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I'll be buying the parts from my local Microcenter.


These are parts I'm considering buying:
PSU: Corsair HX850
CPU: i5-4670k
Motherboard: ASUS Z87 Pro (on sale for $169.99 at the one here)
Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU: GTX 770
Case: Completely unsure.

All the above parts = $1,050

My budget is at around $1,300

I'm only looking to upgrade the above parts. I think my memory is decent enough (G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB) and I have an OCZ Agility 3 240GB for my SSD, though it was kind of a bargain so not sure how well they compare to other SSDs.

Anyway here are my main questions/issues:
1. Need a case! I'm not really too sure what I need to be looking for in a case and my microcenter does not seem to have a ton of different ones. I'm kind of leaning towards the CM Storm Stryker or Thermaltake Chaser MK-I, but that's really just going based off of reviews and how cool they look to me.

2. I kinda feel like the PSU is a little overkill but it was recommended to me. From what I've read it'd only be worth it if I was thinking of SLI in the future?

3. I'm a little sketchy about the H100i. I've never used anything like it before. The closest thing would be a Hyper 212+. I've done a little reading about it though and it seems to outperform the Hyper 212+ and seems to offer decent quality of the price.

4. Any other suggestions or input would be amazing. I'm not the best with this stuff so I greatly appreciate any help. The PC is mainly used for gaming and photo editing.


Thanks for your time!


PS: Sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum. It seemed to be alright, but I could have missed a better forum for it.
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This seems to be a somewhat high-end build, so I say that it'd be a good idea to go with the H100i. The PSU that you have in mind will work, but you could go with a little more power if you want to SLI and have some overclocking headroom, as well. The case. There's a huge amount of cases out there, so I think that in order for anyone to help you with a case, tell us what you more specific needs are, as you can get something that you are even more satisfied with rather than just going with a popular case. Just my 2cents.gif.
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Originally Posted by Torturous View Post

I'll be buying the parts from my local Microcenter.


These are parts I'm considering buying:
PSU: Corsair HX850
CPU: i5-4670k
Motherboard: ASUS Z87 Pro (on sale for $169.99 at the one here)
Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU: GTX 770
Case: Completely unsure.

All the above parts = $1,050

My budget is at around $1,300

I'm only looking to upgrade the above parts. I think my memory is decent enough (G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB) and I have an OCZ Agility 3 240GB for my SSD, though it was kind of a bargain so not sure how well they compare to other SSDs.

Anyway here are my main questions/issues:
1. Need a case! I'm not really too sure what I need to be looking for in a case and my microcenter does not seem to have a ton of different ones. I'm kind of leaning towards the CM Storm Stryker or Thermaltake Chaser MK-I, but that's really just going based off of reviews and how cool they look to me.

2. I kinda feel like the PSU is a little overkill but it was recommended to me. From what I've read it'd only be worth it if I was thinking of SLI in the future?

3. I'm a little sketchy about the H100i. I've never used anything like it before. The closest thing would be a Hyper 212+. I've done a little reading about it though and it seems to outperform the Hyper 212+ and seems to offer decent quality of the price.

4. Any other suggestions or input would be amazing. I'm not the best with this stuff so I greatly appreciate any help. The PC is mainly used for gaming and photo editing.


Thanks for your time!


PS: Sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum. It seemed to be alright, but I could have missed a better forum for it.

Since we are talking MC, take a look at the NZXT cases, then think about getting the Swiftech H220. I have both of those items, very happy with the case, and the cooler. The case is great for room and comes with awesome fans for good air flow. Also top mounting the H220 or any other AIO is a breeze. My case is white, but they offer other colors.


Edited by Watagump - 6/7/13 at 8:41pm
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This seems to be a somewhat high-end build, so I say that it'd be a good idea to go with the H100i. The PSU that you have in mind will work, but you could go with a little more power if you want to SLI and have some overclocking headroom, as well. The case. There's a huge amount of cases out there, so I think that in order for anyone to help you with a case, tell us what you more specific needs are, as you can get something that you are even more satisfied with rather than just going with a popular case. Just my 2cents.gif.
Thank you for your reply! I'm not really too sure what the larger differences in cases are but I'll give it my best shot, just from what I can kinda guess:

Sometimes my PC is not in a very well ventilated area so something that allows good airflow would be nice.

