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April 13, 2014 10:47:41 AM

Hi everyone! I'm building a computer for the first time and it will primarily be used for gaming (Wildstar, Watch Dogs, BF4, Witcher 3...). I've been doing some research the past month or so and this is what I have decided on. Any comments/advice/suggestions/compatibility checks would be greatly appreciated before I purchase.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $2000-$2300

System Usage: Gaming, netflix, word/excel, possibly some protein modeling

Need an OS: Yes

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (Likely a Korean 1440p and I plan on overclocking it)

Location: Illinois

Overclocking: Yes

SLI: Possibly, Depends how well SLI holds up compared to next generation cards


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($98.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($709.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Razer Naga 2014 Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1980.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 13:33 EDT-0400)

Monitor: http://www.amazon.com/QNIX-Evolution-2560x1440-SAMSUNG-...
Headphones/Mic: http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Amplified-Universal-Headse...


April 13, 2014 11:04:01 AM

It all looks good, I would suggest spend a little more on the Storage Drive and get a WD Black or Seagate 1TB.
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April 13, 2014 11:05:55 AM

Thanks for the reply. What advantage does a WD Black have over the blue? Most people seem to recommend the blue so that's just what I went with.

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April 13, 2014 11:15:02 AM

Blue is a decent drive, Black will offer you better performance and reliability. Even if just storage better read and write times.
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April 13, 2014 11:31:21 AM

Looks great, only thing I'd change is to get the red/black version of your case ( personal pref), the Gigabyte 780ti ( OC's better and is cheaper) and the logitech G600 MMO mouse as Razer products aren't the best quality wise.
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April 14, 2014 6:31:35 PM

Good looking build, the WD Blue and black drives are basically the same and simply advertised to what WD considers different areas of computer users, same RPM, same Cache, etc
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April 18, 2014 4:13:28 AM

Here's an idea:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3tQQB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3tQQB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3tQQB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($689.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-18 07:12 EDT-0400)
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