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May 15, 2014 9:48:28 AM

Recently, a solder problem in my laptop has forced me to periodically heat it, so now, i'm going for a custom rig.

Zero experience, so I may ask stupid questions, sorry if I do.

Info template you guys have posted:

Approximate Purchase Date:

Depends, hopefully 2 weeks.

Budget Range: $1,000 - ~$1,750

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Gaming,
Watching movies,
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Parts Not Required:

Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Anything good and reputable.

Country:

Saudi Arabia, ordering parts from the US though.

Parts Preferences:

Hard drive : Seagate

CPU : Intel

GPU : Nvidia

16GB RAM.

Strong Wi-Fi adapter, long range and quick.

Liquid cooling. [Reviews are good on this, maybe it would work.: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-cpu-cooler-cl...]

Overclocking:

Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire:

Later on, for upgrades.


Monitor Resolution:

probably either 1600x1200 OR, 1920x1080

Notes:

I'd be thankful to whoever responds to this to include all tools and equipment needed and to make sure this is future proof for a while.

Noise isn't an issue.

Thanks!

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May 15, 2014 10:23:07 AM

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I'd be thankful to whoever responds to this to include all tools and equipment needed and to make sure this is future proof for a while.


The only tool you need to build a PC is a Philips head screwdriver, maybe a pair of pliers. Otherwise there really isn't anything else you really need other than that. Future proofing is a huge moot point because you can't predict what hardware requirements are going to be 6 years out. The only real way to make sure a build is future proof is to evolve your build and plan for future expansion as you go along.

If you're posting from Saudi Arabia what store are you buying from? Knowing that will help to suggest parts.
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May 15, 2014 10:24:09 AM

I'll be ordering parts from the states and using a mail forwarding service to fly them over here.

Anything reputable is fine. (no small stores please.)

And sorry about that reference, but I don't use torrents illegally, I use it to send files around to my friends in the states, lot faster.
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May 15, 2014 10:25:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB AMP! Edition Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1477.96

I posted this before I saw the small stores comment, I will put up a new list for non-pickup stores.
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May 15, 2014 10:34:19 AM



Couple questions:

How long will this system last?

Out of 10, rate the graphics card, motherboard, cooling, and WD drive.

Is it compatible with Windows 7 64bit? Not a fan of windows 8.

Is the PSU output increasable? I'd like enough power for future expansions.

Are the HDDs swappable with these:

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-dri...

and

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-dri...

I'm used to seagate drives, and the samsung stands out because of the storage.

Thanks!



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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2014 10:37:39 AM

Ok, so here is the new list.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB AMP! Edition Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1448.96

The I5 4670k is a great CPU for gaming, and the H60 has great reviews also.
The ASRock Z87 is a feature packed board, and is only $120.
16 gigs of DDR3-1600 RAM.
SSD for your OS and some games. 1TB hardrive is for larger storage space.
GTX 780 AMP! is factory OCed at 1.01 ghz and is about as good as you can get for the budget.
The case has excellent reviews, great quality, and I personally like the look of it.
PSU is well build and good quality. If you want to SLI later you will have to upgrade though.
Optical drive allows the use of Blueray disks, so watching movies won't be an issue.
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May 15, 2014 10:40:50 AM

Cryoburn101 said:
Ok, so here is the new list.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB AMP! Edition Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1448.96

The I5 4670k is a great CPU for gaming, and the H60 has great reviews also.
The ASRock Z87 is a feature packed board, and is only $120.
16 gigs of DDR3-1600 RAM.
SSD for your OS and some games. 1TB hardrive is for larger storage space.
GTX 780 AMP! is factory OCed at 1.01 ghz and is about as good as you can get for the budget.
The case has excellent reviews, great quality, and I personally like the look of it.
PSU is well build and good quality. If you want to SLI later you will have to upgrade though.
Optical drive allows the use of Blueray disks, so watching movies won't be an issue.


Could you replace the processor with an i7 4770k?

What's better than a GTX780 out there?

How much would upgrading the PSU to 750 volts cost me? Would it last a while with future expansions?

