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First PC Build Attempt - Looking for weak points in this mid-range gaming machine (Australia)

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April 10, 2014 10:03:45 AM

Hi guys!

I've just put together a list of parts for my first attempt at building a gaming machine.

I've set a budget of around $1600 (Australian), though I'm quite flexible. I'm happy to stretch if there's something that will make a significant difference or add some longevity. I'm ready to purchase now, and already have a monitor.

I use the computer a lot as I work in media in MMORPG's, so I'm mostly playing new games in Alpha-Beta stage development. Stability is very important to me, as the log-in servers for games in peak Alpha/Beta are typically an absolute nightmare. A CPU Cooler is important to me, as my work-space is generally 40-50oC.

Here's my PCpartpicker link: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3prYo

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

HD1: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
HD2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX

Won't bother pasting OS, Optical Drive, Wireless Cards etc etc.

Any advice would be appreciated!

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April 10, 2014 10:07:18 AM

Perfect EXCEPT You'll need a 600W power supply for the 770. so get a SeaSonic with 600W Gold
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April 10, 2014 10:09:34 AM

Looks really good, i only have two sugestions.

Upgrade the power supply to be safe, get a 650/700W from seasonic aswell Just to be safe (a small price diference)

Also maybe consider a 250gb ssd, its not a big price diference (like 50%) and you will cry for more space when its filled trust me :) 
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April 10, 2014 10:12:08 AM

Awesome advice, thanks!

Updated the OP with the advice from the replies.
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April 10, 2014 10:13:29 AM

couple things first a 840 pro is to expensive you will hardly notice the speed boost if at all and hte price is higher second get a z87 board otherwise you can overclock your cpu and you should drop to a non k series cpu and finaly a gold certified psu is not necessary
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April 10, 2014 10:34:37 AM

You have a non-k (not overclockable) cpu, and a Z series (overclockable) motherboard. If you want to overclock get a K cpu, if not save money and get and h87 motherboard. Also you only need 500-550 W (and 550 is being a bit extra safe). You can run a gtx 780 on a good 450w so 550 is def. enough for a 770.
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April 10, 2014 10:37:17 AM

Le sigh, the CPU update didn't stick, thanks for the info Bob!
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April 10, 2014 10:40:45 AM

No problem!
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April 10, 2014 7:24:09 PM

bob hays said:
You have a non-k (not overclockable) cpu, and a Z series (overclockable) motherboard. If you want to overclock get a K cpu, if not save money and get and h87 motherboard. Also you only need 500-550 W (and 550 is being a bit extra safe). You can run a gtx 780 on a good 450w so 550 is def. enough for a 770.


You obviously haven't used a GTX 780 under full load along with a full load on that CPU.
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April 17, 2014 10:14:13 AM

Mciahel said:
bob hays said:
You have a non-k (not overclockable) cpu, and a Z series (overclockable) motherboard. If you want to overclock get a K cpu, if not save money and get and h87 motherboard. Also you only need 500-550 W (and 550 is being a bit extra safe). You can run a gtx 780 on a good 450w so 550 is def. enough for a 770.


You obviously haven't used a GTX 780 under full load along with a full load on that CPU.


Not sure about what the cpu was at but yes it can be done with the 780 at full load. OC3D did a video on that where he ran it off a corsair vs450. Either way, a 550w gives an extra 100w and the 770 requires less power too so that gives definitely enough headroom for the cpu to get to max.
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