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I'm new at PC building and want to know if this is all I need?

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May 7, 2014 1:01:23 PM

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid
Thermal Component: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Could you please tell me if the psu wattage is ok or if i need more
If you have any advice for me please tell me!! Thanks for your help

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May 7, 2014 1:17:52 PM

Looks fine. You might want to step up to a GTX 770 if you can spare the extra 100$. If money is an issue, I would drop the 4770K to a 4670K and get the GTX 770. You will get much better game performance this way.

The power supply is more than enough. You need a 650W on the safe side for an overclocked processor and a GTX 770. If that is the corsair CX series I would get something better - seasonic / xfx is the best, minimum 650W. You want a "haswell compliant" PSU, or you will have to disable some power savings options.

Other than that, zip ties are always nice for cable management. You could also get an SSD for faster load times like the Samsung EVO or crucial M500.. Not really neccessary though.
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May 7, 2014 1:20:05 PM

Yup but i'd recommend getting a monitor if you don't have one , a keyboard and mouse if you don't have these , but otherwise it's all good
I recommend getting another build though
So here's your build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($147.31 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($105.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1514.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 16:12 EDT-0400)

And here's mine

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CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($158.96 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB ACX Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
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 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1489.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 16:18 EDT-0400)

I don't recommend overclocking , and xeons are basically i7's without igpu's
Sacrificing the overclocking feature allows you to get a 780 and get another one later to improve FPS
If you didn't know , the CPU doesn't always give more fps in games , usually it's the gpu that gives more performance
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May 7, 2014 1:21:52 PM

Not really, if it's a gaming rig you're doing it wrong. You should drop the thermal compound (not needed), the 16GB of RAM (for Haswell you should be going at minimum DDR3-2133 or better), and you should definitely spend way less on the motherboard and the CPU and spend the difference on getting at least a GTX 780 or Radeon R9-280X. You don't need the Blu Ray drive and you should definitely get at least a 120GB SSD which I don't see in there, like a Samsung 840 Evo, Crucial M550, or OCZ Vertex 460.

I agree with what was said about the power supply but you should definitely go full modular where the Corsair PSU isn't. Get an EVGA Supernova Hex 850W or Seasonic X750 Gold if your budget allows. Trust me it's worth it.

Also if you're gaming you do not want a Xeon. You want an overclock capable CPU - at least an i5-4670K. You do not want a Xeon.
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May 7, 2014 1:22:57 PM

You are way overspending for the performance you are getting. what are you going to be using this pc for and what is your budget?
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May 7, 2014 1:27:01 PM

I would drop the RAM down to 8GB, keep the i7, get a 770, and keep the PSU. Then you'll be perfectly ready for SLI 770 in the future, and the i7 will last a long time for gaming. Or you could drop to 8GB, drop to the i5-4670k, and get an R9 290, with Crossfire ability in the future for even better performance :) 
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May 7, 2014 1:28:30 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Not really, if it's a gaming rig you're doing it wrong. You should drop the thermal compound (not needed), the 16GB of RAM (for Haswell you should be going at minimum DDR3-2133 or better), and you should definitely spend way less on the motherboard and the CPU and spend the difference on getting at least a GTX 780 or Radeon R9-280X. You don't need the Blu Ray drive and you should definitely get at least a 120GB SSD which I don't see in there, like a Samsung 840 Evo, Crucial M550, or OCZ Vertex 460.

I agree with what was said about the power supply but you should definitely go full modular where the Corsair PSU isn't. Get an EVGA Supernova Hex 850W or Seasonic X750 Gold if your budget allows. Trust me it's worth it.

Also if you're gaming you do not want a Xeon. You want an overclock capable CPU - at least an i5-4670K. You do not want a Xeon.


Why not a xeon ?
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May 7, 2014 1:29:41 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Not really, if it's a gaming rig you're doing it wrong. You should drop the thermal compound (not needed), the 16GB of RAM (for Haswell you should be going at minimum DDR3-2133 or better), and you should definitely spend way less on the motherboard and the CPU and spend the difference on getting at least a GTX 780 or Radeon R9-280X. You don't need the Blu Ray drive and you should definitely get at least a 120GB SSD which I don't see in there, like a Samsung 840 Evo, Crucial M550, or OCZ Vertex 460.

