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February 20, 2014 1:30:15 PM

is this build good or should i make changes


Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Retail CPU


ASRock Z87 EXTREME3 Motherboard


Kingston Technology 60GB Solid State Drive


Zalman Z11 Plus Midi Tower Case


Artic Blue 750W Quad 12v Rails


Arctic Cooling MX-4 4g Thermal Compound

G-SKILL RipjawsX Series 2 x 4 GB DDR3-2133

Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 280X 1000MHz 3GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI Windforce 3X OC

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February 20, 2014 1:53:06 PM

These are my suggestions:

1) The i7 you listed is overkill for gaming. You would get much more performance spending the $100 difference between an i5 and an i7 on a better GPU.

2) You selected a CPU that has its core multiplier unlocked (that's the "K" at the end of 4770K), but you picked a motherboard that's not designed for overclocking. It also looks like you haven't included a cooler. I recommend the Biostar Z87X 3D. Either of those boards will allow you to safely overclock without too much of a price hike. Depending on how serious you want to take this overclocking thing, look into the CM Hyper 212 Evo for budget/mild overclocking or for more extreme overclocking, the NH D14 SE 2011 with this adapter: http://www.amazon.com/noctua-NM-i115x-Noctua-Mounting-K... so that it fits your CPU.

3) You picked a really nice AMD card, the only problem is, Litecoin/Bitcoin miners are having a field day with the computing power of AMD's higher level cards, and so the price has been rising. You would get better performance for possibly less money (depending on what kind of deal you get) with the GTX 780 (If for some reason it is more expensive, you could easily use the savings from getting an i5 to cover the difference and end up with a net gain in performance). Here are some benchmarks to compare the GPUs: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-280X-vs-GeForce-GTX-7...

4) I looked at the specs of your PSU. It's not bad, but it's not efficient. It might cause you problems. You would be better served with a PSU that had an 80+ efficiency rating. 650W should do you fine. Here's an example of a VERY nice power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Never skimp on your power supply! It's the most important component in your computer.

Now, you may want the i7 if you plan to do extensive video editing or many CPU intensive tasks simultaneously. However, if you just want to game, getting the GTX 780 and an i5-4670K (that you would overclock) would be a much better combo.

I hope that helps!
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February 20, 2014 2:09:39 PM

ur a boss thank u so much u helped alot thanks u alot but is there a cheaper card that i could get insted because my budget is about 750
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February 20, 2014 2:16:48 PM

also does the
Gigabyte Z87-HD3 Motherboard support overclocking because im looking to buy it instead as it is cheaper and supports crossfireX
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February 20, 2014 2:42:09 PM

RG-Ranger said:
ur a boss thank u so much u helped alot thanks u alot but is there a cheaper card that i could get insted because my budget is about 750

Sure! So your budget is $750. Is the primary purpose of this PC gaming? If so, we can probably trim down the pricetag without hurting performance too much.

The following build assumes that you are primarily using this PC for gaming, that you aren't planning on overclocking, that you already have OS install discs, and that you do not need a monitor. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2WXw3

Here are the pros and cons of the above build:

Pros:
-Great price to performance ratio in all areas
-Efficient, reliable PSU
-Large, fast HDD

Cons:
-3rd generation Intel build - The upgradability of your PC is going to be limited as Ivy Bridge CPUs will start to get phased out in the next few years. It's a tradeoff between killer initial price and futureproofing. It's not a major concern as Ivy Bridges will still be readily available within the lifespan of this PC, but it's something to consider. If you added $30 to your budget, you could get a 4th generation Intel and avoid this slight problem. However, if I were buying this PC and couldn't afford more than $750, I would stick with the 3rd gen rather than reduce the quality of other parts.
-No SSD. I couldn't justify the cost of an SSD in this build as your in-game performance would greatly suffer for it. If an SSD is a must, we can figure something out. Again, if I were building this PC, I would get it without the SSD.

Bottom line: This is a great PC for the price.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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February 20, 2014 2:51:55 PM

RG-Ranger said:
also does the
Gigabyte Z87-HD3 Motherboard support overclocking because im looking to buy it instead as it is cheaper and supports crossfireX

Could you send me a link to the Gigabyte board you're thinking of? I'm finding a few with similar names, but they're not cheaper. I think I might just be looking at the wrong thing

On the topic of CrossfireX, would you be looking to crossfire GPUs? If so, I'll change my suggestions accordingly. Keep in mind, crossfiring may be more expensive as you would need a larger PSU and 2 graphics cards instead of one. However, getting a motherboard that supports SLI or crossfire isn't a bad idea for futureproofing.

Quick question about your budget, is it $750 total?
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February 20, 2014 2:58:35 PM

thank you alot for ur help
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February 20, 2014 3:20:42 PM

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here is the link for the z87 http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-6Gbps-Motherboards... ie=UTF8&qid=1392937600&sr=8-1&keywords=Gigabyte+Z87-HD3

I will have to do more research to be sure, but it sounds like people have problems with that board and overclocking. I'll try to answer your questions better, but I first need to know if you do want to crossfire with a haswell. If you do, we're going to need to change the build around and you will lose some performance.
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February 21, 2014 2:11:43 AM

ok i changed my mother board into a Gigabyte G1.SNIPER Z87 Motherboard which seems pretty good and it well suited for overclocking and here is my current build. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Xibk
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February 21, 2014 7:15:33 AM

RG-Ranger said:
ok i changed my mother board into a Gigabyte G1.SNIPER Z87 Motherboard which seems pretty good and it well suited for overclocking and here is my current build. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Xibk


Ohhhh £750, not $750 haha

Okay, that explains a lot. But yeah, that looks good!

If you're going to overclock, you'll need a better cooler. At least something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
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