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GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2765-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2765-KR ($250)

*OR*

MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N760 TF 2GD5/OC ($265)

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache ($220)

PSU:Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze (TX750) ($120)

Motherboard: MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-GD65 GAMING ($190)

Case: *Help*
Rosewill Blackhawk ($70)
Corsair Carbide 500R ($130)
Corsair Graphite 230T ($70)
($70-$130-$70)

RAM: *Help*
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory F3-1866C10D-16GAB ($165)

*OR*

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model 997123 ($190)

CPU Cooler: *HELP*
Corsair Hydro Series H110 280 mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ($110)

*OR*

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) ($35)

Storage:Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6 GB with NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5 Inch ($130)

This is compiled from feedback from my first thread, and I wanted to get even more variety from the community before I begin my planning.

I have no idea what fans, radiators, airflow configurations, to use, feedback would be appreciated.

I plan to use this rig for gaming, but I also add the 16GB of RAM for a bit more flexibility in regular use.

I'm somewhat amateur, where I've read articles and watch PC build guides, but I've never had the available resources to physically build my own.

All products and prices are from Amazon.

Here's my PCPartPicker list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Shimokaze/saved/3B7x

Thanks for all of your feedback on my first thread, I was overjoyed to see so many quick and detailed responses.
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  1. Best answer
    Hello, I note that it looks like you want to overclock your system and go SLI in the future. I have a few suggestions:

    First, the motherboard is unnecessarily powerful, you are getting a lot of PCIe and SATA slots that I do not think you need. Next, regular use won't require 16GB of RAM. Editing programs, multitasking, and/or long term future proofing are what would make 16GB RAM a good choice, otherwise I think the money could be spent more productively elsewhere (see below!). Third, may I suggest a Noctua for a CPU cooler? It is air cooling, but can hang with a lot of closed loop water coolers. It is also very quiet. The 212 EVO works too, but it is louder and will not keep it as cool, up to you on how much you plan to overclock. Noctua's entire line emphasizes silence so you could choose a smaller/cheaper cooler too if you don't like this one.

    With the money saving above, I think you should upgrade from a GTX 760 to a GTX 770. Also, I would change the hybrid SSD drive to separate HDD and SSD drives.

    Finally, I think the 500R is a nice case (the price of the white one looks to be a lot cheaper though). I would draw your attention to the Fractal Design Define R4 as something to consider also - it is popular because of its great noise minimization and good cooling.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.74 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 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 770 2GB Video Card ($345.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1193.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-30 15:54 EST-0500)

    P.S. I think more people tend to reply to build threads if the build is made using pc part picker since it is simple to suggest changes based off of it.
  2. Specops125 said:
    Hello, I note that it looks like you want to overclock your system and go SLI in the future. I have a few suggestions:

    First, the motherboard is unnecessarily powerful, you are getting a lot of PCIe and SATA slots that I do not think you need. Next, regular use won't require 16GB of RAM. Editing programs, multitasking, and/or long term future proofing are what would make 16GB RAM a good choice, otherwise I think the money could be spent more productively elsewhere (see below!). Third, may I suggest a Noctua for a CPU cooler? It is air cooling, but can hang with a lot of closed loop water coolers. It is also very quiet. The 212 EVO works too, but it is louder and will not keep it as cool, up to you on how much you plan to overclock. Noctua's entire line emphasizes silence so you could choose a smaller/cheaper cooler too if you don't like this one.

    With the money saving above, I think you should upgrade from a GTX 760 to a GTX 770. Also, I would change the hybrid SSD drive to separate HDD and SSD drives.

    Finally, I think the 500R is a nice case (the price of the white one looks to be a lot cheaper though). I would draw your attention to the Fractal Design Define R4 as something to consider also - it is popular because of its great noise minimization and good cooling.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.74 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 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 770 2GB Video Card ($345.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1193.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-30 15:54 EST-0500)

    P.S. I think more people tend to reply to build threads if the build is made using pc part picker since it is simple to suggest changes based off of it.


    Thanks for the advice on making a PCPartPicker list, I had never even heard of them. Helped me out a lot, however, I'm going to allow for more answers to come in before I finalize the thread. Appreciate it.
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