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Greatest ham potato machine of all time $1200-1600 PC build, let me know what you think

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April 25, 2014 11:17:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yuH1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yuH1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yuH1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($256.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1582.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 02:15 EDT-0400)

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April 26, 2014 12:36:07 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
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 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1468.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 03:32 EDT-0400)

Only a few complaints on this one bud, you have pretty good part pickin skillz ;) ! So, I changed the motherboard firstly. You were down the right path with Asrock, but there a slightly better motherboard available. Then, the hard drive. Just no no no. SSD'S are too expensive to rely upon like that. So instead, I put in a 120 gig ssd for os install, and a 1 TB hard drive. I then changed the case. The Corsair 400R is much better value for that price, you can add up to 8 additional fans, cable management etc. Also, the power supply. The Antec is better than that seasonic, which tends to have issues. Finally, I changed the OS. Windows 8 is kind of a must these days, unless your going to be playing older games. If not, go with windows 8.
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April 26, 2014 10:58:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1602.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 14:01 EDT-0400)
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April 26, 2014 10:51:20 AM

Diox55 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
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 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1468.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 03:32 EDT-0400)

Only a few complaints on this one bud, you have pretty good part pickin skillz ;) ! So, I changed the motherboard firstly. You were down the right path with Asrock, but there a slightly better motherboard available. Then, the hard drive. Just no no no. SSD'S are too expensive to rely upon like that. So instead, I put in a 120 gig ssd for os install, and a 1 TB hard drive. I then changed the case. The Corsair 400R is much better value for that price, you can add up to 8 additional fans, cable management etc. Also, the power supply. The Antec is better than that seasonic, which tends to have issues. Finally, I changed the OS. Windows 8 is kind of a must these days, unless your going to be playing older games. If not, go with windows 8.


Win 7 because I will be playing older games. I wish I had taken this advice maybe before I bought the parts. D: Was trigger happy since it is my first build. Been researching over parts all week and I was going to go the 120gb 1tb route but I didn't and still don't think an ssd wouldn't flop on me so quickly. They really are that unreliable? I'll try to get a 1tb hdd since they are only about $50 to keep my data backed up.

As for the motherboard extreme4 is also another I was looking at and most likely going to get but killer went on sale so I went for that. Power supply I guess I'll see.
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April 26, 2014 10:59:12 AM

nikoli707 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1536.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 13:58 EDT-0400)


OP already bought the computer.
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April 26, 2014 10:53:14 AM

Noxv said:
Diox55 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
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 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1468.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 03:32 EDT-0400)

Only a few complaints on this one bud, you have pretty good part pickin skillz ;) ! So, I changed the motherboard firstly. You were down the right path with Asrock, but there a slightly better motherboard available. Then, the hard drive. Just no no no. SSD'S are too expensive to rely upon like that. So instead, I put in a 120 gig ssd for os install, and a 1 TB hard drive. I then changed the case. The Corsair 400R is much better value for that price, you can add up to 8 additional fans, cable management etc. Also, the power supply. The Antec is better than that seasonic, which tends to have issues. Finally, I changed the OS. Windows 8 is kind of a must these days, unless your going to be playing older games. If not, go with windows 8.


Win 7 because I will be playing older games. I wish I had taken this advice maybe before I bought the parts. D: Was trigger happy since it is my first build. Been researching over parts all week and I was going to go the 120gb 1tb route but I didn't and still don't think an ssd wouldn't flop on me so quickly. They really are that unreliable? I'll try to get a 1tb hdd since they are only about $50 to keep my data backed up.

As for the motherboard extreme4 is also another I was looking at and most likely going to get but killer went on sale so I went for that. Power supply I guess I'll see.


To me it's not so much as unreliable, I just prefer to have my main drive as a mechanical drive because they don't break as easy and have been around forever lol.
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April 26, 2014 11:01:44 AM

tiny voices said:
With the change in Storage alone (going to a 120gb SSD and a 1tb HDD), you could have gone from a 770 to a 780.

Also, Diox55, The Antec, and the Seasonic are 100% the same PSU. Seasonic is the OEM for the HCG modular units. Those PSUs are 100% identical with a different sticker and paint on them.


Yeah. I saw the pure SSD and I was immediately thinking oh gosh, first thing to go!
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April 26, 2014 10:55:35 AM

With the change in Storage alone (going to a 120gb SSD and a 1tb HDD), you could have gone from a 770 to a 780.

Also, Diox55, The Antec, and the Seasonic are 100% the same PSU. Seasonic is the OEM for the HCG modular units. Those PSUs are 100% identical with a different sticker and paint on them.
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April 26, 2014 11:03:58 AM

OP, there is nothing wrong with your PSU. It is a VERY high quality unit.
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April 26, 2014 11:05:11 AM

Yeah stick with your PSU.
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April 26, 2014 11:18:50 AM

tiny voices said:
With the change in Storage alone (going to a 120gb SSD and a 1tb HDD), you could have gone from a 770 to a 780.

Also, Diox55, The Antec, and the Seasonic are 100% the same PSU. Seasonic is the OEM for the HCG modular units. Those PSUs are 100% identical with a different sticker and paint on them.


I was thinking the same but I figured 500gb ssd last longer than 780 which I might replace in a year. Bleh well I checked amazon & newegg and my gpu hasn't been touched yet so I could cancel it but for on newegg was the ssd and it says shipped. I don't know if I am able to cancel out the ssd and swap in the 120gb ssd & 1tb hdd now.
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