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February 27, 2014 9:58:40 PM

Hey all, I am building a new rig and would appreciate some help. I don't really have a budget but would definitely like to stay under $1500 and obviously would like it as cheap as possible. This system will be half for gaming and half for work, such as word processing, and a tiny bit of video and photo editing. I am also including new peripherals in this build. Also keep in mind I am from Australia and will only be ordering from the online store PC Case Gear. I also have already bought a 2GB GTX 770 from EVGA and a Corsair TX-650w PSU, so that's what the rest of the system will go with.

Ok, so here's what I have so far;
Intel Core i5-4670k
Samsung 840 EVO 250gb (is this sufficient or should I get the Pro version?)
WD Green 2TB
Asus DRW 24x Writer
Win 7 Home Premium ( I like Windows 7, is this still a good option or should I really upgrade to Win 8?)
Fractal Design R4 Black, no window
Corsair Vengeance Pro RAM (Any thoughts on this? I've heard the g-skill ram is quite good too and is cheaper)
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H (the motherboard is where I'm really stuck. This one looks alright but I'm also interested in the Asus ones and the MSI ones, but I'm not sure)
Corsair Vengeance MM200 Mouse Mat
Corsair Vengeance K70 MX Brown (This looks pretty great but now I'm considering getting the Blackwidow, what do you guys think?)
Razer Deathadder 2013 (It looks okay but I can't really find anything else. Recommendations?)

I also currently have an old acer 21.5" monitor but am looking to upgrade to the Asus PB278Q 1440p monitor in the future.

Help would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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February 27, 2014 10:18:32 PM

Samsung 840 Evo is definitely better than Pro in terms of price to performance.

Windows 7 is still good, while upgrading to win 8 won't hurt you either. It's really preference based cuz I'm sure you know a lot of people that either likes win 8 or hates it. In terms of performance, win 8 might be a bit faster especially after upgrading to 8.1, but nothing ginormous .

Corsair is good, G.Skill is also good, but I would go with G.Skill due to lower pricing just like you said.

If you're more worried about budget then, all 3 brands that you've listed are all pretty well known. I would just go with the cheapest one as long as they rating is good enough.

Keyboard is something that is absolutely opinion based, especially when the two that you've listed are very popular. I would do some study on the different color of key switches if you don't know them

Again, something very popular and opinion based. Here are some of the best gaming mouse listed.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2041586/gaming-mice-we-t...
http://www.amazon.com/b?node=402052011
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February 27, 2014 10:27:33 PM

"Keyboard is something that is absolutely opinion based, especially when the two that you've listed are very popular. I would do some study on the different color of key switches if you don't know them"

Do you have any experience with the K70? I really like it, I'm just a bit worried about the fact that the keycaps are much higher than other keyboards. Does this affect your typing or is it annoying? I wouldn't think it would but it does look a bit odd.
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February 27, 2014 10:48:12 PM

It's something that anyone can adapt to within a day or two :) 
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February 27, 2014 11:07:38 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
It's something that anyone can adapt to within a day or two :) 


Thanks for the help so far! Are you sure you don't have any specific recommendations for a motherboard under ~$230?

Also I currently have a 2-year old D-Link DWA-110 Broadband USB for my internet, would it be good to buy a PCI ethernet card?
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February 27, 2014 11:22:27 PM

Motherboard: (They are all pretty decent, pick whichever one you like)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CU4L4XG/
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a

DWA-110 is a wireless receiver, it won't be able to be replaced with a Ethernet card. With that being said, the motherboard also comes with Ethernet port built-in, unless you're looking for dual LAN or something special; I don't suggest getting a Ethernet card.
On the other hand, motherboard does not come with built-in wi-fi, at least the ones that we've talked about. If you're looking for a wireless receiver replacement, then yes, you should get a new one since DWA-110 only supports 802.11g (which is old)
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February 28, 2014 12:01:45 AM

IDontUnderstand said:
Motherboard: (They are all pretty decent, pick whichever one you like)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CU4L4XG/
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a

DWA-110 is a wireless receiver, it won't be able to be replaced with a Ethernet card. With that being said, the motherboard also comes with Ethernet port built-in, unless you're looking for dual LAN or something special; I don't suggest getting a Ethernet card.
On the other hand, motherboard does not come with built-in wi-fi, at least the ones that we've talked about. If you're looking for a wireless receiver replacement, then yes, you should get a new one since DWA-110 only supports 802.11g (which is old)


Thing is, I can't seem to find any new Wireless USBs that use 802.11n... On the internet all I can seem to find is those ethernet PCI cards.
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February 28, 2014 12:49:51 AM

IDontUnderstand said:
This will do the job
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054L9PWO
unless you prefer USB ones then
http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-WN111-Wireless-N-300-Adap...


I'll take a look at those, thanks! I'm almost finished with this thread and you've helped me a bunch, if you could just answer a few more Qs I'd appreciate it.

I've kinda narrowed my mobo choices down to the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H, the MSI Z87-G45 or GD-65, and the Asus Gryphon Z87. Would any of these be good choices, or are there some I should narrow out?

On most of these mobos the description says "DDR3 x1600mhz" does this mean the Corsair Vengeance Ram and/or G-skill ram I plan to get won't work if it's over 1600mhz?

This doesn't really have much to do with the rest of this thread but I've been trying to fix it for a while; I can hear a distinct high pitched coil whine in my Razer Charcarias headphones, is there a way I can fix it and will it continue with my new PC or will I have to fix it there too?

Thanks a lot!
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March 1, 2014 9:17:31 AM

Utility wise, I don't see a huge difference in them for you
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

It means that those RAM won't be able to reach that frequency without overclocking, in which the XMP profile will be able to do with a few clicks. ASUS's website even shows that it works with high frequency RAMs, just need to overclock it.
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1150/GRYPHON-Z87...

If the sound exists even when using other headphone then it should be the problem of your current PC. On the other hand, if the problem went away after testing another headphone, then I would suspect the headphone. However, that's not to say that it's unfixable.

You're very welcome
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