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Planned Build - Looking for feedback on selected components

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February 21, 2014 12:42:44 PM

Hey Guys,

I haven't built a system in some time, and I just weaned myself off of the apple kool-aid, so it's time to build a new rig.

I don't want to break the bank, but want decent components since this will primarily be a home office computer for Mechanical Design in Inventor, Graphic Design in Photoshop, and some animation in Max. Okay.. any maybe everquest next.....

At any rate, I've tried to pick good bang for the buck hardware, but to call myself knowledgeable about what's out there right now would be an outright lie, so here's the list: Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated! I was thinking of going with a watercooler for the cpu, but not sure if it's worthwhile.

Thanks!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/superjet87/saved/3OR8

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February 21, 2014 1:04:44 PM

The build looks pretty good. What is the budget? You can scale back on the motherboard a little. I would also go with 2x8GB of RAM instead of 4x4GB. If the budget allows then an upgrade to a GTX 760 or GTX 770 would be very worthwhile.

This is what your build would look like with my recommended changes.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($113.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Urban S31 Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1150.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-21 16:04 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2014 1:23:38 PM

I like shortstuffs build a lot more than the original. There's the corsair 500R case going for $80 bucks that's normally $120+ that you should look into. Only recommendation I can make.
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February 21, 2014 1:27:42 PM

Yep, the Corsair 500R case is awesome. I only stuck with the Thermaltake case because people have such different taste in cases and that's what he picked. I also recommend checking out the Corsair 500R.
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February 21, 2014 1:56:06 PM

Thanks for the input guys - I was always under the impression that theres better performance to be had from memory modules by splitting up the total about the 4 channels?

any reason for the 2x8 other than easy of future addition?
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February 21, 2014 2:08:22 PM

Your system doesn't support quad-channel RAM, so it only runs in dual-channel mode even with four sticks installed. There are a few reasons for 2x8GB instead of 4x4GB. The ability to add more RAM in the future is one. It also puts less stress on the memory controller, uses less power, and runs cooler. It also cuts in half the possibility of a stick dying. I would list the benefits of 4x4GB, but I can't think of any...
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