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Building a PC for gaming/photography, need some feedback

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January 25, 2014 4:02:56 PM

This machines main purposes are just going to be for photoshop cc/lightroom 5 and some decently intense gaming (DayZ Standalone,ArmA II & III, Planetside 2, Titanfall maybe)
Will it be able to stand up to all of that? I haven't built an intel system in many years, as my last two builds have came along when AMD had good processors.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150HG 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($140.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Corsair Raptor K30 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-5402 40W 5.1ch Speakers ($61.99 @ B&H)
Other: Cable Ties ($3.29)
Total: $1657.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-25 18:57 EST-0500)

My questions

  • I run two monitors but only 1 is 1080p, the other is 1280x1024 and I just use it for monitoring teamspeak 3 on games overlay doesn't work on and stuff like that, do I need to go with the 4GB 770 or will the 2GB be ok?

  • Is the cooler going to be ok for now, if I do overclock, I figure I will wind up picking up a H100i or something down the road, I have heard good things about Noctua, but never used one personally

  • The power supply, I've heard great things about the SeaSonics, but never used them, is 660W platnium for this build going to be right or should I go up a little (budget IS a factor, so I can't increase in price too much more)

  • If there are any issues you see, feel free to point them out that I may have overlooked
    January 25, 2014 4:15:05 PM

    1. 2Gb is probably fine.
    2. Cooler is probably ok.
    3.660 will probably work but you might want to get a more powerful psu.
    Also if you want to use it for potography and have a crap-ton of money you should try one of the new 4k monitors.
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    January 25, 2014 4:54:02 PM

    Yeah I was afraid the 660 was a bit low, I think pc part picker says estimated wattage is like 460 (roughly I'm not at my pc at the moment), so I was thinking I probably needed more than just a 660, but wanted to get a second opinion.

    Oh if I had the cash I would so have a 4k monitor but sadly money is a huge factor at the moment, I'm still an amateur photographer, I have dreams of turning it into a profession but it's just not in the cards yet and spare cash is being funneled into a gear/studio fund, maybe once I can justify a 4k monitor as a business expense lol
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    January 25, 2014 5:08:53 PM

    csonkitas said:
    Yeah I was afraid the 660 was a bit low, I think pc part picker says estimated wattage is like 460 (roughly I'm not at my pc at the moment), so I was thinking I probably needed more than just a 660, but wanted to get a second opinion.

    Oh if I had the cash I would so have a 4k monitor but sadly money is a huge factor at the moment, I'm still an amateur photographer, I have dreams of turning it into a profession but it's just not in the cards yet and spare cash is being funneled into a gear/studio fund, maybe once I can justify a 4k monitor as a business expense lol


    Did it only say 460? if thats the case it is probably ok but that sounds wrong. And yeah I wish I had a 4k monitor...
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    January 25, 2014 5:51:02 PM

    Yeah this is directly off of PC Part Picker (though it does seem a bit low) Estimated Wattage: 437W
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    January 25, 2014 6:19:37 PM

    As far as the PSU goes, you want to be at about 60% of your normal usage to keep from overtaxing it and give you some upgradability overhead down the line.
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    January 25, 2014 7:27:41 PM

    I found this EVGA 750w Gold ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) for $99.99, which is a huge savings from the seasonic I had listed, I read up on it and every one had great things to say about it for the most part, I was going seasonic for the name, but if I can save that big of a chunk of change and it do what I need it to, I could put the saved money into upgrading to a GTX 780 video card, does this seem like a good route?
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    January 26, 2014 3:32:00 PM

    csonkitas said:
    I found this EVGA 750w Gold ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) for $99.99, which is a huge savings from the seasonic I had listed, I read up on it and every one had great things to say about it for the most part, I was going seasonic for the name, but if I can save that big of a chunk of change and it do what I need it to, I could put the saved money into upgrading to a GTX 780 video card, does this seem like a good route?


    While I don't claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination, I do an extraordinary amount of research about what I am buying (my friends keep telling me to just buy something already!)

    The EVGA looks to be a pretty good model and you can't beat a 10 year warranty. The is usually a measure of how confident the company is in their product. I was going to suggest some Seasonic's in the same price range but they only had a 1 year warranty which surprised me.

    The only thing is......it's going to cost 114.00 shipped and not 99.00.

    As for the GTX 780......I too am debating a 770 vs 780. The 780 is a better card or course but your price per dollar really starts to suffer. So you have to decide if it's worth the 130-150 extra bucks.

    (also don't forget the shipping costs if you are working with a budget ;)  )
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