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April 24, 2014 11:46:25 AM

Hi all,

Putting together my first new build. I based this roughly on the 1600 build outlined here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2014-q1-sbm-gtx-780.... I've tried to do my research but I'm no expert, and I wanted to see if I was doing anything wrong. The most intensive thing I'll use the system for is gaming. Nothing too hardcore: Dota 2, Bioshock Infinite, Starcraft 2. But I'm also willing to pay more to make sure I'll be set for awhile.

Here's what I've got:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($693.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.30 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.92 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($63.77 @ Amazon)
Total: $1649.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 14:45 EDT-0400)

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a c 277 4 Gaming
April 24, 2014 11:54:36 AM

That's a great start there's a few things I would suggest:

1. BD-R is no longer necessary since all media content is moving toward cloud computing and online storage. Drop that and invest more in your motherboard and cooler.

2. That secondary HD is ridiculously slow - it will bog down your system. You want at least a 7200 RPM.

3. The MSI cards are pretty decent, I'd go for Gigabyte or EVGA personally.

4. Don't go cheap on the motherboard or the cooler, especially if you plan to do some overclocking.

5. The Corsair Enthusiast series are based on older Seasonic designs. They're still Seasonic PSUs but for Haswell you want the Seasonic G series or better would be a Super Flower model like the NZXT Hale 90.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($704.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($121.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($116.34 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.52 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1700.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 14:54 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2014 11:58:21 AM

all quality parts.

If you want to OC a lot, the CM hyper 212 won't cool enough, you need more. Also the Pro3 is fine, but if you really want to OC like an enthusiast you need a higher quality board, but otherwise the pro3 is fine.

1866 RAM isn't worth the premium for gaming, only video effects and the such. There is a 1FPS difference between 1333 all the way up to the high 2000s because as you go up in speed, you go down in response time.

Case is quality, don't have to spend that much on a mid tower but whatever you want, it's your case.

Also, for the games you're looking at playing, the 780ti is way overkill and the premium you pay vs the performance you get over a 780 isn't worth it.
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April 24, 2014 12:02:39 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($182.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.63 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($699.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 56.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($13.90 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 56.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($13.90 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 156.3 CFM 230mm Fan ($22.50 @ Amazon)
Total: $1735.83

Drop the case fans if you don't want to make it a conversation piece I guess , but this is what I'm currently building & I'm honestly extremly excited for it (even if it is over budget)
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