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Hi,

I am soon going to be starting building my first PC and have got together a components list. My friend (who has built PCs before) has helped me up to this point but I just wanted some other opinions on it.

So here goes.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with 5 extra Fractal 140mm fans
GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked ACX 3GB
CPU: I5 4670k 3.4Ghz (not planning on OC as don't want to over-complicate anything)
MoBo: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2
PSU: Corsair CX750M
Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance pro series red DDR3
SSD: 120GB Kingston Now V300
HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
CPU Cooler: Bequiet Shadow Rock 2
Optical Drive: 24x DVD Drive

As you can probably tell, I have a very basic knowledge of how to build a computer, I don't know the technical reasons for anything, I just know what goes where. I did ask this question on a YouTube video but I didn't get a reply so I came here hoping for some help.
This is my first post and remember I'm a 'newb' at computer building, so please don't be too harsh.

Thanks
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  1. WillJohnsXD said:
    Hi,

    I am soon going to be starting building my first PC and have got together a components list. My friend (who has built PCs before) has helped me up to this point but I just wanted some other opinions on it.

    So here goes.
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with 5 extra Fractal 140mm fans
    GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked ACX 3GB
    CPU: I5 4670k 3.4Ghz (not planning on OC as don't want to over-complicate anything)
    MoBo: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2
    PSU: Corsair CX750M
    Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance pro series red DDR3
    SSD: 120GB Kingston Now V300
    HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
    CPU Cooler: Bequiet Shadow Rock 2
    Optical Drive: 24x DVD Drive

    As you can probably tell, I have a very basic knowledge of how to build a computer, I don't know the technical reasons for anything, I just know what goes where. I did ask this question on a YouTube video but I didn't get a reply so I came here hoping for some help.
    This is my first post and remember I'm a 'newb' at computer building, so please don't be too harsh.

    Thanks

    Looks good but I'd change a few things. Don't get a K model CPU since the only reason you pay extra is to have overclocking unlocked. For the PSU CX isn't the best model to go with. I'm actually running two HD 7950s on the one you are going with but it is still not recommended (I have had no problem) So you should get something like a Seasonic 600w PSU.
  2. Also if you want to spend less for close to the same performance take a look at this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125505&cm_re=r9_290-_-14-125-505-_-Product this only applies if you live in the US though.
  3. first of all ditch that psu from your list cx series are very troublesome psu go for a seasonic ,xfx,evga,corsair tx/rm series .....
    and if u are not going to oc then buy a non k version of cpu and a h87 or 97 board will save u some money..
  4. prit87 said:
    first of all ditch that psu from your list cx series are very troublesome psu go for a seasonic ,xfx,evga,corsair tx/rm series .....
    and if u are not going to oc then buy a non k version of cpu and a h87 or 97 board will save u some money..
    +1 if you trade out the K model get a H97 MB.
  5. Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
  6. What will this computer be primarily used for, and what is your budget? This would help us in helping you.
  7. Why get a z97 board if your i5 is a z87?
  8. get the 4690K - should run faster/cooler. I'll let you know after I put my 4690K Asus z97A mobo together.
    -bruce
  9. DookieDraws said:
    What will this computer be primarily used for, and what is your budget? This would help us in helping you.


    Gaming is the main reason I'm getting this and my budget is around £1270 or $2170
  10. WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.
  11. legend001523 said:
    Why get a z97 board if your i5 is a z87?


    Anonymous said:
    get the 4690K - should run faster/cooler. I'll let you know after I put my 4690K Asus z97A mobo together.
    -bruce


    I was looking at that CPU, but I am sort of at the very edge of my budget and getting something like this would probably take me over.
  12. WillJohnsXD said:
    legend001523 said:
    Why get a z97 board if your i5 is a z87?


    Anonymous said:
    get the 4690K - should run faster/cooler. I'll let you know after I put my 4690K Asus z97A mobo together.
    -bruce


    I was looking at that CPU, but I am sort of at the very edge of my budget and getting something like this would probably take me over.
    Then the link I linked will help you get that.
  13. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs. As for the 4690k, I could probably stretch to that if I could knock some money off somewhere else.
  14. WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?
  15. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
  16. WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.
  17. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
  18. Try overclockers UK or scan, they always have deals on for 290's
  19. legend001523 said:
    Try overclockers UK or scan, they always have deals on for 290's


    I'm getting all my parts from Scan as I like the sound of their ScanSure deal. As for the 290 r9, you're looking at about £300 for the MSI version, £325 for the Asus and £375 for the XFX, which are around the same price points as the Gtx 780s and to be honest, I think I would prefer an Nvidia card over a Radeon.
  20. WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.
  21. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do a Corsair RM 650w or an RM 550w, both of them are rated gold (I don't really know what a Gold rating means but it sounds good). That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?
  22. WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do an Corsair RM 650w Gold? That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?

