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December 27, 2013 4:19:41 PM

I'm looking to build a new PC from scratch. If you're bored and are willing to pick out every part I need with a budget of $3000-$3500 from NCIX.ca it would be extremely appreciated! Details below.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few days. The closer the better.
Budget Range: $3000-$3500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Livestreaming high end PC games. (Battlefield 4, Titanfall, etc), gaming at Ultra settings on high end games, video editing.
Are you buying a monitor: No. I currently run two monitors side by side.
Parts to Upgrade: I don't have any parts picked at the moment.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Windows 7.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Has to be from http://www.ncix.ca/ (I'll be getting them to assemble it for me)
Location: Canada.
Parts Preferences: -I have no preference between AMD and Intel. I just want the best bang for my buck. Whichever CPU/GPU is best for livestreaming, gaming and editing.
-256 GB SSD needed.
-Need a case, PSU, etc - every part a desktop needs.
-A lot of RAM for video editing. So I can render videos and edit at a very high speed without lag.
-For peripherals I need a decent gaming mouse & keyboard.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, although considering upgrading to a 4k monitor sometime in late 2014.
Additional Comments: I'd prefer not to have a super duper loud PC. I'm just looking to get the best bang for my buck for streaming. Have been looking at the GeForce GTX 780, looks very solid. But I'm open to any opinions. If you could leave me a list of parts from NCIX.ca with a total of $3000-$3500 that would be very appreciated. I know it's a lot of work to do.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Can't livestream properly on my current rig, it's very old. Looking for an awesome rig I can livestream PC games on, still get high FPS, and not lag to all hell. Also looking for a lot of RAM for video editing.
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December 27, 2013 4:53:57 PM

Processor: http://products.ncix.com/detail/intel-core-i7-4770k-unl...
i7-4770k - 310

MOBO: Asus z87-A SLI ready - 125 http://products.ncix.com/detail/asus-z87-a-atx-lga1150-...

RAM - Patriot Viper 3 2x8gb 1600mhz - 150 http://products.ncix.com/detail/patriot-viper-3-16gb-2x...

HDD - Toshiba 3tb - 110

SSD - Kingston 240gb - 150

CASE - Corsair Carbite 230t - 80 http://products.ncix.com/detail/corsair-carbide-series-...

PSU - seasonic 850w gold - 180 http://products.ncix.com/detail/seasonic-x850-gold-km3-...

Cooling - Corsair hydro 100i - 80 http://products.ncix.com/detail/corsair-cooling-hydro-s...

GPU - 2x Zotac 780 amp edition - 1060 http://products.ncix.com/detail/zotac-geforce-gtx-780-o....

Total is 2065 without tax. You could add a blu ray drive if you want, and get a custom liquid cooling loop and still be under budget.
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December 27, 2013 4:59:32 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($160.19 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($769.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($769.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($112.13 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($172.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($22.15 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($147.64 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $3335.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 20:07 EST-0500)

You can have a look at this build and tweak it to fulfill your whole budget or shorten it.
Kills any thing out there right now and livestreams smoothly.
Tell me what you think!
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December 27, 2013 5:06:24 PM

Thank you to both of you above. (FractalDesignCore and bob hays) I'm going to wait and see if anyone else replies and try to get a few other opinions.

I really appreciate you taking the time to choose the parts. If anyone else has some input on their builds on has another build, let me know!
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December 27, 2013 5:08:00 PM

tinumallii said:
Thank you to both of you above. (FractalDesignCore and bob hays) I'm going to wait and see if anyone else replies and try to get a few other opinions.

I really appreciate you taking the time to choose the parts. If anyone else has some input on their builds on has another build, let me know!


I revised mine to $3300. I saw you needed peripherals and an OS. Good luck.
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December 27, 2013 5:41:57 PM

i7-4770k ($310): http://products.ncix.com/detail/intel-core-i7-4770k-unl...

Noctua NH-D14 ($70 when paired with the i7): http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=47090

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ($105): http://products.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-z87x-ud3h-atx-...

G.Skill 2x8gb RAM ($155): http://products.ncix.com/detail/g-skill-f3-12800cl10d-1...

Seagate Barracuda 1tb ($69): http://products.ncix.com/detail/seagate-barracuda-1tb-7...

