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June 8, 2014 10:15:48 AM

Hi, this is my first time building a PC and I would like some opinions on if I should change anything. My budget is $2000-$2500 and I plan to use it mainly for gaming. Thank you for the help.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/csyXYJ


CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($365.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($318.50 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($167.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($286.32 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($152.91 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.99 @ NCIX)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.99 @ Memory Express)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($57.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($45.00 @ Vuugo)
Total: $2202.21

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June 8, 2014 10:40:46 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($98.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.86 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($599.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Memory Express)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Acer K272HULbmiidp 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($459.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 7260HMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($57.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($57.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($45.00 @ Vuugo)
Total: $2382.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-08 13:39 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2014 10:51:10 AM

Your build will work.
I might change a few things.

1. Buy a Z97 based motherboard. It will give you future broadwell upgrade options and will support devil's canyon.
2. If you can wait until the end of june, buy a i7-4790K DC instead.
3. In a good case, water cooling is not worth it. Buy a Phanteks or nh-d14 with quieter 140mm fans.
4. Your build is a bit short on graphics compared to the cpu. Look for a GTX780 superclock.
5. Your stock case fans should be plenty. Try them out first, you can always add fans later.
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June 8, 2014 2:28:00 PM

geofelt said:
Your build will work.
I might change a few things.

1. Buy a Z97 based motherboard. It will give you future broadwell upgrade options and will support devil's canyon.
2. If you can wait until the end of june, buy a i7-4790K DC instead.
3. In a good case, water cooling is not worth it. Buy a Phanteks or nh-d14 with quieter 140mm fans.
4. Your build is a bit short on graphics compared to the cpu. Look for a GTX780 superclock.
5. Your stock case fans should be plenty. Try them out first, you can always add fans later.


Thanks for the advice. I have made the following changes so far:

-Changed to Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
-Changed to Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
-Changed to EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
-Changed to Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
-took out a fan

Can I ask about a few things?
1. I see a lot of people recommending dual hard drive setups with an SSD and an HD. What's the difference between the dual setup and getting one larger SSD (all I know is that the HD gives more space for cheaper). Also, with the dual setup, what do you put on the SSD and what do you put on the HD?
2. With my setup, is there a big difference between 2x4 GB and 2x8 GB of ram?
3. I couldn't find a confirmed release date for the i7-4790K DC. I can wait until the end of June, but not later than that. Is this release date still undetermined?
4. How many watts should I have for a power supply? My part picker estimate is 447.
5. Will my SATA 3GB optical drive connect to my SATA 6GB motherboard

Thank you for the help

Link to new build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/K9W3mG

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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 10:16:59 AM

Good questions:

1. The only reason to favor a hard drive over a ssd is cost per gb. If all of your stuff will fit on a single ssd "C" drive, then that is the way to go. I have only 240gb with a fair number of games and still have room.
If you will store large files such as video files, then you may well want to store them on a hard drive.
Directing everything to a single ssd is the simplest thing to do. With the constant reduction in ssd cost per gb, more are doing just that.
2. The only negative to 16gb vs 8gb is cost. I like 16gb if your budget will permit. Windows will keep code in ram available for instant reuse.
3. Newegg has June 25 as an availability date for the i5-4790K. I have one on preorder.
4. The psu wattage you need is determined by the graphics card.
A GTX780 will need about a 575w psu.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
Nothing wrong with more. It will run quieter and more efficiently. It will use only the watts demanded of it, regardless of the max rating.
5. No problem. sata 3/6 is forward and backwards compatible. optical will run full speed on even less.

As a build tip, buy yourself a #2 magnetic tip Phillips head screwdriver.

------------good luck-------------
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