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Building My First System - Struggling to Finalize It

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February 6, 2014 4:54:30 PM

Here are the specifications I've picked so far for my first home build to replace my aged CyberPower:

ASRock Z87 Extreme4
Intel i5-4670K
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 1111MHz 2GB
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Seagate Barracuda - 2TB
Samsung 840 Evo Series 120GB
Enermax 850W Revolution 87+ 80 Gold Modular PSU
Fractal Design Define R4
ASUS DRW-24F1ST - DVD burner
Windows 7 64-bit

The problem is, it's over my budget by about €100. My budget is €1200, but this will come at just under €1300. I can manage that if I absolutely have to, but are there are any ways to lighten the load, because I really want to keep it around €1200?

The reason why I choose an 850W PSU was because I eventually wanted to run two 770's in SLI configuration and overclock the processor to 4.2Ghz or whatever my cooler can maintain. I could go with a 750W power supply, but I've heard so many conflicting ideas on it that I'm just not sure.

I could also save €20 by buying a Gigabyte 770 clocked at 1046MHz, but that OC EVGA is a bargain price for Ireland. How do the EVGA and Gigabyte cards compare?

I can't seem to find a motherboard that is ideal for SLI gaming and overclocking the CPU that is cheaper than the ASRock. I'd rather a Gigabyte, but I need to make sacrifices somewhere.

So any advice on where to make changes? The power supply has been the biggest pain. I basically want a modular or semi-modular 800-850W model around €120 that is Bronze certified and has favourable enough reviews. The 850W XFX Pro XXX Edition 80PLUS Bronze does this, but there are only a couple in stock so far that I've found. Any thoughts on this power supply and anything else? If I don't get a reply I might make individual threads asking individual questions. Cheers!
February 6, 2014 5:14:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 GTS 82.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£65.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£134.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.86 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£112.80 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£242.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£115.06 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£17.35 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.66 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1142.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 01:13 GMT+0000)



You could like you said go with a 750w psu but its nice to have that extra power. This ubild is lower then your budget by around 50 bucks so you can spend that money on a game, etc.
February 6, 2014 5:18:49 PM

I should have clarified, sorry, all the prices I listed are in EURO. My budget is €1200 while £1200GBP is about €1450EUR. It sucks, I know. :(  I could use some of the ideas from that build though.
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February 6, 2014 5:41:34 PM

Hmmm Idk if you would use this but I would have a

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87
Intel i5-4670K
EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Seagate Barracuda - 2TB
Samsung 840 Evo Series 120GB
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
ASUS DRW-24F1ST - DVD burner
Windows 7 64-bit (I don't know if you have another computer but you can always download on the web with a USB)

I use the same parts from your build because I don't want to change the looks from the outside
But the total cost for this build is €796.89 Lol this build that I did is pretty good for the cost
The motherboard is cheaper and its has lots of reviews and this motherboard looks beast (Red)
Idk if you like corsair but its cheaper but your budget is €1200 then you can spend other parts than the corsair
Plus if you download Windows 7 64-bit from another computer (Web) the total cost will be €723.31
Plus the Graphic Card that I recommend is the one that I listed because its a cheaper and just a little performance from your EVGA GeForce GTX 770 1111MHz 2GB

Don't get hating on my opinion it's just what I would do because I'm at least saving a couple of cash for other products
February 6, 2014 5:48:26 PM

OK I will work a bit more. Can I still use the uk stores or what.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.18 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£112.90 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.86 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£58.69 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£259.87 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£105.90 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£17.35 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.66 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1039.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 01:46 GMT+0000)


Its 1247 euros but it really is worth paying that extra 50 euros.
February 6, 2014 10:02:49 PM

Doglue_00 said:
Hmmm Idk if you would use this but I would have a

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87
Intel i5-4670K
EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Seagate Barracuda - 2TB
Samsung 840 Evo Series 120GB
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
ASUS DRW-24F1ST - DVD burner
Windows 7 64-bit (I don't know if you have another computer but you can always download on the web with a USB)

I use the same parts from your build because I don't want to change the looks from the outside
But the total cost for this build is €796.89 Lol this build that I did is pretty good for the cost
The motherboard is cheaper and its has lots of reviews and this motherboard looks beast (Red)
Idk if you like corsair but its cheaper but your budget is €1200 then you can spend other parts than the corsair
Plus if you download Windows 7 64-bit from another computer (Web) the total cost will be €723.31
Plus the Graphic Card that I recommend is the one that I listed because its a cheaper and just a little performance from your EVGA GeForce GTX 770 1111MHz 2GB

Don't get hating on my opinion it's just what I would do because I'm at least saving a couple of cash for other products

This is great for the price! If you use PCPartPicker it will pick the best sites (mostly Amazon UK) but you'll get the point :) 
February 7, 2014 4:46:13 AM

The problem with his build compared to mine is that my psu is better quality and you dont need 850w unless you are gonna do sli 780 or 780ti. Plus, in a recent survey it showed that Seagate had the most failure hdd's. Thats why I went with Western Digital and mines is the black series meaning it is really fast.Also I have a better gpu and a cpu cooler for the 4670k
February 7, 2014 7:25:07 AM

Thanks for all the ideas. And to Doglue_00, don't worry about whatever you suggest, man. I'm totally open to new ideas and opinions. Thanks a lot for your help.

To TheMohammadmo, €1250 is manageable, but I imagine it'll be a little more with shipping from the UK to Ireland unless I buy from Amazon. Also, the GPU you selected is slightly higher OC'ed than the EVGA I selected from dabs.ie. I can swing to that. But is the XFX Gold 750W really going to be enough to overclock an i5-4670K to around 4.4Ghz and run two GTX 770's? If it is, I'm sold. I'll be happy as Larry.
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