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Questions about another $1200 Gaming Build (but its for my birthday :D)

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March 6, 2014 8:38:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: Around $1200 - looking to maximize bang for buck, so if $1350 is the closest benchmark thats what Ill do.

System Usage: Gaming, Web Surfing, Movies

Monitor: Nope, have a benq xl2420te - not likely ill get those 120 fps with this build i know D:

Parts to upgrade: Full build!

OS: Yes. Im ok with win 8 or 7 makes no difference to me

Preferred Website: Any

Location: Albany, New York United States

Parts Preference: Intel CPU is my best bet?

Overclocking: Maybe - Id like to have the option if it doesn't cut into raw performance and/or isn't significantly more costly.

SLI or Crossfire: I don't think so.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet is obviously a perk. Ill be playing WoW - and would like to play on ultra? Ill most likely be playing ESO and the Division. Ive read I could play WoW on ultra with a much cheaper build but I want something that will last into my other gaming desires haha

Why am I upgrading?: I HAVE A MACBOOK PRO. Wish I had a brain 4 years ago.

Current Parts: Ive looked around a lot of these forums and am seeing mostly the same things. I have yet to decide on a case. Im lost as to what PSU I should choose - Ive read over clocking requires more juice but Idk just how much. Ive seen other MOBOs like the MSI Z87 and don't know what to make of it. The video card and CPU Cooler Ive chosen are based on recommendations in other forums.

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/358QQ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/358QQ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/358QQ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($213.63 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($87.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.25 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1054.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-06 11:33 EST-0500)





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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 8:53:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ 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 ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1227.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-06 12:54 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 8:54:13 AM

This is a good start:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1140.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-06 11:53 EST-0500)
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March 6, 2014 9:04:26 AM

thank you for the replies! my questions would be, should I get the more expensive CPU Cooler? Definitely if I plan to over clock, right? And then do the brands chosen make a significant difference or is it preference. I see you both chose different brands of video cards. Different brands of power supply. and different brands of storage. is there a reason for the preference?
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March 6, 2014 9:11:07 AM

also extreme3 and extreme4 motherboards, what is the difference?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 9:17:24 AM

ANTEC and XFX are both excelent choices for PSU. 80+ Gold is a plus.
My GPU choice was based in price only. And this MSI gpu is ok.
CM EVO and Noctua NH-D14 are both great. Its worth $55 more for NH-D14? You could get a better motherboard instead like Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard. Its up to you.
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March 6, 2014 9:20:24 AM

Extreme 4 has more connectors. If you want to make a big overclock the Noctua cooler is very good and also quiet. The Hyper 212 can get loud and is not for more than a moderate overclock. GPU is preference but the Gigabyte GPU is very fast and got a nice cooling system. As SSD the Samsung 840 Evo is the best for its price but the other SSD is also good. Also XFX makes in general better PSUs since they are made by Seasonic but Antec is also good. Also he choose the parts from US and you prefer from Canada or can this be changed to reduce price if there wont be any big taxes for the shipping?
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March 6, 2014 9:28:38 AM

StarBG said:
Extreme 4 has more connectors. If you want to make a big overclock the Noctua cooler is very good and also quiet. The Hyper 212 can get loud and is not for more than a moderate overclock. GPU is preference but the Gigabyte GPU is very fast and got a nice cooling system. As SSD the Samsung 840 Evo is the best for its price but the other SSD is also good. Also XFX makes in general better PSUs since they are made by Seasonic but Antec is also good. Also he choose the parts from US and you prefer from Canada or can this be changed to reduce price if there wont be any big taxes for the shipping?


Thank you for the explanation! Ill be going with the Extreme4, Noctua Cooler and the Gigabyte GPU then. Ill have to do some research on the PSU. I think I want Gold standard because Ill be leaving my computer on a majority of the time? Im located in US so I assume that would be cheapest and easiest.

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March 6, 2014 9:30:02 AM

filippi said:
ANTEC and XFX are both excelent choices for PSU. 80+ Gold is a plus.
My GPU choice was based in price only. And this MSI gpu is ok.
CM EVO and Noctua NH-D14 are both great. Its worth $55 more for NH-D14? You could get a better motherboard instead like Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard. Its up to you.


Better motherboard does seem like the better choice?! hahah I guess I don't plan on anything beyond a moderate over clock so I would be all set with the cheaper CPU Cooler?
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March 6, 2014 9:34:46 AM

Yes the Cooler Master is enough for a moderate overclock but can get a bit noisy. Gold means that is has a higher effectivity and loses less electricity in heat and vibration than 80+, 80+ Bronze or lower rated PSUs, nothing else, 2-3% I think less loss than 80+ Bronze.
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March 6, 2014 9:44:34 AM

StarBG said:
Yes the Cooler Master is enough for a moderate overclock but can get a bit noisy. Gold means that is has a higher effectivity and loses less electricity in heat and vibration than 80+, 80+ Bronze or lower rated PSUs, nothing else, 2-3% I think less loss than 80+ Bronze.


It seems like I should get both the Asus ZA7 and the NH-D14 then because I would prefer a quiet computer to a loud one. $50 for something thats going to last me thousands of hours seems well worth it. Being that Im only at 650w the 2-3% jump in effectivity seems minimal. Id have to choose the stronger brand in that case, XFX.
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March 6, 2014 9:47:52 AM

Last question, how many connectors should I be looking for on the motherboard? will 3 be cutting it close? For the price it seems like 4 is worth it.
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March 6, 2014 9:58:18 AM

Wish I could have chosen both of you. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 9:59:37 AM

I updated my items list for shipping in the US and the prices are correct now. The connectors are for soundcards, wifi (PCI x1), RAM and HDDs and other stuff like multi GPU and it depends what you need.
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March 6, 2014 10:12:41 AM

StarBG said:
I updated my items list for shipping in the US and the prices are correct now. The connectors are for soundcards, wifi (PCI x1), RAM and HDDs and other stuff like multi GPU and it depends what you need.


Thank you!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 10:44:35 AM

Good luck!
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