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March 5, 2014 7:01:24 AM

ok so i've been doing some research and this is the build i made. i would like some feedback and opinions on it so i can better improve it before actually buying and building. thank you everyone

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34wT2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34wT2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34wT2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($333.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($376.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($338.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($201.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($92.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1947.18
March 5, 2014 7:06:59 AM

I have a few doubts about your build...
Do you plan to extreme OC? If yes, you might wanna look for a better CPU cooler. If not, I think the mobo is overkill (CPU is cheaper than it).

Do you plan to SLI in the future? If not, the PSU is overkill.

Also, I don`t see an SSD in your build. It would be a shame to have a 2k build with no SSD in there to speed up that beast.

Let us know what you want to do with your PC in order for you to get the most out of your money.
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March 5, 2014 7:11:43 AM

Pr3di said:
I have a few doubts about your build...
Do you plan to extreme OC? If yes, you might wanna look for a better CPU cooler. If not, I think the mobo is overkill (CPU is cheaper than it).

Do you plan to SLI in the future? If not, the PSU is overkill.

Also, I don`t see an SSD in your build. It would be a shame to have a 2k build with no SSD in there to speed up that beast.

Let us know what you want to do with your PC in order for you to get the most out of your money.


no i dont plan on OC it, and there is a possibility of SLI in the future but i dont really know much about it. what is your opinion on it? should i or should i not? i guessed i missed something an SSD im new to the building scene so any help or correction is much appreciated. just plan on gaming with the computer and letting the girlfriend do her editting or drawing on it
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March 5, 2014 7:16:24 AM

Check this option with GTX 780, SSD+HDD and Asus Formula (Not to disappoint you)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $2020.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:15 EST-0500)
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March 5, 2014 7:17:26 AM

This is another build under $2000

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1931.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:17 EST-0500)
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March 5, 2014 7:25:05 AM

EasyLover said:
Check this option with GTX 780, SSD+HDD and Asus Formula (Not to disappoint you)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $2020.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:15 EST-0500)


this is alot better then the one i had?
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March 5, 2014 7:25:23 AM

Any of these 2 builds are great.
Regarding the HDD, if I remember correctly, the Caviar Green was the best of the lot (colors :D  ).

Other than that, I would suggest for you to go for one of these builds, and try to stick to 1 more powerfull GPU rather than SLI.
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March 5, 2014 7:28:21 AM

Pr3di said:
Any of these 2 builds are great.
Regarding the HDD, if I remember correctly, the Caviar Green was the best of the lot (colors :D  ).

Other than that, I would suggest for you to go for one of these builds, and try to stick to 1 more powerfull GPU rather than SLI.


alright, also as my first build i would like the fancy lighting coming from the tower so do you guys know a different case to where i can modify it to light up?
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March 5, 2014 8:12:30 AM

xAzNx said:
Pr3di said:
Any of these 2 builds are great.
Regarding the HDD, if I remember correctly, the Caviar Green was the best of the lot (colors :D  ).

Other than that, I would suggest for you to go for one of these builds, and try to stick to 1 more powerfull GPU rather than SLI.


alright, also as my first build i would like the fancy lighting coming from the tower so do you guys know a different case to where i can modify it to light up?


First of all, one correction: WD Green is not the best at all. Wonder how that is put up above! Secong\d two builds were recommended by the user who could not get BA ;)  yet his build was recommended :) 
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March 5, 2014 8:16:36 AM

xAzNx said:
Pr3di said:
Any of these 2 builds are great.
Regarding the HDD, if I remember correctly, the Caviar Green was the best of the lot (colors :D  ).

Other than that, I would suggest for you to go for one of these builds, and try to stick to 1 more powerfull GPU rather than SLI.


alright, also as my first build i would like the fancy lighting coming from the tower so do you guys know a different case to where i can modify it to light up?


