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First gaming build, Intel i5, AMD R9-290X, advice/comments requested

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December 23, 2013 11:24:34 AM

Hello. I am looking for advice on my first gaming pc build. I have built several workstations and 100+ servers. Right now I'm using a dell laptop for gaming with an i7-3632QM and AMD 7730M GPU. Everything has to be set to low and disk read/writes take forever.

Please let me know what you think; comments, concerns, questions etc

Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model

PNY XLR8 PRO SSD9SC240GCDA-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Asus Radeon R9-290X DirectCU II

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Thanks for the replies.

I agree on waiting for the R290x, I will need to wait until January for the Asus DirectCU II, and its list price is $60 less the reference board designs. And current availability of other versions is really lacking.

Concerning the RAM, the price difference between the 2400 and 1866/1600 was so small that I ought to opt for the faster sticks even if the benefit is small; $325 for 2400 and $300 for the 1600 for 32GB. I could definitely scale this back to 8 or 16GB if there isn't really a benefit to more since I don't plan to use the machine for anything else.

Concerning the MB and PSU, I wanted to leave the option open for a second 290x in crossfire and overclocking in the future. I was reading that 290x maxed out at 570 watts total in crossfire and 727 in crossfire overclocked. I was originally concerned that 750 would not be enough and I should bump up to 850 ($20 more) but the 750 should be fine.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7457/the-radeon-r9-290x-r...

I was planning on using the Cooler Master Hyper 212 for cooling since I have several available and consider upgrading to water cooler if needed. I didn't include this since I already have them and if I change my mind I can just reuse it on a workstation.
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2013 11:31:40 AM

the ram is overkill most gaming rigs have eight gigs of ram. if you want more ram pick up a 16g kit of two 8g grills aries ram. the 2133 and 1866 ram is running the at the same price on parts picker right now as the 1600 ram. for ssd swap it to a samsung drive. dont know how good the pny units are. for the 290x video card wait a few weeks on that cards. wait for the after market units to drop and be tested. if there still heat issue then wait for the nvidia maxwell in march.
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2013 11:33:25 AM

If the PC is for working too i understand the big amount of RAM's. If is just for gaming 8GB , 16GB at max. are more than enough. HX650W is more than enough for your build , if you want to feel safe with 750W PSU is your choice.
The build looks great.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2013 11:34:08 AM

One question, one comment.

Comment: You don't need that kind of memory for gaming, there is very minimal increase in performance over 1600/1866 MHz memory. And memory is memory, I would find a good brand's cheapest option that fits the look you want. You also don't need 16GB for a gaming machine, 8GB is more than enough (unless money is no object, it won't hurt!)

Question: Are you going to be overclocking the CPU? If not, I don't know if it's necessary to go all out on the MoBo, unless you plan on overclocking, or possibly going CrossFire in the future.

I would have said you don't need a 750W but then I saw you want a 290X, that you'll probably OC, so 750W should be perfect :) 
December 23, 2013 11:40:02 AM

Hey man,

That build looks great, the only thing i'd change is to go for an i7 with that amount of RAM, or drop to 16 with an i5. I'd also throw in a 3TB drive for mass storage, 240GB is way too little storage IMO, I'd also throw up the PSU to a 750w. The final thing i'd change is to grab myself either a h100 or an NH-D14 :D 
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