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January 29, 2014 6:33:22 PM

I am getting ready to build my first gaming PC and wanted to know if everything i have have is compatible. Also any tips or suggestions you may have would also be greatly appreciated.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/bbroshuis/saved/3Azp

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January 29, 2014 6:41:15 PM

Tweaked it just a hair. Saved a bit of money, and will give you the option to go SLI with the 780 in the future if you want to. You won't see the extra $60 translated to performance with that RAM and SSD. Rest of the build looked great :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.48 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
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) ($91.77 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.48 @ Newegg)
Total: $1694.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-29 21:39 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2014 6:43:08 PM

Could always go with this and get you 3 monitors and play in Surround :)  lol

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
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) ($91.77 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1804.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-29 21:42 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2014 6:47:12 PM

This edited build saves you about $250 but you don't really lose much in performance. 2133 CAS 11 RAM is not gonna be faster than 1866 CAS 9, which also sells for $20 less. Updated build to Haswell cuz it is about the same price. Swapped out your PSU for one of the best you can buy, Seasonic makes quality! Also 550W is on the low side, especially if you want a 780.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2JYiR
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.74 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.09 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.48 @ Newegg)
Total: $1470.21
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January 29, 2014 7:10:30 PM

Whats the point in having 3 way monitors when they arent even that good. They are small for monitors, have a slow response time, and its made by acer which dont make good GAMING monitors.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($327.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H-W 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1794.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-29 22:04 EST-0500)



Benefits
-An i7 which automatically makes this build future proof.
-A really nice cooler master cpu cooler. The v8 is a really nice, simple to install cpu cooler, really keeps temp down, and doesnt make loud noise.
-Gtx 780 which also mkaes this build future proof.
-The Storm Trooper is a really big case, has amazing built in cooling and nice red led fans.
-Corsair ax760 is a nice psu. Its actually made by seasonic but then they put their name on it. Its 80+ PLATINUM, and its fully modular which really helps during cable managment.
-A single monitor but its really great. I have it personally use it for xbox and pc gaming. Has 1ms response time which has saved me many times in need for speed rivals. lol
-Overall in my opinion probably the best build for that much money. You could if you wanted to get the 4670k and get a 780ti but the 4770k and the 780 are pretty much equivalent of that.
-Best part is the whole entire red/black color scheme if you didnt notice.
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