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Looking for expert advice on Gaming PC build: i5 and GTX760

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January 31, 2014 4:41:04 PM

Hello

I would like to build a semi-budget gaming PC. After some research i came up with these components:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/monardo/saved/3BKp.

The main objectives of the PC is to play present day games without any problems at max and future games at least on mid settings for the next 2 years (maybe this sounds very optimistic and/or stupid)

Secondary (optional) objectives are to throw in a second GPU (in the future) and maybe overclock CPU, hence the choice of MoBo. On the other hand I do not want to pay for something unrealistic and unnecessary. So here comes the main question(s).

a) The price seems a bit higher then I would like it to be. Where could I or should I reduce? Maybe not?

b) What do you think of the choice of parts. Please comment wherever you think it's wrong, especially about MoBo, RAM and PSU.

Thank you in advance
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a c 143 U Graphics card
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January 31, 2014 5:14:55 PM

Today's games do OK with 8GB of RAM. You can always add more later if needed.

The Hyper 212 Evo http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r... costs a lot less than the H100i and still does a great job.

The 850W PSU will allow GTX 770 SLI i.e adding a second card later. The Corsair CX600 is best avoided anyway, plus it won't allow a second GTX 760, let alone a second GTX 770.

The GTX 770 is about 25% better than the GTX 760.


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January 31, 2014 5:15:25 PM

The water cooler is not needed . A $30 CM Hyper 212 or Xigmatek GAIA will let you make any reasonable over clock
you only need about 3 .4 gig of RAM to run a game so 16 gig is wasted money . 2 x4 gig is plenty for a gamer
The hard drive is an enterprise drive . Use a WD blue or seagate barracuda

that saves you about a lot of money . Probably $180

To SLI two GTX 760's you will need a 700- 750 watt psu ,
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January 31, 2014 5:18:55 PM

You could even get rid of the hard disk completely. Use USB 3 external drives for storage, you'd get 3TB for the price of that 1TB Constellation. Plus it frees money for the better GPU.
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January 31, 2014 5:20:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Best Buy)
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) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1132.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-31 20:17 EST-0500)


You dont really need the corsair h100i. Like aevm said, I replaced with the cooler master hyper 212 evo. 16gb is really unnecessary unless you are doing video editing and 3d rendering, etc. With my build, you have a better gpu and WAY BETTER PSU. That psu is something you should never think about getting. Also my build is cheaper so now you have a good alternative.
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January 31, 2014 5:22:30 PM

I have basically the same setup, except mine is a Haswell with an Asus Z87, and my GTX760 is a Gigabyte.

Believe me: you'll cream it. It's a fantastic machine, runs everything I throw at it at 1080p.
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January 31, 2014 5:24:47 PM

TheMohammadmo said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Best Buy)
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) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1132.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-31 20:17 EST-0500)


You dont really need the corsair h100i. Like aevm said, I replaced with the cooler master hyper 212 evo. 16gb is really unnecessary unless you are doing video editing and 3d rendering, etc. With my build, you have a better gpu and WAY BETTER PSU. That psu is something you should never think about getting. Also my build is cheaper so now you have a good alternative.


OK, but do get the 850W PSU so he can add the second GTX 770. It's $35 more.
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January 31, 2014 5:25:47 PM

Yeah that also.
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January 31, 2014 7:30:46 PM

do not use 1 x8 gig of RAM

use a dual channel kit and you double the memory bandwidth

2x 4 gig
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February 1, 2014 2:48:03 AM

Wow, guys, thanks a lot, did not expect so many good suggestions. Let me digest all of these and I will post final decision.
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