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April 1, 2014 11:57:03 AM

Hello, persons.

I'm going to soon be building a big fancy computer that I will build myself. This will be my first computer to build after having a slightly upgraded HP Pavilion for a while.

I would love to have some feedback on the list here that I have selected based on some browsing, review scourging, and alternative scouring.

I recognize that there is a lot I have to learn, and I want to soak up as much information that I can here and have spent a lot of time listening to YouTubers and reading articles on this, that, and other things concerning computers and their components.

Here's a rough draft of what I have selected. I want to have VERY good gaming capabilities, and I don't mind paying to have quality materials and pieces. I have a really good job, so money isn't too much of a concern. Just nothing over the top pricing-wise. Just know that I don't mind paying for a quality computer that works.

I need to make sure that all these parts are compatible, and I will gladly take a look at any alternatives that you guys can send me. The parts I have listed here are not set in stone. Or even paper. Or sand. They can change on a whim. That's what this post here is for.

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Motherboard = MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87
GPU = Nvidia GTX 780 Ti Classified (dat sale price, tho)
CPU = Intel i7-4770K

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Need Advice for...

Case!
Power Supply!
RAM!
SSD!
HD!
Anything else that I might need!

I sincerely appreciate any advice you can give me. This computer is a ways away from being built and ordered while I learn up here and there and always search for alternatives. With the help of you guys here, I hope to have a dream machine I can take pride in having.

Thanks!

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April 1, 2014 12:24:31 PM

Ok, well i won't try to sway you on the gpu or cpu as games are starting to get up there for being demanding, but i will recommend a cheaper motherboard...you REALLY don't need to spend $300 on a motherboard unless you are doing tri-sli or sub-zero cooling. save yourself $100 or so and go for one of the cheaper asus or msi boards (the msi gaming ones are great and have a cool color scheme as well if you wanna check those out).

1. as far as the case is concerned, I would do a lot of your own looking, otherwise i could just recommend the phantecs enthoo primo or the corsair 900D.

2 for a psu, Just in case you would like to sli, i would suggest a corsair RM 850 watt psu (anyone who disses this power supply need only go look it up on youtube to see it is a great psu, but of course, there are still other options

3. 8gb minimum, but would recommend 16gb of almost any 1600mhz ram (corsair is good, but again, many other brands) also any faster than 1600mhz is just a waste of money if you are not a programmer or doing graphic design

4. Crucial M4 is ssd for the price (both 120 and 240gb variants) also if you want the most reliable ssd ever then look into the intel ones.

5. for a hd, i would suggest Western digital hard drives. the Green is a great drive, silent, and if you have an ssd in the system it is more than fast enough. the WD black is a superb hard drive, but does make a bit of noise and heat up a bit, but is one of the fastest hd on the market (also expensive)

6. only other thing i would suggest is maybe a wireless card (asus makes a great one, but otherwise TP-link is very reliable)

7. Optical drive (only $20 and saves you a bit of a hassle installing your OS

8. your os. I personally would never recommend windows 8. i have it on my laptop and i HATE it. windows 7 ftw (get home premium for up to 16gb of ram)

9. fans. FANS look into what you want for color scheme, and look to either corsair or cougar or noctua depending on if you want high performance, silence, or LED
10. cpu cooler. if you plan to overclock, i recommend no lower than a coolermaster 812 cooler (great air cooler) or go to corsair or coolermaster for watercooling all in one kits (sorry for so much corsair recommendations, but they are what i have used and never and a product fail.

I can't really think of anything else unless you want to look into fan controllers.
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April 1, 2014 12:31:27 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
Ok, well i won't try to sway you on the gpu or cpu as games are starting to get up there for being demanding, but i will recommend a cheaper motherboard...you REALLY don't need to spend $300 on a motherboard unless you are doing tri-sli or sub-zero cooling. save yourself $100 or so and go for one of the cheaper asus or msi boards (the msi gaming ones are great and have a cool color scheme as well if you wanna check those out).

1. as far as the case is concerned, I would do a lot of your own looking, otherwise i could just recommend the phantecs enthoo primo or the corsair 900D.

2 for a psu, Just in case you would like to sli, i would suggest a corsair RM 850 watt psu (anyone who disses this power supply need only go look it up on youtube to see it is a great psu, but of course, there are still other options

3. 8gb minimum, but would recommend 16gb of almost any 1600mhz ram (corsair is good, but again, many other brands) also any faster than 1600mhz is just a waste of money if you are not a programmer or doing graphic design

4. Crucial M4 is ssd for the price (both 120 and 240gb variants) also if you want the most reliable ssd ever then look into the intel ones.

5. for a hd, i would suggest Western digital hard drives. the Green is a great drive, silent, and if you have an ssd in the system it is more than fast enough. the WD black is a superb hard drive, but does make a bit of noise and heat up a bit, but is one of the fastest hd on the market (also expensive)

6. only other thing i would suggest is maybe a wireless card (asus makes a great one, but otherwise TP-link is very reliable)

7. Optical drive (only $20 and saves you a bit of a hassle installing your OS

8. your os. I personally would never recommend windows 8. i have it on my laptop and i HATE it. windows 7 ftw (get home premium for up to 16gb of ram)

9. fans. FANS look into what you want for color scheme, and look to either corsair or cougar or noctua depending on if you want high performance, silence, or LED
10. cpu cooler. if you plan to overclock, i recommend no lower than a coolermaster 812 cooler (great air cooler) or go to corsair or coolermaster for watercooling all in one kits (sorry for so much corsair recommendations, but they are what i have used and never and a product fail.

I can't really think of anything else unless you want to look into fan controllers.


Thanks very much for posting this. I'll look over all this. I really appreciate all the info. Especially about the motherboards. I had a lot of questions for those, and you probably saved me a bit of time. I'll look into the MSI boards since I've heard good things about them, too. Anyone you recommend in particular?
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April 1, 2014 12:44:59 PM

I personally have the GD-65 motherboard, and it has literally everything i could want. supports sli, supports a wireless card and a sound card even if you were using sli, has lots of fan connectors, has great back panel I/o (the spidif and optical audio are great for 5.1 setups). It has been a great motherboard so far for me, and was only $160
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April 1, 2014 1:20:03 PM

I wouldn't go that expensive for your first PC, the things you specified alone would set you back over $1000, make sure you understand that.
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April 1, 2014 6:45:34 PM

There is nothing wrong with spending a lot on your first build at all. If your budget is high, then by all means spend that much. his budget is high end, and he will get high end performance with that build. I suggested a few money saving tips, but otherwise the build is solid, and while the i7 is a little overpowered for gaming, it has other uses what we have no way of knowing whether op will take advantage of or not.
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April 2, 2014 2:02:17 AM

FunGui said:
I wouldn't go that expensive for your first PC, the things you specified alone would set you back over $1000, make sure you understand that.


Brantyn Gerik said:
There is nothing wrong with spending a lot on your first build at all. If your budget is high, then by all means spend that much. his budget is high end, and he will get high end performance with that build. I suggested a few money saving tips, but otherwise the build is solid, and while the i7 is a little overpowered for gaming, it has other uses what we have no way of knowing whether op will take advantage of or not.


I do an immense amount of multitasking and plan to do video editing as well in the near future. I also took a look at some MSI Motherboards and editing my original post to reflect a new selection.

I really appreciate your input in that case.
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April 2, 2014 2:40:03 AM

Asus Maximus VI formula motherboard still the best for gaming.
Corsair 760T case looks really sweet! Might get one myself.
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