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First time builder. 2300€ budget. Need suggestions! (June 2014)

Approximate Purchase Date: within this month

Budget Range: 2300€ - 2400€

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video capturing and editing, general everyday use

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: skroutz.gr (greek website). If you can't figure out how to browse it, post amazon or newegg links

Location: Greece

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, nVidia GPU

Overclocking: CPU and GPU

SLI or Crossfire: SLI (in a future upgrade)

Additional Comments: i need this PC to be as quiet as possible

I have done some research, so here's a list of what I'm considering to buy:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790k (325€)

GPU: Gigabyte GTX780 Ti WINDFORCE 3X (620€)

RAM: G.SKILL RipjawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 (80€)

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero (C2) (170€)

HDDs: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black WD1003FZEX SATA III 7200rpm 64MB (70€)
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Sata III WD20EZRX (80€)

SSD: Samsung 840 Series Evo 250GB (130€)

PSU: i need a modular or semi-modular one, preferably quiet and able to power 2 gpus(two 8 pin connectors each). And it should cost 200€ max.

Optical Drive: I have no idea. I just know that i need it to be able to read and write to DVDs. I'm not sure about the price, but i suppose 30€ should be enough.

Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (280€)

Monitor: Asus VG248QE (335€)

Total: 2320€

Future upgrades:
2nd GPU
Custom CPU cooler(any ideas on which one to get?)
+2 RAM sticks

So, are there going to be any compatibility issues between any the parts above? Should i buy the CPU cooler now? Is it going to be a pain to change it after i have put everything into place?

Thanks in advance!! :)
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  1. You are pairing a Z87 board with the latest CPU, may require a BIOS update for the CPU to work. I believe the hero supports BIOS upgrade without a CPU. To be safe you should get a z97 motherboard.

    You should get the CPU cooler now, while it isn't that complicated to change one out, it is still double the work.

    I tend toward the all in one liquid coolers like the Corsair h100i, they are all very similar in terms of performance, but it is the easiest in terms of having all 4 memory slots occupied. Large air coolers often interfere with the memory, though there are plenty out there that won't. I'm partial to the Thermaltake Frio when using ROG parts to maintain the black/red theme.

    XFX 850W if you plan on multiple GPUs.

    Cheapest DVD drives out there can read/write dual layer DVDs, If you want Blu-ray expect to pay over 50
  2. Eximo said:
    You are pairing a Z87 board with the latest CPU, may require a BIOS update for the CPU to work. I believe the hero supports BIOS upgrade without a CPU. To be safe you should get a z97 motherboard.

    You should get the CPU cooler now, while it isn't that complicated to change one out, it is still double the work.

    I tend toward the all in one liquid coolers like the Corsair h100i, they are all very similar in terms of performance, but it is the easiest in terms of having all 4 memory slots occupied. Large air coolers often interfere with the memory, though there are plenty out there that won't. I'm partial to the Thermaltake Frio when using ROG parts to maintain the black/red theme.

    XFX 850W if you plan on multiple GPUs.

    Cheapest DVD drives out there can read/write dual layer DVDs, If you want Blu-ray expect to pay over 50


    I googled it and apparently the Hero can support a 4790k.
    As for the PSU, are you sure that 850watts are enough? nVidia suggests 850W PSUs minimum for sli.
  3. What about the CM hyper 212 evo? it's cheap and quite efficient. I don't know if it's gonna interfere with the ram sticks though
  4. Hyper Evo 212 is a popular choice, it is quite large though. As long as the ram you choose doesn't have very tall heatsinks it should fit. The fan can be moved a little higher for clearance in most computer cases. (159mm tall so you have to make sure your case is wide/tall enough) Xigmatek Gaia is another option, and there are plenty others in the 25-50 price range. 70+ is when you start getting diminishing returns on price/performance.

    The Hero can support it, just might not out of the box without a BIOS update. But I'm pretty sure the board has support for CPU-less updating. (I own one, just haven't updated the BIOS since I got it, waiting for broadwell cpus)
  5. Eximo said:
    Hyper Evo 212 is a popular choice, it is quite large though. As long as the ram you choose doesn't have very tall heatsinks it should fit. The fan can be moved a little higher for clearance in most computer cases. (159mm tall so you have to make sure your case is wide/tall enough) Xigmatek Gaia is another option, and there are plenty others in the 25-50 price range. 70+ is when you start getting diminishing returns on price/performance.

    The Hero can support it, just might not out of the box without a BIOS update. But I'm pretty sure the board has support for CPU-less updating. (I own one, just haven't updated the BIOS since I got it, waiting for broadwell cpus)


    I think i'll buy the 212 evo since it's cheap and it won't raise my total cost that much(it also fits in my case).
    However, i can't find the PSU you suggested. I found this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171076
    Do you think that this is going to suit my needs? I read the review at techpowerup.com and it looks like a pretty decent power supply.
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    That would certainly work for your future plans and provide you some longevity as the capacitors age.
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