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April 8, 2014 9:56:40 AM

So, I am building a computer from scratch using the site http://pcpartpicker.com . I have a build in mind, and asked a friend for help. I want this computer to be able to run just about everything. So, I chose everything, and he helped me choose a video card, and a monitor. I really want to make sure everything is compatible, and there is sufficient cooling. I built a computer from scratch back in '06 or '07, but most of the stuff was from junk computers. So, here is my computer parts list: The "Titan"

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April 8, 2014 9:58:50 AM

For that price you can do a whole lot better. Let me put something together.
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April 8, 2014 10:09:11 AM

This is about $200 more but it is a ton better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 1.75g Thermal Paste ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($187.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool Xpredator X3 Devil Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($97.40 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($137.27 @ TigerDirect)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($138.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Diamond XtremeSound XS71 16-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.95 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Antec True Quiet 120 BLUE 35.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.41 @ Amazon)
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller ($22.73 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Right Wireless Wireless Optical Mouse ($117.23 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $2365.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 13:05 EDT-0400)

You can drop the i7 to an i5- 4670k to save $100 if only plan to game/browse internet etc. on this computer.

You definitely do not want to the a10 cpu if you are planning on using a graphics card. The A10 is an APU (graphics card plus CPU) but is only good for super budget builds (less than $500).

You won't need 32gb of ram for years to come unless you are doing some really ram intensive professional work. And if you are, it is better to get the same brand/model/speed ram sticks to avoid comparability issues.
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April 8, 2014 10:12:27 AM

That's enough ram?
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April 8, 2014 10:14:43 AM

16 gb is more than enough. Are you going to be doing professional video editing/rendering? 16 gb is enough for pro rendering work with 32gb only being needed in some pretty extreme/rare cases. For gaming only, 8gb ram is enough with more than 8gb ram being needed in another 2+ years
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April 8, 2014 10:17:53 AM

Okay. I will be doing video editing, and whatnot. Also will the fans keep it sufficiently cool?
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April 8, 2014 10:21:18 AM

I also can't help but notice there is no power supply
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April 8, 2014 10:28:07 AM

The fans should do a pretty good job keeping everything cool. I would probably build it without the extra fans and add fans as needed to keep the temperatures low.

Also, you will not need a soundcard, the onboard sound is pretty good on the motherboard. Only time people need a soundcard now is when they are doing music creation/editing. In that case they typically need soundcards with specific ports for connecting to sound equipment.
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April 8, 2014 10:28:41 AM

JakeNihilius said:
I also can't help but notice there is no power supply


woops, sorry about that, will add one in now.
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April 8, 2014 10:31:39 AM

Or you can drop the i7 and go with an FX-8350 which is a great budget chip for rendering+gaming.
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April 8, 2014 10:32:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 1.75g Thermal Paste ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($187.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool Xpredator X3 Devil Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($97.40 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($137.27 @ TigerDirect)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($138.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Antec True Quiet 120 BLUE 35.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.41 @ Amazon)
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller ($22.73 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Right Wireless Wireless Optical Mouse ($117.23 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $2405.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 13:31 EDT-0400)
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April 8, 2014 10:37:45 AM

@AnEwG - Yup, the fx-8350 is a good cpu from the amd side, I just typically go for the i7s at his budget. If OP prefers amd cpus the a fx-8350 build would be pretty good.

@OP For PSU, stick to antec HCG, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair AX/HX series. The coolermaster in your original build is not a good quality psu. If you plan to SLI another gtx 780 into the build then you will want a 750-850w power supply.
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April 8, 2014 10:43:07 AM

Yeah. I like the side window. I'm going to get some LEDs for the inside. Light it up a bit. Going for Red/Blue/Purple. Maybe get RGB ones. Anyone point me to some good ones?
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April 8, 2014 10:49:51 AM

numanator said:
This is about $200 more but it is a ton better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 1.75g Thermal Paste ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($187.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool Xpredator X3 Devil Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($97.40 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($137.27 @ TigerDirect)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($138.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Diamond XtremeSound XS71 16-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.95 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Antec True Quiet 120 BLUE 35.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.41 @ Amazon)
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller ($22.73 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Right Wireless Wireless Optical Mouse ($117.23 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $2365.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 13:05 EDT-0400)

You can drop the i7 to an i5- 4670k to save $100 if only plan to game/browse internet etc. on this computer.

You definitely do not want to the a10 cpu if you are planning on using a graphics card. The A10 is an APU (graphics card plus CPU) but is only good for super budget builds (less than $500).

You won't need 32gb of ram for years to come unless you are doing some really ram intensive professional work. And if you are, it is better to get the same brand/model/speed ram sticks to avoid comparability issues.


You don't need thermal paste. The H100i has high quality TIM preapplied and it performs the same as AS5.
You don't need a sound card. Most high end motherboards include very good on-board audio now. The ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 has ALC1150 audio, which is a high end codec.

That will save you a little bit.

If you went with an FX8350 + a gigabyte UD3 or UD5 board and 16GB of DDR3 1866 RAM you might save a bit more and still have overall performance comparable to the i7. it will depend on which apps you are using though. Some are better optimized for Intel CPUs.
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