Also, windows 7 64 bit please.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2014 10:46:59 AM

GTX 780 is a highend GPU, 10 from me. 8.5 for the Motherboard, some of the features are a bit 'gimmicky', but thats my opinion. I don't water cool, so I don't have any personal experience with the H60, but other people have told me its great. I have never had a WD drive fail me, while Seagate drives have. The SSD you listed would be perfectly swappable, and the Barracuda can be used also.
For uprading, use this PSU http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-hx850 . 850w output allows for future SLI. You could also do a 750w psu, but if you are OCing I would go a bit larger.

I posted this before I saw your other reply... I'll just add it to this post.

Could you replace the processor with an i7 4770k?
Yes, you can.
What's better than a GTX780 out there?
GTX 780 Ti is the best possible, but not really possible with a $1500 budget without lowering the quality of everything else. You could use a 290X, but that is an AMD GPU and for 1080/1440p resolutions it isn't worth it.
How much would upgrading the PSU to 750 volts cost me? Would it last a while with future expansions?
I have covered this above. SLI is perfectly possible, but 850 would be 'safer'.
Also, windows 7 64 bit please.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050
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May 15, 2014 10:52:17 AM

Cryoburn101 said:
GTX 780 is a highend GPU, 10 from me. 8.5 for the Motherboard, some of the features are a bit 'gimmicky', but thats my opinion. I don't water cool, so I don't have any personal experience with the H60, but other people have told me its great. I have never had a WD drive fail me, while Seagate drives have. The SSD you listed would be perfectly swappable, and the Barracuda can be used also.
For uprading, use this PSU http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-hx850 . 850w output allows for future SLI. You could also do a 750w psu, but if you are OCing I would go a bit larger.

I posted this before I saw your other reply... I'll just add it to this post.

Could you replace the processor with an i7 4770k?
Yes, you can.
What's better than a GTX780 out there?
GTX 780 Ti is the best possible, but not really possible with a $1500 budget without lowering the quality of everything else.
How much would upgrading the PSU to 750 volts cost me? Would it last a while with future expansions?
I have covered this above. SLI is perfectly possible, but 850 would be 'safer'.
Also, windows 7 64 bit please.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050


Thanks, we're almost done here, few more questions,

Is this motherboard better or this one? : https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz9...

If you have a better motherboard, feel free to suggest it, I will spend more than $1,500.

Do WD SSDs come in 2TB (or more)?
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May 15, 2014 10:57:24 AM

OmarWazzan said:
Cryoburn101 said:
GTX 780 is a highend GPU, 10 from me. 8.5 for the Motherboard, some of the features are a bit 'gimmicky', but thats my opinion. I don't water cool, so I don't have any personal experience with the H60, but other people have told me its great. I have never had a WD drive fail me, while Seagate drives have. The SSD you listed would be perfectly swappable, and the Barracuda can be used also.
For uprading, use this PSU http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-hx850 . 850w output allows for future SLI. You could also do a 750w psu, but if you are OCing I would go a bit larger.

I posted this before I saw your other reply... I'll just add it to this post.

Could you replace the processor with an i7 4770k?
Yes, you can.
What's better than a GTX780 out there?
GTX 780 Ti is the best possible, but not really possible with a $1500 budget without lowering the quality of everything else.
How much would upgrading the PSU to 750 volts cost me? Would it last a while with future expansions?
I have covered this above. SLI is perfectly possible, but 850 would be 'safer'.
Also, windows 7 64 bit please.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050


Thanks, we're almost done here, few more questions,

Is this motherboard better or this one? : https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz9...

If you have a better motherboard, feel free to suggest it, I will spend more than $1,500.

Do WD SSDs come in 2TB (or more)?


I don't think WD makes SSDs, only HDDs. Also 2TB SSDs are EXTREMELY expensive ($1000s+).
SSDs are fairly new, and are generally more expensive. They are faster though, which is why I suggested a small one for the OS and some games.
HDDs are a well tested technology, and they are dirt cheap by comparison. They use a spinning disk to read/write data.
If you are talking HDDs, WD does make 2 TB HDDs.
Here is a good one-> http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...
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May 15, 2014 11:01:24 AM

Thanks! If I have any more questions i'll PM you.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2014 11:05:13 AM

OmarWazzan said:
Thanks! If I have any more questions i'll PM you.


Ok! Good luck on your new system!
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