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March 9, 2014 6:38:05 PM

Hi All,

I have been doing some research to build a gaming high end pc.

To give some bac ground, I have helped build a pc before, but what I knew back then did very little to contribute to my current plan. Most of the knowledge I have are from my recent research for parts.

The primary goal for this build is to run The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at its absolute maximum setting. ( I am ok with just a little off the absolute maximum setting, but preferably everything on ultra)

(I know this is not the smartest idea at this point in time, since the developers have yet to release any details about the game requirements)

However, I also plan on using this pc to play The Elder Scrolls Online, TitanFall, and hopefully most of the PC titles that I think are coming out within the next 2-3 years ( Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dishonored 2, Mass Effect 4).

Originally my budget was flat 2k, but if need be I can push it up to 2.5k.

I have compiled all the parts, and I was hoping if you guys could see if my build is really putting my money into the right places.

The build:

CPU: Intel i7 4770K
$319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus Maxmimus Vi Hero LGA 1150 Chipset Z78
$199.79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*Note: I do plan on O.Cing my CPU

RAM: G.Skill Trident X DDR3 16GB (2x8GB) @ 1866 Mhz (This will be O.Ced due to mobo)
$ 186.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB FTW
$549.11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage 1 (OS): Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB internal SSD
$214.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...

Storage 2(Games): Hitachi Deskstar 2TB HDD @ 7200 rpm x2 (total 4GB)
$0, had these for awhile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply (PSU): Axi 860i Digital ATX PSU (Platinum Certified)
$281.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Display: Asus VGS248QE @ 144Hz
$281.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: WIndows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
$0. Already own a copy

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/Chasis: NZXT Phantom 820 Series Matte Black
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Internet: I will use wire connection to router.
30 Mb Download Speed
5 Mb Upload speed

As of now, this build is gonna cost me about $2,310.
The prices I listed on there are all newegg prices @ 3/9/14.
Most of them are discounted. Some aren't.

Aside from my build, I also have some question about my case, the NZXT Phantom 820.

I actually am not sure if I am going to go with this case. I am not able to find a good case with excellent air flow at a satisfying price. I was hoping you guys could give me some suggestions.

I don't mind full towers, just so as long as the temperature/airflow inside the case can be properly lowered/directed out. Especially I am going to overclock my RAM, I definitely would like the inside of my case at a cooler temperature.

Also, I'd like to eventually do a SLI for my graphics card when the card price drops.

So, what do you guys think? Are there anything I can do to lower my cost while still maintain, if not exceed, my current build performance? I'd really appreciate all constructive feedback and inputs about my build.

Thank you guys very much for your time, I realize this is a rather long post.

Thanks once again.


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March 9, 2014 7:08:08 PM

great selection, not a problem with anything, there are other options you could choose but unless you changed to a 780 TI or a socket 2011 cpu it wouldnt make any difference, and that would be too past your budget.

so yea id say stick with what youve got, and for cases, i would personally recommend the fractal design R4, it doesnt look great in pictures as it seems a bit dull, but in real it is sleek and professional with great airflow.
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March 9, 2014 8:22:08 PM

fields224 said:
great selection, not a problem with anything, there are other options you could choose but unless you changed to a 780 TI or a socket 2011 cpu it wouldnt make any difference, and that would be too past your budget.

so yea id say stick with what youve got, and for cases, i would personally recommend the fractal design R4, it doesnt look great in pictures as it seems a bit dull, but in real it is sleek and professional with great airflow.


Thnx for the reply fields224!

I checked out the case, and I like it. However, won't that sound reducing material create problems for intake at the front and the side and the exhaust at top and back?

Sorry I just thought of this. Would the difference computer case size ( Mid Tower vs Full Tower) have any impact on internal temperature since I am O.Cing my RAMs?
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March 9, 2014 9:02:13 PM

psde2 said:
fields224 said:
great selection, not a problem with anything, there are other options you could choose but unless you changed to a 780 TI or a socket 2011 cpu it wouldnt make any difference, and that would be too past your budget.

so yea id say stick with what youve got, and for cases, i would personally recommend the fractal design R4, it doesnt look great in pictures as it seems a bit dull, but in real it is sleek and professional with great airflow.


Thnx for the reply fields224!

I checked out the case, and I like it. However, won't that sound reducing material create problems for intake at the front and the side and the exhaust at top and back?

