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Hey y'all!

So I've made some changes to a gaming build I've posted awhile ago... Here is my "Possible" final gaming build that I shall be using: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CozmoNaught/saved/3fca

And here is the full tower case I'll be using: http://raidmax.com/chassis/vampire.html

Is there anything I could do to save money perhaps on this? Maybe some ideas you'd want to throw out there? Go ahead and do so!

Also, I'm sticking with the Haswell (i7) processor. So that's not going to change.

I guess a major question is should I get the 4gb gtx 770, or the 2gb gtx 770? What does that affect specifically? I know they're about $10-$20 difference on Amazon, so I'd rather get the 4gb I believe.

Is having a more powerful PSU then what my actual rig will need harmful to the system? I'll be having a 760w PSU and PC Part Picker says I'll be using around 475+w.

How many fans are recommended for a full tower case for optimal cooling? I don't plan on overclocking initially, and probably won't ever really. How many fans do you think I'd need? I have these as planned: Front 200mm fan (110 cfm), top 120mm fan(~70cfm), rear 140mm fan(56.5cfm) all at average RPM.

Also, I have a 23" Hannspree TV that I could "Possibly" use as my monitor for my Computer. Is there any downside to this? I'd be using just an HDMI cord to connect it. Would a regular monitor with a DVI cable be better?

Let me know about those questions if possible, and feel free to drop some hints!

Thanks for your time!
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  1. First thing is yeah you should get a 4gb gtx 770, it will overall be better and make things go faster and will give you better frame rate. The hard drive you should degrade to 2tb from 3tb. I highly doubt you will use all 3tb. Having a more powerful power supply will not harm your computer at all. Instead of the power supply you choose I would recommend this power supply ------>http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-rm750. The next thing is change the windows to windows 7 home premium because their tends to be more problems when you play games with windows 8. For the fans, I believe 3 fans should be good. My thermaltake chaser a31 has 2 pre built fans and is really quiet. From the really good build you have, I would really recommend having h100i or cooler master v8 cpu cooler so you can overclock and unleash this "possible computer" full power. For the monitor, I would highly recommend getting a monitor with a 2ms and 1ms response time. I personally have a 1ms response time asus monitor and love it to death. The only downside of tvs vs monitor is that when it comes to gaming, the monitor gives you more crisp clear image. If you have any more questions please feel free to let me know.
  2. TheMohammadmo said:
    First thing is yeah you should get a 4gb gtx 770, it will overall be better and make things go faster and will give you better frame rate. The hard drive you should degrade to 2tb from 3tb. I highly doubt you will use all 3tb. Having a more powerful power supply will not harm your computer at all. Instead of the power supply you choose I would recommend this power supply ------>http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-rm750. The next thing is change the windows to windows 7 home premium because their tends to be more problems when you play games with windows 8. For the fans, I believe 3 fans should be good. My thermaltake chaser a31 has 2 pre built fans and is really quiet. From the really good build you have, I would really recommend having h100i or cooler master v8 cpu cooler so you can overclock and unleash this "possible computer" full power. For the monitor, I would highly recommend getting a monitor with a 2ms and 1ms response time. I personally have a 1ms response time asus monitor and love it to death. The only downside of tvs vs monitor is that when it comes to gaming, the monitor gives you more crisp clear image. If you have any more questions please feel free to let me know.


    Awesome! Thanks for your help! A few questions to ask in regards to your answers...

    Is that an all around better PSU? It looks to be more efficient, but is the durability of it better? Doesn't the ATX I chose only kick on the fan when needed? So that may be a reduction in Sound as well. What are the benefits of the RM? It does look sufficiently cheaper, which is definitely ideal. :D

    Secondly, I was skeptical about going Windows 8. The only thing that possibly would convert me from Windows 7 would be the ability for DirectX 11.1 and 11.2 in the future. Plus, BF4 (Which is the only game I see with these benefits, so it's probably not even worth it) Gets a nice minimum FPS Boost from it. (Source: http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/battlefield-4-8596/so-bf4-is-showing-off-the-advantages-of-running-wi-1457907/) I do love Windows 7 though, so if you just confirm it really only benefits a minimum amount of games I'll more than likely stick with windows 7. I know Windows 8 does have some compatibility issues with gaming.

