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February 19, 2014 5:12:48 PM

Hi. I'm looking to build a PC, mainly for gaming, for about $1,500~1,600.
This is my second time building one so I'm trying to stick with most of my previous build (don't want to risk anything). Are these good combination? any suggestions?
My fan also seems really cheap despite its good reviews; does its performance vary greatly compared to $80~$90 fans?

Lastly, PCPartPicker says this warning: "G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.6V exceeds the Intel Haswell CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum." Is this something to worry about?

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2WpxQ

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($261.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($183.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($104.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Total: $1502.80

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February 19, 2014 5:22:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($261.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($150.06 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 720W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1494.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 20:21 EST-0500)


Better gpu, the 256gb ssd is higly unecessary. You can still add an extra case fan if you want to. The z87 a and the z87 plus are almost exactly the same, no big noticable difference and better psu cause its made by seasonic and seasonic makes the best psus.
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February 19, 2014 7:01:43 PM

Isn't 720w a little bit too much for my build?
I also thought 120gb for SSD was not enough, especially with windows installed on it.
I can barely fit like 3 games in there
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February 19, 2014 7:04:04 PM

N you have mis conceptions. The os only takes up 30gb of space on the ssd so that leaves you with like 90gb. At most games are 15gb so you can easily fit around 5 games. The 720w psu is so if you want to sli later on but that is up to you wether you want to do it or not. If you dont I can recommend you a nice 600w psu.
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February 19, 2014 7:09:22 PM

Well I need to go to sleep so if you have any more questions, blackbird and the rest of the internet is available.
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February 20, 2014 4:43:37 AM

Blackbird, go to canada pcpartpicker. he is in canada not us
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February 20, 2014 5:43:03 AM

If your budget is tight by all means get the psu that meets immediate need. However, PSU is on area where you can actually future proof needs with some certainty. I have a 1500w psu, now i use about 1000w max if that. The point is my psu is never stressed, the cooling fan hardly spins and i can use this psu for hopefully at least 2 more builds, with two more cards should i so desire.
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