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I am trying to build a high end gaming pc, my budget is about $2000 total with os, keyboard, and moniter. I am looking good gaming performance for my money and I will be using this pc for the next few years. I don't know if oc will actually bring improved performance to gaming... My build so far:

cpu: intel core i7-4970 $250 at microcenter

cpu fan: Cooler Master 212 plus $20 is this good?

gpu:
MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $630 If there is a similar gpu, I am willing to change out to match the color scheme of the mobo

hdd:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50

ssd:
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $130

mobo:
Asus Z97-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $180 but I kind of want the color scheme of my parts(the gpu is red-black) to fit together, so maybe
MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $180
the maximus hero is $205 but I don't know if I want to spend that much more...I don't know if I will need the extra features of the maximus hero


ram: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64 good idea?

case: Define r4 titanium gray w/window $100 alternatively: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) $120 Any suggestions?

psu: Seasonic SS-760XP2 ATX 12V/EPS 12V, 760W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular $100 is this good? would you call it a steal? I don't even know if I need this good of a psu for this build...

OS: windows 8.1 64-bit $94.57

Moniter: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.23

EDIT: The ram and psu should change, as I cannot get them at the listed prices. Apparently I can't use the promo codes until I have been a newsletter subscriber for 24 hours and the sale ends tomorrow.

Also, how many watts should I have in a psu?
I want a 1440p moniter, but those things are expensive...
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  1. 2000 $?great.

    http://www.ironsidecomputers.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28223_28243&products_id=315

    Just add the keyboard and the mouse
    ( press Ctrl + f in the same page and search keyboard
    or mouse
  2. good build, but i would buy another fan for the evo to make the pull throw affect that will cool your cpu 35% better for a extra $5.
  3. Swatting said:
    good build, but i would buy another fan for the evo to make the pull throw affect that will cool your cpu 35% better for a extra $5.


    I would only buy a better CPU cooler later if you need it, especially since you won't be overclocking.

    Did you know that you can buy the CPU and motherboard both from Micro Center, and you will save a lot of money? I assume you know that you need to pick up CPU's at the store when you buy them from Micro Center.
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    Ok you have a pretty nice build there but a few pointers:

    If you are going to overclock(ever) then get a K CPU and a Z Mobo. If you are not going to overclock then you don't need the K or the Z and you can buy the slightly cheaper variants. I always opt for K and Z because I future proof my machine to be OC in the future.

    You only need an i7 if you are specifically using hyperthreading right RIGHT now. At this point it's just overheated bling that has more chance of throtelling your performance than giving you any extra. You will be fine with an i5-4670K or i5-4690K and it will manage the heat better.

    Talking about heat... it is important. Put some thought into airflow and your overall cooling solution. I would personally go with the Noctua NH-D14 if it fits(it does) or one of the variants. Most importantly is to not use the stock fan. Please don't listen to people that say to use the stock fan until you think you need an aftermarket. This is doubly true if you go the i7. The stock cooling is noisy and, well, bad. Just bad.

    At the end of your perfect build components you should then invest as much time as necessary into your case, its layout and most importantly its airflow/cooling options and best fit. Be sure to check out the case fan situation. It may come with some fans or it may not or the fans may be noisy or they may not be good enough to push/pull the way you need it to.

    Your ram will always work better in sets of 2,4,8 whatever. Meaning its better to get 2 sticks of 4gb instead of 1 stick of 8gb. The only time youd get 1 stick of 8 is if you plan on smacking another stick of 8 in the future and you dont have the money right now. Also with the ram, always double check if your aftermarket cooler will get in the way. some ram have wicked looking gigantic heatsinks on top that can, at time, get in the way. Fret not! Each brand has it's own low profile variant, they are just not as pretty ;)

    Last but not least comes to the GPU. The GPU you have chosen is just... just the best(fanboy moment) and it will see you through many years of high end gaming for sure. Make sure you figure out ancillary cooling for your GPU for your case, it becomes more important on the overclock but it's always good to look after a card like that. Also when shopping for the card, retailers will often offer free games for buying it through them so if you see a game you were going to buy anyway, you can effectively save 50-100 bucks that way ;)
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    Please don't listen to people that say to use the stock fan until you think you need an aftermarket. This is doubly true if you go the i7. The stock cooling is noisy and, well, bad. Just bad.


    The stock cooler works fine if you're not overclocking, it's just loud. I was meaning that he could use his money for the main parts and then worry about quieter cooling a month or two later. This becomes more true as the budget gets tighter. (Yes, I know the budget is $2000.)

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    I would personally go with the Noctua NH-D14 if it fits(it does) or one of the variants.


    I totally agree! That is the best CPU cooler out there!
  6. It's just easier to go straight for the right cooling solution from the get go. and the i7 stock cooler doesn't always work as intended :/ which is why i stay away from the i7's in general.

    I'll probably change my stance in a few years time when they produce a really stable hyperthreading K, or if Noctua just makes a dead silent 300cfm fan to deal with it ^_^
  7. Thanks for the replies. I built it on the 9th so I stuck with i7. But now, as I am trying to install the os, I realize that my bios is not detecting my drives. I don't think I hear the hdd spinning when I turn on the computer and the optical drive's power led does not turn on. I am wondering if this signifies that just the sata cables on my psu are defective? The sata power cables are loose and seem as if they are not plugged in, but they won't go further in. I assumed this was normal while building. But the psu seems to power my mobo and cpu fine, so I wonder if it is the sata ports on the motherboard?
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