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March 29, 2014 3:09:49 AM

Hi all,

Building, well, kinda my first desktop PC. Pulled apart many laptops and desktops but never actually 'built' one per say. Anyway. Below is my parts list:

Aerocool XPredator X3 White Edition Case
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition White LED Fan (5 of those 2 of the 120mm version)
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5-TH Motherboard
Intel Core i7 4771
Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC 3GB
Samsung 840 EVO Series 500GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor

I'd be very happy for somebody to take a general look over these, I haven't kept up to date with the latest hardware for a few generations now so this is the best I could put together with a couple of nights research. Have I made any huge mistakes? Basically what I want is a (relatively) future-proof gaming rig. Everything in this hardware list has kind of been build around the video card, budget won't allow me to go any faster.

My main question is this: are there any bottlenecks I've missed (processor, ram etc), or should everything keep up to speed? Or on the flip side of that coin, is anything a bit overkill, i.e. can I save some money by downgrading particular aspects that aren't necessarily going to get me significantly better performance?

My last question is power supply. I really have no idea what hardware requires what these days. My guess would be an 800W would suffice? If so what brands/particular models would everybody recommend? Can't really go for anything crazy as my budget doesn't allow for any more stretching :( 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks all :D 

EDIT: I would like to avoid overclocking if at all possible. It scares me and I'd rather not risk new hardware. I understand its relatively safe these days but as it is, if at all possible would like to leave everything at stock clocks.

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March 29, 2014 3:20:46 AM

A i7 4770k if you are willing to overclock. If you not, you don't really need a Z87 motherboard. IF you running stock speed on the cpu, the stock cooler will sufficient but you may want to replace it if you find it noisy to a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but you have to check ram compatibility as it might block the space for ram.
I doubt you need 5 fans, 3 would suffice. You don't need 16GB ram if you not doing video editing and rendering.

PSU Suggestion :XFX XTR 650W /RM 650/ other seasonic equivalent.
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March 29, 2014 3:26:11 AM

Man, if you can hold off for a little while longer, Broadwell and Maxwell will be here. The latest and greatest bling for CPU's and GPU's.

Edit: Since you DID say future proof. Can't go wrong getting the next generation of stuff.
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March 29, 2014 3:27:12 AM

If this is purely for gaming there is no need to get an i7. Save some money and get the i5 4670k, it will game just as well as an i7 and can overclock to be faster then the i7 4771. i7's only matter if you are running programs that need/use hyper-threading (such as heavy-duty photo/video editing). Also, for gaming, 8 GB RAM is more than sufficient, no need for 16 GB. If you decide to go with a "k" series CPU, you will want to get a good aftermarket cooler. For a PSU, according to here:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

a system running a single GTX 780 only requires ~ 575 watts. If you decide to overclock, I suggest adding 50-100 watts onto their recommendation(s). Get a quality PSU from a top tier company such as Seasonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair (except their CX series).
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March 29, 2014 3:32:48 AM

Don't get a seagate hdd wd and hitachi are better
Theres always gonna be a next gen, no point waiting imo.
Good luck
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March 29, 2014 3:49:41 AM

Wow thanks for the reply everybody! Great suggestions!

Suztera said:
A i7 4770k if you are willing to overclock. If you not, you don't really need a Z87 motherboard. IF you running stock speed on the cpu, the stock cooler will sufficient but you may want to replace it if you find it noisy to a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but you have to check ram compatibility as it might block the space for ram.
I doubt you need 5 fans, 3 would suffice. You don't need 16GB ram if you not doing video editing and rendering.

PSU Suggestion :XFX XTR 650W /RM 650/ other seasonic equivalent.


I'll edit the first post to include this, should have said it earlier. I would like to avoid overclocking if at all possible. It scares me and I'd rather not risk new hardware. I understand its relatively safe these days but as it is, if at all possible would like to leave everything at stock clocks.

On the topic of RAM I'll also consider downgrading if you think its necessary. This is one area I imagine more would be good as in this way I'd like it to be future proof. I also do the odd rendering, just as a hobby so speed isn't crucial, just wanted :) 

Thanks also for the PSU recommendations. I just run the system through a calculator and I got just over 600W so might go with a 750W just to be safe.

Heironious said:
Man, if you can hold off for a little while longer, Broadwell and Maxwell will be here. The latest and greatest bling for CPU's and GPU's.

Edit: Since you DID say future proof. Can't go wrong getting the next generation of stuff.


You are correct and the funny thing is I did consider waiting out as I'd read some bad reviews on Haswell. How far away is Broadwell? I'd be happy to wait but I've got so many new steam games just itching to be played and my gaming laptop just died :( 

animal said:
If this is purely for gaming there is no need to get an i7. Save some money and get the i5 4670k, it will game just as well as an i7 and can overclock to be faster then the i7 4771. i7's only matter if you are running programs that need/use hyper-threading (such as heavy-duty photo/video editing). Also, for gaming, 8 GB RAM is more than sufficient, no need for 16 GB. If you decide to go with a "k" series CPU, you will want to get a good aftermarket cooler. For a PSU, according to here:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

a system running a single GTX 780 only requires ~ 575 watts. If you decide to overclock, I suggest adding 50-100 watts onto their recommendation(s). Get a quality PSU from a top tier company such as Seasonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair (except their CX series).


That's interesting, I never considered an i7 being overkill. As above I would like to avoid overclocking the processor, I'll look at some reviews to see if there's any real-world framerate differences between the top end i5 and i7.

Thanks for your help with the PSU too, as above I'm happy that means 750W should do the trick then :) 

sunder25 said:
Don't get a seagate hdd wd and hitachi are better
Theres always gonna be a next gen, no point waiting imo.
Good luck


Good to know I'll just get the WD green series in 2tb then. They're the same price from that site. I always regarded Seagate as pretty good but must have been mistaken.

You're right with the next gen comment too, no matter how much you spend your hardware is always going to be outdated pretty soon. I guess my only reason to hold off is to hope Broadwell processors are actually given good reviews and regarded as a good CPU in their own right.

THANKS EVERYBODY FOR THE REPLIES!
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March 29, 2014 3:53:43 AM

Get a WD Blue for data storage.
WD green is optimized for power saving and has poorer performance.
Since you will use the hdd for data storage and not the OS, a blue should do fine.
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March 29, 2014 4:34:06 AM

PSU Calculator aren't that great. For a single gpu setup, 550W is enough but 650W is plenty.
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