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February 2, 2014 9:37:13 AM

Looking for any suggestions on this gaming pc build I put together. I am planning to use it to mostly play mmorpgs. I will only have a few games at a time, so hopefully the 250gb ssd will be enough. I have an iMac to use for music, video, storage etc. Also will the gtx 760 be enough to max games like elder scrolls online/ wildstar until the newer cards come out towards the end of the year? Thanks for any suggestions!


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2LWLI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2LWLI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2LWLI/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: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($156.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ 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 ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1164.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-02 12:26 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2014 9:42:09 AM

Downgrade that 250gb SSD to a 120gb version and get a Seagate 1TB HDD for your games. Also downgrade that RAM to 1600mhz as 2133mhz is going to be wasted on that processor and is only good for APUs. Otherwise it's great and the 760 should be able to play most games at a mix of high-max at 1080p
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February 2, 2014 9:43:58 AM

This will give you a better overclock and the RAM is faster.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($156.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ 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 ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1177.86
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February 2, 2014 9:48:46 AM

oops didn't notice the ram i selected was 2133mhz. meant to select the 1600mhz, thanks for catching that!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2014 10:33:39 AM

Kuma7 said:
oops didn't notice the ram i selected was 2133mhz. meant to select the 1600mhz, thanks for catching that!


1866 is good too...if the price is right.
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February 2, 2014 10:46:30 AM

envy14tpe said:
This will give you a better overclock and the RAM is faster.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($156.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ 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 ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1177.86


Edited this list:
Swapped to closed liquid cooling for more OC and its cheaper.
Swapped to ASUS GTX 760 as it is cheaper and delivers excellent performance.
Swapped to EVGA 750W as its cheaper and offers more power while still being 80+B and semi modular.
Total comes out to be cheaper with better parts.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($156.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1127.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-02 13:53 EST-0500)

Edit: Had to fix the list.
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February 4, 2014 1:28:53 PM

Thanks for the build! as far as gaming, would it be better to drop the ssd and put the money towards a 770?
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February 4, 2014 6:24:48 PM

Kuma7 said:
Thanks for the build! as far as gaming, would it be better to drop the ssd and put the money towards a 770?


Yes and no. Yes I would drop the SSD and get a 770. You should consider getting the SSD as your next upgrade though. By no means is it required for you to have an SSD to game on. It simply helps with the little things, pre-cached models, faster scene to scene load times for rpgs, boot times, etc. It definitely is worth the cost but you can easily go without one and just drop it in later.
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February 4, 2014 8:11:50 PM

Kuma7 said:
Thanks for the build! as far as gaming, would it be better to drop the ssd and put the money towards a 770?


SSDs are great but if you want the best gaming performance then you gotta spend on a GPU. The 770 is excellent and I'd rather have one in my build than a 760. SSDs don't really help the gaming experience much at all.
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February 7, 2014 11:49:44 AM

thinking bout cutting the budget down closer to 1k. should i stick with intel or go amd?

here is what i have so far

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1dI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1dI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1dI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1056.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 14:48 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2014 7:03:02 PM

Kuma7 said:
thinking bout cutting the budget down closer to 1k. should i stick with intel or go amd?

here is what i have so far

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1dI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1dI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1dI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1056.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 14:48 EST-0500)


-I see that you swapped the RAM for a different design. Any particular reason as they are $4 more with same specs+brand?
-Also I see you swapped to the seasonic PSU. It's a wonderful PSU and brand but is it worth it in your opinion over saving 20 bucks?
-The MSI 760 is $10 more than the ASUS 760 and the MSI has a slightly faster clock speed. It's not going to make a difference at all really.

Did you specifically want everything from Newegg? It's cheaper if you get parts where they cost the least individually. Your build through various retailers:
Total: $997.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 21:54 EST-0500)
My rebuild:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PehE
Total: $963.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 21:56 EST-0500)

Also, do you have any store locally that can price match a CPU? There is an AMAZING deal on this:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/413249/Core_i7_4770_...
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February 7, 2014 7:43:47 PM

Was trying to go Low profile on the RAM just to make sure they'd fit with the cm hyper evo.
only reason for the choice on the PSU is Seasonic seems to be highly recommended
selected the MSI for the oc and from what I've read the twin frozr cooling on it is quite and work wells
I'm going wanting to go with newegg cause they don't have a warehouse where i am from so no sales tax charged and also easier to keep track of one place incase of returns.
I am new to pc gaming and honestly putting builds together based off reading through forums and researching components online..
My local pc shop is way over priced on all their items so online is the best option. i wish there was a microcenter near bye...
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February 8, 2014 12:49:23 AM

I'd really like to see that 770 in your build. In order to do so you could get a i5 and don't overclock it. The i5-3470 reaches 3.8GHz in turbo. This will in no way hold you back in gaming.

If you compare a i5-4670k overclocked + 760 to a i5-3570 (locked) + 770 then you will get higher fps with the latter. No question about it.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $943.06

I like this build but I don't like that case. You might want to look into other choices.
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February 8, 2014 6:23:56 PM

id like to fit in a 770 as well. What do you think of the fractal design define r4? new egg has a $10 off promo. would end up being 89.99
As far as the non over clocked build, would that be a better option since i have no experience overclocking.. or is overclocking fairly easy to do?
I appreciate all the help by the way. i just want to be sure to spend wisely.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2014 9:29:58 PM

The R4 is excellent. Can you fit it in budget?
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February 8, 2014 10:47:14 PM

@emj add operating system
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 12:52:11 AM

I really like the fx series CPUs but I hear complaints that the average is close to i5 but the fx series has lower minimum frame rates.

Disregard this post. Apparently someone posted but has deleted his posts...i think it was emj.
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February 9, 2014 11:43:10 AM

envy14tpe said:
I really like the fx series CPUs but I hear complaints that the average is close to i5 but the fx series has lower minimum frame rates.

Disregard this post. Apparently someone posted but has deleted his posts...i think it was emj.


Indeed, hes better off with the i5 in this scenario with the OS he just cant manage the 780 and his budget that's why my post was deleted.
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February 9, 2014 1:27:30 PM

hey guys any last thoughts on this build. Tried putting everything together. Its a little bit more than what i tried to budget but seems worth it..
I chose the gigabyte gtx 770 over the asus because of a $20 difference at newegg.. I considered switching to the evga supernova to save on the psi but its 89.99 without a near bye microcenter.. anyways here it is

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QfDR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QfDR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QfDR/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1159.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 16:11 EST-0500)
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February 9, 2014 1:54:59 PM

Kuma7 said:
hey guys any last thoughts on this build. Tried putting everything together. Its a little bit more than what i tried to budget but seems worth it..
I chose the gigabyte gtx 770 over the asus because of a $20 difference at newegg.. I considered switching to the evga supernova to save on the psi but its 89.99 without a near bye microcenter.. anyways here it is

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QfDR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QfDR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QfDR/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1159.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 16:11 EST-0500)


The build looks good. I see that the ASUS is more at newegg thus influencing your decision. One of the things I like about the ASUS cards is that they add an additional backplate to their cards for support as well as to protect the components on the card.

Good luck with the build!!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 7:22:36 PM

You got a top notch build there. Nicely done. I like your choice of mobo too. Should overclock the 4670k nicely. You're gonna be really happy with this!
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February 14, 2014 8:37:07 PM

Thanks for all the help guys!!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2014 12:41:13 AM

I wish my first build was as good as this.
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