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Is this build good for high end pc gaming 2015 and what is the recommended PSU Wattage

Hi there guy's so this is the first rig I am building myself and I wanted to know if the components were adequate for 2015 high end gaming on a single 1080 res monitor, potentially I will change that to either a single 1200 res monitor or hook them both up and use them at the same time (only using one for gaming and one for an extra screen). And I would also like to know what the recommended wattage for a PSU is with this rig.

My rig:

Case: Enthoo Pro (Up for change if necessary)
CPU: Intel i7-4790k (Quad core - LGA 1150)
CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H55 (No idea if this is good - please help me select)
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 (Potentially will upgrade to 2 of these with sli connection)
Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A ATX
Potential PSU: Corsair CX750 (Probably alittle much without SLI)
Secondary HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1000gb - 7200rpm
Main SSD: Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB
Standard DVD ROM

PS: Money is an object and I really can't spend too much so a high end rig is what I want to achieve but any money that can be saved is necessary.
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  1. Case is good, CPU is good, cooler is weak: replace it with something like an NH-D15 or H240x, Graphics cards is good to go, Good motherboard, Poor quality PSU (Cheap capacitors), replace it with something from EVGA or XFX (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-110b20750vr), HDD is good, Look into the 850 series instead of the 840s.
  2. Gam3r01 said:
    Case is good, CPU is good, cooler is weak: replace it with something like an NH-D15 or H240x, Graphics cards is good to go, Good motherboard, Poor quality PSU (Cheap capacitors), replace it with something from EVGA or XFX (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-110b20750vr), HDD is good, Look into the 850 series instead of the 840s.


    Thanks for the quick reply! And I will look into all of those and tell you what I decide, plus just so you know the HDD was from a premade build I bought (my first gaming pc).
  3. That is fine, just know you will have to reinstall windows.
  4. Gam3r01 said:
    That is fine, just know you will have to reinstall windows.


    What's the best way to transfer game files from my current HDD in my current rig, I then want to wipe it for the new rig as a secondary (potentially I will get a better one). And also will I have to repurchase windows? Because I had windows installed by the people that build my rig and I do still have a sticker on the side of my case. Thanks for all your help btw.
  5. I would recommend using an external HDD to backup your game files to (steamapps folder for example).
    That being said, you can install windows straight to the SSD, and leave the HDD in tact, it will have a copy of windows on it but the games will be directly accessible, as well as some programs previously installed.

    As for windows, its likely an OEM version, if it is windows 7 you will have to purchase it again as it is tied to the motherboard, if it is windows 8 I believe it can be used again.
  6. Gam3r01 said:
    I would recommend using an external HDD to backup your game files to (steamapps folder for example).
    That being said, you can install windows straight to the SSD, and leave the HDD in tact, it will have a copy of windows on it but the games will be directly accessible, as well as some programs previously installed.

    As for windows, its likely an OEM version, if it is windows 7 you will have to purchase it again as it is tied to the motherboard, if it is windows 8 I believe it can be used again.


    Alright thanks for your help, unfortunately it is windows 7 so that sucks ass. Oh well, at least I can transfer my game files so I don't have to spend hours re downloading.
  7. As someone who has 300GB+ of games with a 500KBps download speed, I feel the pain.
  8. Gam3r01 said:
    As someone who has 300GB+ of games with a 500KBps download speed, I feel the pain.


    Totally, it takes forever it is terrible.
  9. Best answer
    Case - The case is a great one .... but the Enthoo Luxe is a worthwhile upgrade for the additional fans and built in :ED control system.... + $50 if ya go that way

    CPU - Since no other uses are stated, you might wanna drop to a 4690k and save close to a $100

    Cooler - For every CLC type water cooler made, there;'s a cheaper air cooler that's quieter and keeps ya CPU cooler. The PH-TC14-PE color matched to your system ($60) would be my choice.

    GPU - The MSI 970 w/ the SLI upgrade is, to my eyes, the best option currently available.

    Motherboard - The MSI Gaming 5 is faster, has equal or better components, a feature edge, is better reviewed, and the gaming 5 (10%) s 40% of the 1 egg negative newegg reviews as the Z97-A (24%)




    PSU - Corsair CX750 is terribly reviewed.... Look for a EVGA B2 or G2

    HDD - The SSD doesn't help anything stored on the HD.....suggest an SSHD with or w/o a SSD
  10. JackNaylorPE said:
    Case - The case is a great one .... but the Enthoo Luxe is a worthwhile upgrade for the additional fans and built in :ED control system.... + $50 if ya go that way

    CPU - Since no other uses are stated, you might wanna drop to a 4690k and save close to a $100

    Cooler - For every CLC type water cooler made, there;'s a cheaper air cooler that's quieter and keeps ya CPU cooler. The PH-TC14-PE color matched to your system ($60) would be my choice.

