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Thoughts on build and money saving tips?

This is my first ever build, so I can use all of the help I can get. I am just wondering what you all think of this potential build. I would also appreciate it if I can get some tips on saving money on this build (downgrading ever so slightly will be okay depending on the part). Also, if you would suggest waiting for later on sales or even some Black Friday sales/Cyber Monday sales, be sure to let me know.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QZsxWZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QZsxWZ/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ACX Video Card ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($251.33 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech G19 Wired Standard Keyboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1544.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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  1. Change to i5 4690k. For gaming, you won't notice the difference.

    Make sure your ram is 1.5V cl10 at highest.

    Get a better quality psu eg seasonic m12ii 520 - $67 at newegg

    No need for a 144Hz monitor. You won't notice over 60fps anyway. With the money saved on this and get rid of the SSD so you can get a gtx970

    Get a Corsair K70 keyboard instead (not RGB type)
  2. Keep the SSD. If you can afford it.
  3. i7Baby said:
    Change to i5 4690k. For gaming, you won't notice the difference.

    Make sure your ram is 1.5V cl10 at highest.

    Get a better quality psu eg seasonic m12ii 520 - $67 at newegg

    No need for a 144Hz monitor. You won't notice over 60fps anyway. With the money saved on this and get rid of the SSD so you can get a gtx970

    Get a Corsair K70 keyboard instead (not RGB type)


    I will be doing a mixture between video editing and gaming, so will it be noticeable on the video editing end if I downgrade? Also, what is wrong with having 1.65v ram? And for the psu, will 520w be enough to allow me to have the option of adding another graphics card in the future or upgrading other parts? In addition, I think the ssd will be necessary because of what I am using my build for. Why is it necessary to spend an extra $150 on a GPU when I can still get over 40fps on just about any game on max settings? What monitor would you recommend then? If I didn't upgrade the GPU, would you still say to downgrade to 60hz? Sorry I have so many questions, but thank you for the reply.
  4. Best answer
    If you do a fair bit of editing, keep the i7.

    1.65v ram heats up more. DDR4 is only 1.3V now.

    For GTX760s (or 970s) in SLI, you'll need a 750W PSU eg Seasonic M12II 750 ($109) or EVGA Supernova 750 gold ($115)

    If you got a 970, I'd get a 27in 1440p monitor. For the 760, I'd stick to 1080p - but just 60Hz.
  5. i7Baby said:
    If you do a fair bit of editing, keep the i7.

    1.65v ram heats up more. DDR4 is only 1.3V now.

    For GTX760s (or 970s) in SLI, you'll need a 750W PSU eg Seasonic M12II 750 ($109) or EVGA Supernova 750 gold ($115)

    If you got a 970, I'd get a 27in 1440p monitor. For the 760, I'd stick to 1080p - but just 60Hz.


    So in terms of the ram, what would you suggest that is at about the same price range or less than the one I have listed in the original list? and why would you get 60hz, just to save money? or is it literally going to make no difference? because I am only thinking about doing the SLI for the future, but at the moment, i would like it to be able to run games fine with just one card.
  6. For your PC, I'd get 1866 1.5V cl 9 eg http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1866c9b

    60Hz vs 144Hz will make no viewing difference. Its opinion though, not fact.

    1440p with gtx970, 970 sli and 980 - http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-970-sli-review,16.html

    I think one 970 would be fine. sli could do it standing on its head.
  7. i7Baby said:
    For your PC, I'd get 1866 1.5V cl 9 eg http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1866c9b

    60Hz vs 144Hz will make no viewing difference. Its opinion though, not fact.

    1440p with gtx970, 970 sli and 980 - http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-970-sli-review,16.html

    I think one 970 would be fine. sli could do it standing on its head.


    Can I even get a 1440 monitor for a good price, somewhat in my range? Because remember that overall, I am trying to save money on this, not spend more. Would that mean that I should just not get the 970 at all?
  8. i7Baby said:
    try - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236294

    I'd just get a 1080p to start with.


    so what would be the best 1080p monitor that you know of?
  9. Try - $170 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102

    You could also get 3 in total later on. The 970s would be happy driving 3 of them.
  10. i7Baby said:
    Try - $170 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102

    You could also get 3 in total later on. The 970s would be happy driving 3 of them.


    if i had 2 monitors, would i be better off using a 970 or 2 760's?
  11. 2 monitors is like 1440p. 2 x 760's will beat a 970.
  12. i7Baby said:
    2 monitors is like 1440p. 2 x 760's will beat a 970.


    Okay so I really appreciate your help with the tips and such, but how can I lower the cost by about $200-$300 without losing much of the quality that I am going for?
  13. Try -

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.29 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($123.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($98.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($168.69 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1336.62
  14. i7Baby said:
    Try -

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.29 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($123.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($98.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($168.69 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1336.62


    How big of a deal is it to not have a ssd? Also, how noticeable would the difference be between the i5 and i7 when editing videos in sony vegas pro? Also, do you think the NZXT h440 case is worth the price? And finally, do you think getting a 520w power supply would be enough for a system of this power? I feel like something around 650w would be more ideal. Once again, thank you for your response.
  15. I've used a Hybrid (SSHD) drive in this build. We've had reports here of how good they are. They don't take much longer to boot than a SSD.

    The i5 is not as good as the i7 for video editing. But the i7 4790k costs another $100 and you'd need a better cooler again if you want to overclock it. Not that they need overclocking anyway. They self boost to 4.4GHz.

    edit - cinebench - http://www.anandtech.com/show/8227/devils-canyon-review-intel-core-i7-4790k-and-i5-4690k/3

    What I don't like about the H440 is that you can't put a DVD or BD drive in them.

    RealHardTech recommend 500W for a PC with a gtx970 in it. Or 750W for two of them. They are Maxwell architecture - very low power consumption considering their fantastic performance. An EVGA Supernova 750W gold PSU would be another $50.
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