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Building a new rig and looking for advice

Hey all,

So this thread is simply an invitation to the community. Like it says in the subject I am building a new computer and looking for knowledgeable input and feedback. The rig in question will primarily be used for gaming and video rendering so I'm looking for as much performance bang for my buck as possible. Now I have the video cards (2 x HIS Radeon 7820's w 2GB VRAM each) which I'll be using with crossfire as much as possible. I have the drives and sound card. I have the OS.

What I'm looking for help with is making a decision on the CPU + cooling unit, the motherboard, the RAM, the power supply... and apparently a case. (The one I had planned to use is a little too suspect for me to feel comfortable with it. It's too bad, too. It was an awesome case.)

Now I'm currently looking at an i5-4670K Quad-Core (unless someone knows of a better CPU for comparable expense: Approx $230) that I'd like to overclock as much as I safely can. (Looking for tips on THAT as well. :) ) This in turn means I'm looking for the best motherboard with an LGA 1150 Socket that I can buy for, ideally, less than $200. And once those two things are decided on I expect the rest will be pretty easy.

Oh, and I am moderately flexible on the prices. I am on a budget but I've been looking forward to this for a while and would like to do it right. So, if anybody has any suggestions, input, guidance, or kind words of encouragement I await them with bated breath.

Cheers! Oh, and for the Yanks among us, happy fourth!
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  1. If you want to overclock, get the i5 4690K, it should OC better

    For a motherboard, there a bunch of choices

    What is your overall budget for the parts you need?
  2. Whats your total budget? :D
  3. 4690K check - what kind of OC options am I looking at? 4+ ghz?

    For CPU+MB+RAM+Cooling Unit+Power supply+Case = say $600-$700.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $561.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($91.24 @ Amazon)
    Total: $688.19
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  6. stickmansam thanks for the attention. Quick question, what makes the i5 4690k superior to the 4670k? In most comparisons they're neck and neck.
  7. the i5 4690K will be cooler at the same overclock due to revamped TIM
    This means you can offset the cost of the CPU by getting a slightly cheaper cooler

    It will also overclock a bit better on average about 100-300mhz
    And even with the extra 100-300mhz, it will still be cooler than the 4670K
  8. Sweet. Okay next question, is the Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard a better choice than an MSI Z77 MPOWER Big Bang Motherboard? I know the MSI is about $40 more but I don't want to regret purchasing a less expensive MB. LOL I have had just about enough of low FPS issues. :)

    And more importantly, can it handle dual video cards?
  9. Both the Gigabyte and ASUS can handle SLI and CFX for two cards

    Ehh, I doubt the OC would vary by too much between the boards given the VRMs are now on the CPU itself
    If you're worried and ahve the cash to spend, I guess you can get a better board if you want
  10. Thanks man. It's all on the way. \o/
  11. nice :)
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