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[PC Build Help] Gaming/Workstation @ $2,500

This is my first PC build (which may be evident) and think its ready to order and assemble but I'd love a second opinion before I go through with it. The PC is being built for Gaming/Workstation. I'm a 3d artist so i will need to able to simultaneous run apps like UE4, Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop with occasional rendering. Also I want this machine to be able to handle all the current games at High-Ultra settings while remaining around 60fps. Please let me know if there are better parts I should swap out, or take away or add. Thanks so much!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Kmcf23

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($341.10 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($259.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($238.02 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.98 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ OutletPC)

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($138.99 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)

Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.81 @ OutletPC)

Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.81 @ OutletPC)

Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.81 @ OutletPC)

Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.81 @ OutletPC)

Keyboard: Thermaltake POSEIDON ZX Wired Standard Keyboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $2476.22 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-06 13:08 EDT-0400
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  1. You should change the CPU to 5820k, $200 for 100Mhz is not worth it given you're going to OC. Then you can include a liquid cooler like Swiftech H240, very expandable. Also, WD Black is no better than barracuda in terms of performance, it just has better Warranty. consider a full tower for better airflow. And the PSU is way overkill, even 2 way SLI 970s won't require that, 750W G2 or B2 is more than fine. Everything else looks fine :)
  2. MeteorsRaining said:
    You should change the CPU to 5820k, $200 for 100Mhz is not worth it given you're going to OC. Then you can include a liquid cooler like Swiftech H240, very expandable. Also, WD Black is no better than barracuda in terms of performance, it just has better Warranty. consider a full tower for better airflow. And the PSU is way overkill, even 2 way SLI 970s won't require that, 750W G2 or B2 is more than fine. Everything else looks fine :)


    Thanks Meteor for the suggestion! I had two follow up questions:
    1. I was unable to find the Swiftech H240, is it that much better than the Noctua NH-D15?
    2. Is there a Full case you can recommend?

    Thanks!
  3. Best answer
    1. yep H240 is not available everywhere, but if you live in US, the H320 (a bigger variant, better!) is available. Both are better than any air cooler.
    2. Corsair 750D is a good looking (IMO) and big case.
    After modification, your build should look like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2KP3sY
  4. MeteorsRaining said:
    1. yep H240 is not available everywhere, but if you live in US, the H320 (a bigger variant, better!) is available. Both are better than any air cooler.
    2. Corsair 750D is a good looking (IMO) and big case.
    After modification, your build should look like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2KP3sY


    Great! Thank you.
  5. Glad to help :)
  6. MeteorsRaining said:
    1. yep H240 is not available everywhere, but if you live in US, the H320 (a bigger variant, better!) is available. Both are better than any air cooler.
    2. Corsair 750D is a good looking (IMO) and big case.
    After modification, your build should look like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2KP3sY


    The H240 is not better than any air cooler in terms of performance. The difference between the Swiftech H240 (the h320 is obviously better), H220, and H220x all perform about the same as the Noctua NH-D15 if not 1-2 degrees off. The Noctua NH-D15 is competitive with 280mm AIO's and lower.
  7. H240 is one of the most customisable AIO in <280mm segment out there, therefore I recommended it over D15, in which you may add a couple fans but nothing much more really.
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