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Thoughts about my new system build (about to place the order). Including keyboard and monitor choice

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March 24, 2014 5:03:07 PM

Keyboard and mouse - Logitech MK 550 wireless desktop combo
Monitor - ASUS VX238H 23" 1ms HDMI Full HD LED Monitor with Speaker
CPU - i7 4770K
SSD - Crucial m500 120GB SATA II
Case - Fractal R4
Graphics card - Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB TOXIC OC
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 LGA 1150
PSU- Thermaltake W0356 Litepower 700W or Corsair CX-600 V3
RAM - G.SKILL RipjawsX 16GB (2x 8GB)
Wireless card - $20
CD Drive - $20
HDD - Western Digital WD20EZRX WD 2TB
CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14
Additional fan - Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120mm Fan

Some questions for everyone.
1) What do you think of the PSU? Can i go for a lower voltage one? Is thethermltake any good? I don't want to spend more than $100 on it. Another choice was the Zalman ZM-700-GV 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply. How do you compare the two? What are your thoughts on the Corsair CX-600 V3 80+
Any other suggestions you might have would also be appreciated on the PSU choice.
2) What do you make of the motherboard? Will it suffice? Any other suggestions? Budget of $150.
3) Should i get an additional fan for this case? Is it worth it? Can you please tell me why if so.
4) What do you make of:
a) the keyboard choice? Looking for something that i can type at length with. Not so much for gaming, but an all round versatile keyboard. Looking at MK models for now, but open to other suggestions. Under $100.
b) the monitor choice? Under $200 over here. looking for something 2ms and under.
5) What do you make of the overall build? It will be used for non-gaming about 70% of the time, particularly programming.

Thanks for all your input!

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a b ) Power supply
a b C Monitor
March 24, 2014 5:38:10 PM

For the PSU i would not recommend either. Best bet is to go with a seasonic or XFX psu. Both the thermaltake and corsair you listed are not amazing but work decently. For reliability go with seasonic, 550w-650w or XFX (made by seasonic). Corsair and Thermaltake both have good PSUs that they make, just not the ones you posted. Personally I haven't found a seasonic or xfx that isn't good so i recommend them.

Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $59.99

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($76.30 @ Newegg)
Total: $76.30

Edit: I believe that the Zalman psu would work well also, I just don't have personal experience with them.
a b ) Power supply
a b C Monitor
March 24, 2014 5:44:10 PM

Another thing of note: do you plan to overclock your cpu? if not then you can go with the i7-4770, same cpu just not unlocked for overclocking (which would require an aftermarket cooler for the cpu which you have in your build, so I am assuming yes). Also I noticed that you did not list a motherboard.
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March 24, 2014 5:54:36 PM

Ah yes sorry, motherboard would be a Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 LGA 1150 Motherboard. Thoughts on that motherboard?
I don't really plan on overclocking, but the price difference between the 4770 and 4770k is only $30 more for 4770k, so i thought might as well? What do you think about that?

Unfortunately i'm based in Australia, so the seasonic'd average a bit more for me over here.
I did find a G series Seasonic : Seasonic G Series 650W and the 550W version. They are $119 and $139 respectively.
Would i need 650W or would i get away with 550W?
I haven't heard much about eh zalman psu but the Zalman ZM-700-GV is $99 over here.
Out of the seasonic and Zalman what would people go for and why?
a b ) Power supply
a b C Monitor
March 24, 2014 7:51:12 PM

This is what I got when i put your build together (minus mouse keyboard monitor)

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($355.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($199.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($269.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1399.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-25 13:43 EST+1100)

-Went with the 4770 and H87 Mobo (non-overclockable, difference in price is only $40 or so)
-Since you aren't overclocking you should not need an aftermarket cooler, you can throw the Noctua in if you want the cpu to be quieter/cooler but that is a decision best left till after to see if you need it or not.
-Case fans are also optional since the fractal case already has 2 fans. These can also be added on later after seeing your temperatures.
-Not sure about the keyboard & Mouse but that is not my area of expertise. I am usually fine with whatever gets the job done haah
-Overall build looks solid
-Added an XFX power supply, made by seasonic and very reliable, though i was a bit shocked at the price since the same exact model is $60 USD in the US
-threw in a random wifi and dvd writer

Edit: 550w from a good brand is enough, especially since you are not overclocking