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May 28, 2014 2:24:41 PM

Building a budget PC around 1200-1500 (Depending on upgrades)

I would like to know if this is a quality gaming PC that could run even the newest titles on ultra with above 45 FPS. Multi tasking is important two plus dual monitors.

If you have extra/upgrades that are possible please let me know. I already have the mobo at my home so i cant return that, any new ideas would have to be compatible with The Z87X UD3H. Below 1,300$ would be optimal as well. I already own my headset mouse keyboard and monitor. So those prices are not important to me.

Thank you for taking your time to help me out!

Network Card:

Our house has fully exhausted our ether net cords so i need to get a network card that can livestream and download at high rates while still being under 50$ (At most) Also im not sure if my mother board supports network cards...


Power Supply

Corsair CX600M 600W High PErformance Modular Power Supply

CPU

Intel I5 4670K

Memory

Kingston Blu 8gb (2x4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage

Intel 335 Series 2.5 Inch SATA3 SSD

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5'' 7200 RPM

Mobo

Gigabyte Z87X UD3H

GPU

Gigabyte Windfore GTX 770 2gb

Optical Drive

Lite_On Ihas123-04 DVD/CD Writer (Its crap i know.)
May 28, 2014 2:31:29 PM

Looks good although I heard that Corsair CX series PSU's were made with cheap Chinese capacitors and are generally not very reliable. Perhaps you should change this out for something different. Also, if you are planning on overclocking then include a CPU cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
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May 28, 2014 2:31:29 PM

also i need to know if i need any coolers, im using the Corsair Carbide 300R series mid tower. IT has many fans built in, so i doubt I do, also is that power supply ample enough?
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May 28, 2014 2:32:27 PM

It will perform well, but I'd get a better PSU. The Corsair "CX" line is made with inferior Samxon capacitors that do not like heat and have been cited for early failures. I would not use one in a gamer. Check out XFX right now for some good deals, they're built by Seasonic. Rosewill Capstone is another good budget choice.
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May 28, 2014 2:33:05 PM

What are the risks of overclocking my CPU, the video card comes pre OCed so i just worry about the CPU.
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May 28, 2014 2:37:37 PM

Would this work as a proper PSU? XTR Series 650W PSU
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May 28, 2014 2:44:25 PM

Lenovive said:
What are the risks of overclocking my CPU, the video card comes pre OCed so i just worry about the CPU.


The main risk is the chance of it overheating but that will be resolved if you get a decent CPU cooler. The only other thing is that it will void the manufacturers warranty but that won't be a problem if you overclock it properly so that it doesn't break. If your not going to OC, then downgrade the CPU to a regular i5 4670 which isn't designed to be OC'ed. This will save you a bit of money but if you want to keep the option there for the future then keep the K series processor that you have chosen.
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May 28, 2014 2:45:27 PM

Do you have a link to it? I'm not familiar with the name "XTR."
Incidentally, many people parrot the Hyper212 EVO because it isn't a bad cooler, BUT it has competitors (e.g. NZXT and Enermax) offering similar performance (+/- 1C-2C depending on the fan used; can go either way) generally for $5-$10 less. This makes the Hyper212 EVO a bang/buck Loser, and I try not to recommend Losers.
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May 28, 2014 2:47:02 PM

Or you could go down the route of water cooling which is always an option. Corsair do some pretty mean water coolers such as the H100i
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May 28, 2014 2:52:41 PM

650watts will be enough to power the rig but I'm not too sure about that brand of PSU. Personally, I've never heard of it before.
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May 28, 2014 2:54:30 PM

Computer__GUY said:
650watts will be enough to power the rig but I'm not too sure about that brand of PSU. Personally, I've never heard of it before.

