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PC Build - $3-4k budget quite and cool build

Hi all,

Looking at building a new system with a budget between $3-4k in AUD.

Main requirements:
- No overclocking
- Quite
- Cool temps
- Good quality monitor
- Plays latest games on high settings

Would the build I come up with be ok? I think the Asus ROG Swift is the main thing I dont want to change, but not sure if other stuff is overkill/not good enough etc. Also the LGA2011-3 stuff seems expensive for the benefits over LGA1150 which is why I went that way, but I could be wrong.

I don't know anything about watercooling but it's never been necessary in the past, and since I never wanted to touch the settings on anything I don't think I need to worry about it?


CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($259.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($195.00 @ IJK)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($205.00 @ IJK)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($278.00 @ IJK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($519.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($519.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($135.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($215.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($976.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $3700.00
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  1. If you're just gaming, there's no need to get an i7-4790K over an i5-4690K. Will post a build shortly.
  2. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($285.00 @ CPL Online)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($136.00 @ IJK)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($178.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($205.00 @ IJK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($123.00 @ IJK)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($476.00 @ IJK)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($476.00 @ IJK)
    Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($185.00 @ CPL Online)
    Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($976.00 @ CPL Online)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys AE3000 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($58.00 @ CPL Online)
    Total: $3486.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-23 17:46 EST+1100

    If you're only gaming, you can drop down to 2x4GB of RAM as well. If you're doing video ediitng and 3D rendering, go with an i7-4790K and 16GB of RAM

    ASUS Z97-A + USB WiFi adapter is much better than the original motherboard you had selected.

    I'm really fond the the Corsair 600T Graphite case, I think it looks really nice! It also has very good airflow.

    Paying an additional $30 for Platinum isn't worth it in my opinion. EVGA G2 850W review by JonnyGURU: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=377

    -any questions?
  3. Kohwali said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($285.00 @ CPL Online)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($136.00 @ IJK)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($178.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($205.00 @ IJK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($123.00 @ IJK)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($476.00 @ IJK)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($476.00 @ IJK)
    Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($185.00 @ CPL Online)
    Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($976.00 @ CPL Online)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys AE3000 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($58.00 @ CPL Online)
    Total: $3486.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-23 17:46 EST+1100

    If you're only gaming, you can drop down to 2x4GB of RAM as well. If you're doing video ediitng and 3D rendering, go with an i7-4790K and 16GB of RAM

    ASUS Z97-A + USB WiFi adapter is much better than the original motherboard you had selected.

    I'm really fond the the Corsair 600T Graphite case, I think it looks really nice! It also has very good airflow.

    Paying an additional $30 for Platinum isn't worth it in my opinion. EVGA G2 850W review by JonnyGURU: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=377

    -any questions?


    Thank you for your response. Only question would be with regards to the graphics cards, are the EVGA better than the MSI? Or is it basically just personal brand preference when it comes down to different GTX 970 cards? I've always had a soft spot for MSI as I have never had a bad product from them in 10years or so since I started building PC's as a kid, but alot of reading on here keeps bring up points about bad quality assurance etc which I guess I've never had to deal with because never had any problems.
  4. Cerebra1 said:

    Thank you for your response. Only question would be with regards to the graphics cards, are the EVGA better than the MSI? Or is it basically just personal brand preference when it comes down to different GTX 970 cards? I've always had a soft spot for MSI as I have never had a bad product from them in 10years or so since I started building PC's as a kid, but alot of reading on here keeps bring up points about bad quality assurance etc which I guess I've never had to deal with because never had any problems.


    The EVGA cards were cheaper by AUD $44 each lol. EVGA, ASUS, and MSI are all very good imo. ASUS and MSI will both come with backplates preinstalled.
  5. i know this is a way late reply, but why are the 970s shown here at the 500 dollar price? its been less than a month and i brought my gigabyte g1 for 360, has there really been that big of a price drop? you could almost tripple sli for that price
  6. gokitty199 said:
    i know this is a way late reply, but why are the 970s shown here at the 500 dollar price? its been less than a month and i brought my gigabyte g1 for 360, has there really been that big of a price drop? you could almost tripple sli for that price


    CAD m8
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