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Hi, I'm new here. First build parts list feedback?

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February 7, 2014 9:16:54 AM

Hello everyone. I'm new at building a PC. I have a budget of about $2,000 and wanted to be as future-proof as possible within this budget. My new PC will be primarily for gaming, at-home internet browsing, kid's homework, etc., but mainly for gaming. Also, I've never overclocked but would like to learn how and try it, just for the fun of it and to learn how, whether I really need to or not, so maybe just looking to do a moderate, stable overclock after I get everything assembled and running. Here's my part-list so far, everything is purchased except my OS:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Snetto/saved/3xA4

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core (Purchased) $319.99

Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 (Purchased) $174.99

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 (Purchased) $179.99

Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 240GB 2.5" SSD (Purchased) $199.99; and

Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM (Purchased) $149.00

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB (Purchased) $360.91

Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower (Purchased) $169.99

Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V (Purchased) $119.99

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased) $21.92

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) (not yet purchased) $107.61

Total (so far): $1804.38

Cooling: tbd but would like a water cooling set-up.

Also still need MS Office Home and School or something like that about roughly $100 or so.

So after more research on here I know I could have saved some money for a nice custom water loop and maybe a better graphics card if I just went with an i5 and only 8 GB RAM and maybe only 1 TB HDD and maybe a smaller SSD (like 120GB), a cheaper case and maybe cheaper Mobo. But like i said I wanted to be a future-proof as I could. Also, I already bought the main components and couldnt resist opening the boxes to check everything out except the vid card, optical drive and processor, so I'm not sure if returning to exchange would be an option. So, I'm just really just bouncing off you guys for a fatal-flaw check, and to ask how you think this set-up will perform, if there's anything I should really try to exchange, and if you have any thoughts or experience with these components? Also, if I want to OC should I have gotten more that 1600 MHz RAM? My mobo lists everything faster as (OC) and since I don't know how to yet I just got the 1600 which was the fastest listed on the mobo specs without an (OC) after it.

I know there's a lot of questions here but I would really appreciate any feedback. I'm a total rookie here, a bit anxious about having picked the right parts, assembling everything and installing the OS. I plan to start assembling over the next few days.

Thanks,
Steve

PS: I tried to post basically same thing last night but was having problems trying to do it on my iphone that wasnt displaying forum website correctly, so please ignore my first post. This is my 2nd post here. What a great forum this is, so much info

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February 7, 2014 9:23:07 AM

So your parts are all great and blazingly fast, BUT

my only real recommendation would probably be to go with the 4670k, giving you the money to afford a gtx 780 (will give you faster overall gaming performance, as between the two processors, the i7 only gives you maybe 1-5% fps over the i5, while the 780 is roughly 30-40% faster than the 770

otherwise the rest are all really good and i'd go with something like an h80i for your processor, OR if you have space in your case, go with an h100 or any other 240mm water cooler.
your gpu should have enough cooling in it's own.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 9:45:12 AM

Well you already bought everything so just stick with it, next time if you want advice ask before you buy. Especially since you're dropping $2k and are new to building.
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February 14, 2014 6:25:22 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
So your parts are all great and blazingly fast, BUT

my only real recommendation would probably be to go with the 4670k, giving you the money to afford a gtx 780 (will give you faster overall gaming performance, as between the two processors, the i7 only gives you maybe 1-5% fps over the i5, while the 780 is roughly 30-40% faster than the 770

otherwise the rest are all really good and i'd go with something like an h80i for your processor, OR if you have space in your case, go with an h100 or any other 240mm water cooler.
your gpu should have enough cooling in it's own.


Excellent advice, though I'm kinda stuck with my hardware now, but thinking of adding a 2nd 770 in the near future which may outperform a single 780? Anyway thanks for the thoughts. I've got a 3-day weekend and going to get assembling...woo hoo!
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February 14, 2014 6:43:43 PM

kudos on the build, its solid and yes, especially in multiplayer, a SLi 770 will beat a stand alone 780, but with most monitors capped at 60 fps, you'll not notice the difference as your fps will be far higher than that. Unless, of course, you start maxing out settings or resolutions creating enough lag to bring your fps down below 60
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