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June 14, 2014 8:29:24 AM

Hi all,

first time posting, and I wanted to ask about my first build. Wonder if there is any disagreement/foreseeable problems that you guys might have towards it?

CPU:
Intel i7-4790 (doesn't support overclocking, 8M cache, 3.6 GHz, quadcore)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
I'm stuck between this two:
ASUS H97-PLUS or Gigabyte H97-D3H
I tried analyzing the specs but as you can see, I'm a novice and so don't know much about it. Anybody can help with this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
Gigabyte GTX760 2GB Winforce OC DDR5
Preference for NVIDIA, but are the AMD/ATI graphic cards any better? Also, if I'm looking for slightly less intense gaming, how much memory should i be looking at?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 8GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage:
SAMSUNG 840 EVO 120 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA29P...

and 1 HDD
WD Black 7200 rpm 2/3 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive:
Anything but a Blu-ray one hahaha

OS:
Windows 8.1

Casing:
Cooler Master HAF 922 - Mid Tower with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:
Planning to use the stock cooler, anything wrong? Or should I spend a bit more cash to find a better one? :D 

These are the specs. There isn't any power supply unit there, but that's cause I haven't chosen one :p  any advice on choosing one/specific recommendations for models? I don't exactly know what criteria to consider in choosing a PSU, so any help/advice will be greatly appreciated!

P.S. I am slightly into gaming (not a complete hardcore gamer though!) however, I wanted a first build that I could use in the time being (while studying), before considering future upgrades (which my build will hopefully allow) when my exams are over, for playing some games like L4D2, Thief etc.. So thanks in advance for anyone willing to help/advice!
June 14, 2014 8:36:49 AM

pigsinspace72 said:
I would spend less on the cpu and more on the graphics card.
Stock coolers are fine for non over clocking but can be pretty noisy.
For the optical drive, I would get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


hi pigsinspace72,

thanks for the advice! could you explain why though? and would it be possible for you to recommend a graphics card? tbh i was also considering the i5-4690 since hyperthreading doesn't seem very important as of now...
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June 14, 2014 8:51:03 AM

The main difference between the i7 and the i5 is that i7 supports hyper threading which a lot of games don't support. Overall, the i7 will not give you much performance over the i5. For a video card, that is the device that influences mostly of the fps. You could through all the cpu power at a game and will get slight increase of fps while you can through as much graphic card power at a game and it will benefit it(not always true but in most cases it is). So getting something like a GTX 770 and a i5 will give you more performance over GTX 760 with the i7. You could go the AMD route and the the 280x which costs 50$ less than the 770 or the 290 which costs 50$ more than the 770. The 280 performs about the same as the 770 and the 290 performs better than the 770.

If you get the i5, get the new 4690k thats coming out in a week or so.
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June 14, 2014 12:40:16 PM

pigsinspace72 said:
The main difference between the i7 and the i5 is that i7 supports hyper threading which a lot of games don't support. Overall, the i7 will not give you much performance over the i5. For a video card, that is the device that influences mostly of the fps. You could through all the cpu power at a game and will get slight increase of fps while you can through as much graphic card power at a game and it will benefit it(not always true but in most cases it is). So getting something like a GTX 770 and a i5 will give you more performance over GTX 760 with the i7. You could go the AMD route and the the 280x which costs 50$ less than the 770 or the 290 which costs 50$ more than the 770. The 280 performs about the same as the 770 and the 290 performs better than the 770.

If you get the i5, get the new 4690k thats coming out in a week or so.


I see what you mean. Thanks! But is there really any need to wait for the 4690k when I'm not planning to overclock? also i'm a bit worried about the i5 which only offers 6mb cache, as compared to the 8mb in the i7-4790
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June 14, 2014 10:42:31 PM

Hi anybody else can help? Pls :) 
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June 15, 2014 11:00:03 AM

novicebuilder96 said:
Hi anybody else can help? Pls :) 


Not much of a benefit, can yield about an average of 3 fps more.



As with a 100$ more graphics card, you can get a lot more performance.

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