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August 31, 2014 12:14:04 AM

Hi, this is the first time I'm building my own PC. My budget around $1000-1300 I guess, but if by adding a little bit more, and it changed a lot in a better way... it's okay I guess. The main purpose is gaming.

Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3Ghz - Cache 6MB [Box] Socket LGA 1150
MOBO: Asrock Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER (LGA1150, Z97, DDR3)
VGA: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DDR5 384 Bit DirectCU II TOP - R9280X-DC2T-3GD5
HDD: 120gb (SSD) + 1TB
RAM: Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Black PC12800 8GB (2X4GB) - CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
Power: Corsair CSM Series 750W Modular - Gold
Cooler: ....
Casing: ....

Those are the parts that I would like to have.

The reason I choose 750W, I'm planning to upgrade my PC into dual vga within 1 to 2 years. Though I'm not sure what do you guys think. I'm completely newbie in building computer. I also pick Z97 as they said it will support the intel 5th gen. I might do overclocking once I upgrade to the 5th gen later on.

The thing is, I don't know how big the casing I need to fill all those. And the cooler. I'm kinda interested in watercooling such as Corsair H110, I might not usefull for me now as I'm not getting the processor for OC. But in my mind, it will be usefull for me once I'm upgrade my Processor for OC later. So should I invest now for later upgrading or I just bought a cheap stuff first upgrade later once I'm doing the OC?

I'm really grateful for all the answers. Thanks :)  I'm planning to bought the stuff tomorrow.

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August 31, 2014 12:36:35 AM

Going systematically:

CPU is good as you're going to upgrade in the future (I hope within a couple of years).

MoBo, yes that is a very good one, but I hope you've considered other options like ASROCK Z97 EX6 and some cheaper yet good options like GB and MSI gaming 5. But your MoBo is overall a very solid one. Z/H97 will support Broadwell.

GPU: Good choice there, you can surely go for CF in the future and yes it'd increase performance.

RAM: Well that memory is overpriced and has big heatspreaders too, go with G.Skill or Crucial, they're lower in profile (this'll help in installation of cooler as Vengeance tend to obstruct the cooler), I'd recommend G.Skill Sniper series 1866/9.

PSU: Well, that's not the best PSU around, and definately not an ideal choice for such a high end rig. 750W is a good choice for R9 280X CF but going with 850W will on the safe side when you'll want to OC on the 5th gen CPU. Get a PSU from Antec HCG/ EVGA G2/ XFX Pro/ SeaSonic S/M12II/ Corsair RM/ HXi 800W+ models. 750W is the bare minimum.

Cooling: H110 is a very solid option, but that'll help when you want to OC enthusiast level, like 4.7GHz+. A typical user/ gamer won't go beyond 4.5GHz stable (we don't know for sure what the 5th gen is bringing for us), also its actually a very big cooler (280mm radiator) and would require a big case. H100i is a better option as its 240mm and is equal in performance. And that is coming from a H110 user.

Case: I hope you don't opt for H110, it'd eliminate the Fractal cases from the options, which're really great for the price. But well, if you're going with H110, then the Phantoms would be a good choice. The 410 Mid tower is a very good case for the price and can house a H110. If you wish to switch to H100i, then a very good value for money would be Corsair 300R, which'd house all that you want and is really cheap at $50.

A note on cooling: If you want to OC not on extreme level, but rather as mainstream gamer like 4.5-4.6GHz stable (given the 5th gen are good at it), then an air cooler would suffice, the EVO 212 is definately the best option for moderate OC, the Noctua D14 will rule the roast when going for some serious OC, besides being extremely quiet too.
Liquid coolers are harder to install and there's no difference whatsoever in normal OCing vs a D14. The Krakens are a very viable option too.

Hope this helps :) 
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August 31, 2014 12:39:49 AM

I've got two R9 280x and crossfiring it at the moment. It used to have a 750w power supply and that didn't cut it. I suggest going for 850w or above.
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August 31, 2014 7:16:41 AM

MeteorsRaining said:
Going systematically:

CPU is good as you're going to upgrade in the future (I hope within a couple of years).

MoBo, yes that is a very good one, but I hope you've considered other options like ASROCK Z97 EX6 and some cheaper yet good options like GB and MSI gaming 5. But your MoBo is overall a very solid one. Z/H97 will support Broadwell.

GPU: Good choice there, you can surely go for CF in the future and yes it'd increase performance.

RAM: Well that memory is overpriced and has big heatspreaders too, go with G.Skill or Crucial, they're lower in profile (this'll help in installation of cooler as Vengeance tend to obstruct the cooler), I'd recommend G.Skill Sniper series 1866/9.

PSU: Well, that's not the best PSU around, and definately not an ideal choice for such a high end rig. 750W is a good choice for R9 280X CF but going with 850W will on the safe side when you'll want to OC on the 5th gen CPU. Get a PSU from Antec HCG/ EVGA G2/ XFX Pro/ SeaSonic S/M12II/ Corsair RM/ HXi 800W+ models. 750W is the bare minimum.

Cooling: H110 is a very solid option, but that'll help when you want to OC enthusiast level, like 4.7GHz+. A typical user/ gamer won't go beyond 4.5GHz stable (we don't know for sure what the 5th gen is bringing for us), also its actually a very big cooler (280mm radiator) and would require a big case. H100i is a better option as its 240mm and is equal in performance. And that is coming from a H110 user.

Case: I hope you don't opt for H110, it'd eliminate the Fractal cases from the options, which're really great for the price. But well, if you're going with H110, then the Phantoms would be a good choice. The 410 Mid tower is a very good case for the price and can house a H110. If you wish to switch to H100i, then a very good value for money would be Corsair 300R, which'd house all that you want and is really cheap at $50.

A note on cooling: If you want to OC not on extreme level, but rather as mainstream gamer like 4.5-4.6GHz stable (given the 5th gen are good at it), then an air cooler would suffice, the EVO 212 is definately the best option for moderate OC, the Noctua D14 will rule the roast when going for some serious OC, besides being extremely quiet too.
Liquid coolers are harder to install and there's no difference whatsoever in normal OCing vs a D14. The Krakens are a very viable option too.

Hope this helps :) 


Thanks a lot, it's really helping. I have decided by getting Noctua D14. and the ram I get those with Gskill Ares series, since the sniper series is out of stock at my local dealer :( ... lastly Seasonic M12II-850. I guess I will just play save for future investment.
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August 31, 2014 7:22:27 AM

Wise choices there. D14 is the quietest and one of the most powerful coolers around, will surely do the job required.

Ares is another great choice there, they're lower in profile and won't obstruct the D14 (Vengeance tend to do so).

And that PSU, you've chosen the best one! Its a tier one (highest quality) and you surely won't regret paying the premium considering its performance and life.

And lastly, glad to help :) 
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