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April 22, 2014 11:36:59 PM

Hey guys, been wanting to build a new gaming PC from scratch, but I don't feel confident in my ability to build a well-rounded, balanced rig, so I'd really appreciate some input.

Some considerations:

    I don't want to overclock my processor, I'm fine with a proc at stock frequency
    I already have 2 SSDs and an optical drive, so that's why no storage/optical drives are mentioned below
    I'm clueless about choosing a good motherboard-processor-memory-video card combination. I've chose an Asus H87 simply because I didn't need a Z87 as I don't want to overclock AND the proc is an i7 4770 (no K), and ASUS seems like a good bet as a solid mobo brand
    I'd like the system to be as silent as possible (cooler, case, even graphics card coolers maybe?) without this cutting into performance ratings. If having a more silent system means sacrificing a better graphics card, I'd much rather have the card instead
    I don't care how the case looks, I want it to be efficient as possible (in terms of airflow, quality, etc.)
    I plan to use the computer for gaming (although I play mostly hardware-inexpensive games like Starcraft 2, I also play the occasional high-end graphics titles that come out), and try out streaming


So, here's my build:

    Proc: Core i7 4770 3.4GHz
    Mobo: ASUS H87-PLUS
    Graphics Card: Palit GeForce GTX 770 JetStream 4GB DDR5 256-bit
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 412S
    Power Supply: Chieftec Smart Series GPS-700A8
    Case: Corsair Graphite 230T Orange Windowed


What do you guys think? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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a c 188 U Graphics card
April 22, 2014 11:43:54 PM

The hyper 212 evo is more popular here.

Get a good brand power supply - not Chieftec. for the system with the gtx770, you'll need at least 42A on the 12V to run that and a minimum total of 600W. Try soemthing made by Seasonic - either their own brand or XFX or soem of the Corsair or Antec brands, eg Antec HCG 620M

For gaming you can use an i5 to save a few bucks. And you really only need 8GB ram. Make sure its compatible with your mobo - see the mobo website.

For every bit you plan on using, hunt out reviews on line and make sure they're good reviews.
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April 23, 2014 12:01:49 AM

i7Baby said:
The hyper 212 evo is more popular here.

Get a good brand power supply - not Chieftec. for the system with the gtx770, you'll need at least 42A on the 12V to run that and a minimum total of 600W. Try soemthing made by Seasonic - either their own brand or XFX or soem of the Corsair or Antec brands, eg Antec HCG 620M

For gaming you can use an i5 to save a few bucks. And you really only need 8GB ram. Make sure its compatible with your mobo - see the mobo website.

For every bit you plan on using, hunt out reviews on line and make sure they're good reviews.


Thank you for your promptitude! Just one follow-up question: in terms of power supply, would a 650W Corsair VS Series VS650 suffice?
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a c 188 U Graphics card
April 23, 2014 12:13:05 AM

The VS is a cheapie - not certified. But it'd probably be OK. I'd be happier if you got the certified but more expensive RM - both made by ChannelWell
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April 23, 2014 12:15:55 AM

i7Baby said:
The VS is a cheapie - not certified. But it'd probably be OK. I'd be happier if you got the certified but more expensive RM - both made by ChannelWell


Ok, I'll look into that. Thanks again for the advice!
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