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Current Build for a New Gaming PC, $2000-2400, looking for review and advice

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January 21, 2014 9:24:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: 2000-2400

System Usage: Gaming, Schoolwork(Programming C++/Java)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, probably purchased separately

Current Build from PCPartpicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DoSTrojan/saved/3t2Z

My main question is will the potential issues affect my build?
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Some Intel X79 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Ivy Bridge-E CPUs.

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.6V exceeds the Intel Ivy Bridge-E CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum.

Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.


Other tips and advice are appreciated as well. Thank you.
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January 21, 2014 10:29:54 PM

1. No, that's basically a hypothetical.
2. The RAM will just run at either 1600 or 1866, and they will require overclocking to maintain a higher speed which will not be recommended or needed.
3. The case is cheap and old. But if you like it, it's your choice. I would prefer a case with a USB 3.0 header, especially if my motherboard has USB 3.0 connections.

No one on this forum is going to recommend a 500 dollar processor, especially for gaming. I assume your programming will be entry-level, so an i5 4670K would fit your situation better. If you REALLY want to spend upwards of 2000 dollars along with socket LGA2011, go for it. I would just look elsewhere for a case.
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January 21, 2014 10:37:40 PM

So gaming wise, does the processor not matter at all? Also what about in the future? I'm definitely planning to keep this PC for a significant amount of time.
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January 21, 2014 10:46:05 PM

The only thing I would really change is getting the non reference gtx 780 ti
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And I'm sure you can get a better case than that, with better airflow

NZXT Source 530
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NZXT Phantom
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Corsair 500R
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You can also step down to an i7 4770k with a z87 mobo to save some cash.
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January 21, 2014 10:57:22 PM

DoSTrojan said:
So gaming wise, does the processor not matter at all? Also what about in the future? I'm definitely planning to keep this PC for a significant amount of time.


The gpu matters more than the cpu, but since you already have the fastest currently available, you cant really up that more unless you are going dual configurations. But honestly you don't have to blow $570 on a cpu that's going to perform just as well as an i7 4770k in gaming. That cpu is really for guys who do intense mathematical calculations, 3d work..............

Just saying, if you want to save some cash, you can always go for an i7 4770k with a Z87 mobo which will definitely last you a good couple of years

And, go with the non reference 780ti, check my post above. Runs cooler and quieter

Also, try and get a better case, preferably full tower
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January 21, 2014 11:37:51 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 Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($709.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($106.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1785.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 02:37 EST-0500)
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