    Real world for gaming you should at most see a couple FPS less with the I5 4670k but you are fine. Since you are getting the Z97 MB you will be able to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. It's just recommended to get the newest product, and they are the same price in the US.
  23. Also a CX 750 would be fine (I'm running two mid-high end GPU on one) they are just supposedly not as reliable, but as long as you have a warranty you should be fine.
  24. WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do a Corsair RM 650w or an RM 550w, both of them are rated gold (I don't really know what a Gold rating means but it sounds good). That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?



    No, not really in terms of fps performance, I really suggest you look at overclcokers uk as they always have sales which know off like 50 pounds of cards
  25. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do an Corsair RM 650w Gold? That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?

    Real world for gaming you should at most see a couple FPS less with the I5 4670k but you are fine. Since you are getting the Z97 MB you will be able to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. It's just recommended to get the newest product, and they are the same price in the US.



    Yeah, here, the 4690k seems to be around £30/$52 more than the 4670k, which doesn't seem like a lot, but the price of the entire rig slowly creeps up with these small price increases. So, if I went with an RM650, do you think that would be adequate for this setup?
  26. WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do an Corsair RM 650w Gold? That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?

    Real world for gaming you should at most see a couple FPS less with the I5 4670k but you are fine. Since you are getting the Z97 MB you will be able to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. It's just recommended to get the newest product, and they are the same price in the US.



    Yeah, here, the 4690k seems to be around £30/$52 more than the 4670k, which doesn't seem like a lot, but the price of the entire rig slowly creeps up with these small price increases. So, if I went with an RM650, do you think that would be adequate for this setup?
    No doubt even with overclocking.
  27. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do an Corsair RM 650w Gold? That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?

    Real world for gaming you should at most see a couple FPS less with the I5 4670k but you are fine. Since you are getting the Z97 MB you will be able to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. It's just recommended to get the newest product, and they are the same price in the US.



    Yeah, here, the 4690k seems to be around £30/$52 more than the 4670k, which doesn't seem like a lot, but the price of the entire rig slowly creeps up with these small price increases. So, if I went with an RM650, do you think that would be adequate for this setup?
    No doubt even with overclocking.



    Ok, so does this sound OK to you?

    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with 5 extra Fractal 140mm fans
    GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked ACX 3GB
    CPU: I5 4670k 3.4Ghz
    MoBo: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2
    PSU: Corsair RM650
    Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance pro series red DDR3
    SSD: 120GB Kingston Now V300
    HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
    CPU Cooler: Bequiet Shadow Rock 2
    Optical Drive: 24x DVD Drive

    That would cost me 2176 USD, but that includes a Monitor, a Mouse and Keyboard and a Speaker System.

    Just one more quick question, would I be OK with 7 140mm case fans and a decent air cooler if I did want to overclock my I5 in the future or would I be better off with an H80 or some other water-cooling system?
  28. Best answer
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do an Corsair RM 650w Gold? That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?

    Real world for gaming you should at most see a couple FPS less with the I5 4670k but you are fine. Since you are getting the Z97 MB you will be able to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. It's just recommended to get the newest product, and they are the same price in the US.



    Yeah, here, the 4690k seems to be around £30/$52 more than the 4670k, which doesn't seem like a lot, but the price of the entire rig slowly creeps up with these small price increases. So, if I went with an RM650, do you think that would be adequate for this setup?
    No doubt even with overclocking.



    Ok, so does this sound OK to you?

