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First new build in awhile, looking for advice.

I haven't done a PC build for 4-5 years now and back then I can now tell I was totally winging it and was lucky it always worked out so well. Now I know more but am wondering if my new build could be built better. My budget is around $1250 USD and my current build is:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cs49

It's going to be mostly a gaming rig, but it's also going to be my everyday machine, so it's going to do odd things from time to time, like running VM's, video editing/3D modeling, and even code compiling.

Any advice or improvements that can be offered?
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  1. Looks good, I would go with the ATX version of your motherboard instead of micro ATX.
    ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CXIVEA2/?tag=pcpapi-20

    I also recommend a SSD, the performance difference is astronomical over mechanical hdd. Samsung's are my preference
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7TE250BW/dp/B00E3W1726/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1395593473&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+ssd

    You could get a cheaper hdd, like a WD Blue, for 60 and use the price difference towards the above SSD or a different one.
  2. huskersforever said:
    Looks good, I would go with the ATX version of your motherboard instead of micro ATX.
    ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CXIVEA2/?tag=pcpapi-20



    Out of curiosity, any particular reason to pick the ATX over micro-ATX? IIRC the GENE is the next step up from the HERO for the Asus ROG boards as well. Does the size help with airflow or is it something else?
  3. sparky8251 said:
    huskersforever said:
    Looks good, I would go with the ATX version of your motherboard instead of micro ATX.
    ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CXIVEA2/?tag=pcpapi-20



    Out of curiosity, any particular reason to pick the ATX over micro-ATX? IIRC the GENE is the next step up from the HERO for the Asus ROG boards as well. Does the size help with airflow or is it something else?


    ATX better for heat dissipation, layout easier, cable management easier.
  4. huskersforever said:

    ATX better for heat dissipation, layout easier, cable management easier.


    Plenty of reason then. Just re-looked up the difference between the two, the only major one is the fact the GENE has a riser card with a mPCI-E and M.2 port for added expandability.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eYV0

    Would this build also be good for overclocking? I don't plan on doing any at first, especially with the stock cooler but as it gets older and then "slower" by comparison I'd like overclock a bit to get a bit more life out of it.
  5. Yes, easy overclocking, that is what the K in the processor implies for intel chips.
  6. Thanks for the input! Unless anyone else has advice I'm going to mark this thread as answered.
  7. Okay let's take a few things here, obviously your playing games BUT your also " running VM's, video editing/3D modeling, and even code compiling" and you have $1250 to spend. Then you should be considering something more then a i5, more akin to a i7. For Video Editing/3D modeling if you go with a 'consumer' card (770) your going to be impacted with how much longer (hours, days) it takes for Rendering then if you went with a Workstation card like a Quadro, which is made for Video Editing / 3D modeling. Conversely if you go Workstation card, your FPS in gaming will be much lower then you would 'expect' from that level card. this is because consumer cards are doing opposite type of video rendering then workstation cards, and there is no middle ground card to balance, it is a trade off one way or the other. Just a heads up.

    Now taking these into account you can do better then your build as follows:

    $850 Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz (4th generation, Haswell, 4 Cores / 8 Threads), 16GB 1600GHz DDR3 Memory
    1TB SATA Hard Drive, 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 650 GDDR5, Blu-Ray Combo, Media Card Reader, 8 Channel Sound
    802.11a/c Wireless LAN + Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet Network, HDMI Out, USB 3.0, Windows 7 Home Premium
    Keyboard & Mouse, 1 year North America Warranty
    http://slickdeals.net/f/6714460-asus-desktop-pc-intel-core-i7-4770-16gb-ddr3-1tb-hdd-blu-ray-wireless-ac-nvidia-gtx-650-windows-7-free-sennheiser-momentum-headphones-850-ar-free-shipping-newegg

    Swap the 650 for your 770, sell the 650 on ebay for $100 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=1GB+nVidia+GeForce+GTX+650+GDDR5&_sop=1) and according to here (http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/introducing-the-geforce-gtx-770) there will be no need to change the PSU.

    849.00 after $50.00 rebate card, - $100 for GTX650 + $346.99 for 770 = 1097

    Toss the extra cash into another 16GB to add to the system (most systems max at 32GB, but depends if they 2x8GB or 4x4GB, which case you have to sell the 4x4GB and buy 4x8GB to do it) for your VMs, Video / 3D editing, etc. which chews up memory fast.

    EDIT: Another similiar thread provided a MSI OC'd 770 for $30 cheaper http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770tf2gd5oc So that can drop the cost to $1067 with a i7 Haswell CPU and a OCd 770.


  8. The video editing/3D rendering is something I'll do but MUCH less often than VM's or code compiling.

    Either way I can agree with the bigger CPU and a focus on RAM.

    The money will be coming in in about 2-3 weeks (tax return) so I'm not entirely sure that admittedly awesome tower will still be available. Additionally I was planning to take advantage of some of the ROG board features (namely overclocking and the RAMDisk caching), but those definitely are NOT required.

    Maybe for now I'll drop to 8GB of RAM to make getting the i7 hurt less and then quickly save up for the last two 4GB sticks.

    Thanks for the info regarding workstation GPUs vs. gaming GPUs. Given my normal usage habits a gaming GPU is most definitely a better buy for me.

    I'm going to look into that desktop more. See if I can mix and match buying and selling parts to get a better deal for myself.
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    Check SlickDeals.net, there is constant deals (search i7 Desktop) from Lenovo and Acer. I seen recently i7 with 8GB no video card (using the IG of the Haswell CPU) for only $549. In that case you just need to add the video card, still about a 300W PSU, and you can bump up the RAM as I suggested for your code compiling and VMs would be my suggestion.
  10. Thanks for the advice guys! Seems my build is pretty top notch for the price point, but depending on how I build it I can make it better for the price.
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