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June 11, 2014 1:54:53 PM

I've just finished a rough sketch of a first build, having already got a little help on here, and still have a couple of questions before I get the parts.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QVvRgs

The case wasn't on partspicker but it's a CiT Vantage: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0071KZNUY/ref=ox_sc...

I'm looking to keep it relatively cheap since I'm still just a student and don't want to blow too much of my savings on this. So my questions were:

1)Are there any other more economical options or are any of my parts needlessly expensive?

2)I'm going back and forth on deciding between the GTX 780 and 780 Ti. Considering the price difference, is there a very significant performance difference between the 2 or should I get by for a couple of years with just the 780?

3) Power supply and case- wasn't sure exactly how to go about picking these. But 750W iss enough, yes? And should that case house everything and keep them cool?

4) I haven't picked a cooling unit. Would I really need a liquid cooling unit or should fans be sufficient to keep the cpu/gpu from overheating?

Thanks in advance.

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June 11, 2014 2:08:41 PM

1) if your main interest is in gaming then the 4670k well perform just as well in gaming as the 4770k (not as good in video editing and rendering and some other things though) for $100 less

2) at 1080p the 780ti performs about 15-20% better framerate wise however both cards are MORE than sufficient so that may not be a boost you need

3)750 w is enough however i would recommend a better brand such as seasonic or Xfx for the psu.(atleast a not the corsair CS or CM series)
like this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bbef...

4) liquid cooling is really only necesary for high OCs so if your not going to be doing anything like that its not an issue.If your still worried their are some cheaper air coolers that perform nearly as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 11, 2014 2:11:13 PM

1. The i7-4770k is a little over the top unless you're using CPU intensive applications. But if your PC is strictly for gaming, anything higher than the i5-4670k is redundant.

2. The GTX 780 is already more than enough for 99.99% of the games out @ 1080p. You'll be good in the GPU department for at least another 2 years if you only plan on having 1 - 2 monitors @ 1080p. At 1440p the GTX 780 may start to reach its limits in intense games.

3. 750 watts is enough - I'd rather see you go with something from the Corsair AX or TX series. I didn't see a case in your build - but if you're looking for a suggestion, I'd say the NZXT Phantom.

4. Closed loop liquid cooling units are efficient and virtually maintenance-free. I really like the Corsair H100i.
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June 11, 2014 2:51:32 PM

Thanks a million, both of you. Like I said, this is a first build so I'm in the dark with a lot of this. And again, just so I'm sure, should I stick with the 780 or just go with the 780 ti? It would be a little extra but how much longer a life would I get out of it vs the 780?
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June 11, 2014 2:57:12 PM

cs1394 said:
Thanks a million, both of you. Like I said, this is a first build so I'm in the dark with a lot of this. And again, just so I'm sure, should I stick with the 780 or just go with the 780 ti? It would be a little extra but how much longer a life would I get out of it vs the 780?


I personally would save the 150-200 dollars (to me 15-20% isnt enough increase to ask that kind of premium for), and then worst case scenario, you decide you do want a water cooler/fan controller/insert cool pc part here, you will have that extra cash to use.
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June 11, 2014 2:59:24 PM

Great, I'll do that so. Thanks.
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