Alright so the situation is that I'm using a decent sony vaio laptop to try to accomplish all my tasks. It has become harder and harder to play the latest games on steady frames and to video edit/stream. So I came up with the idea of upgrading to pc. I'm looking for a pc that meets my need and can do them with ease.
I'm planning on overclocking the pc and using it on not as heavy preformance games such as league of legends, hearthstone, DayZ, Rust, etc. This might change over time though and I might move to other high quality games.
Alright for the budget I would like to keep it as low as possible in the $1200-1700 range. I want the bang for my buck. I have the max $1700 to be used only if needed on some parts that are totally worth.
For the parts:
CPU:prefer Intel over amd, maybe the i5 4690k or the i7 4790k if the hyper tethering will be of much usage.
Cooler: I really want a liquid cooler, I think they are cool and help keep temps low. I was thinking a corsair h100i, but I heared there are some probs with it....idk really.
Mobo: which to choose ahhhhh. I see so many, I hear asus Maximus vi/vii are good for overclocking but I'm up for anything that's better.
Memory:Gskill, corsair, and hyper x seem good. Not sure if I need 16gb of ram tho. I'm pretty sure 8gb will be enough.
Storage:I mean I won't be doing that much to be needing a large storage, I think 1tb or 2tb is enough. Idk really about the ssd though.
GPU: Bro I heard them amd temps are higher than wiz khalifa. Idk, nvidia is pretty convincing with its shadow play,vsync, etc. I'm not really sure which brand to get and which specific cards will be best. Not looking to get 2 gpus anytime soon.
Case:I heared corsair is a good case maker, idk if I should go with them or nzxt. Specifically I'm not sure about which corsair case, as for nzxt I'm intrested in their h440 or phantom 530.
Psu:Xfx seems good. Not sure how big of a psu I will need considering ill overclock my pc.
Keyboard and mouse: again not really sure for which keyboard and mouse. I just prefer a mechanical keyboard. I heared razer's black widow and corsair k70 are good. As for the mouse I'm not sure? Is a razer death adder good enough?
Monitor: I own that. No need for another.
Operating system: own that too.
Wireless card: idk if I should get one or go with just an Ethernet cable and go wired.
Gonna be ordering parts early-mid august. Thanks and looking forward to read your suggestions/creative builds.
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  1. Heres what I came up with.

    Intel CPU like requested. No Hyper-threading but still a power house. And an H100i Cooler

    Z97 Mobo that'll support future Broadwell.

    You said you wouldn't need 16gb of RAM so I put some slightly faster Corsair 8gb sticks.

    SSD for OS for fast boot and any other program you might not want to wait on. And a 2tb HDD like requested.

    GTX 780 which'll handle anything you throw at it be it gaming or video editing/rendering

    H440 case like you wanted. Great case IMO

    XFX 750w 80+Gold PSU. Should handle your system no problem with plenty of room for OC.

    Peripherals are really a personal choice so I just stuck the ones that you mentioned in there.

    And Wireless cards are tricky. The best to buy depends on individual situations. It depends on Distance, obstacles, Other Wifi connections impairing your own and things of the sort. Look into it yourself and what types of situations you have around your home then choose.
  2. Thanks man, for the wireless distance. It's about a rooms away. Not too far maybe like 15~20 ft.
  3. Best answer
    Hello M, I'm building a PC too and thought I could help you out.

    For the PSU, let me share with you a rule of thumb:

    650W for single GPU, 850W for dual GPU.

    750W is surely a great choice and gives you breathing room for OC (Just like xTempered also explained)

    I'm not telling you to buy anything, but you could also get for a bit less. In specs they're the same really.

    You could use the extra cash to buy yourself another HDD (or SSD) since you are editing videos. With another HDD you could hook up RAID too. Not telling you to buy anything, just giving you suggestions/ideas.

    You could fit your OS and select games into a 128GB SSD, but if you do want more here is an idea.

    Buy another SSD and fill it with the games you record along with video editing applications only. Therefore you have one SSD that will be occupied by only the OS (which gives it lots of room to do as it pleases), and one whole SSD for the gaming life. No more having to cramp it into one SSD. Once again, not telling you to buy anything, just giving you suggestions/ideas.

    If you want to go with that plan, you might want to save some money so here's an SSD I picked out. (Also for myself)

    I read the reviews on both Amazon and Newegg, on both sites buyers said it ran perfect except for those who were unlucky. Still, those are around only a handful. You might want to know though, it is a plastic case. So if you are against that somehow, then obviously this is not the one for you.

    Still, you're probably better off with the Samsung, but this is if you want a cheaper second one. If not, go with another Samsung for sure.

    If you do go with both of these storage suggestions, you should get RAID and use it as RAID 0 (for performance) or RAID 1 (to backup your precious edited videos and other files) Still, your choice.

    Raid levels:

    I know you said you didn't need that much storage so what you could do is set the HDDs for mirroring and back everything up. But obviously you wouldn't get performance. Now if you want performance, go with an HDD like mine (Gaming HDD) which is WD (Well known company) and pair the two as one. With this, you'll get better performance. You could just get two WD HDDs and have an equal amount of storage with the Seagate but since the WD is a gaming HDD, you will squeeze pretty good performance. (Read the link I sent you to understand more) Although you'll get better performance and all, you won't have a backup of everything.

    You also said you wanted bang for your buck. The WD is half the storage, but it performs better. The Seagate is twice the Storage and doesn't perform as well. They're the same price. So just get two Seagates and use them in "performance mode." You'll have loads of space and still really good performance. I was just showing you some of the possibilities of what you could do with RAID, I could've kept on going by the way...


    For the CPU, you should step up and go with the 4690K (The same as mine). They're almost the same but the 4690K is better.

    The difference is not a whole lot but the 4690K performs better and is cheaper. The only con is...4 watts of electricity more. :lol:

    Lastly, if you want to stream, go for an Ethernet cable. Ethernet cables are the best choice period. But if you don't want a cable running from the router to your PC, you'll have to find a card that suits you well.

    Keep in mind: No matter how good of a card or cable you get, ultimately (for streaming) your stream quality will rely on the upload speed your ISP is giving you. Speed in other things (like watching a Youtube video) mostly relies on your download speed (Although there are a number of things that can affect this. Ex. What time you're watching the video)

    How to find your Upload/Download speed:
    (Just in case you needed/wanted it)

    That's all I could suggest for now :)

    Feel free to check out my build and scavenge parts or do some researching. You could also check out my thread if you want to find out how I got to my build.
    I HIGHLY suggest you do research on the parts and this setup before you go out and buy it yourself.

    My build: | My thread:

    Hope I helped (:
  4. this is a very good computer I know cuz i use it. If you have extra money get more ram and storage and if you can afford 600 dollars more Crossfire the cards
  5. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Micro Center)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Matrix Video Card ($739.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.31 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($97.99 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($112.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($76.50 @ Amazon)
    Headphones: Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset ($114.75 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2241.43
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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