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May 6, 2014 12:02:09 AM

Guys please help, I am building a pc for the first time and I need some advice.
Here are the parts which I'm planning to get with a budget of $1500 - $1600. Just wondering if I'm missing any components or whether I should change any parts... I'm also not quite sure whether there will be any compatibility issue. Please help...

CPU: intel i7-4770k
CPU cooler: Corsair Hydroseries H100i
SSD: Intel 530 series 240 GB
Mother board: Asus Maximus VI Hero
Video card: EVGA gtx 760
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16gb
Power supply: Bequiet pure power 700W
Hard drives: WD Black 1TB
Tower case: Corsair Graphite 760T
OS: Windows 8.1

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May 6, 2014 12:09:59 AM

You are way over spending for what you are getting.

thais will outperform for a much lower cost.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.SNIPER Z5S ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1136.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 03:14 EDT-0400)
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May 6, 2014 12:11:09 AM

With your budget theres a ton we could suggest, but for me a gtx 770 will be better, you can even get 2 if we replace most of your selection.
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May 6, 2014 12:18:15 AM

Check this build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1684.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 03:18 EDT-0400)

I've given you GTX 780, Corsair 760T, Samsung Evo SSD, WD HDD.
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May 6, 2014 12:19:13 AM

This is another option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1611.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 03:19 EDT-0400)
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May 6, 2014 12:52:28 AM

Firstly, I thank you so much for those who took the time replying this thread.
However, I am wondering what is the differences between i5 and i7? since they differ in price greatly, do i7 perform much better for gaming?
I am also not quite sure how does SSD works and also how does the number of wattage for power supply affects the performance of the system.

I may probably opt for i5 if they don't differ that much.
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May 6, 2014 1:37:56 AM

Malakiartook has a great pc build for you. The difference in gaming for I5 and I7 is almost not noticable.

Are you going to do any video rendering? If not go with the i5 4670k.
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May 6, 2014 1:49:13 AM

The SSD is for your main boot drive, Its much faster than a mechanical drive which you will use for your mass storage.

80+ efficiency power supplies are most effective when your using 80% of the total wattage of the psu. So 750 watts is beyond what you actually need but it puts your system in the 80% range of your psu.
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May 6, 2014 2:02:43 AM

antoniusteja said:
Firstly, I thank you so much for those who took the time replying this thread.
However, I am wondering what is the differences between i5 and i7? since they differ in price greatly, do i7 perform much better for gaming?
I am also not quite sure how does SSD works and also how does the number of wattage for power supply affects the performance of the system.

I may probably opt for i5 if they don't differ that much.


If you are building this rig only for gaming then better stick with i5 4670k. However, if you are into video editing/rendering etc activities then you would certainly need i7 series CPU. My contention is if you are building this rig for say 5 years or more then better stick with the max that you can have in the budget. You can easily pull off i7 4770k. At the end it is your call.

SSD is very much faster than the HDD due to architecture/technology differences. Make it your boot disk/drive and it will reduce load time of windows and games/apps. Use HDD only for data.

If system does not get proper juice (voltage/current whatever makes it easy for you) then it would not be stable and it may result in loss of data etc or even damage to the components.

Consider 780 for your gaming requirements.

Regards,
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May 6, 2014 2:19:00 AM

Thanks a lot for the informations. Since I am going to use this built for long, I guess I will stick on i7 and stretch my budget a little.
However, I wish to play the latest game with high settings. My question is, can gtx 760 be sufficient to pull off maximum settings?
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May 6, 2014 2:58:29 AM

antoniusteja said:
Thanks a lot for the informations. Since I am going to use this built for long, I guess I will stick on i7 and stretch my budget a little.
However, I wish to play the latest game with high settings. My question is, can gtx 760 be sufficient to pull off maximum settings?


May I ask why are you so much into GTX 760 when you can easily get GTX 780? If budget constraint is there, then go for i5 4670k, save some bucks and get GTX 780.
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May 6, 2014 4:11:03 AM

EasyLover said:


May I ask why are you so much into GTX 760 when you can easily get GTX 780? If budget constraint is there, then go for i5 4670k, save some bucks and get GTX 780.


Its because I am planning to just upgrade my video card in the future by simply adding in another video card.
It is possible right?
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May 6, 2014 6:31:12 AM

antoniusteja said:
EasyLover said:


May I ask why are you so much into GTX 760 when you can easily get GTX 780? If budget constraint is there, then go for i5 4670k, save some bucks and get GTX 780.


Its because I am planning to just upgrade my video card in the future by simply adding in another video card.
It is possible right?


Aiming for SLI in future.

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-780-vs-GeForce-GTX-... [Performance Comparison]

http://www.ocaholic.ch/modules/smartsection/item.php?it... [SLI of Two 760s vs Single 780]

"My best performance recommendation to Nvidia fans with $500-600 to spend is to start with the GeForce GTX 780 and forget about SLI until prices come down even more." Crux of conclusion you will find at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-760-vs-...


Better get 780 now and get another 780 in the future and you'll be better off in terms of value, performance and price.
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May 6, 2014 8:17:34 AM

Always get the best card you can afford. SLI is absolutely doable but it can be a headache. with the PSU i recommended you can get a 770 then in the future when it isnt cutting it get another. if you want to sli a 780 though id say get a 850w psu, the 750 wont cut it. Also a i7 isn't going to make you pc last any longer. The major difference between i7 and i5 is that the i7s cores can run 2 threads each making it like a 8 core. The thing about that is most games don't even use 4 cores let alone 8 so it wont make gaming any better. besides, the virtual cores are not as good as a real core. when it comes to gaming fewer more powerful cores are better than many weak ones.
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May 6, 2014 10:56:22 AM

For SLI definitely 850W is recommended. Builds recommended above are based on single GPU as per the requirements.

