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latest update...
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1eZKI

i feel really good about this one, just worried if the mother board will do the job.
thanks for all the help thus far

I don't know much about BD-writers and Wi-Fi adapters, but everything else is solid.

As for the motherboard, it's perfect for a non-overclocked build paired with the i7-4770 (non-K) CPU. Gigabyte makes very good motherboards, you needn't worry about that.
Edited by svenge - 7/9/13 at 5:55pm
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I would just like to add, go with the k version of the CPU. You may not feel the need to overclock now, but down the road it can breathe new life into your system when it starts feel sluggish. It is scary for everyone the first time... overclocking that is. It is pretty easy once you read a guide, and there are many safety features built into prevent CPU damage.

I believe you will be kicking yourself and wish you had a k variant when your computer does age. Regardless, what you currently chose will still be good for a long time.
Edited by IBooNI - 7/9/13 at 6:00pm
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post #13 of 15
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I would just like to add, go with the k version of the CPU. You may not feel the need to overclock now, but down the road it can breathe new life into your system when it starts feel sluggish. It is scary for everyone the first time... overclocking that is. It is pretty easy once you read a guide, and there are many safety features built into prevent CPU damage.

I believe you will be kicking yourself and wish you had a k variant when your computer does age. Regardless, what you currently chose will still be good for a long time.

I second this. Why not a Z87 MoBo though? It is well within the budget and worth it imho. Other than that looks like a good build. thumb.gif

How about something like this? Used a lot of parts from your build and changed a few, still within budget though.

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1f1uV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1f1uV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1f1uV/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.18 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($110.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($341.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 2200BNHMWDTX1 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($25.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1430.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Edited by boxwunder13 - 7/9/13 at 7:12pm
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1f1KB

Just under 1300. I didnt assume you needed an OS, if so tack on about $100. I also assumed the tv would be your primary and only monitor.

This should give you a great balance between the CPU, GPU, and RAM. in the future you could always add a second 760 sli. You could add a closed loop water cooling if you wana OC (for now i left stock cooler, tack on upto $100 for air/closed loop water). Youll have plenty of HDD space to come and the SSD should handle OS and some applications. The case is good and you can swap out any PSU you prefer, i just picked one at a reasonable price point with decent reviews.

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post #15 of 15
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I don't know much about BD-writers and Wi-Fi adapters, but everything else is solid.

the ONLY thing that will use a BD drive is if you want to watch BD movies on your computer.... everything else uses DVD which you can salvage one from an old computer or something. i haven't built a machine with an optical drive installed in AGES. the ONLY time i use an optical drive is when i reinstall the operating system from scratch... everything else is installed over the net.

as far as wifi... generally speaking i dont trust wifi for gaming but i suppose to each their own... seems like a waste of $ IMO

if this is your 1st build. you want to take a look at the basics of building a computer. what i mean is the computer as a whole depreciate its value at a certain rate. however if you are building a custom computer, that is not true because some component depreciates at a much faster rate then others. for example. a high quality case will last as long as you can stand looking at the same case day in and day out. ATX specification for a computer case has not changed for over a decade.. if you spend more $ into a high quality case that had an elegant look and good internal design, you'll likely still be using that case 10 years from now. it's not a component that "expires" i have nothing against corsair, however the unit you picked has a "specific look" which you may get tired of 10 years from now biggrin.gif its a great case if you are building a fallout3 themed machine, but not so much for later down the road when your taste in aesthetics matures.

same can be said about high quality cpu cooler. a noctua cooler offers free lifetime socket mount kit upgrade. so if the next socket comes out that has different mounting holes, they will provide the mounting kit free. getting a high quality cooler like noctua/thermalright/phantek/etc... means you'll likely never need another cpu cooler for the rest of your life... (or at least within the next decade or so..)

another thing you should look into is very high quality PSU. a high quality PSU will likely last you at least 6 to 10 years. more importantly, your PSU is the 1st and last line of defense for your computer. having a quality PSU will provide much cleaner power for your components to operate with no matter what you decide to do down the road (OCing etc). the reason i point this out is because you picked the 550w unit. capstone is a high quality unit so it's likely to last well into your NEXT build. at which time you may feel comfortable enough to try some overclocking / liquid cooling / SLi / xfire etc... at which point the 550w rating may be abit on the anemic side. for "possible" SLi, you should look into maybe a 650 to 750w unit since you are buying a high quality unit in the 1st place because the PSU will last a LONG time and you may be looking into applications that is beyond the capability of a 550w unit. there is no reason to buy anything bigger then a 750w unless you see yourself using 3 or 4 "titan" class video cards down the road. biggrin.gif and if you are rich enough to spend $4000 into video cards... you can buy a new PSU at that point biggrin.gif

other things such as high quality mouse/mechanical keyboard, etc all have varying lifetime expectancy. so personally i'd spend more on things that are NOT going to expire within the next decade, then use the rest to build a "learning" machine to play around in so you know what you like down the road.
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