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New Build: have a few questions and open to suggestions

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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  1. 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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    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/question.html

    This is the ram i think you should consider- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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 :)
  8. 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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