    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with 5 extra Fractal 140mm fans
    GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked ACX 3GB
    CPU: I5 4670k 3.4Ghz
    MoBo: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2
    PSU: Corsair RM650
    Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance pro series red DDR3
    SSD: 120GB Kingston Now V300
    HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
    CPU Cooler: Bequiet Shadow Rock 2
    Optical Drive: 24x DVD Drive

    Just one more quick question, would I be OK with 7 140mm case fans and a decent air cooler if I did want to overclock my I5 in the future or would I be better off with an H80 or some other water-cooling system?
    Looks great. Air should be enough until you do a huge OC. So how much do you plan to OC? This is where Haswell Refresh did better with Temps BTW.
  29. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    you mean the OC3D/TTLs video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajiN9aVOv4A
    it was a corsair rm450
  30. Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Steel_Nugget said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    Thanks for the replies so soon. I did think about not getting a K model CPU, but i thought that if I ever did want to do some OC in the future, it would be easier to pay slightly more now and get a K than to have to dismember my PC in the future to switch a non-K CPU out for a K CPU. As for the PSU, would a 600w be enough for this rig?
    That's smart. I didn't think to do that for my build, and now I want to OC. Like a guy said above get a I5 4690k since it is the newest model and you wont pay much more for it. Also did you check my link? That will perform like the GTX 780 but is $140 cheaper, and comes with $150 in games.



    I did check your link, but unfortunately, I am in the UK, we do have Newegg here, but some items aren't available for purchase and if they are, there's extortionate shipping costs.

    What is the price of the R9 290 in the UK?



    Around $530
    Wow, the most expensive one in the US is around $500 flat on Newegg.



    Yeah, parts do seem to be more expensive here, I did look at importing from the US, but then there's shipping charges and custom tax to be payed, so it turns out to be more expensive.

    So, if I were to go for the 4690k, I would have to knock about $50 off of somewhere else, does anything give?
    Try what legend said. Also you could maybe know some off the PSU since the GPU only requires a 600w PSU, but could even be run on a quality 500w. One Tech Youtuber ran a GTX 780 Ti off a 430w PSU. It was a Corsiar R430 or something.



    I could do an Corsair RM 650w Gold? That seems to be the cheapest 'quality' PSU, but I don't think that would leave much money for a 4690k. Do you actually think I would see much difference in a 4690k over a 4670k in real-world usage?

    Real world for gaming you should at most see a couple FPS less with the I5 4670k but you are fine. Since you are getting the Z97 MB you will be able to upgrade to Broadwell in the future. It's just recommended to get the newest product, and they are the same price in the US.



    Yeah, here, the 4690k seems to be around £30/$52 more than the 4670k, which doesn't seem like a lot, but the price of the entire rig slowly creeps up with these small price increases. So, if I went with an RM650, do you think that would be adequate for this setup?
    No doubt even with overclocking.



    Ok, so does this sound OK to you?

    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with 5 extra Fractal 140mm fans
    GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked ACX 3GB
    CPU: I5 4670k 3.4Ghz
    MoBo: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2
    PSU: Corsair RM650
    Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance pro series red DDR3
    SSD: 120GB Kingston Now V300
    HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
    CPU Cooler: Bequiet Shadow Rock 2
    Optical Drive: 24x DVD Drive

    Just one more quick question, would I be OK with 7 140mm case fans and a decent air cooler if I did want to overclock my I5 in the future or would I be better off with an H80 or some other water-cooling system?
    Looks great. Air should be enough until you do a huge OC. So how much do you plan to OC? This is where Haswell Refresh did better with Temps BTW.



    I don't think I would ever want to really push a CPU to its very limits, so maybe around the 4.0Ghz mark, but that would be at least a few months down the line.
    Anyway, thanks for your help buddy, and everyone else who contributed :) Good day.
  31. hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  32. jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting. The only problem with that is that (I'm sorry I forgot to mention this) the budget also has to include a Monitor, a Mouse and Keyboard and a Speaker System, so including those, it would be around 200 pounds over budget. I will definitely bear this in mind though as I plan to buy my components around Christmas time, so hopefully, there will be some sizable discounts.

    It's also interesting that you say about the R4 not needing all those fans, as if I were to not purchase 5 extra 140mm fans, it would free up some money that I could use to buy a 4690k, but I'll have to wait and see.
  33. WillJohnsXD said:
    jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting.


    But don;t get the windforce, it's probably the most unreliable 780 ti there is
  34. legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting.


    But don;t get the windforce, it's probably the most unreliable 780 ti there is


    I think a 780 Ti is simply out of my budget (unless there is a huge sale somewhere), but which Ti would you recommend if you had to recommend one?
  35. WillJohnsXD said:
    legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting.


