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January 27, 2014 6:00:03 PM

This is my first build and I have no clue what im doing but I believe i have solid parts, but i need help primarily on cooling and a power supply.

These are the specs, feel free to recommend any parts that wont work, etc.

Graphics: Asus GTX770
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168141...

Processor: Intel I7 4770k http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168191...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168221...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168321...


MotherBoard: Asus Sabertooth Z87
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168131...

DVD-ROM(help)- samsung black 18x http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168271...

RAM: G.Skill ripjaws x series 16Gb
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168202...

Case: Cooler master HAF 922
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E168111...


I have a 1500-1600$ budget.

I just saw this and wondered if this is a better deal (almost same parts)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

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January 27, 2014 6:11:14 PM

This is what I came up with. You kinda went a little overkill in the places not needed for gaming, so I tidied it up a bit :)  This build will give you room to add a second 780 in the future for SLI if you want, and with the window, be able to see the awesome closed loop water cooler :)  Also gave you and SSD for superfast boots and programs :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($108.25 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($122.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($515.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($125.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1547.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 21:10 EST-0500)


Let me know what you think :) 
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January 27, 2014 6:15:02 PM

Thanks for the quick response! I have one question, do you think the 16 GB ram would be better for recording, and possibly a cheaper i7?
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January 27, 2014 6:17:52 PM

Neither one will make much of a difference, Shadowplay is low-level and barely uses any GPU power. The 780 will more than handle that on its own :)  And 16GB is good, but not worth paying double if it's a gaming rig. If you see the extra $40-$50 as doable since it's under your budget, go for it, it won't hurt :)  An i7 doesn't show much improvement from an i5 in gaming, not worth the extra $100+.
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January 27, 2014 6:23:04 PM

And I wont be upgrading any time soon after building so would it be a better idea to spend a little more for the i7 ( and i will be playing BF4 with this build)
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January 28, 2014 11:40:05 AM

Thanks shortstuff, didn't notice that on the RAM. ANd only selected Win7 as that's what he had in the OP lol

420, if you can squeeze it out, this build will work perfectly to add the i7 instead. That will give you a bit better future-proofing, but won't really effect gaming performance now, as games are just now being optimized to 4 cores. But I definitely won't tell you not to do it lol
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January 28, 2014 11:44:58 AM

Thanks! And what benefit will the ssd have besides start times?
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January 28, 2014 3:07:33 PM

It makes everything you place on it and install to it faster in pretty much every way. For example, I have Windows, Steam, Photoshop, Chrome, etc on my SSD. Everything, even Photoshop is up and ready to go instantly. Just makes a fast computer feel even faster :)  I have a few games on it as well, it's amazing how fast they load.
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February 14, 2014 12:59:32 AM

I am planning on building a similar PC also first time builder. Just something extra I've understood about ssd. Don't store data/media on it - that is what the big hdd is for and I've also gathered that if you don't fill the sdd to capacity it will be better for it in the long run.
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