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April 4, 2014 7:33:43 PM

So I've been doing some extensive research on how I should be building my very first PC, as well as the stuff I want inside of it. I'm likely to start ordering the parts in around one month's time. Perhaps there's something wrong with my build? Perhaps I'm overkilling it? (But I wish for the system to be future proof). I will be overclocking the CPU to around 4.2 GHz, and possibly the ram (slightly). I don't care about the color of the case. As long as it has a window and it's black.

I just wanted to run this by some more experienced builders. Any recommendations would be awesome, and if possible, rate the build out of 10.

I have a budget of around $1700-$1800. However, I do not need to purchase a monitor, since my brother owns a new 1080p monitor and is giving it to me.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3hA6R


Along with some schoolwork and possible rendering of videos, I plan on playing a few intensive games the most. Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 will definitely be played, and I'm considering a few other games such as Assassin's Creed IV. I currently play only League of Legends, Minecraft, and Gmod on my current laptop, since it's incapable of handing things like TF2 or L4D2.

I'm also considering hosting a minecraft server for my friends.


Thank you in advance.

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April 4, 2014 7:46:08 PM

17 bucks for thermal compound. Ask a friend to use his or borrow it. Also 8 gb of ram is cheap and 16 gb is not usually needed.
Why do you need the special wifi adapter.
I suggest the xfx 550w ts for a much cheaper price although it is not modular.
The case is not that important but the 410 phantom is nice.
Last critique, get a gtx 770 instead. The 780 ti is not needed and is overpriced for you. This extra 400 in budget will let you get a nicer card that outperforms the 780 ti when the 770 is no longer usefull.
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...
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April 4, 2014 7:53:15 PM

If you are getting a 60Hz 1080p monitor then a 770 is plenty. No need for a 780ti. That's major overkill.
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April 4, 2014 7:56:06 PM

Thanks for restating me. You;ll probly get best solution. Anyhow, what are your opinions. You really only need the 770, and that power supply is a little lack luster for what it is.
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April 4, 2014 8:12:26 PM

This is what I'd do instead. It'll max out games and the RAM is the only overkill component on this build.
Mobo: Asus mobo is just slightly better than the MSI one.
GPU: 280x is amazing and will max out BF4.
Case: quiet and sleek design.
PSU: 650W is plenty of power for any GPU. Gold and top quality.
HDD: WD blue is fast and excellent quality.

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 ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 12g Thermal Paste ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($41.22 @ Amazon)
Total: $1370.06
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April 4, 2014 8:24:38 PM

schau314 said:
17 bucks for thermal compound. Ask a friend to use his or borrow it. Also 8 gb of ram is cheap and 16 gb is not usually needed.
Why do you need the special wifi adapter.
I suggest the xfx 550w ts for a much cheaper price although it is not modular.
The case is not that important but the 410 phantom is nice.
Last critique, get a gtx 770 instead. The 780 ti is not needed and is overpriced for you. This extra 400 in budget will let you get a nicer card that outperforms the 780 ti when the 770 is no longer usefull.
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...


The overkill for my GPU and my PSU was due to a fear in future-proofing my system. I feel like if this system were to be outdated and can no longer run the latest games, I'd buy another graphics card and SLI them together (in your case, two 770's)
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April 4, 2014 8:27:29 PM

Apparently AMD GPUs are better for video rendering using Open GL compatible software. A better CPU also helps heaps. And more RAM. For just 1 GPU, 650W and a smaller case is OK. Most people like Windows 7 over Windows 8. If you can get an OS SSD, things will run faster. You can also have SSD's for faster game loading and video rendering. I'd go with a bigger HDD to store videos. A dual band network adapter is a good idea. I like the Asus ones better. Juggle your budget and work out what your priorities are.
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April 5, 2014 6:50:14 AM

Its easier to overclock 8gb of ram. Also do you really need 16, most don't use 8. You only need 550w max for one graphics card and an i5. I already calculated and the 680 has similar power consumption to the 770 so it will work. No need for 650watts unless you plan on sli in the future where 700 might be needed. I think the dual band router is neat but not needed until you have all the other parts. Don't overspend on the small stuff, you really can just use a friends thermal paste if needed. You don't need an expensive case, but if wanted it is nice. Lastly, fit your budget but realize a 1300 dollar build is basically an 800 build with a couple goodies.
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April 5, 2014 12:59:45 PM

schau314 said:
Its easier to overclock 8gb of ram. Also do you really need 16, most don't use 8. You only need 550w max for one graphics card and an i5. I already calculated and the 680 has similar power consumption to the 770 so it will work. No need for 650watts unless you plan on sli in the future where 700 might be needed. I think the dual band router is neat but not needed until you have all the other parts. Don't overspend on the small stuff, you really can just use a friends thermal paste if needed. You don't need an expensive case, but if wanted it is nice. Lastly, fit your budget but realize a 1300 dollar build is basically an 800 build with a couple goodies.


The 16gb of ram and the wireless adapter is for hosting a Minecraft server. I want the strongest connection possible, since I can't really get an Ethernet cable in my room. The 750w PSU is because I plan to sli in a few years so that my system is future proof.
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April 5, 2014 2:09:24 PM

You don;t really need 750 for that but hear is some evidence from another post
"I know it has been a bit since this question was asked but I have to side with cookie here I am running 2 770's and a oc'd 4930k on a xspc raystorm water loop and only pulling 675-700 at the wall on maxed out burn in with 8 high performance fans and orange led light strip and uv led sunlight bar . I am running it on a EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750w just fine. "
So i think 700 is good but 750 is okay also. the 650 will probably be enough though.
Also I will link the minecraft server requirements. It seems like you only need 8 gb or ram.
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Server/Requirements/Dedi...
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