Would it be enough for a second GPU or would ineed to bump up to a 750 Watt. If you know of any well known reliable PSU's please let me know.
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May 28, 2014 3:11:36 PM

XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic, so it will be a good unit. If you plan to add a second card, I'd probably get 750W though. A pair of GTX760s could run on 650W, but probably not a pair of GTX770s.
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May 28, 2014 3:16:50 PM

Would you classify this build as high end gaming PC, or mid range. I really would like this to be able to play crisis 3 at above 45 FPA on a 1080P full HD monitor, watchdogs too.
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May 28, 2014 3:22:57 PM

Watchdogs appears to be tough, based on today's review, but there are likely all kinds of driver tweaks and/or patches coming. Otherwise, I'd call it high-end.
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May 28, 2014 3:26:32 PM

One more quick thing, a netrwork card, as i said in my main post I still need to find one, will one even fit, if so what is the best one for under 50$?
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May 28, 2014 3:28:32 PM

Your motherboard will have a wired Ethernet port on it. Unless you need wireless, you won't need to buy anything else.
Edit: Oops, just re-read and say you DO need wireless. I would recommend a dual-band wireless N card. I have a TP-Link PCIe X1 card myself that's around $34. It is DEFINITELY worth it over those cheap $15-$20 cards.
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May 28, 2014 3:40:40 PM

Erhm, is it good for high quality live streaming and downloading? Plus can i have a link to your exact wireless card?
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May 28, 2014 5:16:50 PM

Onus said:
Do you have a link to it? I'm not familiar with the name "XTR."
Incidentally, many people parrot the Hyper212 EVO because it isn't a bad cooler, BUT it has competitors (e.g. NZXT and Enermax) offering similar performance (+/- 1C-2C depending on the fan used; can go either way) generally for $5-$10 less. This makes the Hyper212 EVO a bang/buck Loser, and I try not to recommend Losers.


Interesting.. do you mind posting which coolers would fit in this category?
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May 28, 2014 5:45:50 PM

Ok, here is a representative sample. I only have review links for one, but all have a similar design. One of few variables is the fan, but the review I link addresses that.
Here is another CM model, only $15 now, or $25 before MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SilenX (but note the stock fan is NOT PWM): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $25
Evercool: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $30.
Logisys (Gammax; don't laugh, HardwareSecrets reviewed an earlier version, and it did quite well): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $30
Finally, the cooler I use, and was able to get a pair of at different times for only $20, is the Xigmatek Gaia. Its price has since been jacked once people realized it was a little better than the Hyper212 EVO, as these links show:

http://www.techreaction.net/2011/07/07/review-xigmatek-...
http://www.techreaction.net/2011/11/27/review-cooler-ma...

Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but based on price until the jacking, the Gaia was the superior product.

Once again, the differences are not huge, and can vary based on the fans (rather than the heatsink itself), and on case airflow. For up to moderate overclocking, ANY of these will perform adequately. For more substantial overclocks, you'll want a considerably pricier ($60-$80) 140mm cooler such as a Phanteks or Noctua, or an even more expensive 240mm CLC ($90-$110). For no overclocking (just to be quieter) or mild OCs, an even cheaper 92mm cooler will do.
These are Newegg prices. The Gaia is now around $36 (but out of stock), and I've seen the Hyper212 EVO at $30 on OutletPC. Deals come up from time to time, sometimes on other sites as well. If the Gaia drops down to $20 again, I'll probably buy another.
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May 28, 2014 5:49:03 PM

for gaming does my CPU need to be chjanged or altered, or is the 4670K ample for gaming of all intensity...
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May 28, 2014 6:01:08 PM

I believe it will be fine for some time to come.
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May 28, 2014 6:03:01 PM

Anything that is raised to your attention? Anything little icould upgrade for like 30 $ and get it better?
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May 28, 2014 6:09:01 PM

Not really, assuming your SSD is 240GB-256GB (a small one will fill up faster than you realize). Otherwise, I like my Gigabyte HD7970 with its Windforce cooler (nice and quiet), and you're already switching out the PSU for a Seasonic-built XFX. I don't see more than 8GB being needed any time soon, and that would be another $70, not $30. I think you're good to go.
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