need help with my first homebuild gaming desktop

Hi ,

I would like your help complete my home build gaming desktop.

So far I decided over this R9 290 as my GPU and an Intel i7-4770K CPU. I would also want to include a 240 GB SSD, 1TB HDD 7200 RPM, a good decent future proof ( which will support the next generation CPUs and GPUs which I believe are around the corner) motherboard and a CPU Cooler.

And Also because I am from Canada ,if its possible , I would like you to pick the products of my new desktop from . I will appreciate it. That is where I want to do my shopping from .

MY budget for this gaming desktop is about 1400-1500 $

Thanks .
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  1. Intel motherboards have a cerain chipset with every generation cpu's. So, with the i7 4770k you can only use LGA1150 socket cpu's (4th gen intel haswells) like the i3 4130, i5 4440, i5 4670k etc.
    and whats your budget for motherboard?
    You also MUST get a very powerful psu.
  2. I don't have a certain budget for motherboard, but my whole system should cost around 1400-1500$
  3. Do you want a monitor, Operating system, keyboard or a mouse?
  4. This will go with your budget and needs -
  5. @dark_globe is right..but the OP wishes to get an i7..getting an i5 can save much and with almost neglible performance downgrade.
  6. "Do you want a monitor, Operating system, keyboard or a mouse? "

    I would like that the OS to be included in the final price. The monitor , keyboard , mouse and audio system are on a separate budget.
  7. "This will go with your budget and needs -"

    What about the case ? and I specifically want this OC'ed with own cooling system R9 290 in my final build. It's a little expensive than the R9 290 in your build but I think its worth the upgrade.
    Also when suggesting a case for my build please bear in mind that this OC'ed R9 290 is huge, I read that it takes up to 3 slots in the case.

    Does the 660 W PSU in your suggested build provide enough juice for my OC'ed R9 290 + the i7 - 4770K CPU ?
  8. "cpu : 4690K
    motherboard: Z97 GAMING 5:
    ram: 2x4gb crucial sport:
    ssd: 256gb MX100 :
    hdd: barracuda 1tb :
    case: 300R :
    video card:
    power supply: antec HCG 620W M :
    dvd burner:
    cpu heatsink: Phanteks PH-TC12DX:

    total price: 1431 dollars

    you don´t need i7 in gaming rig , i5 with unlocked multiplier will do the job just as fine ...
    very few games can actually benefit from hyperthreading ... "

    I will do some video editing to , that is why I wanted to pick the i7 in my build.
    Can you please suggest another build for my needs including the i7 and the OC'ed R9 290 which I already chose?

    If really necessary, I can go with my budget up to a 1700 $ max given that I would also want to buy the Windows 8.1 OS. But if your system suggestions would make me save some $ and pay 1500$ max that would be great :)
  9. in that case replace the cpu for 4790K and add copy of windows 8.1 to my build ...
  10. ok , based on all your sugestions here is my final build:

    cpu : i7-4790K:
    motherboard: MSI Z97Gaming 5:
    ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133:
    ssd: 256gb MX100 :
    hdd: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM :
    case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case :
    video card: SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100362VXSR Radeon R9 290 4GB :
    power supply: antec HCG 620W M :
    dvd burner: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer :
    cpu heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler :
    OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM :

    Total price: 1629 $

    Any final thoughts ? Something you might suggest or add?

    Also considering that my selected GPU is very big and I heard it might take up to 3 slots in the case, would this might fit inside my selected Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ?
    and Also would my selected antec HCG 620W M PSU offer enough juice to power my whole system considering this particular CPU and GPU selection? or should I go for a 850W PSU ?
  11. Best answer
    yes it will fit , but you will have to remove top drive cage (which is easily removable so no problem)
    (but corsair 300R is better case overall)
    620w good quality power supply is enough for this build ...
    (but if you want to you can pay a little extra cash for even more premium unit with higher efficiency)
    something like this one:
  12. Thanks for all your suggestions! Then I think I will go with that case and PSU you suggested :)
    but, corsair 300R case would be better regarding better cooling, more space, level of noise or ?

    also since I am a noob in building PCs and this is my first time I will build my own after I will get at the parts, what Thermal Compound do you suggest I get for the CPU to make it cooler ? and if you could link a good guide/instructions on how to apply this thermal compound would be great.
    Thanks a lot!
  13. just better case in general (build quality , space , fans , cable management ) ...
    you can use thermal compound that comes with your aftermarket heatsink ...
    more expensive thermal compound wouldn´t make much difference in terms of temperatures ,
    more important is its application ,
    the best way is to spread equal thin film on the top surface of the chip
    (you can use a credit card for example) ...
    some people just let the presure of the heatsink to spread thermal compound but i don´t like it , because this way there are too many compound in some places and almost non in others and this approach can also create some bubbles...
    as for tutorial videos try to check this channel :
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