    But don;t get the windforce, it's probably the most unreliable 780 ti there is


    I think a 780 Ti is simply out of my budget (unless there is a huge sale somewhere), but which Ti would you recommend if you had to recommend one?


    A EVGA superclocked w/ACX cooler, same price as a gigabyte windforce but is more reliable, and has warranty :) It's sometimes on sale for like 480 ish pounds? Also, have you considered the Lightning 780? It's like one of the best 780's out there
  36. the windforce cooler is one of the best designs, and gigabyte is a reliable company that doesnt sell products of low quality when the hardware itself is expensive. its also one of the highest clocked, lowest priced 780ti's right now.

    anyway, evga has some really good 780tis, along with msi and asus.

    @op, do you know what monitor, speaker system, mouse and keyboard you're getting? im not sure if it was mentioned earlier or not but if you do can you post what they are and their prices? or ideas of what you're looking to get?
  37. legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting.


    But don;t get the windforce, it's probably the most unreliable 780 ti there is


    I think a 780 Ti is simply out of my budget (unless there is a huge sale somewhere), but which Ti would you recommend if you had to recommend one?


    A EVGA superclocked w/ACX cooler, same price as a gigabyte windforce but is more reliable, and has warranty :) It's sometimes on sale for like 480 ish pounds? Also, have you considered the Lightning 780? It's like one of the best 780's out there


    I will definitely look into a Lightning 780. I was looking at the Evga Gtx 780 Ti Superclocked w/ACX cooler, but not as a prospective buyer, more in a dreaming sense, there's no way I could ever afford such a card lol. At this moment, the Standard Evga Gtx 780 superclocked w/ACX does seem like my best bet.
  38. legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting.


    But don;t get the windforce, it's probably the most unreliable 780 ti there is


    I think a 780 Ti is simply out of my budget (unless there is a huge sale somewhere), but which Ti would you recommend if you had to recommend one?


    A EVGA superclocked w/ACX cooler, same price as a gigabyte windforce but is more reliable, and has warranty :) It's sometimes on sale for like 480 ish pounds? Also, have you considered the Lightning 780? It's like one of the best 780's out there
    The EVGA GTX 780 Ti has the OC world record so I bet it is the most reliable.
  39. the evga w/acx cooler is 30 punds more expensive then the windforce, i dont think the lightning is available there, it isnt appearing on pcpartpicker. the gigabyte card also has a 3 year warranty, so it does have one
  40. your talking about this card as well, which is very expensive: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-03gp43888kr
  41. Steel_Nugget said:
    legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    legend001523 said:
    WillJohnsXD said:
    jshoop said:
    hate being late to the party but heres a very cost effective build, and is under you budget of 1270 euros.

    features:
    unlocked cpu and z97 mobo, cooler for light overclocks
    256gb ssd and 1tb of storage
    780ti, will max everything out at 1080p
    define r4 case like you wanted (i have it too its awesome btw) but you dont need all the fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust is all you really need
    850w gold, fully modular xfx psu built by seasonic, which is one of the, if not the, best of psu brands. sli capable in the future

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£491.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £1219.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that mate, I will definitely look into that build as well! The 780 Ti does look tempting.


    But don;t get the windforce, it's probably the most unreliable 780 ti there is


    I think a 780 Ti is simply out of my budget (unless there is a huge sale somewhere), but which Ti would you recommend if you had to recommend one?


    A EVGA superclocked w/ACX cooler, same price as a gigabyte windforce but is more reliable, and has warranty :) It's sometimes on sale for like 480 ish pounds? Also, have you considered the Lightning 780? It's like one of the best 780's out there
    The EVGA GTX 780 Ti has the OC world record so I bet it is the most reliable.



    I believe the Evga kingpin ahs it at 2.0Ghz but yeah, look into the lightning, probably best 780 out there :)
  42. jshoop said:
    your talking about this card as well, which is very expensive: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-03gp43888kr


    That is the 'Kingpin' model, but even so, I don't think I can afford a Ti either way.
  43. Here's another build for you to consider. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/wXKxRB I didn't include an operating system, so you'll have to purchase one unless you already have that covered.

    The larger PSU will give you some headroom if you ever decided to overclock in the future. The 16GB of RAM may possibly be more than you'd need, but if you ever decided to edit some photos or videos, or use any other RAM hogging software, it would benefit you. If you do not think you'll need 16GB of RAM, simply go with 8GB.

