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August 3, 2014 12:35:31 PM

Some time ago, I decided to build my first ever computer. I'm only going to use it for gaming (no programming, video editing etc.). These are the parts I came up with :

Motherboard: Asus Z97-PRO

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K Quad Core

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH- U12 S, 120mm

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB 1600 MHz

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SuperClocked 3GB

System Drive: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III

Storage Drive: WD Blue 1 TB, 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache

Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD Burner

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower

Power Supply: XFX PRO 750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze

+ AeroCool silent master 200mm red led cooling fan and Cooling Master JetFlo 120- 120mm fan

As I said, this is my first time building a pc so any help/tips are much appreciated. I'd just like to know if this is a good set and if I should replace something maybe. Also I'm from Finland so I propably made a lot of mistakes with my grammar :D  sorry for that.

-Thanks!

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August 3, 2014 12:42:28 PM

If it's just for gaming, you can get an Intel i5-4690K, and the Noctua NH-D15 cooler. 16GB of RAM is a bit overkill, but if you have the extra money it's fine. You could also get an R9 290X for about the same price as a 780 and get a bit more performance.
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August 3, 2014 12:43:48 PM

Save money by getting a i5 4690k instead, get 8gb of ram and use the money you saved by getting a 780 or a r9 290x
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August 3, 2014 12:44:16 PM

If the RAM and MoBo are compatible I think it looks great. And get a good thermal compound the first time through--I did not and had issues albeit minor ones.

IF and I mean IF I had to be critical; I'd go with a larger capacity SSD, only because they are great and easy to fill. But you can always add one on later.

Your grammar is just fine.

Good luck.
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August 3, 2014 12:44:58 PM

Firstly, welcome to Toms.

Now...

RAM
: You don't need 16 GB unless you do very intense content creation and editing. Also try for 1866/2133MHz

CPU : Don't need an I7 for gaming either, but is a nice to have and if your budget allows, then why not.

PSU : Excellent choice in PSU, however 750w is complete overkill. 600W is MORE than enough, even if you do overclock the thing to hell. :) 

Graphics card : Decent choice, however there are cheaper alternatives most like. This you will need to check yourself though. Look out for similarly priced R9 290X cards, or if you want to stick to Nvidia, the MSI version is usually much cheaper than the EVGA.

CPU Cooler : Good choice for mild overclocking, consider dropping the extra money from only 8GB to spend here, especially if you plan on OCing more.

Finally... motherboard : there are also some cheaper options here .
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August 3, 2014 12:47:57 PM

I took your build and modified it, using the suggestions provided...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($97.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($108.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($542.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1444.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 15:47 EDT-0400
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August 3, 2014 1:05:11 PM

This is a balanced build, not going cheap in any component.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.74 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1344.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 16:04 EDT-0400
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August 3, 2014 1:13:30 PM

6R1M01R3 said:
This is a balanced build, not going cheap in any component.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.74 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1344.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 16:04 EDT-0400


You could spend less and get an R9 290X from ASUS, which beats the GTX 780.
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August 3, 2014 1:14:04 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
6R1M01R3 said:
This is a balanced build, not going cheap in any component.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.74 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1344.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 16:04 EDT-0400


You could spend less and get an R9 290X from ASUS, which beats the GTX 780.


get a gaming 7, a gaming 5 will do fine too
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August 3, 2014 1:14:05 PM

Oops, brain fart. disregard that lol.
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August 3, 2014 1:36:31 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
6R1M01R3 said:
This is a balanced build, not going cheap in any component.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.74 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1344.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 16:04 EDT-0400


You could spend less and get an R9 290X from ASUS, which beats the GTX 780.


Spend less where?
Cooler? not if OP will do some overclocking
SSD? 240Gbs is plenty of room for OS and games.
The Motherboard? I prefer MSI over Gigabyte.
I thought of the 290X but a good one was about $100 more than the 780. If the build is appealing to G4LL3, he can just change the 780 for a 290X, after all this build is cheaper than what he had in mind.
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August 3, 2014 1:44:06 PM

6R1M01R3 said:
Jacob McIntosh said:
6R1M01R3 said:
This is a balanced build, not going cheap in any component.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.74 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1344.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 16:04 EDT-0400


You could spend less and get an R9 290X from ASUS, which beats the GTX 780.


Spend less where?
Cooler? not if OP will do some overclocking
SSD? 240Gbs is plenty of room for OS and games.
The Motherboard? I prefer MSI over Gigabyte.
I thought of the 290X but a good one was about $100 more than the 780. If the build is appealing to G4LL3, he can just change the 780 for a 290X, after all this build is cheaper than what he had in mind.


Cooler can be bought later, overclocking isn't a necessity
ssd can be 128gb and still be more than enough
msi gaming 5 will be cheaper or even the gaming 3
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