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March 20, 2014 5:04:21 AM

Hey guys,

Im building my first gaming pc, and I need to pick out the components.
Btw i will stream games/render videos/edit photos. I will use applications such as vegas pro 12, Photoshop, after effects, gimp, cinema 4d ect. And I will do a lot of multitasking as well.
I would prefer an i7 and 16gb ram. I also need the os within the budget.
I dont mind which brand gpu, mobo, ram ec. they need to be reliable though.
The msi g45 gaming looks nice.
I will be gaming on a single monitor (60 or 75hz not sure yet) at 1080p(maybe 1920x1200).

What do you guys say?

Thnx.

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March 20, 2014 5:13:50 AM

Will you be overclocking your CPU?

I'll make a build now.
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March 20, 2014 5:16:36 AM

AshyCFC said:
Will you be overclocking your CPU?

I'll make a build now.


Yes, quite possibly, but maybe in a year or so. Might overclock to 4.5ghz maybe.
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March 20, 2014 5:17:30 AM

Why you created double post?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1532.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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March 20, 2014 5:20:05 AM

Ahmadjon said:
Why you created double post?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1532.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Oh, two reasons. 1. I probably spammed the spammed the post button. 2. This is .com and the other is .co.uk.

Yea, like i said, i need to cut down about $40 on that build.
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March 20, 2014 5:28:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1520.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Not overclockable straight away but it's ready to add ANY cooler you like in a years time.
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March 20, 2014 5:37:46 AM

AshyCFC said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1520.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 08:27 EDT-0400)

Not overclockable straight away but it's ready to add ANY cooler you like in a years time.


R you sure i won't need an after market cooler? I mean the CPU might run really hot when playing games like watch dogs or crysis 3....
Thnx for the build though, i only just realised that you could squeeze in a Maximus IV hero in that budget.....if i cut down on the ssd to Kingston or crucial.....i might save even more to fit after market cooler.
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March 20, 2014 5:48:08 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3d8SC
There is no reason for you to get an i7 or 16Gb. Quality parts all around is much better than a overkill cpu without a proper cooler and a crappy case and power supply. Unless your going to do video editing or anything that will be very cpu intensive get the i5.
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March 20, 2014 6:00:07 AM

Since you will be doing video editing / rendering work, the i7 is a fine choice. You could save money here and scale back to an i5 if desired. Also, since you are gaming on a single monitor the GTX 780 is a bit of overkill.

For sake of additional options, the build below is small form factor (ITX), has low latency memory, a solid disk setup, BD-RW, built in BT and WiFi, and water cooling for your overclocking needs (the ITX form factor typically wont OC well with an air cooler).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1498.69
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March 20, 2014 6:19:52 AM

Kakorat119 said:
Ahmadjon said:
Why you created double post?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1532.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 08:17 EDT-0400)


Oh, two reasons. 1. I probably spammed the spammed the post button. 2. This is .com and the other is .co.uk.

Yea, like i said, i need to cut down about $40 on that build.


OK, I've cut that 40$

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1486.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 09:19 EDT-0400)
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March 20, 2014 6:27:35 AM

I adjusted case to a lesser known manufacturer but still great reviews and added a 212 evo.

If not overclocking stock is okay by the way.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1484.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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March 20, 2014 6:33:28 AM

Higher end mobo with mid overclocking is pointless and waste of money! normal Z87 with 2way SLI capability is enough
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March 20, 2014 6:45:01 AM

What? The Hyper 212 EVO is perfect for starting out OCing and then if you want to go higher you can change.

My build is the way it is so that the OP can build, OC to a reasonable level on one of the best boards out there and when the OP wants to change that's no trouble as well.
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March 20, 2014 6:53:13 AM

AshyCFC said:
What? The Hyper 212 EVO is perfect for starting out OCing and then if you want to go higher you can change.

My build is the way it is so that the OP can build, OC to a reasonable level on one of the best boards out there and when the OP wants to change that's no trouble as well.


Never said that 212 EVO is bad! I just said it's pointless on spending too much for high end motherboard for mild overclocking! That VRM's and CPU phases in high end mobos needed for high stable overclocking and for general overclock entry level Z87 mobo is enough!
That extra 80$ is not worth the money for mild overclocking!
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March 20, 2014 7:28:59 AM


Vegas GPU acceleration works really well with Radeons ... if you stick with Intel you could drop back to an i5 and not really miss a beat.

edit: ... and with your budget there is really no reason not to go with a nice Samsung SSD



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March 20, 2014 7:46:39 AM

Something like this is also basically as good as the 4770k but it cannot overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1433.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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z87 board for SLI + 250GB Samsung EVO.
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March 20, 2014 4:44:39 PM

AshyCFC said:
I adjusted case to a lesser known manufacturer but still great reviews and added a 212 evo.

If not overclocking stock is okay by the way.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1484.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Thnx man! Now I have two options to choose from.
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March 20, 2014 4:44:52 PM

AshyCFC said:
I adjusted case to a lesser known manufacturer but still great reviews and added a 212 evo.

If not overclocking stock is okay by the way.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1484.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 09:27 EDT-0400)


Thnx man! Now I have two options to choose from.
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March 20, 2014 4:48:36 PM

Thnx for alll the suggestions guys! I've picked the solution because it seemed to be the best for value/performance.
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March 20, 2014 10:05:40 PM

Kakorat119 said:
Thnx for alll the suggestions guys! I've picked the solution because it seemed to be the best for value/performance.


Definitely is. The EVO 250GB is a great SSD and the 780 is a great GPU.
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March 21, 2014 12:22:54 AM

Kakorat119 said:
Thnx for alll the suggestions guys! I've picked the solution because it seemed to be the best for value/performance.


You're Welcome :)  :D 
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