    Also, I'm not too informative about overclocking. Will I not still have a good gaming rig with it not overclocked? A couple of sites I've visited looking at the i7 4770k overclocked seem to mention that it's negative. (Well, at least overclocked at the max 4.7ghZ) (Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-4770k-haswell-review,3521-10.html) Is there a way to overclock safely? I'd much rather have a PC that lasts longer that may be a bit slower, then perhaps have it break, say in like a year or so. (Which is just random speculation, no clue what the lifespan of an overclocked rig versus a normal rig is.) Perhaps inform me? Or provide a link please. :)

    Alright, that's what I was thinking. I definitely don't want the delay in my TV.

    Thanks for all the information! Looking forward to hearing your response.
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    From what other people have been saying, if you have the money the ax760 is a better power supply than the rm750 because of the fact that the power supply is actually made by SeaSonic which makes the best powersupply. I don't know about the fan only being on when it is needed but the sound factor shouldn't be a big deal at all. I have a corsair cx750 and it makes 0 sound. Overclocking does reduce the life of a processor because you are telling it to do more then it is supposed to so it won't last longer and will die quicker than a cpu that isn't overclock. Now if you are only going to have this rig for 2-3 years, then you shouldn't worry about overclocking. The safe zone in my opinion for overclocking is 4-4.2 ghz. If you go over that, you are just risking your cpu and your overall computer. For the windows 7, it does really help you when you play games. You can still get directx 11.1 and 11.2 in the future even if you have windows 7 because in my opinion, WINDOWS 7 FTW! LOL!
  4. Might look to change the mobo to the Asus Hero, Asus has the better handle on the Z87 and Haswell, also kick the DRAM up to 1866 or 2133 (look at the GSkill Tridents)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-haswell

    Otherwise, good looking build, in addition to better sound (the FX ROG Audio), the Hero has a good set of OC PreSets, up through 4.6 which can aid in OCing, most all 4770Ks can hit 4.4 easily and the majority 4.5 and quite safely, rest looks pretty good and you should be happy with it ;)
  5. Just saying tradesman, why you gotta answer every bost that I answer. LOL, I really don't care, your just doing what your supposed to do.
  6. I just go from one category to another and pop in on the newer post and those that look intersting - figure if I look I ought to throw a couple cents worth in ;) I'm out here to help, but also to help me keep up with hardware, so look to take a look at all the combos and things I can :)
  7. You have been doing this for a long time. Thats what I do is just go to the unanswered section and just help people make decisions and hopefully one day I will be just like you.
  8. Haven't really been here that long, closing on 7 months now ;)
  9. Tradesman1 said:
    Might look to change the mobo to the Asus Hero, Asus has the better handle on the Z87 and Haswell, also kick the DRAM up to 1866 or 2133 (look at the GSkill Tridents)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-haswell

    Otherwise, good looking build, in addition to better sound (the FX ROG Audio), the Hero has a good set of OC PreSets, up through 4.6 which can aid in OCing, most all 4770Ks can hit 4.4 easily and the majority 4.5 and quite safely, rest looks pretty good and you should be happy with it ;)



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131989

    ^ So that Asus Hero Mobo? Also, I see what you're saying with upgrading that RAM. Unfortunately, 8 gb of the Gskill RAM is $550. Haha. A little bit spendy.

    Thanks for all the advice guys! I appreciate it :)
  10. The 8GB sets of the Tridents 2400/10 is only about $95 at the Egg, the 16GB sets of 1866 and 2133 run about $180 - the only 8GB set over $500 is the 3000 sticks
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