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December 29, 2013 4:58:49 PM

I am starting my first build ans would like to know the best gpu for around $250-$300. I will be using this for gaming and would like to max out setting for games like battlefield 4 if possible. Also an suggestions on parts I should change.

Parts:
Intel Core i7-3770k
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro
Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX
2 Noctua NF-F12
Corsair CX 6

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December 29, 2013 5:05:36 PM

Are you intentionally building a mini ITX system, or do you have the space for a mATX or even full ATX. The reason I ask is because this severely limits your choice of GPU.

I would recommend the Asus mini ITX 670 from here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also it is generally recommended that you should try to get the latest generation CPU, that means you should probably get an i7 4770k instead of the older 3770k.

This could pair well with the Asus z87i deluxe from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which is only a little more than the p8z77i you are looking at.

If you are in the USA you can get a CPU and motherboard combo cheaply from microcenter, however the CPUs are pickup only so this may not be practical.
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December 29, 2013 6:06:24 PM

bradsctt said:
Are you intentionally building a mini ITX system, or do you have the space for a mATX or even full ATX. The reason I ask is because this severely limits your choice of GPU.

I would recommend the Asus mini ITX 670 from here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also it is generally recommended that you should try to get the latest generation CPU, that means you should probably get an i7 4770k instead of the older 3770k.

This could pair well with the Asus z87i deluxe from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which is only a little more than the p8z77i you are looking at.

If you are in the USA you can get a CPU and motherboard combo cheaply from microcenter, however the CPUs are pickup only so this may not be practical.



Yes I am purposely building a mini itx system for its compactness and don't really find a need for a full size case. The case I picked fits any sized gpu in it. Thanks for the great answer
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December 29, 2013 7:12:03 PM

bradsctt said:
after properly looking at what case that is, i would suggest that you should probably get a full sized GPU, such as a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or, with the money potentially saved from the 4770k and Z87I, you could get a GTX 770 instead, such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the GTX770 is a good option, as in a mini itx system you do not have the option to SLI later


Unfortunately the 4770k does not fit on the motherboard but I will most likely be going with the gtx 770
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December 29, 2013 7:28:30 PM

je4444 said:
bradsctt said:
after properly looking at what case that is, i would suggest that you should probably get a full sized GPU, such as a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or, with the money potentially saved from the 4770k and Z87I, you could get a GTX 770 instead, such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the GTX770 is a good option, as in a mini itx system you do not have the option to SLI later


Unfortunately the 4770k does not fit on the motherboard but I will most likely be going with the gtx 770


Get the 4770K with the Z87I Deluxe, not the P8Z77-I, as this is a LGA 1150 board, and despite its higher price, the 4770k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is currently cheaper on Newegg than the 3770k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are numerous advantages of having a newer generation processor, such as better performance per watt, and better overall performance. Haswell also has better power saving than Ivy Bridge, which is good for a small system because of the reduced heat output.

If you wanted to further reduce heat output and noise in future, you could get the corsair H80 water cooler and mount the radiator in the front of the case.
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December 29, 2013 8:54:23 PM

bradsctt said:
je4444 said:
bradsctt said:
after properly looking at what case that is, i would suggest that you should probably get a full sized GPU, such as a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or, with the money potentially saved from the 4770k and Z87I, you could get a GTX 770 instead, such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the GTX770 is a good option, as in a mini itx system you do not have the option to SLI later


Unfortunately the 4770k does not fit on the motherboard but I will most likely be going with the gtx 770


Get the 4770K with the Z87I Deluxe, not the P8Z77-I, as this is a LGA 1150 board, and despite its higher price, the 4770k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is currently cheaper on Newegg than the 3770k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are numerous advantages of having a newer generation processor, such as better performance per watt, and better overall performance. Haswell also has better power saving than Ivy Bridge, which is good for a small system because of the reduced heat output.

If you wanted to further reduce heat output and noise in future, you could get the corsair H80 water cooler and mount the radiator in the front of the case.


Oh ok now I see that gpu fits that board. For cooling I'm using the thermaltake 3.0 pro because of the double thick radiator and 2 noctua 120mm fans.
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December 29, 2013 9:41:06 PM

Sorry, in didn't notice the water cooler in the parts list :) 

Are you going to go with the 4770K and Z87-I Deluxe?
Or stick with the 3770K and the P8Z77-I?



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December 29, 2013 10:00:07 PM

bradsctt said:
Sorry, in didn't notice the water cooler in the parts list :) 

Are you going to go with the 4770K and Z87-I Deluxe?
Or stick with the 3770K and the P8Z77-I?





The 4770k and the z87-I deluxe
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December 29, 2013 11:04:13 PM

Ok, awesome
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December 30, 2013 12:02:24 AM

bradsctt said:
Ok, awesome


Thanks for the help
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