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May 9, 2014 11:21:15 AM

Hey guys I was wondering if I could get some feedback about my proposed build. I am a first time builder and am not 100% sure what I'm doing. Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($289.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($235.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Samsung S24D390HL 60Hz 23.6" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S24D390HL 60Hz 23.6" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2379.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 14:20 EDT-0400)

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 9, 2014 11:30:25 AM

If this is purely for gaming and casual uses, it is overkill.
The motherboard you chosen is certainly one of the best in terms of performance but not price.
The Asus Maximus VI Hero would be sufficient.
An i5 4670k is good enough for gaming.
Try to spend more on the gpu. Try to fit a GTX 780 or 780Ti. 550-650W is enough for a single gpu.
You don't need a blu ray reader if you don;t plan to use it often. Get a normal optical reader.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 9, 2014 11:39:34 AM

a 4670k is enough for now... but as more games can use 8 threads... the 4770k is more future proof.
the motherboard is overkill for a beginner.

some of your prices seem crazy high... you need to shop around a bit. $235 for 16gb of 2133? you can get a 16gb 2400mhz kit for $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 9, 2014 11:41:33 AM

you are spending a LOT of money on rather incremental improvements. Here's how I'd tweak your build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1540.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 14:35 EDT-0400)

an i7 is faster than an i5, but only 2-4 fps. not worth the $100 difference
a good air cooler is just as good as water cooling, with less risk of leakage and less money
AS Rock Motherboard, just as good for half the price
MUCH less expensive DDR3-1600 RAM. and really yuo could get by with 8 GB (2x4GB) instead
a $90 cheaper SSD and $30 cheaper HDD. Hitachi is owned by WD now.
Cheaper 280X is comparable to the 770
no real need for a 700+ W Platinum power supply when you only use 457W, a 550W Bronze is more than enough. and 1/4 the cost!
Left the case alone, as it's very subjective. But excellent cases can be found for 1/3 to 1/2 the price of what you have here.
Left the OS and Blu Ray reader alone
Switched to Asus monitors with 2ms response time, and 300 lumens for $60 less each.

I saved about $800 here.
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May 9, 2014 12:27:29 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
you are spending a LOT of money on rather incremental improvements. Here's how I'd tweak your build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1540.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 14:35 EDT-0400)

an i7 is faster than an i5, but only 2-4 fps. not worth the $100 difference
a good air cooler is just as good as water cooling, with less risk of leakage and less money
AS Rock Motherboard, just as good for half the price
MUCH less expensive DDR3-1600 RAM. and really yuo could get by with 8 GB (2x4GB) instead
a $90 cheaper SSD and $30 cheaper HDD. Hitachi is owned by WD now.
Cheaper 280X is comparable to the 770
no real need for a 700+ W Platinum power supply when you only use 457W, a 550W Bronze is more than enough. and 1/4 the cost!
Left the case alone, as it's very subjective. But excellent cases can be found for 1/3 to 1/2 the price of what you have here.
Left the OS and Blu Ray reader alone
Switched to Asus monitors with 2ms response time, and 300 lumens for $60 less each.

I saved about $800 here.


I'd definitely agree with ScrewySqrl here. You don't need to spend all of that money for a good system when you can get a just as decent system for about 800 dollars less.

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May 9, 2014 1:45:48 PM

lowriderflow said:
a 4670k is enough for now... but as more games can use 8 threads... the 4770k is more future proof.
the motherboard is overkill for a beginner.

some of your prices seem crazy high... you need to shop around a bit. $235 for 16gb of 2133? you can get a 16gb 2400mhz kit for $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yeah I think the listed prices are high, I haven't shopped around for lowest price yet, was looking more for exactly which parts I needed first. Thanks!
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May 9, 2014 1:48:17 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
you are spending a LOT of money on rather incremental improvements. Here's how I'd tweak your build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1540.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 14:35 EDT-0400)

an i7 is faster than an i5, but only 2-4 fps. not worth the $100 difference
a good air cooler is just as good as water cooling, with less risk of leakage and less money
AS Rock Motherboard, just as good for half the price
MUCH less expensive DDR3-1600 RAM. and really yuo could get by with 8 GB (2x4GB) instead
a $90 cheaper SSD and $30 cheaper HDD. Hitachi is owned by WD now.
Cheaper 280X is comparable to the 770
no real need for a 700+ W Platinum power supply when you only use 457W, a 550W Bronze is more than enough. and 1/4 the cost!
Left the case alone, as it's very subjective. But excellent cases can be found for 1/3 to 1/2 the price of what you have here.
Left the OS and Blu Ray reader alone
Switched to Asus monitors with 2ms response time, and 300 lumens for $60 less each.

I saved about $800 here.


Thank you so much! I literally just Googled good gaming PC parts and kinda picked whatever popped up and seemed good. I'm glad I posted here!
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