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January 25, 2014 3:05:14 PM

Hello! I am a Canadian gamer looking to upgrade from my old Dell computer. I want to take a leap and try and build my own system this time. Here is the list of parts I am looking at:

CPU-Intel Core i7-4770 Desktop Processor (I am not looking to overclock ever)

Video Card-Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 GeForce GTX 770 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card

RAM-Kingston HyperX Black 16GB DDR3 1600MHz

Motherboard-MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard

PSU-Corsair CX Series 750W (the semi modular one)

Case-Thermaltake Commander MS-I

Prmary Drive-Samsung 840 120 GB Solid State Drive

Data Drive-WD Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Are any of these things overkill? I am 100% set on the CPU and grapics card but I am not sure about the rest of the components. Thanks for helping me out in advance!
January 25, 2014 6:01:29 PM

Will you ever SLI? If not, that PSU is stronger than you need.

Most people also believe that, unless you are multitasking or running multiple games at once (e.g. multiple instances of an MMO), your system will become obsolete before greater than 8GB RAM is needed for games (actually greater than 6GB because Windows uses about 2GB all the time). Also, if the difference isn't much, it wouldn't hurt to go with 1866MHz RAM.

Consider getting a cheaper motherboard. The one you've selected can do a 3 way SLI and MSI has added a chip to give you two more SATA slots for a total of 8 (as opposed to the 6 that LGA 1150 boards come with by default as a result of Intel's Z87 chip). If I count your SSD, HDD, and assuming a DVD drive, that's 3 SATA ports you need, with 3 left over by default for potential future use on any LGA 1150 board.

I'll skip the bit about the 4670, but as far as your GPU is concerned, the savings in the amount of RAM, PSU. and/or motherboard can take you from a GTX 770 to a GTX 780.
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January 25, 2014 6:53:09 PM

Specops125 said:
Will you ever SLI? If not, that PSU is stronger than you need.

Most people also believe that, unless you are multitasking or running multiple games at once (e.g. multiple instances of an MMO), your system will become obsolete before greater than 8GB RAM is needed for games (actually greater than 6GB because Windows uses about 2GB all the time). Also, if the difference isn't much, it wouldn't hurt to go with 1866MHz RAM.

Consider getting a cheaper motherboard. The one you've selected can do a 3 way SLI and MSI has added a chip to give you two more SATA slots for a total of 8 (as opposed to the 6 that LGA 1150 boards come with by default as a result of Intel's Z87 chip). If I count your SSD, HDD, and assuming a DVD drive, that's 3 SATA ports you need, with 3 left over by default for potential future use on any LGA 1150 board.

I'll skip the bit about the 4670, but as far as your GPU is concerned, the savings in the amount of RAM, PSU. and/or motherboard can take you from a GTX 770 to a GTX 780.


Hi thanks for the reply! Could you recommend a specific motherboard? I am quite new and don't know what cables or stuff I would need. And How many watts would I need for the power supply? Thanks once again!

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January 25, 2014 7:00:37 PM

I agree with @Specops125's evaluation.
Buy the best single gpu you can afford and 1866 ram.
You can get a good mobo for under $150.
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January 25, 2014 7:33:51 PM

davcon said:
Gigabyte Z87X-D3H
http://products.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-z87x-d3h-atx-l...
I've built on this board.
Not one issue so far.


Thanks! Also you agreed with the faster ram so would this be better? It is $30 cheaper than the RAM in the original post. Or would ripjaw be better from a different store as my local store doesnt have them.

Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB DDR3 2400MHz (2x4GB)

Oh And I also found this motherboard from the store I want. Would it fit/be good for my build?

ASRock Z87 Pro3 Motherboard


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January 26, 2014 12:42:16 PM

I'm sure that ram would be fine.
Ram faster then 1866 won't really make much of a difference.
The board is good.
Personally I would buy a 4670k and save some money and get an aftermarket cooler.
Cooler Master Evo is nice.
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January 26, 2014 1:42:28 PM

toe2468 said:
Specops125 said:
Will you ever SLI? If not, that PSU is stronger than you need.

Most people also believe that, unless you are multitasking or running multiple games at once (e.g. multiple instances of an MMO), your system will become obsolete before greater than 8GB RAM is needed for games (actually greater than 6GB because Windows uses about 2GB all the time). Also, if the difference isn't much, it wouldn't hurt to go with 1866MHz RAM.

Consider getting a cheaper motherboard. The one you've selected can do a 3 way SLI and MSI has added a chip to give you two more SATA slots for a total of 8 (as opposed to the 6 that LGA 1150 boards come with by default as a result of Intel's Z87 chip). If I count your SSD, HDD, and assuming a DVD drive, that's 3 SATA ports you need, with 3 left over by default for potential future use on any LGA 1150 board.

I'll skip the bit about the 4670, but as far as your GPU is concerned, the savings in the amount of RAM, PSU. and/or motherboard can take you from a GTX 770 to a GTX 780.


Hi thanks for the reply! Could you recommend a specific motherboard? I am quite new and don't know what cables or stuff I would need. And How many watts would I need for the power supply? Thanks once again!



Np, if you are going to SLI in the future (SLI is an Nvidia technology that means getting a second identical graphics card and running the two together for better performance; CrossFire is AMD Radeon's version of this), I would go with the Asus Z87-A. If you are not going to SLI, I would choose the Asus Z87-K, assuming you are going to get 1866 RAM. If sticking with 1600, you can go with the Asus B85-Plus.

For the PSU, if you are going to go SLI the one you've chosen is fine, if not, I would go with the Corsair CX 500M.
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