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April 21, 2014 9:51:28 AM

Hi all,

So I'm in the market to build my own computer. I had built one last year but certain events occurred and it is no longer functioning, all I was able to salvage was my water cooling kit which I'll be incorporating into my new build.

Let me just give you a quick rundown of my primary needs:

Gaming:
    Diablo 3
    Titanfall
    Counter Strik GO
    Call of Duty: Ghosts

Miscellaneous:

In addition to mostly gaming, I'll be using this computer for some light photo editing and web design.

Here are the current parts that I've picked out that I'm hoping to build around, please let me know what your thoughts are and feel free to recommend any areas of improvement. Budget is still up in the air but mid-high is fine with me. I do have a Micro Center driving distance from me so I'm free to go hunt down parts that are competitively priced.

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http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mooimabear/saved/4rch


CPU: Intel Core i&-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1160 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 X2 2GB Video Card (SLI)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: To Be Determined
Optical Drive: To Be Determined - Do you think this is necessary?
Operating System: To Be Determined - Deciding between Windows 7 and 8, your thoughts?

A couple extra notes:
-I do plan on doing some light overclocking, nothing too crazy.
-I already have ample cooling for the system to mess around a bit so that part is taken care of.

Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your help!

Regards,

moo1mabear

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April 21, 2014 9:56:38 AM

light(light as in not too much) photo editing I dont think needs an i7. I would change out the cpu and mobo for i5 4670k and msi g45 when on a budget.

And please get a single high end card instead of two midrange. Microstutter, heat and power is lost when going midrange sli instead of highrange single card. I could recommend either r9 290(non reference because the reference is noisy) or the gtx 780. And the motherboard supports xfire/sli if you want to do it later when you actually need the performance.

I don't know what TBD is, but for psu, i would go for xfx proseries 750w/850w xxx edition, or if you have more money, the black edition.
Optical drive, just no need for it.
OS - I love windows 8, and i don't know why people say it is a bad os. I actually like it the best on a desktop because of the metro design and the large screen to use that. It is a personal preference, so take it with a grain of salt.
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April 21, 2014 9:59:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1491.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 13:01 EDT-0400)

You don't need such an expensive motherboard for a light overclock. I don't think 16GB is worth it either for your needs. A single more powerful GPU is a better choice than SLI, I would much prefer a 780. The PSU I chose will allow for SLI in the future. I would go with Windows 8, the performance is better with gaming. I also chose a smaller case, no need to spend so much on a big case you will never fill up.
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April 21, 2014 10:01:20 AM

Micro Center has GREAT deals. Bundle the motherboard and CPU, you will save a lot.
They also have amazing sale prices on RAM, I got a 2x8GB 1866MHz kit for $120. Just look at the price online every day, it takes a little while...

On Windows 7 or 8...
I hate Windows 8, and I will never use it. All it's good for is tablets and people that can't figure out how to use a regular computer, in my opinion. (You can ignore all that if you want to, I'm just belching out my strong personal thoughts on the matter. I am not trying to be disrespectful to Windows 8 users, I have nothing against them...)
I just started using Linux, and I like it. I'm not gaming, though, and it's a little involved to set up Linux for gaming. It can be done, however!
Overall, Linux seems much more stable than Windows.
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April 21, 2014 10:12:04 AM

Transmaniacom basically made a system out of what i was thinking. Good job :) 
The only thing i would maybe disagree in, is the i7. I just don't see the point if it is not heavy rendering/editing of photos and videos.

And if i had to change harddrive, the blue goes out, and seagate sshd goes in. I really like their SSHDs.

Like this

CPU - i5 4670k - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k
Motherboard - Asus maximus 6 hero - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusvi...
RAM - Corsair Vengeance pro 8gb - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmy8gx3m2a1...
SSD - Samsung 840 evo 120gb - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
SSHD - Seagate SSHD 2tb - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...
Video Card - Asus geforce gtx 780 DirectCU II http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx780dc2o...
Case - I feel like its a personal preference, so i let that part out.
PSU - XFX Proseries "Black" Edition 80+ gold http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbef...
OS - Windows 8.1 64bit OEM http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-885370635690
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April 21, 2014 10:14:08 AM

wolverine96 said:

I just started using Linux, and I like it. I'm not gaming, though, and it's a little involved to set up Linux for gaming. It can be done, however!
Overall, Linux seems much more stable than Windows.


Lets hope SteamOS(Based on Linux) Will be more stable when it comes out :)  I really hate when games crashes on windows
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April 21, 2014 10:16:08 AM

Yeah the i5 would work fine, but the i7 gives you some extra longevity, and is starting to become beneficial in multi-threaded games like BF4.
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April 21, 2014 10:19:17 AM

Transmaniacon said:
Yeah the i5 would work fine, but the i7 gives you some extra longevity, and is starting to become beneficial in multi-threaded games like BF4.


True - It is starting to get beneficial to get an i7, even a little in games. I myself have gone for a xeon at i5 price, but with 8 threads like an i7.
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