Samsung 840 EVO 250gb ($199): http://products.ncix.com/detail/samsung-840-evo-series-...

EVGA GTX 780 ti ($790): http://products.ncix.com/detail/evga-geforce-gtx-780-ti...

Fractal Design Define R4 W/ Window ($90): http://products.ncix.com/detail/fractal-design-define-r...

Seasonic M12II 850w psu ($150): http://products.ncix.com/detail/seasonic-m12ii-850w-eps...
It's on back order, if you can't wait then get this:
Antec HCG850M ($150): http://products.ncix.com/detail/antec-high-current-game...

Windows 8.1 64-bit ($98): http://products.ncix.com/detail/microsoft-windows-8-1-6...

Logitech G500S mouse ($65): http://products.ncix.com/detail/logitech-g500s-laser-ga...

All of that totals to $2101 CAD. I left out a keyboard because it depends on what mechanical switch you prefer.

-I chose an i7 and 16gb of ram for video editing.
-The Noctua NH-D14 is a really high end aircooler that allows you to overclock very well. It performs the same as most CLC.
-GTX 780 ti can max out any game at 1080p and it should do great in 4k.
-I chose the Define R4 because it's very silent. It's the most silent case on the market.
-A high quality 850w psu for future SLI. Or you can even add another 780ti right now.

Also, note that FractalDesignCore's build uses NCIX US prices, not NCIX CA.
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December 27, 2013 6:02:23 PM

realchaos said:
i7-4770k ($310): http://products.ncix.com/detail/intel-core-i7-4770k-unl...

Noctua NH-D14 ($70 when paired with the i7): http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=47090

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ($105): http://products.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-z87x-ud3h-atx-...

G.Skill 2x8gb RAM ($155): http://products.ncix.com/detail/g-skill-f3-12800cl10d-1...

Seagate Barracuda 1tb ($69): http://products.ncix.com/detail/seagate-barracuda-1tb-7...

Samsung 840 EVO 250gb ($199): http://products.ncix.com/detail/samsung-840-evo-series-...

EVGA GTX 780 ti ($790): http://products.ncix.com/detail/evga-geforce-gtx-780-ti...

Fractal Design Define R4 W/ Window ($90): http://products.ncix.com/detail/fractal-design-define-r...

Seasonic M12II 850w psu ($150): http://products.ncix.com/detail/seasonic-m12ii-850w-eps...
It's on back order, if you can't wait then get this:
Antec HCG850M ($150): http://products.ncix.com/detail/antec-high-current-game...

Windows 8.1 64-bit ($98): http://products.ncix.com/detail/microsoft-windows-8-1-6...

Logitech G500S mouse ($65): http://products.ncix.com/detail/logitech-g500s-laser-ga...

All of that totals to $2101 CAD. I left out a keyboard because it depends on what mechanical switch you prefer.

-I chose an i7 and 16gb of ram for video editing.
-The Noctua NH-D14 is a really high end aircooler that allows you to overclock very well. It performs the same as most CLC.
-GTX 780 ti can max out any game at 1080p and it should do great in 4k.
-I chose the Define R4 because it's very silent. It's the most silent case on the market.
-A high quality 850w psu for future SLI. Or you can even add another 780ti right now.

Also, note that FractalDesignCore's build uses NCIX US prices, not NCIX CA.


Hey, thanks a lot for your build!

If you get a chance could you possibly compare your build to Fractal's, Bob's and this pre-built PC by NCIX: http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc/ncixpc.cfm?uuid=F296C9A2-7026...

And let me know which one you think is better and why for what I'm doing.
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December 27, 2013 7:57:15 PM

tinumallii said:
realchaos said:
i7-4770k ($310): http://products.ncix.com/detail/intel-core-i7-4770k-unl...

Noctua NH-D14 ($70 when paired with the i7): http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=47090

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ($105): http://products.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-z87x-ud3h-atx-...

G.Skill 2x8gb RAM ($155): http://products.ncix.com/detail/g-skill-f3-12800cl10d-1...

Seagate Barracuda 1tb ($69): http://products.ncix.com/detail/seagate-barracuda-1tb-7...

