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January 23, 2014 9:07:37 AM

This is my first time building a computer so I'd like your opinions on my build before I go all-in. I want this computer to be a beast! That being said, here is the build:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I already have a case for this unit, that's why it's not in my build list.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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January 23, 2014 9:14:00 AM

Decent build, but why not go with the newer Haswell (socket 1150) processors and a Z87 motherboard chip set?

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January 23, 2014 9:14:15 AM

While I (or anyone) might suggest minor changes, they'd be niggles. The build looks good. Although "future-proof" is a myth, your system does look very "future-resistant."
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January 23, 2014 9:18:08 AM

it is a good build like everyone said and i would probably agree with wolfshadw. Why not go with a 4th gen i7 4770k and a z87 motherboard?
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January 23, 2014 9:20:34 AM

Drop down to an i5 and get a 780. Here is what I suggest for a cheaper price than the one you listed:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1184.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 12:20 EST-0500)

Wasn't sure if you wanted to overclock so I just gave you an i5-4670.
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January 23, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Yeah future proof is nonsense. If you have definite plans to add a second GTX770 (and if you actually need two GTX770s, that's a lot of graphics power if you just have say a single 1080P display) then the PSU makes sense.
If you don't, then a 2Gb GTX770 and a 550W PSU is plenty.

Any particular reason for the Constellation HDD? For most people a Barracuda or WD Caviar Blue will suffice for half the price.
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January 23, 2014 9:31:51 AM

Thanks all, very good suggestions. I'm probably going to change to a Z87 chipset motherboard, 4th gen i7, and a barracuda HD over Constellation.
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January 23, 2014 10:19:30 AM

Please choose a better PSU than the Corsair "CX" line. Those were made using some inferior Samxon capacitors that do not like heat and fail early. I'd choose Seasonic or one built by them like XFX, some Antec, or a Superflower-built Rosewill Capstone. For a single GTX770, 550W is enough.
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January 23, 2014 1:13:10 PM

Onus said:
Please choose a better PSU than the Corsair "CX" line. Those were made using some inferior Samxon capacitors that do not like heat and fail early. I'd choose Seasonic or one built by them like XFX, some Antec, or a Superflower-built Rosewill Capstone. For a single GTX770, 550W is enough.


Thank you for this insight! I hadn't read anything about the Corsairs failing. I've switched to a SeaSonic X Series.
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January 23, 2014 1:27:43 PM

Those are quite good. Carry on!
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