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Buying this $1500 build tonight, any suggestions before I do?

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February 26, 2014 6:29:38 AM

This build is for gaming, photoshop, and the editing of short videos (5-10 minutes max). I am going to overclock the CPU, I will not SLI. The monitor I have is a 23inch 1920x1080 60hz. With that monitor I'm looking to maintain a minimum of 60FPS with very high/ultra settings on games for the next couple of years.

My questions are:
1) I want to attempt an OC of 4.3GHz. I won't do water. Will this air cooler do the trick?
2) I don't plan to SLI, only overclock my CPU. Will this PSU cover me and then some? It's very affordable, but am I sacrificing quality for that price?
3) Will this motherboard best serve my needs? I chose it for the onboard wireless but am willing to change and go for PCI wireless.
4) With my monitor and gaming needs, any reason to consider the 780Ti? Or is a Superclocked 780 solid?
5) Will everything fit inside the NZXT H230? The Noctua NH-D14 looks pretty huge, and so does the 780. Should I buy extra fans to put in this case? It comes with one front and one rear 120mm.
6) Will it be relatively quiet? I opted for the Noctua and Titan Cooler 780 because they're supposed to run especially quiet. Is any other component going to negate that right now?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H230 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1497.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 08:58 EST-0500)
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February 26, 2014 6:46:00 AM

1. It will do, given your your chip doesn't fail. A cheaper CM hyper 212 evo will do the same. Go for the noctua one if you want a dead silent one. However, if you are spending $75 on cooling, I would recommend water cooling.-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h80i
2. Get a 650W PSU for some extra headroom. 80+gold, fully modular, not too costly-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pg065...
3. If you dont want to SLI, get a cheaper board. PCI the wireless. Here-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87c
4. 780ti is better than 780 obviously. So if your budget supports it, go for it.
5. Things will fit. Have a look at these cases too-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc431pk..., http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn40006w2...
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February 26, 2014 6:47:07 AM

it is revision of your build with better parts
the best GTX 780 GHZ edition from Gigabyte, the highest clock available
650W from XFX, seasonic build. please dont use CX series for high end build
better case with windowed side panel

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1517.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 09:48 EST-0500)
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February 26, 2014 6:54:23 AM

Don't get a corsair CX power supply. I had a cx750 and the fan was loud and also sounded off ballence so it was kinda clicking. The power supply was the hottest and loudest component in my computer till I replaced it with a seasonic platinum a few days ago. The CX series is corsairs budget line and in general should be avoided unless you have a really low budget and are getting something like the cx430.

Here's a seasonic g 650w which will work good for your build
Idk if the link will work from my phone but give it a try:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00918N4A0?cache=b9996d82...
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February 26, 2014 9:58:57 AM

verma1891 said:
1. It will do, given your your chip doesn't fail. A cheaper CM hyper 212 evo will do the same. Go for the noctua one if you want a dead silent one. However, if you are spending $75 on cooling, I would recommend water cooling.-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h80i
2. Get a 650W PSU for some extra headroom. 80+gold, fully modular, not too costly-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pg065...
3. If you dont want to SLI, get a cheaper board. PCI the wireless. Here-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87c
4. 780ti is better than 780 obviously. So if your budget supports it, go for it.
5. Things will fit. Have a look at these cases too-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc431pk..., http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn40006w2...


That's three separate PSUs being recommended. I understand that mine isn't good now, so I'll switch it, but of the three recommended so far which is ideal? I'll pay substantially more for this part because I know how important it is.

When you say "given my chip doesn't fail", you're talking about how all chips are made differently and mine just might not be able to handle that OC? It wouldn't actually destroy the chip, right? Not looking to ruin a brand new part. I would consider liquid I guess, but I'm against it because I will move this desktop around a lot. It's going to travel with me by car at least a few times a year and I don't want a bumpy ride to destroy my whole rig. Opinions?
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February 26, 2014 10:05:35 AM

The xfx is best for the price. Xfx sells rebranded seasonic which is one of the best manufacturers. I would have suggested the xfx but didn't see it when I linked the seasonic I did.

About cooling, just stick to the noctua. It performs just as good as the water cooling but is quieter and doesn't have the risk of a leak. The only downside is the size but its also bragging rights you know "mines bigger than yours..." Lol anyways the noctua nhd14 and phanteks 140mm dual tower cooler are the best two.
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February 26, 2014 10:33:35 AM

AntaresX said:
verma1891 said:
1. It will do, given your your chip doesn't fail. A cheaper CM hyper 212 evo will do the same. Go for the noctua one if you want a dead silent one. However, if you are spending $75 on cooling, I would recommend water cooling.-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h80i
2. Get a 650W PSU for some extra headroom. 80+gold, fully modular, not too costly-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pg065...
3. If you dont want to SLI, get a cheaper board. PCI the wireless. Here-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87c
4. 780ti is better than 780 obviously. So if your budget supports it, go for it.
5. Things will fit. Have a look at these cases too-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc431pk..., http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn40006w2...


That's three separate PSUs being recommended. I understand that mine isn't good now, so I'll switch it, but of the three recommended so far which is ideal? I'll pay substantially more for this part because I know how important it is.

When you say "given my chip doesn't fail", you're talking about how all chips are made differently and mine just might not be able to handle that OC? It wouldn't actually destroy the chip, right? Not looking to ruin a brand new part. I would consider liquid I guess, but I'm against it because I will move this desktop around a lot. It's going to travel with me by car at least a few times a year and I don't want a bumpy ride to destroy my whole rig. Opinions?


The seasonic PSu and the XFX psu, both are great. while the evga one that I suggested, is more of a budget PSU, still very good. So it comes to your budget. if you have more, get the seasonic.
I meant "some chips just dont handle higher overclocks no matter what amount of cooling you provide them" its just a matter of luck. You wont destroy the chip if you keep voltages in recommended level (Any good overclocking guide on youtube will make u a pro :D ). Selecting a cooler is your choice. I can just say that water cooling is superior to air cooling. And for silent air cooling, noctua cooler is great. Sir cooling will be good for movements. Install some more fans on the case for a better air flow.
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February 26, 2014 5:13:03 PM

AMD Radeon said:
it is revision of your build with better parts
the best GTX 780 GHZ edition from Gigabyte, the highest clock available
650W from XFX, seasonic build. please dont use CX series for high end build
better case with windowed side panel

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1517.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 09:48 EST-0500)


Thank you for showing me that amazingly overclocked 780. What kind of FPS gains will I see over the EVGA card I originally had, with that difference in overclocking power?
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February 26, 2014 5:15:52 PM

thdarkshadow said:
The xfx is best for the price. Xfx sells rebranded seasonic which is one of the best manufacturers. I would have suggested the xfx but didn't see it when I linked the seasonic I did.

About cooling, just stick to the noctua. It performs just as good as the water cooling but is quieter and doesn't have the risk of a leak. The only downside is the size but its also bragging rights you know "mines bigger than yours..." Lol anyways the noctua nhd14 and phanteks 140mm dual tower cooler are the best two.


Haha, I think that's what computer builds are always about. How much you're willing to spend to be better than the next guy. So you definitely think the giant 780 and Noctua will fit inside my case? I've heard complaints about both on separate occasions, and I'm not really sure how to tell without actually having the parts in front of me.
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