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March 3, 2014 8:24:54 PM

Hey guys,

I'm pretty excited, I'm building my first gaming computer and I've been doing so research but stumped on the last few parts.

Here are the components I've bought already.

-CPU: i7 4770k
-PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP2 ATX 12V/EPS 12V, 760W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM
-Case:Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
-SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 128GB
-RAM: ?? ($130 budget)
-Motherboard: ?? (up to $175 budget)
-Video Card: I'm thinking GTX 770 (up to $400 budget) but is there a better card out there?
-Heatsink: I'm not sure about this one. I'm thinking h100 because I want to OC but can OC without a liquid cool heatsink?

Thanks for you advice guys! really appreciate it.

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March 3, 2014 8:35:10 PM

You can certainly OC without a liquid cooler, just keep in mind that it will get very hot under the stock heatsink fan, I would definitely go with liquid if you are planning on OC'ing. As for Ram, thats a pretty high budget and you could probably get away with up to 16gb, but 8gb should be plenty for right now. Plus if you were to go with the 8gb, you could put the extra money into a better card. The 770 is great but if you can find a 780, I would get that. Now as for the mobo, be sure that you are are getting one that supports overclocking, I went with the MSI Z87-G45 that has a nifty little oc genie built into the bios.
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March 3, 2014 8:49:11 PM

Ckauerauf said:
You can certainly OC without a liquid cooler, just keep in mind that it will get very hot under the stock heatsink fan, I would definitely go with liquid if you are planning on OC'ing. As for Ram, thats a pretty high budget and you could probably get away with up to 16gb, but 8gb should be plenty for right now. Plus if you were to go with the 8gb, you could put the extra money into a better card. The 770 is great but if you can find a 780, I would get that. Now as for the mobo, be sure that you are are getting one that supports overclocking, I went with the MSI Z87-G45 that has a nifty little oc genie built into the bios.


Thanks for your comment! I was actually thinking of getting that same motherboard. I was kinda wondering if the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 was worth the extra money.

I noticed that the Noctua NH-D14 is a much quieter fan and would rather have quite but does is lack the cooling power of a h100?
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March 3, 2014 9:00:32 PM

peterjinsukim said:
Ckauerauf said:
You can certainly OC without a liquid cooler, just keep in mind that it will get very hot under the stock heatsink fan, I would definitely go with liquid if you are planning on OC'ing. As for Ram, thats a pretty high budget and you could probably get away with up to 16gb, but 8gb should be plenty for right now. Plus if you were to go with the 8gb, you could put the extra money into a better card. The 770 is great but if you can find a 780, I would get that. Now as for the mobo, be sure that you are are getting one that supports overclocking, I went with the MSI Z87-G45 that has a nifty little oc genie built into the bios.


Thanks for your comment! I was actually thinking of getting that same motherboard. I was kinda wondering if the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 was worth the extra money.

I noticed that the Noctua NH-D14 is a much quieter fan and would rather have quite but does is lack the cooling power of a h100?


Noctua's are some of the best coolers out there right now, just they are a bit on the large side from what i can tell. Asus mobo's are some of the best out there i only went with the g45 because it was on sale, and it matched my color scheme
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March 3, 2014 9:03:36 PM

All of your choices that you already made are very good. The GTX 770 is one of the best card in its price range and it can max out anything at 1080p. For the RAM, any 2x4gb rated at 1600mhz, CAS9, and 1.5v would do. They are all the same for the most part.

For the motherboard, I tend not to recommend MSI boards mostly because a good amount of their boards have problems with the VRMS overheating. I don't think the MSI Z87-G45 has problems with that, but typically I go for the Asus Z87-A or Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H instead for the better reputation and they basically are all in the same range, performance wise and price wise. The Maximus VI Hero is a great board if you want something a little more high-end.

For the cpu cooler, I wouldn't really recommend a CLC because they don't really offer very much over a high end heatsink and they are more expensive and louder. High end heatsinks could cool just as well (~5c difference I believe) while being quieter, cheaper, and it has no risk of leaking. The Noctua NH-D14 is a good one, but most people find it ugly and it has a lot of RAM compatibility issues. This one is similarly priced, looks better, cools just as well, and works with any RAM: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14...
It also comes in different colors for aesthetic reasons.
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March 3, 2014 10:03:01 PM

realchaos said:
All of your choices that you already made are very good. The GTX 770 is one of the best card in its price range and it can max out anything at 1080p. For the RAM, any 2x4gb rated at 1600mhz, CAS9, and 1.5v would do. They are all the same for the most part.

For the motherboard, I tend not to recommend MSI boards mostly because a good amount of their boards have problems with the VRMS overheating. I don't think the MSI Z87-G45 has problems with that, but typically I go for the Asus Z87-A or Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H instead for the better reputation and they basically are all in the same range, performance wise and price wise. The Maximus VI Hero is a great board if you want something a little more high-end.

For the cpu cooler, I wouldn't really recommend a CLC because they don't really offer very much over a high end heatsink and they are more expensive and louder. High end heatsinks could cool just as well (~5c difference I believe) while being quieter, cheaper, and it has no risk of leaking. The Noctua NH-D14 is a good one, but most people find it ugly and it has a lot of RAM compatibility issues. This one is similarly priced, looks better, cools just as well, and works with any RAM: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14...
It also comes in different colors for aesthetic reasons.


Thanks for your comment! I'm actually considering the phanteks now. I read some reviews about the Noctua and it does have RAM compatibility issues being so big.

One other question though, with the GTX 770 support a 55' 1080p 120Hz samsung tv? I'm planning to have the computer next to my TV in the living room and stream HD videos from time to time.
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March 3, 2014 10:14:34 PM

Yes it can, just use an HDMI cable and it would work. It will still be able to max out games at playable FPS, though I'm not sure if it can fully utilize the 120hz in the high end games.
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