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January 18, 2014 6:30:29 PM

My first build and have been reading some posts in this forum about other builds and below is what I have come up with as a starting point.

I've been a laptop guy for the past 8 years or so and would like to get into some gaming. This will be my everyday computer as well, so your help is much appreciated.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($142.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($345.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($100.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1418.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 21:09 EST-0500)

Wasn't sure if that would be enough PSU or not and there were a lot of choices with that and with memory, so not sure about that either.

Have never overclocked but will be giving it a go with this build and was wondering if that MB was a good pick?

The video card seemed to be a pretty popular choice to go along with the 4670K.

I would like to put around 1400-1500 into the tower.

I don't have a monitor either so I would like some suggestions for that as well. No bigger than 24" and would probably just be sticking with 1080p, unless it would make a huge difference in getting a better resolution.

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January 18, 2014 6:39:03 PM

Great build and good choice of components. But:

- You don't need 16 GB of RAM for a gaming purpose, unless you do more intensive tasks like rendering or video/photo editing. 8 GB would be plenty to run all your games.

- Since you got about 80$ left on your budget, I suggest you pick a better heatsink if you are going to overclock in the future. The Noctua NH-D14 and the Phanteks PH-TC14PE are my personal favorites.

If you have questions, feel free to ask them. Have fun building !
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January 18, 2014 6:45:14 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1364.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 21:43 EST-0500)

-No need for such an expensive board. The Asus Z87-A has everything you need.
-8gb of ram is plenty.
-No need for the fastest HDD. The Barracuda is a bit slower than the WD Black, but it's about half the price.
-Cheaper version of the 770, same performance.
-Cheaper psu. The Seasonic one is definitely higher quality, but the CX600M should be fine.
-Included a good IPS 1080p monitor and it's still cheaper than your original build.
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January 18, 2014 6:48:44 PM

Thanks Oleonius , I will check out those heatsinks. I was also looking at the Corsair H100i at one point which is just a tad bit more.

I was going back and forth with the memory as far as 8/16 and I don't really plan on doing many intensive tasks outside of normal gaming/internet stuff. So I may have to change that.
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January 18, 2014 7:07:32 PM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1364.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 21:43 EST-0500)

-No need for such an expensive board. The Asus Z87-A has everything you need.
-8gb of ram is plenty.
-No need for the fastest HDD. The Barracuda is a bit slower than the WD Black, but it's about half the price.
-Cheaper version of the 770, same performance.
-Cheaper psu. The Seasonic one is definitely higher quality, but the CX600M should be fine.
-Included a good IPS 1080p monitor and it's still cheaper than your original build.


Thank you.

Appreciate the monitor help and will check that out. I like the price.
It was tough picking out the 770, for me being a n00b and all. Wasn't sure if one company made one better than the other and what not.

Even tougher was the PSU since so many different companies make them but I like your choice. Appreciate the help!
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January 18, 2014 7:20:34 PM

Yeah your gpu and psu were really good choices, but you could save some money on them and still have your computer work fine.
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January 18, 2014 9:15:57 PM

southlick said:
Thanks Oleonius , I will check out those heatsinks. I was also looking at the Corsair H100i at one point which is just a tad bit more.

I was going back and forth with the memory as far as 8/16 and I don't really plan on doing many intensive tasks outside of normal gaming/internet stuff. So I may have to change that.


The Noctua and Phanteks cooler performs the same as the H100 but are far more quiet. They are also cheaper and you don't risk any liquid leaking into your computer if they break.

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January 18, 2014 9:37:43 PM

Looks like I'm all set as far the tower/computer goes.

anymore monitor suggestions?
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January 18, 2014 9:43:56 PM

I would recommend the monitor I posted above. It's reasonably priced and it's an IPS panel so you get great image clarity.
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January 18, 2014 9:47:26 PM

realchaos said:
I would recommend the monitor I posted above. It's reasonably priced and it's an IPS panel so you get great image clarity.


I like that option. Has some good specs.
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