I agree with what was said about the power supply but you should definitely go full modular where the Corsair PSU isn't. Get an EVGA Supernova Hex 850W or Seasonic X750 Gold if your budget allows. Trust me it's worth it.

Also if you're gaming you do not want a Xeon. You want an overclock capable CPU - at least an i5-4670K. You do not want a Xeon.


The Xeon is a great CPU, and if games become more than 4-threaded, it'll be just fine even without overclocking. It'll also be better for other programs like editing than an overclocked i5.

RAM speed doesn't affect gaming for what you're paying extra to get a minimum of 2133, even in Haswell. You get very minimal gains. The only time faster RAM helps is when using integrated graphics chips that share system memory.
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May 7, 2014 1:32:52 PM

andrei65 said:

Why not a xeon ?


For gaming you want to be able to overclock and Xeons don't allow for that. Overclocking gives you a huge advantage in FPS in graphically intensive first and third person games (like Titanfall and GTA V) where hyper threading doesn't.
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May 7, 2014 1:40:17 PM

Overclocking the cpu will only improve fps by 2-10
And gta v ? it's not even out yet on pc
and titanfall is easy to handle even with a 750 ti / 760
so where's the point of getting a 4670k if it's just to get 2-10 more fps in most games ?
you're also saving money not buying an aftermarket cpu cooler
i just find that ridiculous overclocking is meant for cpu's that bottleneck their gpu

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.89 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($158.96 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB ACX Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
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 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1531.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 16:42 EDT-0400)

there's my build with a z87 mobo , the 4670k and an aftermarket cooler ( one of the best $30~ coolers out there )
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May 7, 2014 1:44:22 PM

I don't want to get an SSD, I know they are much faster but cost much more and give you less storage, and also i want a processor and a motherboard that are future proof, is the gtx 770 ok?
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May 7, 2014 1:47:35 PM

If you're going for future-proofing, you should go with either a 280x or GTX 770. Both will be great at 1080p for a good while.

And you should try to get an SSD for at least Windows + programs, it'll make everyday computer work extremely fast. But if not, it's your call lol Or maybe compromise and get a WD Caviar Black for good HDD speed.
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May 7, 2014 1:49:50 PM

the gtx 780 is overall better for gaming performance and more futureproof than the 770 , and atm you won't get a future proof motherboard as z97 motherboards are supposed to come out in a few months
as for the ssd , it's normal if they are a bit overpriced for the amount of storage they have , the technology is new and improves pc's speed by alot , sometimes about 10 times


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May 7, 2014 1:53:16 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Not really, if it's a gaming rig you're doing it wrong. You should drop the thermal compound (not needed), the 16GB of RAM (for Haswell you should be going at minimum DDR3-2133 or better), and you should definitely spend way less on the motherboard and the CPU and spend the difference on getting at least a GTX 780 or Radeon R9-280X. You don't need the Blu Ray drive and you should definitely get at least a 120GB SSD which I don't see in there, like a Samsung 840 Evo, Crucial M550, or OCZ Vertex 460.

I agree with what was said about the power supply but you should definitely go full modular where the Corsair PSU isn't. Get an EVGA Supernova Hex 850W or Seasonic X750 Gold if your budget allows. Trust me it's worth it.

Also if you're gaming you do not want a Xeon. You want an overclock capable CPU - at least an i5-4670K. You do not want a Xeon.


What he said^ the xfx black 750w 80+gold is on sale right now for $99. If you are just gaming get the 4670k and a more moderately priced asus z87 also the CPU cooler is unnecessary. just get the 212evo for $30
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May 7, 2014 1:55:03 PM

its 11PM here and i'm tired , i'm gonna go to sleep
have a good day/night ppl !
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May 7, 2014 2:06:00 PM

Would this setup with the gtx 780 be good

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $319.99
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid (Amazon Override) $139.15
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 (Amazon Override) $199.99
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $139.99
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM $83.98
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked (Amazon Override) $509.99
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower (Amazon Override) $159.99
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $147.31
Optical Drive:Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Amazon Override) N/A
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May 7, 2014 2:25:11 PM

That would be a great setup. You've got all strong parts, with room to SLI in the future if wanted. Definitely looks like a winner to me :) 
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May 7, 2014 9:14:13 PM

Good setup
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