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Building a new computer, looking for some feedback please

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January 30, 2014 3:47:39 AM

CPU: Intel Haswell Core i7-4770K
RAM: G.Skill 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2400MHz TridentX Memory Kit
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI HERO Z87 Socket 1150 HDMI ATX Motherboard
Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series™ H110 280mm
HDD: Seagate 2TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive
Case: Obsidian Series® 750D Full Tower ATX Case
PSU: Corsair CS650M PSU - 650 Watt

Existing components I will be using:
Graphics: Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
& a SSD + DVDRW

Any input on these components please guys? I've formulated this build on feedback I've seen on these forums/browsing online. Would an i7 & my RAM be overkill considering my graphics card?

Any help much appreciated!
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January 30, 2014 4:21:28 AM

Yeah it will be overkill in general, downgrade that i7 4770k to i5 4670k and 16gb RAM to 8gb. The rest is up to you really but ditch the vs650 and get a CX500M
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January 30, 2014 4:30:49 AM

Roxas_Boy said:
Yeah it will be overkill in general, downgrade that i7 4770k to i5 4670k and 12gb to 8gb. The rest is up to you really but ditch the vs650 and get a CX500M


Thanks for the input, the PSU I really wasn't sure about if I'm honest.

What was the justification on not going for an i7? I'm aware the more high-end you go, the less bang for buck you'll receive, was this why you suggested an i5?

I was also intending to get 16GB RAM, something you'd also advise against?
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January 30, 2014 4:33:32 AM

For gaming going to i7 4770k from an i5 4670k will give you nearly 0% performance increase because the only thing the i7 4770k adds is Hyper Threading which nearly no games use. 8GB is more than enough for a gaming PC and should be the max anyone has for gaming, anything more intensive like video edition, rendering etc is why you buy 16gb or more.
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January 30, 2014 4:36:05 AM

The suggestion of going down to an i5 is because there is no difference in games. An 17 is about 13 % faster or more in other heavier tasks like video encoding, it doesnt really justify its price tag. Better to use an i5 and upgrade to a broadwell i7 in 3 years. It should fit with a bios update on the motherboard.
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January 30, 2014 4:38:33 AM

Also why are you going so beefy with the water cooling?
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January 30, 2014 4:44:29 AM

Roxas_Boy said:
For gaming going to i7 4770k from an i5 4670k will give you nearly 0% performance increase because the only thing the i7 4770k adds is Hyper Threading which nearly no games use. 8GB is more than enough for a gaming PC and should be the max anyone has for gaming, anything more intensive like video edition, rendering etc is why you buy 16gb or more.


Thanks for the help, the rig will be used primarily for gaming so I think i'll probably downgrade my RAM and CPU on your input.

Would you suggest sticking with the same RAM but 2x4GB or go with another type?
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January 30, 2014 4:45:43 AM

chrisso said:
The suggestion of going down to an i5 is because there is no difference in games. An 17 is about 13 % faster or more in other heavier tasks like video encoding, it doesnt really justify its price tag. Better to use an i5 and upgrade to a broadwell i7 in 3 years. It should fit with a bios update on the motherboard.


Right, I'm sold. Thanks for the help.
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January 30, 2014 4:48:13 AM

Roxas_Boy said:
Also why are you going so beefy with the water cooling?


I am intending to overclock and the room where my PC sits has below average ventilation, a friend also recommended water cooling. My current rig has a coolmaster 212, I think I'm going to leave that in my old system however.

Would you not recommend spending extra on water cooling given my circumstances?

I've also found the following bundle which includes the i5 previously mentioned, the hdd I was intending to buy and a msi z87-g45 for £318. Is that motherboard worth owning or would you suggest spending more and getting a better model?
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January 30, 2014 5:01:37 AM

Unless you do lots video editing more than 8 gig is unrequired. Ram is VERY expensive currently because of the hynix factory burning down last year.
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January 30, 2014 6:26:32 AM

chrisso said:
Unless you do lots video editing more than 8 gig is unrequired. Ram is VERY expensive currently because of the hynix factory burning down last year.


I see. I am still intending on getting Asus Maximus VI HERO Z87, would you recommend that I get G.Skill 8GB TridentX?

edit: Also considering these: http://www.pixmania.co.uk/pc-memory/g-skill-sniper-seri...
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January 30, 2014 9:58:54 AM

I am not really up on ram, but I kno it doesnt pay to move far off the norm price wise.Get the best deal in the normal price bracket.
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January 30, 2014 12:05:11 PM

For the RAM buy the cheapest kit of 8GB DDR3 1600mhz of RAM
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