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December 28, 2013 1:47:16 PM

This is my current pending build:
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing Combo or $33.98
Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 $134.99
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 $76.99
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" SSD $139.00
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB $679.99
Sound Card Asus Xonar DSX $49.49
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 $39.88
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower $84.99
Power Supply XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $74.99
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $56.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98
Monitor Asus VE228H 21.5" $129.99
Keyboard Gigabyte Force K3 $19.99
Total: $1895.22

I am trying to build the best gaming computer i can under $2000-$2300. Do you guys have any ideas on how to make it better, let me know. Also im getting the Windows 7 OEM, is it hard to install or is it as easy as the full? I have this compatibility issue "G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory operating voltage of 1.65V exceeds the Intel Haswell CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V)" is this an issue and is there work around if needed? BTW if you do make changes briefly explain why. thank you guys!
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December 28, 2013 2:34:36 PM

I woulld look for compatible memory for your motherboard. You can either check the AsRock website for your motherboards QVL (supported memory) or go to a memory manufacturer's website such as G.Skill, Corsair, etc. and use their memory configurator program/app. Just tell it the motherboard in question and it will display all the compatible memory they make.
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December 28, 2013 2:50:37 PM

Hi:) 
You have a very good build and i can only think of two recommendations.
1. Windows 8.1 64bit...... i know, i know that a lot of people hate windows 8. I hated it too when i got it but only for about 3 days. I'm a couple of months in with it now and wouldn't go back to windows 7. Games which can use Directx 11.2 will run better.
Take for example, Battlefield 4 will run better on it and considering your getting this build for Battlefield 4(i was on your laptop thread) i think you should consider it.
You have chosen a Nvidia 780ti so you won't be able to use the Mantle update for Battlefield 4 making windows 8.1 something to consider.

2. Your ram choice. I would go into detail and explain why but my girlfriend just made a cup of tea for me and wants to watch a movie. If i stay much longer and write an explanation i will have a cold cup of tea and an angry girlfriend:D 

Instead please read this post- http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1802996/questi...

This is the ram i think you should consider- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyway please post back and let me know what you think. I might check back after my cup of tea if the movie is boring.
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December 28, 2013 2:52:03 PM

The Asus Maximus VI hero board would negate the need for the sound and network cards

On the ram I would get lower latency at supported settings to improve performance. What I was taught was that when you divide the latency by the freaquency, you want the smallest number possible. example: 7/1600=.004375 (what I have) and 11/2400=.004583 (what you have selected)

To control temps, I might add a custom water loop for the cpu or an all in one like the H100i. This would not only be cooler than the 212, but also allow higher overclocks for performance.
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December 28, 2013 3:30:13 PM

OK, so this is the new and improved build the only thing that I left out is the H100i. I don't know how much OC i will be doing. I really like the Asus motherboard , thank you TYpolo.
jay2577, I really like the thread you sent, it explained a lot! I will give windows 8.1 a try considering it will improve BF4.
Here is the updated build:
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing Combo or $33.98
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 $199.98
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $82.05
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" SSD $139.00
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB $679.99
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 $39.88
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower $90.43
Power Supply XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $74.99
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $56.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) $94.98
Monitor Asus VE228H 21.5" $129.99
Keyboard Gigabyte Force K3 $19.99
Total: $1927.22

Ok, I have some wiggle room for my budget, any upgrades ideas?
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December 28, 2013 3:34:38 PM

You could always go for a better monitor. There are a few I'd recommend but they cost at least twice what you are currently listing, although they would be larger screens. If you are interested I can post a few links to them.
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December 28, 2013 3:39:12 PM

animal said:
You could always go for a better monitor. There are a few I'd recommend but they cost at least twice what you are currently listing, although they would be larger screens. If you are interested I can post a few links to them.


Go for it. I was thinking about it anyways. thanks
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December 28, 2013 3:49:08 PM

straifer125 said:
OK, so this is the new and improved build the only thing that I left out is the H100i. I don't know how much OC i will be doing. I really like the Asus motherboard , thank you TYpolo.
jay2577, I really like the thread you sent, it explained a lot! I will give windows 8.1 a try considering it will improve BF4.
Here is the updated build:
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing Combo or $33.98
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 $199.98
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $82.05
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" SSD $139.00
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB $679.99
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 $39.88
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower $90.43
Power Supply XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $74.99
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $56.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) $94.98
Monitor Asus VE228H 21.5" $129.99
Keyboard Gigabyte Force K3 $19.99
Total: $1927.22

Ok, I have some wiggle room for my budget, any upgrades ideas?


You're welcome, if you have the money, a touch screen monitor would be a great compliment to windows 8 :) 
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December 28, 2013 4:00:11 PM

Your welcome for my input. That is a very nice computer. I'm glad i could help:D 
Have a great new year!
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