten.com/prod/corsair-vengeance-pro-16gb-...

OPTICAL DRIVE $22
Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Serial-ATA-Internal-Optical-...

CASE $150
10-Bay ATX Black Full Tower PC Gaming Case with 1x 120mm 2x 230mm 2x 140mm Fans
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/151009676618?lpid=82

POWER SUPPLY $130
Cooler Master Silent Pro M RS850-AMBAJ3-US 850W ATX 12V 80Plus Bronze & SLI Power Supply
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-RS850US&c=C...

TOTAL: $1745

All prices are rounded without tax included, so the end price is technically higher.
December 22, 2013 7:25:43 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ow79
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ow79/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ow79/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($605.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1636.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 22:25 EST-0500)
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December 22, 2013 7:51:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($635.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($130.26 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1912.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 22:42 EST-0500)

just some minor tweaks i made

why?

added a ssd for boot speed as well as to speed up applications. picked samsung because its reliable and 250gb since 120 may not be enough considering 80% usage and -30gb for os.

i went with a different ram. mushkin redline is what i prefer to use myself however corsair vengeance is great stuff too. what you have is actually faster but it wont add up to a whole lot of difference (1-4%).

went with a different motherboard from asus since i prefer them and the hero is a very good board.

two hdds since if you use one hdd as the source and one as the destination for video editing your performance is increased.

went with an xfx (made by seasonic psu) since its reliable. it just so happens the 850 isnt terribly priced (around what 750s are) and that its fully modular (easy for cable management). you could get away with a 650 fine but for overclocking i'd say 750 is better for more headroom.

i picked a different case... since it fits the color scheme and is a quality case with good airflow.

.....just throwing a few ideas at you.

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what you have already listed is pretty solid and not bad in the least.

the only changes i would definitely make are to go with a seasonic or xfx psu (instead of cooler master....) since its a step up in terms of quality.

and to go with a different case preferably one from a more well known vendor.

other than that... looks solid.

edit:

just noticing your deathnote avatar. if you're into that sort of thing there is an anime thread recommendations list over in the entertainment subforum.
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December 24, 2013 10:20:30 PM

ssddx said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($635.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($130.26 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1912.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 22:42 EST-0500)

just some minor tweaks i made

why?

added a ssd for boot speed as well as to speed up applications. picked samsung because its reliable and 250gb since 120 may not be enough considering 80% usage and -30gb for os.

i went with a different ram. mushkin redline is what i prefer to use myself however corsair vengeance is great stuff too. what you have is actually faster but it wont add up to a whole lot of difference (1-4%).

went with a different motherboard from asus since i prefer them and the hero is a very good board.

two hdds since if you use one hdd as the source and one as the destination for video editing your performance is increased.

went with an xfx (made by seasonic psu) since its reliable. it just so happens the 850 isnt terribly priced (around what 750s are) and that its fully modular (easy for cable management). you could get away with a 650 fine but for overclocking i'd say 750 is better for more headroom.

i picked a different case... since it fits the color scheme and is a quality case with good airflow.

.....just throwing a few ideas at you.

-----------------------

what you have already listed is pretty solid and not bad in the least.

the only changes i would definitely make are to go with a seasonic or xfx psu (instead of cooler master....) since its a step up in terms of quality.

and to go with a different case preferably one from a more well known vendor.

other than that... looks solid.

edit:

just noticing your deathnote avatar. if you're into that sort of thing there is an anime thread recommendations list over in the entertainment subforum.


Thank you both for the replies! ssddx, i've taken a look at your build and have swapped a few parts of mine around to that of yours. I realized that by doing so, I would be able to get great parts and chip off some cash from the price. I also am not sure about putting in the second HDD, or putting in an SSD (just yet). I might consider adding those in the future, but I don't want to add any unnecessary pieces just yet (even though it would be a great speed boost haha). Your suggestions are very helpful! The only thing I've changed to something different, though, was the case. I want to have two usb 3.0 ports as well as at least one usb 2.0 port, and the case I chose fits this, and also it just looks cool! Your case looked cool, too. It's just that it didn't have enough usb ports for what I will eventually plan on doing. Other than that, though, the build is everything else you said.

Here's the build after the changes were made:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ThaHeRow/saved/3etX

So, basically, I took out the extra hard drives and switched the case to something with enough usb ports. Does everything in this build check out? I'm not missing or mismatching anything, right? Should I get a separate cooler, or do you think the case fans would be able to cool the components enough? Thanks a bunch for the help! :D 

BTW, Merry Christmas!!! And thanks for the anime thread suggestion!! I'll definitely check it out!!!! :) 

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December 25, 2013 9:07:19 AM
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a usb 3.0 port is backwards compatible to usb 2.0 just so you know.

also... your motherboard needs enough headers to provide front panel usb to multiple ports. in my own case for example i have 4 ports but 2 are dead since i dont have a motherboard header for them.

the hero looks to include one usb 3 header (2 ports) and two usb 2 headers (for 4 ports) not counting the usb i see in the rear.

it would be advised to get at least a cheap aftermarket cpu cooler (at least something like a hyper 212 evo, if not something better) since they run a bit hot. you could probably work with the stock cooler but for a very modest price you could never worry about it again. if you plan on overclocking it though i'd get something better. for the absolute best performance for air... a noctua nh-d14 however i would personally use a corsair or nzxt water loop instead to locate the bulk of the cooler off your motherboard. you would need a case that fits the radiator(s) though.

you might want to add a few more case fans depending on how many the case comes with.

your choice of case.. another one to look at is the corsair 540 (only 2 usb but its small with decent airflow) or perhaps the corsair 600d (it has the usb you want and the cable management of the obsidians are really good and build quality too). or just pick any case you like.

the ssd can really make a difference in speed. your system will boot in 9 instead of 25-30. and it just feels faster. your choice though. the second hdd was to maximize video editing performance (having read and write on seperate drives and seperate from the os/program drive means the fastest possible performance) but if you dont care then i'd just get an ssd and not worry about a second hdd.
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December 25, 2013 9:09:23 AM

no problem on the post recommendation.

oh and if you want an anime signature or avatar animated like mine... i can cut frames from the shows and turn them into gifs (i recently figured it out and what software to use). just let me know what ep, scene and content.

or if you have anime questions i'm the one to ask on the forums...(look at my signature "my build" and you will know why)

yes, merry xmas, have a good one! (wish for lots of gift cards to buy more computer parts)
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