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May 15, 2014 7:50:19 AM

I'm looking into buying my first gaming PC and have been using CyberPower as a way help me do this. I'm hoping to be able to play games such as Titanfall and Watch_Dogs as well Steam games on my new system. Here's the specs. from my latest attempt, I'm especially open to advice regarding the GPU/mobo combo as well as whether or not I should overclock. In this build, I have a 10% overclock, but I'm open to changing that based on suggestions.

Case: CyberPowerPC X-Titan 100 MID-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Window Panel
CPU: Intel Coreā„¢ i5-4670K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150
Cooler: Asetek 510LC 120mm Liquid Cooling
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Mobo: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX w/ Intel GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 1 PCIe x1, 3 PCI, 6x SATA 6Gb/s
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 2GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 (EVGA superclock ftw w/acx cooling)
PSU: Corsair CX500 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power (500 Watts)
Hard Drive: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD
Total: $898 + $75 shipping = $973

Like I said this is my first go so I'm really open to any/all suggestions. Thanks a lot for your help!

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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2014 9:45:06 AM

1. I would prefer ASUS Z87 PRO Motherboard.

2. I would prefer GTX 760 ASUS/EVGA, of course if you have the budget. GTX 750 is slower than GTX 650TI Boost in real life situation.

3. CX500 PSU is not compatible with HASWELL CPU, so better go with XFX 550 PRO/650 PRO, depending on which GPU you choose. GTX 760 is 170W card on max load, and if you want to OC your components than 650W PSU will be better for you.

4. I personally don't like OCing. At most you will get 5-10 FPS more on games, so I think its not worth it. Good luck.
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a c 275 4 Gaming
May 15, 2014 10:04:59 AM

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3. CX500 PSU is not compatible with HASWELL CPU, so better go with XFX 550 PRO/650 PRO, depending on which GPU you choose. GTX 760 is 170W card on max load, and if you want to OC your components than 650W PSU will be better for you.


The bad thing is, it's Cyberpower. They make junk parts look like the best parts (Asetek coolers, mystery brand GPUs, etc).

I would do something like this - it will be a way better system for far less money and you won't have to put up with Cyberpower:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($255.85 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.18 @ Amazon)
Total: $1097.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-15 13:04 EDT-0400)
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