With i7 factory unlocked version, PC will definitely hold on for coming time. Anyhow, OP you can also wait for some time (not that long) and see what Intel will be offering in their coming Broadwell, Haswell-E series CPUs. But remember from gaming perspective only you are more than good to go with either i5/i7. With your budget I would still suggest going with i7 4770k with single 780 and later on you can add another 780 (For that you will need PSU with 850W minimum). Better yet if you get i5 4670k and GTX 780Ti, you'll be much much better off.

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May 7, 2014 4:39:05 AM

Alright then. I guess I will be getting an i5 with GTX 780 and also PSU 850.
Since I am new in building pc, may I ask what are the things that I have to take into account? Will there be any compatibility issue?

I will also need to install a DVD drive in order to install windows 7 right?
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May 7, 2014 5:21:24 AM

I am heavily concerned whether my components will work together and I have decided to stretch over my budget a little.
I am worried sick for the compatibility issue as I don't want to spend money just to find out the system wont work together. Please help...

These are the components:

CPU: Intel i5-4670k
CPU cooler: Corsair Hydro series h100i
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 780
MotherBoard: Asus Maximus VI Hero
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST
Tower Case: Corsair 760T full tower

I also have no idea how to work with the BIOS once I have put everything together nor how to check whether all the components in the system are working correctly. Do you guys have any advices for me?

I also have decided to go for ASUS VG248QE 24-Inch Screen LED-lit for my monitor. Is it any good? I see many good reviews about it...
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May 7, 2014 7:30:52 AM

Check this build as per your requirements:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($495.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($164.98 @ 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) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1724.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 10:23 EDT-0400)

Components are fully compatible.

I strongly recommend you G.Skill RAM 16 GB 2x8GB @ 1600MHz with CAS 9.

Use SSD for boot disk only.

I strongly recommend WD Blue/Black caviar series HDD. You'll be benefited with them in terms of performance.

PSU is SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply. This model even rated at 850W can handle load of 1000W which is rare in PSUs. It uses high grade components with aim of noise reduction.

Check its review:

http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon...

Asus VG248W is a nice choice.

You really don't need to worry about if the components are working or otherwise with the new build. All components would be in warranty so you are covered in this aspect. If system powers on and Windows loads and you are able to play the games, surf the net, access your drives etc you are all set :) 

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May 7, 2014 7:51:39 AM

EasyLover said:
Check this build as per your requirements:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($495.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($164.98 @ 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) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1724.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 10:23 EDT-0400)

Components are fully compatible.

I strongly recommend you G.Skill RAM 16 GB 2x8GB @ 1600MHz with CAS 9.

Use SSD for boot disk only.

I strongly recommend WD Blue/Black caviar series HDD. You'll be benefited with them in terms of performance.

PSU is SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply. This model even rated at 850W can handle load of 1000W which is rare in PSUs. It uses high grade components with aim of noise reduction.

Check its review:

http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon...

Asus VG248W is a nice choice.

You really don't need to worry about if the components are working or otherwise with the new build. All components would be in warranty so you are covered in this aspect. If system powers on and Windows loads and you are able to play the games, surf the net, access your drives etc you are all set :) 



Thanks for the response.
I will definitely check your recommended items.

However, I have no idea how to use SSD for boot disk only. Do I configure it at BIOS?

Also, I have heard about ESD and the importance of ESD wrist band in order to prevent damaging the components. Do I really need to wear those during the building process?

The mother board should include all the necessary cables I need right? It also has a built in wifi right? If it doesn't, I am planning to get TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter,2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps as my wifi card....

Sorry for asking so many questions...
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May 7, 2014 12:03:50 PM

antoniusteja said:
EasyLover said:
Check this build as per your requirements:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($495.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($164.98 @ 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) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1724.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 10:23 EDT-0400)

Components are fully compatible.

I strongly recommend you G.Skill RAM 16 GB 2x8GB @ 1600MHz with CAS 9.

Use SSD for boot disk only.

I strongly recommend WD Blue/Black caviar series HDD. You'll be benefited with them in terms of performance.

PSU is SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply. This model even rated at 850W can handle load of 1000W which is rare in PSUs. It uses high grade components with aim of noise reduction.

Check its review:

http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon...

Asus VG248W is a nice choice.

You really don't need to worry about if the components are working or otherwise with the new build. All components would be in warranty so you are covered in this aspect. If system powers on and Windows loads and you are able to play the games, surf the net, access your drives etc you are all set :) 



Thanks for the response.
I will definitely check your recommended items.

However, I have no idea how to use SSD for boot disk only. Do I configure it at BIOS?

Also, I have heard about ESD and the importance of ESD wrist band in order to prevent damaging the components. Do I really need to wear those during the building process?

The mother board should include all the necessary cables I need right? It also has a built in wifi right? If it doesn't, I am planning to get TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter,2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps as my wifi card....

Sorry for asking so many questions...


Just make sure that your SSD is on number 1 in boot priority options in BIOS. Or simply just connect SSD when installing the OS. Once installation is complete then connect your HDD.

Don't waist bucks on wrist band. Just make sure that you are grounded before assembling.

Mobo includes the necessary cables. PC Case includes the necessary cables. Rest you will need various power cables that comes with PSU.

Hero VI does not have WiFi. Buy any cheap usb dongle WiFi card and it will do the job.

Regards,
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