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February 9, 2014 10:26:57 AM

Hey,
I'm about to build a new desktop and just wanted any recommendations that anyone may have before I buy all this. Also if you recommend something please tell me a short description of why, just so I understand. Thanks!

CPU- i5 4670k
MOBO- Msi z87 g45
Video card- EVGA GeForce 660 2gb 192bit
Ram- corsair vengeance 8gb 1600 or g skill ripjaw x 8gb 1600 (also it doesn't matter if I get 1 or 2 sticks if my mobo can use 4 right?)
Case- fractal design R4
HDD- ??? Something around 1TB
SSD- Kingston 250GB and a 60gb ocz agility 3.
PSU- I have no idea? How many watts do I even need for this?
OS-windows 7 or windows 8.1. Not sure if windows 8.1 is better than 7 yet.

So I just need some help on knowing how this list sounds. I plan on OCing a little bit once I add a proper cooling. I play games like dayz, LoL, and soon titanfall. Please let me know what you think.
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 11:16:27 AM

is your mobo the Gaming one? I would get a GTX 760/770 if your budget would allow. What is your current monitor make/model/resolution? When you buy memory, buy them in pairs, either a 2 or 4 stick/module kit to take advantage of dual channel mode. Yoour PSU will be one of the last things you determine as you will need to know EXACTLY what is going into the build before you can properly size its wattage. For oc'ing, I'd recommend the CM Hyper 212 EVO, best bang for the buck in aftermarket coolers. Lastly, what is your total budget and will you need keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, or monitor(s) included?
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February 9, 2014 12:56:40 PM

animal said:
is your mobo the Gaming one? I would get a GTX 760/770 if your budget would allow. What is your current monitor make/model/resolution? When you buy memory, buy them in pairs, either a 2 or 4 stick/module kit to take advantage of dual channel mode. Yoour PSU will be one of the last things you determine as you will need to know EXACTLY what is going into the build before you can properly size its wattage. For oc'ing, I'd recommend the CM Hyper 212 EVO, best bang for the buck in aftermarket coolers. Lastly, what is your total budget and will you need keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, or monitor(s) included?




Yeah its the gaming edition MOBO (MSI Z87-G45 Gaming)
I could possibly move up to a 760 card probably not one of those $400 ones though. Do you know of any of I should get in particular? I was looking at the MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC
My current monitor is the ASUS VH242H.
I would also like the option for dual video cards in the future just in case I'd like to add another when I start having problems. My budget is around $1000 give or take. I'm grabbing the i5 CPU from a local computer store for $190 new and may hold off on a HDD for a month and just use the SSD and the 60gig SSD I have laying around. I've got a mouse,keyboard,headset, and plan on using my surround sound for speakers. Thanks for the reply. If you have anymore questions let me know.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 1:06:50 PM

Are you getting the CPU from Micro Center?
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February 9, 2014 1:08:19 PM

animal said:
Are you getting the CPU from Micro Center?


yep
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 1:11:49 PM

I hope they carry the mobo you are wanting at that store because they have some killer CPU/mobo bundle prices :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 1:14:49 PM

For the HDD I would recommend either the Seagate 1 TB SATA3 7200RPM 64 Mb cache or the WD Blue 1 TB SATA3 7200RPM 64 Mb cache. Once you decide on your GPU I can recommend some PSUs.
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February 9, 2014 1:22:58 PM

I don't think they had the MOBO I wanted :/ . Yeah, I'm probably gonna get the WD Blue HDD. I like that 770 MSI GPU that I posted (probably just because it matches my setup) Does that seem okay to you though? Also any preference on gskill or corsair for RAM?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 1:27:28 PM

The MSI GTX 760 is good and as far as the memory, most of Corsair's memory is overpriced IMHO. I'd recommend G. Skill, just make sure what you select is compatible with your motherboard. You can do this by going to the G. Skill website and use their memory finder program, tell it your motherboard, and it will list all the compatible memory they make.

edit: Concerning the PSU, if you are only wanting one to run your current build with a single GTX 760 then a quality 500W would do you. But if you want to allow for a second GPU without having to buy a new PSU when you add it, then you will probably want something around a 700W. However, if you plan on overclocking I recommend adding 50-100W on top of those suggestions. Get a PSU from Seasonic, XFX, Corsair (except their CX series) or Antec. Here is the link where I get my recommendations from:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

Their recommendations make no allowances for overclocking.
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February 9, 2014 1:48:07 PM

Alright so I think Ill be getting around 750-800W PSU then just so I could add another video card down the road, thanks for that link. I'll also probably go with Gskill RAM then too because it's a bit cheaper and will look better. Well thanks a lot for the help! much appreciated!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 1:51:14 PM

not a problem, glad you found my info useful......Good Luck! :) 
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