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April 2, 2014 2:14:22 PM

I'm helping a lapsed PC gamer friend get back where he belongs, this will be his first gaming pc since his Unreal Tournament 2004 days. Here's the build we've put together:

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

He wants to use the listed mSata drive for his OS, and the other 256gb SSD for games, he's aware this is somewhat small, he'll add drives in the future.

I'm looking for feedback on the parts we've come up with, mostly just from altering a build we found here. Any feedback on better substitutions or mistakes would be welcome. Thanks in advance, this community is a great resource.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week.
Budget Range: $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes(not included in this list)
Parts to Upgrade: All
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:None
Location: Memphis,TN
Parts Preferences: Partial to Intel cpus and Nvidia gpus
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly at some point in the future.
Your Monitor Resolution: most likely 1920x1080

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April 2, 2014 3:02:59 PM

The Thermaltake Smart series is not a good power supply. If your friend plans to SLI another 760 in the future then he will need a 750w psu otherwise 550w is good

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.05 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 128GB mSATA Solid State Disk ($95.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool StrikeX-Air ATX Test Bench Case ($159.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1176.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-02 17:59 EDT-0400)

If you plan to SLI get this psu instead:

Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $79.99

Or this for modular

Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $99.99

For more psu options seasonic, xfx, Antec High Current Gamer, Corsair AX/HX are all good powersupplies. If you are interested take a look at this list and stick with tier 1, 2, 2b: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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April 3, 2014 2:04:08 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback, my friend is placing his order today.
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