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January 3, 2014 5:39:34 AM

While the Price range in the title may seem overkill, prices in New Zealand aren't really the best to work with most of the time (but yeah it is still overkill but it is what I have to work with).
This PC will be used mostly for gaming and some light editing work (High School stuff) and I tend to be very indecisive so it would be cool to get some help :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Early 2014, Q1, possibly early Q2

Budget Range: $2500 - $3000NZD, I can be a little bit flexible with this either side

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Very light workstation use, internet, MS office

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Audio

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.computerlounge.co.nz, www.pbtech.co.nz

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Parts Preferences: Asus, Corsair, NVIDIA, and Fractal however I am open to other options but I will be sticking to a Samsung 840 EVO SSD for sure.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not in the immediate future but the ability to do so later would be nice.

Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440 or 3x 1920x1080 or 2560x1080 (Please help me decide between these)

Additional Comments: While monitor is listed under parts not required, it would be nice if I could afford one of the 3 monitor solutions stated earlier. If it does not fit with the build, I could live with my single 1080p monitor until later this year. It is an AOC 1080p monitor that I don't remember the model number of sorry. The priority on this would be gaming experience.

It would also be cool if I could get recommendations for some software I could use for video editing as I would like to get into it in more depth as I am already interested in helping out my school with productions and whatnot.

Maximum case height is 650mm as anything larger would not fit under my desk.

EDIT: It will be running in a room with other people so the quieter the better.
a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 6:44:29 AM

what size mobo's do you want?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 7:01:49 AM

I am working on your build. So be patient for a bit C:
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a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 8:00:55 AM

You have a lot of money to spend I'll give you that.

Memory: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($149.95)

Pick One
Motherboard: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($179.95)
Motherboard (2) (mAtx): http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($129.95)
Motherboard (3) (mAtx: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($139.95)

Case (Right size for your desk): http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($149.95)

SSD
SSD Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($149.95)


Power Supply: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($299.95)

CPU Pick One
Intel core i7 4770: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($419.95)
Intel core i5 4670K: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($329.95)
Intel core i5 4670: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($299.95)

CPU Cooler: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($179.95)

CD Drive: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... ($49.95 )

Video Card: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie... (799.95) (Or you can pick something $200 more and still be in your price range)

All add up to ($2379.55 US DOLLAR) ($2868.66 NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR) If you pick the first parts in the list.

KINGSTON HYPERX BEAST 8GB, ASUS Z87M-PLUS, FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE MINI, SAMSUNG 840 EVO SERIES 120GB, CORSAIR AX SERIES AX760w,INTEL HASWELL CORE I7 4770 ,NOCTUA NH-D14 SE2011 CPU COOLER , ASUS DRW-24D3ST , EVGA NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX770


You can pick other parts to make it cheaper but I worked on this for an hour LOL so have fun changing it and stuff.
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January 3, 2014 11:36:00 AM

Here's a build with a 780- should have really good gaming performance, especially if you overclock the i5.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.29 @ PB Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($67.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.81 @ Ascent Technology)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ Aquila Technology)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($803.85 @ PB Technologies)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.82 @ Ascent Technology)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($164.92 @ Ascent Technology)
Total: $2279.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 08:34 NZDT+1300)


You can add a good screen for about $200 NZ. (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie...)
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January 3, 2014 5:23:27 PM

@EcoMCG
A full atx Mobo sorry for the late reply. Also the Define R4 would fit under my desk but I can never decide especially when it comes to cases. Would it be better to get a 780 as opposed to the 770 classified? I'll probably go with the 4670k for its overclockability and is there much benefit going from the NH-D14 to the h100i? Just curious as it still falls under budget. Sorry for all the questions and yes it is quite a bit to spend :lol:  Thanks for your time (it seems like you spent a lot of it :p )

@Sylvanriv
That power supply is overpriced at ascent, I can get it in the physical store of PBTech for $40 cheaper (or sometimes better, their website does not include in store sales/deals). Will 750W be enough to SLI the 780s later on? I also forgot to include in the post that I didn't need an OS (oops) as I already have a license from my brother's build. I also have a larger screen I would be happy with right now but I would like to move to one of the monitor solutions I put up originally.

