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March 11, 2014 3:56:24 AM

Hi there, I am currently looking at the following PC Build for Gaming with games like BF4 and ARMA 3, I am looking for something that is relativley future proof but provides value for money with automatic overclocking as this is my first build. I am about to go from a laptop to this so anything is going to be better, as i have had enough of buying an entire PC every 2 years

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($269.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($272.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1607.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 22:01 EST+1100)


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March 11, 2014 4:04:17 AM

Looks good but an expensive motherboard doesn't really contribute to gaming performance. You can take a relatively cheaper Z87 board and save some money if you want. However maximus vi gene is a very good board if you are willing to pay the price.

This looks like a better build to me. Included An SSD and a better Graphics card within that same budget of yours:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($105.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($329.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1613.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 22:10 EST+1100)
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March 11, 2014 4:11:40 AM

My thoughts exactly, i am still trying to justify the decision on the motherboard, however i have seen it in action with a similar setup and it seems to work very welll, particuarly with the UEFI setup that they have. For the sake of 100$ i keep seeing to many "downsides to other boards like sound or lack of sata cables/ports" Please feel free to correct me if i am wrong, as i am having the hardest time choosing the motherboard, as i dont really know what i am looking for being a build n00b
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March 11, 2014 4:13:28 AM

Also should i be getting the Z87 A or C i am concerned with sound quality as i DJ as well
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March 11, 2014 4:15:47 AM

Check my previous post. I've managed a build there.. the ASUS Z87-A that I've included will perform equally as maximus gene and also has UEFI bios if I'm not wrong. It also overclocks very well. A better value for money..
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March 11, 2014 4:20:44 AM

Here is a little tweaked build according to your budget
1. Faster RAM
2. Significantly faster GPU
Since it is a "gaming" build, I think you will appreciate the changes.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($108.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1600.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 22:20 EST+1100)
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March 11, 2014 4:21:17 AM

I like it, You have managed to include the SSD and the GTX760 which i was trying to do! much appreciated. I think i will go with this option thanks heaps
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March 11, 2014 4:26:56 AM

Samfree91 said:
Also should i be getting the Z87 A or C i am concerned with sound quality as i DJ as well


if you want better audio then go with either maximus gene or hero... they both have better audio chip. But that will increase the cost..
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March 11, 2014 4:30:39 AM

So From Verma1891 and Mukus suggestions i am now sitting here, Any issues? do i have enough in the way of my PSU???

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($108.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($329.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1646.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 22:29 EST+1100)
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March 11, 2014 4:38:24 AM

Samfree91 said:
So From Verma1891 and Mukus suggestions i am now sitting here, Any issues? do i have enough in the way of my PSU???

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($108.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($329.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1646.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 22:29 EST+1100)


Yes you have enough on the PSU front. If you want better sound, you can always add an Asus Xonar sound card. Its not costly.
The main difference between Z87K and Z87A is that the Z87A is sli ready. So in future, if you want to upgrade your pc, you can just add another card in SLI (however you will need a nigger PSU). With Z87k, you wont be able to SLI.
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March 11, 2014 4:44:23 AM

See the last time i built (way back in 2006 or so) a PC ASrock, wasnt all that great, gigabyte were probably asus's rivals and MSI well, sucked is this still the case today
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March 11, 2014 4:48:26 AM

What are the benifits of an SSD, i know that you would mainly install your O.S on there, but 120GB seems a lot for just the O.S
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March 11, 2014 4:50:40 AM

Samfree91 said:
See the last time i built (way back in 2006 or so) a PC ASrock, wasnt all that great, gigabyte were probably asus's rivals and MSI well, sucked is this still the case today


More or less... ASUS is still the best board maker. Of course many people won't agree on that.

ASRock have come a long way since 2006. They deliver the most value for money but they are not as good as ASUS or Gigabyte. But some of their board are quite good. Ultimately its your choice.
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March 11, 2014 4:51:53 AM

Samfree91 said:
What are the benifits of an SSD, i know that you would mainly install your O.S on there, but 120GB seems a lot for just the O.S


Install your OS, core applications and above these, 4-5 big sized games can also be installed.
Its benifits are 5 second boot time with windows 8, faster loading times of games and improved overall performance like browsing etc.
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March 11, 2014 4:55:18 AM

Cool thanks very much to the both of you
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