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Final CPU Selection For My Build -- Need Guidance. Want To Order Entire Build Within The Hour.

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August 7, 2014 12:20:30 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($136.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-AR ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($17.50 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: Corsair White Sleeved Cables for all componenets ($100.00)
Other: Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade (White LED) ($19.95)
Total: $2558.26
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 15:12 EDT-0400


I will be using this setup for gaming and stock trading. I'm a hardcore FPS gamer, hence the 144hz monitor instead of the 4K gaming fad going on right now.
I just feel that my current CPU is just overkill. It seemed like a good idea, 4.0ghz with 8 virtual cores. I'm just worried that down the line when I start gaming on 3x1080p monitors after I SLI the 780 Ti that I will need a 6 core 4930k instead. This 4930k may also be overkill too. I'm starting to feel guilty that I'm wastefully spending and wanted to get your input on my CPU for my strict white/black build

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August 7, 2014 12:39:16 PM

The Core i5-3570k gives you more horsepower than is needed for virtually all games of today - but with that being said, who knows what tomorrow brings. The price differential between your processor and the Core i5-3570k is about $120 (4.7% of the computer). Depending upon what other software programs you might use, they may or may not give you more bang for the buck.

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August 7, 2014 1:03:13 PM

I don't think you need anywhere near that amount of air flow through the case. The PSU is a little much for the build too, since anything in the 550-600 watt range would probably work just fine, but if you happen to want to SLI at some point it would make more sense.

In gaming the 4690k and 4790k are pretty close to each other performance wise. You mentioned worrying about going to a tri-monitor setup later and would a 6-core help here? That answer is mostly no. The number of pixels being displayed is almost exclusively the GPU power being responsible for performance, so this would be where you may want to go to SLI to scale the video power up with the screen area instead of worrying so much about how much CPU power you have available, especially if you like things like anti-aliasing to be set quite high too.
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August 7, 2014 1:06:47 PM

The 3570k is the IVB platform, whereas the 4690k would be the haswell (refresh) counterpart, but if you can afford the i7, go for it. Overall, good build, except with that many fans, even though they're the QE's, it's going to be fairly audible.
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August 7, 2014 2:17:04 PM

Traciatim said:
I don't think you need anywhere near that amount of air flow through the case. The PSU is a little much for the build too, since anything in the 550-600 watt range would probably work just fine, but if you happen to want to SLI at some point it would make more sense.

In gaming the 4690k and 4790k are pretty close to each other performance wise. You mentioned worrying about going to a tri-monitor setup later and would a 6-core help here? That answer is mostly no. The number of pixels being displayed is almost exclusively the GPU power being responsible for performance, so this would be where you may want to go to SLI to scale the video power up with the screen area instead of worrying so much about how much CPU power you have available, especially if you like things like anti-aliasing to be set quite high too.


Yea I plan on going with SLI in 3-4 moniths and trying out full immersion 3 monitor gaming.
Thank you for the run down about if CPU is affected with multiple monitor performance.
Do you know much about cooling?
I think I am going to switch back to the original Corsair H100i so I can use the Corsair SP120mm replacement fans for the radiator. I couldn't find any pressure fans at the 140mm level that looked any good with my build theme. I think it would be enough to cool down the CPU and dead space in the case but when I go with SLI later, I'm so worried about how exactly to cool down the GPU's
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August 7, 2014 3:17:45 PM

sillykitty said:
Traciatim said:
I don't think you need anywhere near that amount of air flow through the case. The PSU is a little much for the build too, since anything in the 550-600 watt range would probably work just fine, but if you happen to want to SLI at some point it would make more sense.

In gaming the 4690k and 4790k are pretty close to each other performance wise. You mentioned worrying about going to a tri-monitor setup later and would a 6-core help here? That answer is mostly no. The number of pixels being displayed is almost exclusively the GPU power being responsible for performance, so this would be where you may want to go to SLI to scale the video power up with the screen area instead of worrying so much about how much CPU power you have available, especially if you like things like anti-aliasing to be set quite high too.


Yea I plan on going with SLI in 3-4 moniths and trying out full immersion 3 monitor gaming.
Thank you for the run down about if CPU is affected with multiple monitor performance.
Do you know much about cooling?
I think I am going to switch back to the original Corsair H100i so I can use the Corsair SP120mm replacement fans for the radiator. I couldn't find any pressure fans at the 140mm level that looked any good with my build theme. I think it would be enough to cool down the CPU and dead space in the case but when I go with SLI later, I'm so worried about how exactly to cool down the GPU's


Using a liquid cooler is already going to be so vastly superior to the stock cooler either way you go I'm sure you'd be happy with the performance. If the corsair one fits better with the look I doubt you would actually notice all that much of a difference between the coolers. I still doubt you really need 6 extra fans in there to move some air around though. plus since your liquid cooler and your video card design will all dump most of the heat directly out of the case you'd probably do just as fine with just a couple of fans.

It does look like a really well put together rig though, it looks like you've put a lot of thought in to your component selection, seems like you'll be happy with the top end performance.
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