For lighting, I would recommend you to use NZXT Hue RGB LED Controller or NZXT CB-LED10-RD Sleeved LED Kit - Red, 1 m. Using them. Great lights dear:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 5, 2014 8:19:04 AM

EasyLover said:
xAzNx said:
Pr3di said:
Any of these 2 builds are great.
Regarding the HDD, if I remember correctly, the Caviar Green was the best of the lot (colors :D  ).

Other than that, I would suggest for you to go for one of these builds, and try to stick to 1 more powerfull GPU rather than SLI.


alright, also as my first build i would like the fancy lighting coming from the tower so do you guys know a different case to where i can modify it to light up?


First of all, one correction: WD Green is not the best at all. Wonder how that is put up above! Secong\d two builds were recommended by the user who could not get BA ;)  yet his build was recommended :) 


im sorry buddy, you are correct you should get the credit since it was your build. i dont know if i can undo it or what if there is a way let me know
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March 5, 2014 8:39:14 AM

What about NZXT options which I referred above
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March 5, 2014 8:41:38 AM

EasyLover said:
What about NZXT options which I referred above


that is for the case right? what about the fan LEDs do you know anything about those, and do you have a better case to show off the lights like a windowed or something
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March 5, 2014 8:44:55 AM

It is a window case. You can use Corsair AF series 120mm fans with LED. NZXT hue or other option has LED lighting solution for case from inside
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March 5, 2014 8:51:07 AM

EasyLover said:
It is a window case. You can use Corsair AF series 120mm fans with LED. NZXT hue or other option has LED lighting solution for case from inside




alright, so do these cases come with 120mm fans already and i just buy the colored ones to replace the stock ones? or am i buying a fan and adding it to the case?
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March 5, 2014 9:00:04 AM

HAF 912 comes with two 120mm fans. You can install two more LED fans inside the case or one LED fan on the front side and one on the top. It depends upon your choice. Your case has support for 2x120mm fans on the front, 2x120mm fans on the top and one 1x120mm on the rear.
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March 5, 2014 9:01:18 AM

If you wish you can change the case to HAF 932 Advanced or Storm Scout-II Advanced (I'm using this one). If you have budget then you can opt for HAF-X 942 (Simply the best)
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March 5, 2014 7:03:43 PM

EasyLover said:
If you wish you can change the case to HAF 932 Advanced or Storm Scout-II Advanced (I'm using this one). If you have budget then you can opt for HAF-X 942 (Simply the best)


yea money is not an issue, i just put a limit so i dont overspend lol. but yea i'll check that case out, thanks for everything, you were really helpful.

so i checked out that 942 case and its pretty badass i think thats the one im going to use
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April 20, 2014 3:23:10 PM

EasyLover said:
This is another build under $2000

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1931.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:17 EST-0500)


xAzNx said:
EasyLover said:
Check this option with GTX 780, SSD+HDD and Asus Formula (Not to disappoint you)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $2020.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:15 EST-0500)


this is alot better then the one i had?


I wound up buying these components to put the computer together, but I'm having a hell of a time installing the liquid cooler - as in it the radiator won't fit in the grooves at the top of the case to screw it in. Is it a bad combo, or am I somehow derping this?
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July 3, 2014 3:47:02 PM

BrainSalsa said:
EasyLover said:
This is another build under $2000

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1931.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:17 EST-0500)


xAzNx said:
EasyLover said:
Check this option with GTX 780, SSD+HDD and Asus Formula (Not to disappoint you)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $2020.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 10:15 EST-0500)


this is alot better then the one i had?


I wound up buying these components to put the computer together, but I'm having a hell of a time installing the liquid cooler - as in it the radiator won't fit in the grooves at the top of the case to screw it in. Is it a bad combo, or am I somehow derping this?


it looks like the list was made on pcpartpicker, it tells you if the parts are compatible or not when you choose them so they should all be compatible you might just be derping it lol.. im about to start putting my computer together right now actually ill see if i have the same problem
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July 3, 2014 7:44:39 PM

Try to mount the rad on the top of the case from outside while fans inside or go vice versa.
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