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Suggestions On New Gaming Build, Part II

Last response: in Components
January 28, 2014 8:24:51 PM

Thanks to everyone for their input so far, it has been a learning experience. I wanted to post the original build idea with the current revisions to show the evolution and to ask for input on if my reasoning for the changes is sound:

New items from Newegg:

Cooler Master HAF 912 Blue Edition - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case ~ $60

CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Carrying Handle and Windowed Side Panel - Black ~ $90 ($65 with rebate)

Reason: Better matches motherboard red scheme for appearances sake

ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ~ $200

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ~ $200

Reason: Increased overclock performance and features at the expense of on board wireless

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K ~ $340

Reason: Chose to not go with the i5 4670K to save about $100, instead I am hoping the hyper threading of the i7 will help with multitasking such as running a game on one screen and other apps on another. Also, future console ports from eight core cpu consoles may make use of the the threading as well.

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 ~ $180

Reason: Staying with the 16GB instead of the 8GB to aid in multitasking and make use of the motherboards Ram Disk feature.

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100364VXBF4L Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support OC BOOST Video Card w/BF4 Coupon ~ $250

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card ~ $250

Reason: I chose to step up one tier on Tom's GPU chart for the same price instead of two tiers to the GTX 770 to save about $100

SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB MZ-7TE250KW 2.5' TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) With Desktop Bundle Kit ~ $190

Reason: Still love this SSD

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM ~ $140

Reason: Still need it for 32GB Ram maximum on the board, plus I can't stand the Windows 8 interface.

Total $1,360

Total $1,390

Reuse from current build:

Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5" Card Reader

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card***

***Reuse if still a viable card and not order the new card listed above

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready***

***Purchased in 2011 when original power supply failed

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

Ok, tear it apart.

Any comments, criticisms, or suggestions are welcome.

As always, thanks for your time.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 28, 2014 8:34:48 PM

I will recommend an i5-4670k with a Corsair AIO cooler eg. H75 or H100i (if you can afford it, otherwise the H75 is a great performer). Also try a GTX 770 with the i5. It will give better performance, as i7's are for video editing and higher-end performance. For gaming, the i5 is the limit of what games can use. RAMDisk isn't the best thing to use, as you can only allocate ~8Gb and still be left with the comfortable cushion of 8Gb for other software. Also, RAMDisk is cleared when you shut down, so shut-downs take a small bit longer (won't be too long as you have an SSD) so it isn't a permanent storage solution.+