Would I have to get a full size atx for this setup? I've always gone with mid size but after reading that the room in the full size makes it much easier to work with, I'm kind of leaning toward that way.

I'm a little fond of the little handle that some cases have to make it easier to carry around. It'd also be cool to have one with a side to see through. But those two things aren't that important heh.

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Since we are talking MC, take a look at the NZXT cases, then think about getting the Swiftech H220. I have both of those items, very happy with the case, and the cooler. The case is great for room and comes with awesome fans for good air flow. Also top mounting the H220 or any other AIO is a breeze. My case is white, but they offer other colors.

-snip-
Thanks for the suggestion. I don't see the H220 on the Microcenter website, or did I misunderstand what you meant? Either way I'll definitely check out the NZXT cases smile.gif Also wow your cables are so clean.
Edited by Torturous - 6/7/13 at 9:22pm
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Thank you for your reply! I'm not really too sure what the larger differences in cases are but I'll give it my best shot, just from what I can kinda guess:

Sometimes my PC is not in a very well ventilated area so something that allows good airflow would be nice.

Would I have to get a full size atx for this setup? I've always gone with mid size but after reading that the room in the full size makes it much easier to work with, I'm kind of leaning toward that way.

I'm a little fond of the little handle that some cases have to make it easier to carry around. It'd also be cool to have one with a side to see through. But those two things aren't that important heh.
Thanks for the suggestion. I don't see the H220 on the Microcenter website, or did I misunderstand what you meant? Either way I'll definitely check out the NZXT cases smile.gif Also wow your cables are so clean.

The H220 wont show up at your local store if its out of stock, they do carry them. You can always try and get one online. Still in stock at Sidewinder. Alwys best to go look at cases in person since they are very user specific.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swh2codriipl.html
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I run a sli rig with two gtx 560 ti's with only a 750watt power supply. I think the newer 700 series uses even less power.. like one gtx 780 is less than one gtx 560 ti. I would go with a seasonic or corsair fully modular power supply, the one you have listed is almost 100% but you wouldn't be able to change out that motherboard cable with a sleeved one directly from the unit, would need to be a extension. If sleeving even matters to you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

Both have the same warranty pretty sure they based on the same exact design that seasonic created although the corsair unit has a different pin layout for how the cables actually insert into the supply. I'd just get the corsair if you leave near CA just in case it ever goes bad. I don't know where rma's from seasonic get sent.
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I ran Crossfire with 2 6850 on my 650w. Of course different cards need different power supply options. I don't see why 700-750 wouldn't be enough.
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The H220 wont show up at your local store if its out of stock, they do carry them. You can always try and get one online. Still in stock at Sidewinder. Alwys best to go look at cases in person since they are very user specific.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swh2codriipl.html
Ah I see. I'll probably be going there tomorrow so hopefully they have them in stock. Anyway from what I take it then, cases are pretty much go with looks good to you as long as it fits your stuff? If so that makes things a lot easier. Wasn't sure if there wasn't any do's and don'ts when it comes to purchasing cases but it seems pretty simple. The NZXT cases look really sleek. Thank you again for your help.
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I run a sli rig with two gtx 560 ti's with only a 750watt power supply. I think the newer 700 series uses even less power.. like one gtx 780 is less than one gtx 560 ti. I would go with a seasonic or corsair fully modular power supply, the one you have listed is almost 100% but you wouldn't be able to change out that motherboard cable with a sleeved one directly from the unit, would need to be a extension. If sleeving even matters to you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

Both have the same warranty pretty sure they based on the same exact design that seasonic created although the corsair unit has a different pin layout for how the cables actually insert into the supply. I'd just get the corsair if you leave near CA just in case it ever goes bad. I don't know where rma's from seasonic get sent.
Good to know. I'll most likely go with the Corsair AX750 instead. Thanks smile.gif
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Ya just get that and then buy the sleeved cables from corsair and you will have a clean looking rig!
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Ya just get that and then buy the sleeved cables from corsair and you will have a clean looking rig!
Sorry to be a bother but would you mind linking an example of some cables? Or maybe some you'd recommend?

Oh nevermind it seems they only sell them on their website?
Edited by Torturous - 6/7/13 at 10:20pm
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