Thanks for the help :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 5:36:04 PM

MayonnaiseYo said:
@EcoMCG
A full atx Mobo sorry for the late reply. Also the Define R4 would fit under my desk but I can never decide especially when it comes to cases. Would it be better to get a 780 as opposed to the 770 classified? I'll probably go with the 4670k for its overclockability and is there much benefit going from the NH-D14 to the h100i? Just curious as it still falls under budget. Sorry for all the questions and yes it is quite a bit to spend :lol:  Thanks for your time (it seems like you spent a lot of it :p )

@Sylvanriv
That power supply is overpriced at ascent, I can get it in the physical store of PBTech for $40 cheaper (or sometimes better, their website does not include in store sales/deals). Will 750W be enough to SLI the 780s later on? I also forgot to include in the post that I didn't need an OS (oops) as I already have a license from my brother's build. I also have a larger screen I would be happy with right now but I would like to move to one of the monitor solutions I put up originally.

Thanks for the help :) 


750W is JUST enough to get 2 780's. I updated your build with a better, 850W PSU so you can be more comfortable with the SLI in the future; I can do this because you don't need an OS. Also, 3 x 1920x1080 should be cheaper. I added the screens to the list, but it'll be somewhat over budget with the screens. Is that ok? If you don't factor the screens into the budget that takes away close to $600 NZ.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.29 @ PB Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($67.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.81 @ Ascent Technology)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ Aquila Technology)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($803.85 @ PB Technologies)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.82 @ Ascent Technology)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Total: $2698.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 14:35 NZDT+1300)






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January 3, 2014 6:19:38 PM

Sylvanriv said:
MayonnaiseYo said:
@EcoMCG
A full atx Mobo sorry for the late reply. Also the Define R4 would fit under my desk but I can never decide especially when it comes to cases. Would it be better to get a 780 as opposed to the 770 classified? I'll probably go with the 4670k for its overclockability and is there much benefit going from the NH-D14 to the h100i? Just curious as it still falls under budget. Sorry for all the questions and yes it is quite a bit to spend :lol:  Thanks for your time (it seems like you spent a lot of it :p )

@Sylvanriv
That power supply is overpriced at ascent, I can get it in the physical store of PBTech for $40 cheaper (or sometimes better, their website does not include in store sales/deals). Will 750W be enough to SLI the 780s later on? I also forgot to include in the post that I didn't need an OS (oops) as I already have a license from my brother's build. I also have a larger screen I would be happy with right now but I would like to move to one of the monitor solutions I put up originally.

Thanks for the help :) 


750W is JUST enough to get 2 780's. I updated your build with a better, 850W PSU so you can be more comfortable with the SLI in the future; I can do this because you don't need an OS. Also, 3 x 1920x1080 should be cheaper. I added the screens to the list, but it'll be somewhat over budget with the screens. Is that ok? If you don't factor the screens into the budget that takes away close to $600 NZ.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.29 @ PB Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($67.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.81 @ Ascent Technology)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ Aquila Technology)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($803.85 @ PB Technologies)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.82 @ Ascent Technology)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Total: $2698.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 14:35 NZDT+1300)








Sorry to ask even more questions but how far will I be able to push the 4670k with the 212 evo? My brother's has one and it looks to run relatively hot compared to mine on an i5 760 (I understand that haswell tends to be hot). I might just combine your build with EcoMCG's and I'll probably pick out a different case. I'll put up a proposed build later so I could get some confirmation on whether the parts are good or not. I do have a lot of money to work with and I am willing to wait for later on in the year for the screens if it means getting a more capable computer worth the extra money.

EDIT: Computer Lounge gives a discount if you buy the RAM, Mobo and CPU together
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January 3, 2014 6:21:23 PM

MayonnaiseYo said:
Sylvanriv said:
MayonnaiseYo said:
@EcoMCG
A full atx Mobo sorry for the late reply. Also the Define R4 would fit under my desk but I can never decide especially when it comes to cases. Would it be better to get a 780 as opposed to the 770 classified? I'll probably go with the 4670k for its overclockability and is there much benefit going from the NH-D14 to the h100i? Just curious as it still falls under budget. Sorry for all the questions and yes it is quite a bit to spend :lol:  Thanks for your time (it seems like you spent a lot of it :p )

@Sylvanriv
That power supply is overpriced at ascent, I can get it in the physical store of PBTech for $40 cheaper (or sometimes better, their website does not include in store sales/deals). Will 750W be enough to SLI the 780s later on? I also forgot to include in the post that I didn't need an OS (oops) as I already have a license from my brother's build. I also have a larger screen I would be happy with right now but I would like to move to one of the monitor solutions I put up originally.

