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December 2, 2013 8:00:55 PM

Here's my PCPart Picker list. I'd like to know how this looks to everyone, if there's anywhere I could cut price without performance drop, anywhere I could improve performance without too big a price jump, or if I just have something in here that isn't going to work. Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($182.90 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($86.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($57.27 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1343.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 22:59 EST-0500)
December 2, 2013 8:05:28 PM

Do you plan to add a second GTX 770 later on?
December 2, 2013 8:16:46 PM

Well for $30 more I made a few changes which were needed and for the better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($86.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($58.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1372.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 23:16 EST-0500)
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December 2, 2013 8:24:33 PM

RazerZ said:
Well for $30 more I made a few changes which were needed and for the better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($86.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($58.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1372.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 23:16 EST-0500)


Yeah figured 770 was a good option so I could add another if I want too once I have more $$.
Why the RAM change, if I might ask? I don't quite understand how CAS differences vs clock speed differences affect actual speed, but I was thinking 2x8gb would be preferable to allow for more RAM if I wanted it later.
Any explanation for the Moboard change? seems fine to me though
December 2, 2013 8:37:16 PM

Two Wolf Jirou said:
RazerZ said:
Well for $30 more I made a few changes which were needed and for the better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($86.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($58.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1372.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 23:16 EST-0500)


Yeah figured 770 was a good option so I could add another if I want too once I have more $$.
Why the RAM change, if I might ask? I don't quite understand how CAS differences vs clock speed differences affect actual speed, but I was thinking 2x8gb would be preferable to allow for more RAM if I wanted it later.
Any explanation for the Moboard change? seems fine to me though


Well if your going to sli the 770's you would need to change the PSU to a 850W one preferably with a gold+ power efficiency. Changed to the Extreme 4 because it is a long time top quality board and should last in this build compared to that cheap MSI mobo. Also you could upgrade to 16gb ram but I don't think you would need it unless you have large programs open simultaneously or do some heavy video editing work.
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