    The 250GB EVO SSD would give you plenty of storage space for a good many games.

    I picked the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case, as it would be a great case for air or water cooling. Plus, I just got this case myself and love it! It's an awesome case for the money!

    Just wanted to give you another build to consider. Good luck with what ever you decide on and have fun with your new system. Be sure to update us after you've completed your build.
  44. @op, so any thoughts on monitors/peripherals/speakers? if you don't have any ideas, how much would you like to spend on speakers? mouse/keyboard? a monitor is easier to work into the budget on pcpartpicker (it has lots of monitors on the website)
  45. jshoop said:
    the windforce cooler is one of the best designs, and gigabyte is a reliable company that doesnt sell products of low quality when the hardware itself is expensive. its also one of the highest clocked, lowest priced 780ti's right now.

    anyway, evga has some really good 780tis, along with msi and asus.

    @op, do you know what monitor, speaker system, mouse and keyboard you're getting? im not sure if it was mentioned earlier or not but if you do can you post what they are and their prices? or ideas of what you're looking to get?



    type in on google ' gigabyte 780 ti windforce ghz edition problems' , i dare you :)
  46. heres another build, this one is with the 290x. it sits between the 780 and 780ti, but not as expensive. the downsides are heat (the tri-x cooler is very good though, so heat is no longer a worry) and power consumption. has a 1080p monitor, with an ips panel (colors look alot better), and leaves you about 60 euros for mouse/keyboard/speakers. not sure if 60 is enough but its a start

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card (£398.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG 24MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £1246.02
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  47. DookieDraws said:
    Here's another build for you to consider. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/wXKxRB I didn't include an operating system, so you'll have to purchase one unless you already have that covered.

    The larger PSU will give you some headroom if you ever decided to overclock in the future. The 16GB of RAM may possibly be more than you'd need, but if you ever decided to edit some photos or videos, or use any other RAM hogging software, it would benefit you. If you do not think you'll need 16GB of RAM, simply go with 8GB.

    The 250GB EVO SSD would give you plenty of storage space for a good many games.

    I picked the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case, as it would be a great case for air or water cooling. Plus, I just got this case myself and love it! It's an awesome case for the money!

    Just wanted to give you another build to consider. Good luck with what ever you decide on and have fun with your new system. Be sure to update us after you've completed your build.


    Thanks for the extra build to consider. Man, that PSU is expensive!! I'm sure it's worth it though, as for the RAM, I've been editing 24Mp RAW files on a computer with a single Gig of RAM for years, so 8Gb would be an upgrade either way lol. I was actually planning on getting the Enthoo Pro for quite a while, but have decided on the R4 simply because I love the idea of having a beastly PC in such an understated case.

    Thanks for the good luck, I will definitely update yous when I have finished my build and hey, even if I do screw something up in the building process, ScanSure from Scan.co.uk will replace as many parts as I can break for free (after an initial £35), so that's good for peace of mind, as I was finding the whole idea of building a PC out of such expensive and delicate parts quite daunting.

    Thanks again guys for the help, you've been very helpful.
    I'm going to go to bed now :)
  48. You'll never get to sleep with all these builds to consider! :P
  49. jshoop said:
    the windforce cooler is one of the best designs, and gigabyte is a reliable company that doesnt sell products of low quality when the hardware itself is expensive. its also one of the highest clocked, lowest priced 780ti's right now.

    anyway, evga has some really good 780tis, along with msi and asus.

    @op, do you know what monitor, speaker system, mouse and keyboard you're getting? im not sure if it was mentioned earlier or not but if you do can you post what they are and their prices? or ideas of what you're looking to get?


    jshoop said:
    heres another build, this one is with the 290x. it sits between the 780 and 780ti, but not as expensive. the downsides are heat (the tri-x cooler is very good though, so heat is no longer a worry) and power consumption. has a 1080p monitor, with an ips panel (colors look alot better), and leaves you about 60 euros for mouse/keyboard/speakers. not sure if 60 is enough but its a start

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£200.37 @ PC World Business)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£119.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.60 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card (£398.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£112.74 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: LG 24MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £1246.02
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for that, I will also consider this build, I've got a few months before I buy my parts, so that gives me long enough to decide :) As for the M+K/Speakers/Monitors, I need about 150 pounds, so they're not too expensive.
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