Samsung 840 EVO 250gb ($199): http://products.ncix.com/detail/samsung-840-evo-series-...

EVGA GTX 780 ti ($790): http://products.ncix.com/detail/evga-geforce-gtx-780-ti...

Fractal Design Define R4 W/ Window ($90): http://products.ncix.com/detail/fractal-design-define-r...

Seasonic M12II 850w psu ($150): http://products.ncix.com/detail/seasonic-m12ii-850w-eps...
It's on back order, if you can't wait then get this:
Antec HCG850M ($150): http://products.ncix.com/detail/antec-high-current-game...

Windows 8.1 64-bit ($98): http://products.ncix.com/detail/microsoft-windows-8-1-6...

Logitech G500S mouse ($65): http://products.ncix.com/detail/logitech-g500s-laser-ga...

All of that totals to $2101 CAD. I left out a keyboard because it depends on what mechanical switch you prefer.

-I chose an i7 and 16gb of ram for video editing.
-The Noctua NH-D14 is a really high end aircooler that allows you to overclock very well. It performs the same as most CLC.
-GTX 780 ti can max out any game at 1080p and it should do great in 4k.
-I chose the Define R4 because it's very silent. It's the most silent case on the market.
-A high quality 850w psu for future SLI. Or you can even add another 780ti right now.

Also, note that FractalDesignCore's build uses NCIX US prices, not NCIX CA.


Hey, thanks a lot for your build!

If you get a chance could you possibly compare your build to Fractal's, Bob's and this pre-built PC by NCIX: http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc/ncixpc.cfm?uuid=F296C9A2-7026...

And let me know which one you think is better and why for what I'm doing.


Those have 2 770's, whereas realchaos' only has a 780ti. The ncix one would be better for what you are doing, whereas my build would be even better than that. The best build would be fractaldesign's, but that one is for ncix US not CA
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December 27, 2013 9:08:46 PM

Well it fairly depends. Most of these builds vary greatly in price. Bob's and mine are in the $2000 range while the NCIX and fractal's are in the $3000 range. I wouldn't go for the NCIX because of the fact that it's pre-built, so you're paying them to assemble it for you. Fractal's build is using NCIX US, so that is out of the question as well.

Bringing it down to bob's and mine. Our build is really similar if you look at it. The main difference would have to be the GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 780 ti. I would recommend the 780 ti route because, even though it may not be as strong as SLI 780s, it can still max out anything at 1080p. Also, it will leave you the option to SLI in the future for even better performance. Whereas with the SLI 780s, you don't have the option to add another card. Your only option will be to dump those two cards and get a newer modern card in the future.
I would never SLI unless I need to. If one card can already do everything you need, then grab the one card. A single card has multiple advantages to a dual card set-up, like avoiding SLI issues.
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December 27, 2013 10:58:23 PM

realchaos said:
Well it fairly depends. Most of these builds vary greatly in price. Bob's and mine are in the $2000 range while the NCIX and fractal's are in the $3000 range. I wouldn't go for the NCIX because of the fact that it's pre-built, so you're paying them to assemble it for you. Fractal's build is using NCIX US, so that is out of the question as well.

Bringing it down to bob's and mine. Our build is really similar if you look at it. The main difference would have to be the GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 780 ti. I would recommend the 780 ti route because, even though it may not be as strong as SLI 780s, it can still max out anything at 1080p. Also, it will leave you the option to SLI in the future for even better performance. Whereas with the SLI 780s, you don't have the option to add another card. Your only option will be to dump those two cards and get a newer modern card in the future.
I would never SLI unless I need to. If one card can already do everything you need, then grab the one card. A single card has multiple advantages to a dual card set-up, like avoiding SLI issues.


+1, and if you decide for some reason that the single 780ti isn't enough (BTW this whole build is absolute overkill), then you can just get another 780ti and still stay under budget.
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December 28, 2013 11:28:09 AM

Yeah you can go the route Bob and real chaos are talking about with a single 780ti. You could add a custom water cooling loop. Seeing as you were livestreaming/recording/gaming at the same time it stresses your GPU so i did SLI. But it is totally up to you. BTW i couldnt find NCIX CA on PCPARTPICKER. Sorry bout that.
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