Thanks for the help :) 


750W is JUST enough to get 2 780's. I updated your build with a better, 850W PSU so you can be more comfortable with the SLI in the future; I can do this because you don't need an OS. Also, 3 x 1920x1080 should be cheaper. I added the screens to the list, but it'll be somewhat over budget with the screens. Is that ok? If you don't factor the screens into the budget that takes away close to $600 NZ.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.29 @ PB Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($67.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.81 @ Ascent Technology)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ Aquila Technology)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($803.85 @ PB Technologies)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.82 @ Ascent Technology)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Total: $2698.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 14:35 NZDT+1300)








Sorry to ask even more questions but how far will I be able to push the 4670k with the 212 evo? My brother's has one and it looks to run relatively hot compared to mine on an i5 760 (I understand that haswell tends to be hot). I might just combine your build with EcoMCG's and I'll probably pick out a different case. I'll put up a proposed build later so I could get some confirmation on whether the parts are good or not. I do have a lot of money to work with and I am willing to wait for later on in the year for the screens if it means getting a more capable computer worth the extra money.


The 212 evo is perfect if you want to overclock your CPU's. But I don't know how far you can, you probably need to search that up. I've never overclocked an intel CPU before.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 6:34:10 PM

EcoMCG said:
MayonnaiseYo said:
Sylvanriv said:
MayonnaiseYo said:
@EcoMCG
A full atx Mobo sorry for the late reply. Also the Define R4 would fit under my desk but I can never decide especially when it comes to cases. Would it be better to get a 780 as opposed to the 770 classified? I'll probably go with the 4670k for its overclockability and is there much benefit going from the NH-D14 to the h100i? Just curious as it still falls under budget. Sorry for all the questions and yes it is quite a bit to spend :lol:  Thanks for your time (it seems like you spent a lot of it :p )

@Sylvanriv
That power supply is overpriced at ascent, I can get it in the physical store of PBTech for $40 cheaper (or sometimes better, their website does not include in store sales/deals). Will 750W be enough to SLI the 780s later on? I also forgot to include in the post that I didn't need an OS (oops) as I already have a license from my brother's build. I also have a larger screen I would be happy with right now but I would like to move to one of the monitor solutions I put up originally.

Thanks for the help :) 


750W is JUST enough to get 2 780's. I updated your build with a better, 850W PSU so you can be more comfortable with the SLI in the future; I can do this because you don't need an OS. Also, 3 x 1920x1080 should be cheaper. I added the screens to the list, but it'll be somewhat over budget with the screens. Is that ok? If you don't factor the screens into the budget that takes away close to $600 NZ.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.29 @ PB Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($67.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.81 @ Ascent Technology)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ Aquila Technology)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($803.85 @ PB Technologies)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.82 @ Ascent Technology)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($194.35 @ PB Technologies)
Total: $2698.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 14:35 NZDT+1300)








Sorry to ask even more questions but how far will I be able to push the 4670k with the 212 evo? My brother's has one and it looks to run relatively hot compared to mine on an i5 760 (I understand that haswell tends to be hot). I might just combine your build with EcoMCG's and I'll probably pick out a different case. I'll put up a proposed build later so I could get some confirmation on whether the parts are good or not. I do have a lot of money to work with and I am willing to wait for later on in the year for the screens if it means getting a more capable computer worth the extra money.


The 212 evo is perfect if you want to overclock your CPU's. But I don't know how far you can, you probably need to search that up. I've never overclocked an intel CPU before.


You should be able to overclock up to around 4.5 GHz with a 212 Evo and the 4670K.

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January 3, 2014 9:36:03 PM

My budget went up to $3500 with the 3 monitors and I came up with a build on Computerlounge.
Asrock z87 extreme6
Intel i5 4670k
Mushkin Blackline 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3-1600 CL9 -$778.00 (combo deal for RAM, MOBO, and CPU)
Noctua NH-U14s CPU cooler - $129.95
Fractal design Define R4 titanium Grey w/ window - $219.95
Corsair RM850 80 Plus Gold PSU - $299.95
Samsung 840 EVO 120gb - $149.95
ASUS GTX 780 Ti - $1099.95
AOC I2367FH 23" IPS 5ms Full HD Monitor Ultra Narrow Bezel x3 - 749.85 (for all 3 total)
Total Price: $3427.60NZD
I know it is a lot and highly overkill but I tend to overspend anyway and it should last me a long time. What do you think of it? I chose the monitors for the narrower bezel. All the prices were taken from Computerlounge. We also are getting a usb optical drive for the family so the build no longer requires one.
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