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First Intel gaming build, advice? (Aus) $1000 - $1200

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February 4, 2014 4:12:55 AM

This will be my first build, so far I have chosen the Intel i5 4670k as I plan to over clock in the future (MSY $275). Going to use the ASRock Z87 - Extreme 4 MoBo (ITEstate $155). For the GPU I was thinking 2Gb GTX 760, was wondering if MSI is a good brand for that or would Gigabyte/ASUS be better?

Was thinking of using this as the RAM, DDR3 Ram 8GB Kit (2x4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance?

Will a 750w PSU be enough? Not overkill?
Haven't decided on a case yet either, although I'm leaning towards the thermal take A31 or A41, have any preferences for a mean cheapish tower?

If I've missed anything... Which is highly likely, feel free to ask. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Will be chucking my 2TB WD Cavier green and a 120GB Samsung EVO SSD into it.

Cheers! :p 


February 4, 2014 4:22:34 AM

Looking good dude!

Graphics card wise, MSI, Gigabyte or Asus, they're all pretty damn good, you won't be displeased with either of them.

Honestly, a 750w PSU is quite a bit of overkill. Mate of mine runs essentially the same build you've got there on a 450w PSU (admittedly, a gold rated PSU), so even a decent quality 550w PSU will do you fine. In that respect, I'm sure you could go for a cheaper PSU (not too cheap, mind!) and get a 770 instead? Just my $0.02.
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February 4, 2014 4:23:31 AM

If you could I would recommend changing
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
with Noctua NH-D14


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($229.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($379.00 @ PLE Computers)
Case: Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1174.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 23:22 EST+1100)

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February 4, 2014 4:46:49 AM

Houldendub - thanks for the advice. Will look at downsizing the PSU!

vmN - thanks for the build, will check out the Noctua NHD14, I've got some comparisons to make.

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