    GPU - The MSI 970 w/ the SLI upgrade is, to my eyes, the best option currently available.

    Motherboard - The MSI Gaming 5 is faster, has equal or better components, a feature edge, is better reviewed, and the gaming 5 (10%) s 40% of the 1 egg negative newegg reviews as the Z97-A (24%)

    PSU - Corsair CX750 is terribly reviewed.... Look for a EVGA B2 or G2

    HDD - The SSD doesn't help anything stored on the HD.....suggest an SSHD with or w/o a SSD



    Thanks for your advice, I'll take all of that into consideration, especially the part about the different make of the motherboard , cpu cooling and the fact I can downgrade my CPU for gaming to save some money. I would be installing Applications and windows on the SSD and games ect on the HDD. And just out of curiosity what sort of rating would you give the rig? would you say it's a high end rig that can run all games high to ultra in 1080-1200p with 60+ ? ( I also plan on adding things to the rig as I go along and save up, for example secondary things like the SSD will not be added untill later or the extra 970 sli boost)
  11. I hate to give ratings as a $7,500 build obviously has to be rated on a different level than a $1,200 build

    I put ya parts into pcpartpciker and came up with a $1,350 budget
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($55.20 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.75 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.95 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1352.74
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-18 22:09 EDT-0400

    If I **had** to spend $1,350, this is how I'd spend it

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin ECO2 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.95 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1348.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-18 22:19 EDT-0400

    - I went with the 4690k since it was gaming rig.
    - I went with a cooler which is gorgeous and will get ya 7-10C better temps than the H55
    - I went with the faster MoBo ... also makes things easier if ya gotta call TS since they MoBo guy can't blame the GFX card guy and visa versa
    - I went with 16GB of DDR3-2133 CAS 9 simply cause I had the budget room ... if budget an issue you can drop down to 8GB and save $60
    - I went with a SSHD at twice the size so your games will go as fast as your apps and OS. The SSHDs automatically move the files you are currently using to the SSD portion of the drive. Still have a 250 GB SSD
    -The 970 choice was covered previously
    -Upped the case to the Luxe for the extra fans and LED control system
    -Upped the PSU to quality SLI capable unit.
  12. JackNaylorPE said:
    I hate to give ratings as a $7,500 build obviously has to be rated on a different level than a $1,200 build

    I put ya parts into pcpartpciker and came up with a $1,350 budget
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($55.20 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.75 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.95 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1352.74
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-18 22:09 EDT-0400

    If I **had** to spend $1,350, this is how I'd spend it

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin ECO2 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.95 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1348.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-18 22:19 EDT-0400

    - I went with the 4690k since it was gaming rig.
    - I went with a cooler which is gorgeous and will get ya 7-10C better temps than the H55
    - I went with the faster MoBo ... also makes things easier if ya gotta call TS since they MoBo guy can't blame the GFX card guy and visa versa
    - I went with 16GB of DDR3-2133 CAS 9 simply cause I had the budget room ... if budget an issue you can drop down to 8GB and save $60
    - I went with a SSHD at twice the size so your games will go as fast as your apps and OS. The SSHDs automatically move the files you are currently using to the SSD portion of the drive. Still have a 250 GB SSD
    -The 970 choice was covered previously
    -Upped the case to the Luxe for the extra fans and LED control system
    -Upped the PSU to quality SLI capable unit.


    Great! thank you that is really really useful and I can keep coming back to that as a resource to decide which parts I will purchase! I will probably go with what you have suggested and if I do what would say this rig can run at? FPS wise on let's say Arma 3 online and GTA V online? or other high end games and If you can't say then that's fine and this will be greatly useful, thank you! and take into consideration that I will later on next year likely add another GTX 970 with a SLI connection.
  13. Start looking at graphs here

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_970_SLI/3.html

    For Arma 3 .... 50c - 60 fps at 1440p in SLI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1YprxUJVbo

    Id expect 90 - 105 @ 1080p in SLI, 55 - 60 single card
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