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Gaming build, almost ready to pull the trigger...

Hi All. Would you look over this build and let me know what you think? Use will be mostly gaming with some light video editing. Looking for bang for buck, compatibility issues and anything else I might need (first time builder). Thanks in advance for any input.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bLTzFT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bLTzFT/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($194.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($335.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1228.77
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  1. Well PCPartPicker doesn't pick up any incompatibility issues so it should work nicely. The system is also pretty nice. I dont see any problems with it. If you have any other questions I would be glad to answer them.
  2. Looks perfect for me. Good system for the price and I don't find any compatibility issues arising with this build!!! Good luck with your first build mate.
  3. Get this if you're looking for bang for your buck:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280X 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($254.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1073.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 23:56 EDT-0400
  4. Best answer
    Consider .....

    1. Hero, as with all Asus Z87 boards has a BIOS Clock Freeze issue.... might wanna hold off till we see it fixed.
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?33895-Hero-Time-Clock-Problem

    2. The MSI GD65 is a feature for feature match for the Asus and you can get the Z97 MSI for $15 cheaper than ya can get the Z87 Hero..

    3. The Mushkin 2133's / 2400s have been running same price ay everybody's 1600s of late ... well $8 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226345


    Yes, you heard it doesn't matter .... 11% matters .... most will just show from 0 - 5% but F1 is one of the games where memory matters. Also Mushkin uses Hynix memory, best there is.... spend the $8 and ya still $7 ahead so far



    4. Black is a great HD, but Seagate is 30% faster ... save $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840



    5. EVGA Classified series are great cards but not a fan of the SC. The MSI is the better card.....faster, loads quieter and $36 cheaper ....ya up $63 so far
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127741&cm_re=gtx_770-_-14-127-741-_-Product

    6. You have SLI capable MoBo but PSU will not handle a 2nd card....Corsair makes **some** great PSUs but the C series are not one of them. Instead of $75 on a PSU usually described as "good for the money", $10 more will get ya something much better and will do SLI .... ya up $56 bucks

    $85 XFX Core Edition 750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story10&reid=216

    $90 Seasonic M12 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=356

    6. Case is kinda small .... These $140 cases are now $90 .... ya still up $16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

    Also the video stufff would benefit froim HT (4770k)

    Some major improvements there ....next generation MoBo, Faster RAM, bigger , cooler case, faster memory, faster HD, faster / quieter GFX card and ya still have $16 left over.....

    How can we spend that :)

    Well how about (Case of the Year for 2014) - Phanteks Pro .... newegg ran out but can buy direct.
    http://www.phanteksusa.com/products/phanteks-enthoo-pro
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/15792/phanteks-enthoo-pro-tower-case-review/6/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBAl6g8BlY


    Crazy feature list and ya still up $6
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    Consider .....

    1. Hero, as with all Asus Z87 boards has a BIOS Clock Freeze issue.... might wanna hold off till we see it fixed.
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?33895-Hero-Time-Clock-Problem

    2. The MSI GD65 is a feature for feature match for the Asus and you can get the Z97 MSI for $15 cheaper than ya can get the Z87.

    3. The Mushkin 2133's / 2400s have been running same price ay everybody's 1600s of late ... well $8 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226345


    Yes, you heard it doesn't matter .... 11% matters .... most will just show from 0 - 5% but F1 is one of the games where memory matters. Also Mushkin uses Hynix memory, best there is.... spend the $8 and ya still $7 ahead so far



    4. Black is a great HD, but Seagate is 30% faster ... save $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840



    5. EVGA Classified series are great cards but not a fan of the SC. The MSI is the better card.....faster, loads quieter and $36 cheaper ....ya up $63 so far
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127741&cm_re=gtx_770-_-14-127-741-_-Product

    6. You have SLI capable MoBo but PSU will not handle a 2nd card....Corsair makes **some** great PSUs but the C series are not one of them. Instead of $75 on a PSU usually described as "good for the money", $10 more will get ya something much better and will do SLI .... ya up $56 bucks

    $85 XFX Core Edition 750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story10&reid=216

    $90 Seasonic M12 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=356

    6. Case is kinda small .... These $140 cases are now $90 .... ya still up $16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

    Also the video stufff would benefit froim HT (4770k)

    Some major improvements there ....next generation MoBo, Faster RAM, bigger , cooler case, faster memory, faster HD, faster / quieter GFX card and ya still have $16 left over.....

    How can we spend that :)

    Well how about (Case of the Year for 2014) - Phanteks Pro .... newegg ran out but can buy direct.
    http://www.phanteksusa.com/products/phanteks-enthoo-pro
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/15792/phanteks-enthoo-pro-tower-case-review/6/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBAl6g8BlY


    Crazy feature list


    Good stuff.

    Do you know how a WD Caviar Blue compares to the Barracuda? And do these speeds vary depending on the hard drive size?
  6. Scoutdrago3 said:
    Well PCPartPicker doesn't pick up any incompatibility issues so it should work nicely. The system is also pretty nice. I dont see any problems with it. If you have any other questions I would be glad to answer them.


    Thanks for the input and the offer of help!
  7. arunloveshacking said:
    Looks perfect for me. Good system for the price and I don't find any compatibility issues arising with this build!!! Good luck with your first build mate.


    Thanks for the input!
  8. JackNaylorPE said:
    Consider .....

    1. Hero, as with all Asus Z87 boards has a BIOS Clock Freeze issue.... might wanna hold off till we see it fixed.
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?33895-Hero-Time-Clock-Problem

    2. The MSI GD65 is a feature for feature match for the Asus and you can get the Z97 MSI for $15 cheaper than ya can get the Z87 Hero..

    3. The Mushkin 2133's / 2400s have been running same price ay everybody's 1600s of late ... well $8 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226345


    Yes, you heard it doesn't matter .... 11% matters .... most will just show from 0 - 5% but F1 is one of the games where memory matters. Also Mushkin uses Hynix memory, best there is.... spend the $8 and ya still $7 ahead so far



    4. Black is a great HD, but Seagate is 30% faster ... save $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840



    5. EVGA Classified series are great cards but not a fan of the SC. The MSI is the better card.....faster, loads quieter and $36 cheaper ....ya up $63 so far
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127741&cm_re=gtx_770-_-14-127-741-_-Product

    6. You have SLI capable MoBo but PSU will not handle a 2nd card....Corsair makes **some** great PSUs but the C series are not one of them. Instead of $75 on a PSU usually described as "good for the money", $10 more will get ya something much better and will do SLI .... ya up $56 bucks

    $85 XFX Core Edition 750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story10&reid=216

    $90 Seasonic M12 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=356

    6. Case is kinda small .... These $140 cases are now $90 .... ya still up $16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

    Also the video stufff would benefit froim HT (4770k)

    Some major improvements there ....next generation MoBo, Faster RAM, bigger , cooler case, faster memory, faster HD, faster / quieter GFX card and ya still have $16 left over.....

    How can we spend that :)

    Well how about (Case of the Year for 2014) - Phanteks Pro .... newegg ran out but can buy direct.
    http://www.phanteksusa.com/products/phanteks-enthoo-pro
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/15792/phanteks-enthoo-pro-tower-case-review/6/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBAl6g8BlY


    Crazy feature list and ya still up $6


    Lots of great info. Thanks a lot!
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