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Upgrading to a new system so I can give my current one to my fiance, who desperately needs an upgrade. Was looking for some feedback on this system. I don't know much about SSDs and the price on the CPU and motherboard reflect a deal Microcenter currently has going on, but couldn't find reviews for that specific motherboard anywhere. I plan to SLI with another 770 in a couple of months.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bTJE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bTJE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bTJE/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $280.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $59.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.49 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1296.90


Thanks!

EDIT: Edited to reflect some changes. Also need a new motherboard because this one doesn't support SLI.
Edited by HometownHero - 6/30/13 at 1:06pm
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post #2 of 8
For the SSD, I would recommend going with the Samsung 840 Pro; it will only be a few dollars more than the Vertex 4. OCZ has had some severe stability issues with their drives in the past (I've been burned twice personally), while Samsung has been lauded for its drive quality.
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As the above person says, get an 840 pro. I would also change the cooler to something better if you are overclocking.
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Aside from the SSD swap, doesn't running 2x4GB sticks give better performance due to dual channel mode? (Well a few percent, but well, better is better rolleyes.gif )

That heatsink is fine for mild overclocks, it depends on how far you plan on going.
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Is that the modular or non modular version of the Capstone you picked?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HometownHero View Post

Upgrading to a new system so I can give my current one to my fiance, who desperately needs an upgrade. Was looking for some feedback on this system. I don't know much about SSDs and the price on the CPU and motherboard reflect a deal Microcenter currently has going on, but couldn't find reviews for that specific motherboard anywhere. I plan to SLI with another 770 in a couple of months.
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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $280.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $59.99)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.49 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1260.40

Thanks!

If it's just for gaming, probably can get away with a 4670k. If not then at least see if the programs you use utilize the extra threads of the 4770k. The 212 will be decent enough for a 4.3-4.4GHz overclock. Might want to look into a Thermalright TrueSpirit 120 for a little more headroom. For the price of that 8GB 1600MHz memory you can get yourself a 2400MHz kit @ Newegg.com Would drop the Vertex 4 for a Sandisk Extreme instead, they are as fast as the Samsung 840 Pro's and faster than the Vertex in most instances except quite a bit cheaper. No reasoning for a 4GB GTX 770, unless you plan to run a few of them in SLI, or are playing a modded Skyrim you really won't make use of the extra VRAM. Better off going with this model instead: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC Windforce 3X That will save you about $50 on the card. Plus that model should be good for a 1280-1300MHz core overclock and at least 7800MHz on the memory. Also, note that Windows 7 is better than Windows 8 for gaming. Not sure when 8.1 is actually coming out so still would be a bit weary about jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon just yet.
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If reliability is paramount you should consider an Intel 520.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Is that the modular or non modular version of the Capstone you picked?

Opps, I meant to pick the modular one. Thanks for pointing that out.
Quote:
Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

If it's just for gaming, probably can get away with a 4670k. If not then at least see if the programs you use utilize the extra threads of the 4770k. The 212 will be decent enough for a 4.3-4.4GHz overclock. Might want to look into a Thermalright TrueSpirit 120 for a little more headroom. For the price of that 8GB 1600MHz memory you can get yourself a 2400MHz kit @ Newegg.com Would drop the Vertex 4 for a Sandisk Extreme instead, they are as fast as the Samsung 840 Pro's and faster than the Vertex in most instances except quite a bit cheaper. No reasoning for a 4GB GTX 770, unless you plan to run a few of them in SLI, or are playing a modded Skyrim you really won't make use of the extra VRAM. Better off going with this model instead: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC Windforce 3X That will save you about $50 on the card. Plus that model should be good for a 1280-1300MHz core overclock and at least 7800MHz on the memory. Also, note that Windows 7 is better than Windows 8 for gaming. Not sure when 8.1 is actually coming out so still would be a bit weary about jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon just yet.

It's going to be pretty much just for gaming and general office work. I will OC sometime in the future, but I havent decided between water or air and was trying to save a few bucks off the bat. Thought going with the 4gb model might future proof my build a bit, especially if I am going to SLI in the future, or am I going to end up with too much vram? I am running windows 8 right now and havent run into any compatibility issues and I like the faster load times. It will be perfect if they ever put the boot to desktop feature in 8.1. I didn't think to bump up the ram to 2400MHz, should probably do that. Finally, I dont know anything about SSDs so I'll switch out that OCZ.

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