Sorry I just thought of this. Would the difference computer case size ( Mid Tower vs Full Tower) have any impact on internal temperature since I am O.Cing my RAMs?


the sound reducing material really wont have an affect on airflow, and this case does have really good reviews for air flow, i dont personally own it but i have a friend who does and its running really cool.

and well the define r4 takes full size atx motherboards so you wont have a problem with fitting parts, internal temperature depends on airflow more than size, and infact with less cubic airspace inside the case there is less air that needs to be moved through the system which benefits airflow.

also the whole ram overclocking high temps thing really wont be a problem, im not sure what o.c your planning but i personally have xmp 1600mhz ram overclocked to 1866mhz running in a small compact system and its never an issue, aslong as you have good fans for intake and exhaust you will be fine, try to keep a positive airpressure also.
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March 10, 2014 1:50:43 PM

fields224 said:
psde2 said:
fields224 said:
great selection, not a problem with anything, there are other options you could choose but unless you changed to a 780 TI or a socket 2011 cpu it wouldnt make any difference, and that would be too past your budget.

so yea id say stick with what youve got, and for cases, i would personally recommend the fractal design R4, it doesnt look great in pictures as it seems a bit dull, but in real it is sleek and professional with great airflow.


Thnx for the reply fields224!

I checked out the case, and I like it. However, won't that sound reducing material create problems for intake at the front and the side and the exhaust at top and back?

Sorry I just thought of this. Would the difference computer case size ( Mid Tower vs Full Tower) have any impact on internal temperature since I am O.Cing my RAMs?


the sound reducing material really wont have an affect on airflow, and this case does have really good reviews for air flow, i dont personally own it but i have a friend who does and its running really cool.

and well the define r4 takes full size atx motherboards so you wont have a problem with fitting parts, internal temperature depends on airflow more than size, and infact with less cubic airspace inside the case there is less air that needs to be moved through the system which benefits airflow.

also the whole ram overclocking high temps thing really wont be a problem, im not sure what o.c your planning but i personally have xmp 1600mhz ram overclocked to 1866mhz running in a small compact system and its never an issue, aslong as you have good fans for intake and exhaust you will be fine, try to keep a positive airpressure also.



Thanks. For O.C, it's just my rams right now.
Thanks for the suggestion of define R4. I am currently torn between that and the thermaltake V71, another case that I came across when I was search for cases online yesterday.
What do you think about the V71? It looks kind of flimsy because of it's mesh metal on the case.
V71: http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_000...
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March 10, 2014 4:21:21 PM

psde2 said:
fields224 said:
psde2 said:
fields224 said:
great selection, not a problem with anything, there are other options you could choose but unless you changed to a 780 TI or a socket 2011 cpu it wouldnt make any difference, and that would be too past your budget.

so yea id say stick with what youve got, and for cases, i would personally recommend the fractal design R4, it doesnt look great in pictures as it seems a bit dull, but in real it is sleek and professional with great airflow.


Thnx for the reply fields224!

I checked out the case, and I like it. However, won't that sound reducing material create problems for intake at the front and the side and the exhaust at top and back?

Sorry I just thought of this. Would the difference computer case size ( Mid Tower vs Full Tower) have any impact on internal temperature since I am O.Cing my RAMs?


the sound reducing material really wont have an affect on airflow, and this case does have really good reviews for air flow, i dont personally own it but i have a friend who does and its running really cool.

and well the define r4 takes full size atx motherboards so you wont have a problem with fitting parts, internal temperature depends on airflow more than size, and infact with less cubic airspace inside the case there is less air that needs to be moved through the system which benefits airflow.

also the whole ram overclocking high temps thing really wont be a problem, im not sure what o.c your planning but i personally have xmp 1600mhz ram overclocked to 1866mhz running in a small compact system and its never an issue, aslong as you have good fans for intake and exhaust you will be fine, try to keep a positive airpressure also.



Thanks. For O.C, it's just my rams right now.
Thanks for the suggestion of define R4. I am currently torn between that and the thermaltake V71, another case that I came across when I was search for cases online yesterday.
What do you think about the V71? It looks kind of flimsy because of it's mesh metal on the case.
V71: http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_000...


its a pretty nice looking case really with strong airflow, i do wonder if those intakes are filtered though? as from a quick look i couldnt see anything and that could end up as a bit of a dust magnet.

it does have similar airflow to the define r4 though aswell, besides a bit extra on top, however with the setup of 2 top exhausts and 1 rear exhast with only 2 front intakes your looking a slightly negative case pressure which could make dust even worse, i personally prefer the r4 as it has slightly more instake than exhaust.
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March 11, 2014 1:35:56 AM

Thanks! I think I know what I am gonna go for
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