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August 15, 2013 3:15:00 PM

PCPartPicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/EPQ

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $229.99 @Newegg (CPU & MoBo Combo)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.99 NCIX US
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 $169.99 @Newegg (CPU & MoBo Combo)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $62.99 @Newegg (RAM & Video Card Combo)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" SSD $165.99 @NCIX US
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB $265.91 @Newegg (RAM & Video Card Combo)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $79.99 @NCIX US

After both combo from Newegg ($60) and a rebate ($10), the total would be about $1015

My question are


    Should I get a ASRock Extreme4 instead (about $30 difference)?


    Is a SSD a must for gaming? or a 7200 RPM HHD would do just fine?


    Do I need a new case? I have a old Dell (my current rig) like 5 years old tower


Any suggestion would be great. Thanks
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August 15, 2013 3:21:24 PM

you dont need a ssd, either boards are good, you do not need a new case unless your air flow is bad in that old dell case, i would up the ram sticks to the vengeance pro
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August 15, 2013 3:27:03 PM

instead you could go 128 gb ssd samsung 840, and get a 500 gb 7200 rpm storage unit - put games and os on ssd, and hdd for movies, office etc.
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August 15, 2013 3:42:22 PM

If your not planning on SLI/crossfire in the future:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($200.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $818.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 18:42 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2013 3:45:13 PM

AsRock Extreme4 and 6 both offer great features and good reliability, there's a bunch of other mobos out there that should be taken into consideration too.
An SSD isn't a must for gaming, but for some games that have MASSIVE loading times like Skyrim when getting in or out of a building, an SSD with your game installed on it will feel so smooth you will forget about your HDD instantly. It also makes a great difference with apps and tasks that need huge read/write speeds, try opening Photoshop on a hard drive, and on an SSD, try booting up Windows on the 2. SSDs are great, and SILENT, no noise whatsoever, but the price might make you look the other way. So, it's not a must, but sometimes, it really helps. Gaming rigs are always upgradeable, and the more things you have jammed inside, the more heat is generated, a good case always helps.

Here, this is a great build, not all that expensive, and if it's still too much, I can change some things: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1so5J I switched to a 120GB SSD because the other one had a great deal, but still is expensive, plus, you had no hard drive, a PC NEEDS a hard drive, unless you got 3 480GB SSD in RAID or something, you just can't live without a hard drive. You might notice I put a way better, 80+ Gold, 750 watt PSU. That will be enough for a second GTX 760 in the future. So when you have 250$ lying around, why not upgrade your PC? :D  The case I chose isn't all that expensive (70 something bucks) and is a great case, stylish, it has a unique design, stealthy and sexy look, and it has great cooling.
August 15, 2013 5:57:03 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
If your not planning on SLI/crossfire in the future:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($200.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $818.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 18:42 EDT-0400)


This looks like a pretty good build. My question is if I am going to overclocked a bit, is the MoBo good for it? Also, how is the video card you suggested compare to the GTX 760?
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August 15, 2013 6:36:08 PM

The GTX 760 will perform around the same as the 7950, but when you add a second one, SLI 760s totally outperform CrossFire 7950s.
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August 16, 2013 4:04:44 AM

As david has already said the 760 and the 7950 are very similarly performing cards, heres a benchmark:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=856

But as david has also said already ( :p  ) if you plan on SLI in the future take the 760.
August 16, 2013 4:23:56 PM

How good is the ASRock Z87 Pro3 motherboard in terms of overclocking? I am a novice when it comes to overclock ;P
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August 16, 2013 4:30:27 PM

could always drop a little more cash and get their extreme 3/4
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August 16, 2013 4:45:33 PM

Yup, Extreme4 is good. MSI's GD65 is also good.
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August 17, 2013 9:13:58 AM

BroncoX said:
How good is the ASRock Z87 Pro3 motherboard in terms of overclocking? I am a novice when it comes to overclock ;P


Overclocking is not very dependant on the motherboard on HASWELL based processors as the voltage regulator previously on the motherboard on ivy bridge and previous processors, is now fully integrated into the processor.

So as long as its a good motherboard, ovreclocking is not a problem.
August 17, 2013 11:36:31 AM

BroncoX said:
How good is the ASRock Z87 Pro3 motherboard in terms of overclocking? I am a novice when it comes to overclock ;P


ASRock Z87 Pro3 is good...besides you can always overclock a cpu on a mid range motherboard
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August 17, 2013 1:29:35 PM

An H series motherboard is more mid-range, the Pro3 will do just fine at overclocking, but better motherboard means better overall performance, and more bells and whistles.
August 18, 2013 5:07:37 PM

I learn a lot from you guys. Thanks :) 
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August 18, 2013 5:10:38 PM

also ezier stability with the better mobos
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August 18, 2013 7:04:15 PM

+1, yep, a Maximus VI Rampage will handle OC much better than an entry level Z mobo
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