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June 29, 2014 4:14:01 PM

Hi,

I’m looking to replace my q6600 combined with the geforce 8600 gts which I’ve had for several years now.
I’ve looked up various components from various suppliers and was wondering if this would be any good to last me 2 to 4 years:
intel 4670K (161.99)
Asus Z97-A (105.50)
G.Skill TridentX series 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3 1600MHz Memory (121.65)
Refurbished Corsair Hydro H100i cpu cooler (44.99)
PSU crosair CS750M (71.17)
Aerocool VS-92 Black ATX for the H100i watercooling (36.30)
crucial 240GB M500 (79.99)

I'm debating whether to get the
powercolor r9 290 pcs 4gb (269.99)
or the
SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 280X Dual-X OC 3GB GDDR5 for 169.99

Any advice/ideas are welcome

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June 29, 2014 4:23:41 PM

That looks pretty good. Maybe a bit of fine tuning -

The i5 4670k has now been replaced with the i5 4690k
Tom's - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z... - says the ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 is slightly better
You won't need 16GB for gaming and general use. Try 2 x 4gb cl 9 1.5V 1866 ram insteda
You won't need such a heavy duty cpu cooler for your i5. Try a Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo instead.
If you can afford it, get a Gigabyte R9 290 ($400)
Get a better quality power supply per http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-su... eg Seasonic 620 or 650, XFX 650 or Antec HCG 620M
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June 29, 2014 4:59:48 PM

Thank you for your quick reply

The asrock MB sounds good, i'm not sure why you would drop from a 750W psu to a 650 PSU though?

I've not mentioned this before but I choose for a higher psu to be able to crosfire the gpu in future. PC partpicker calculated that the total watts consumed for 2x r9 290 cards in this system is 678 watts. Should I still go for a better one as this one is already 80+ gold rated?

I had a look at the 4690k before but didn't think is worth the money for 0.1ghz faster compared to the 4670k. I've noticed that the difference is only 9 pounds now so might go for the 4690k

A friend of mine told me that I should stick to the stock cooler as I'm probably not going to OC. This way I could save some money as it would be unnecessary.

I'm not sure yet but might want to game on 3 screens in the near future. Would 16gb of ram still be too much then?
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June 29, 2014 6:59:17 PM

The CS is not as good as the others I listed. See the link I posted.

If you want xfire r9 290 you need 1000W per RealHardTech. Try Antec HCG 900M, Seasonic X1050, EVGA Supernova 1000 or Corsair AX1200.

The 4690k overclocks better apparently (Better chip to case TIM).

You will eventually want to overclock your k chip cpu. If you don't want to, just get the non k version and a H97 motherboard.

The ram is irrelevant to using 3 monitors. What you want is vram - video ram - in the graphics card. A R9 290 is better than the 280x for this (4 vs 3gb vram)
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