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post #1 of 5
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Hi guys,

I'd like your opinions/suggestions on the build. I'm gonna OC the cpu to 4.5-4.7ghz
Currently I have a water-cooling system and SSD in which I will be using it for this Haswell Build.

What do you guys think about the PSU because I'm gonna get it this week.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1216.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-08 15:54 EDT-0400)
post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Aspirin View Post

Hi guys,

I'd like your opinions/suggestions on the build. I'm gonna OC the cpu to 4.5-4.7ghz
Currently I have a water-cooling system and SSD in which I will be using it for this Haswell Build.

What do you guys think about the PSU because I'm gonna get it this week.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1216.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-08 15:54 EDT-0400)

The PSU is a great deal, the G Series is a solid unit and for that price after discounts it's unbeatable.

If I was spending around $200 on a motherboard it would be between the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC or the ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional which I think both pack more features for the same money.

The thing about G.Skill memory, is their prices are so competitive whether you are going with 1600MHz memory, or 2400MHz between the deals with Newegg, and their prices alone. You aren't going to be spending that much of a difference in price. Which is why I suggest going with G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB 2400MHz instead for $66.30 @ Newegg.com

Another important thing is, if I was shopping for a new video card and had about $400 to spend. That money would be better spent going towards a 7970 instead. You can get a SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition for $364.99 @ Newegg.com which is a hell of a deal. If 7970's were $360 when I was shopping for a new Video Card, trust me I would have went with that over my 670.

Lastly, the 800D is a gigantic case. You don't really go into the specifics of your watercooling setup, if it's a full custom loop or if it's an AIO watercooling unit. For that I say change your case, if you want to stick with Corsair. Look at the, Corsair Obsidian Series 650D or the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540.
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by Aspirin View Post

Hi guys,

I'd like your opinions/suggestions on the build. I'm gonna OC the cpu to 4.5-4.7ghz
Currently I have a water-cooling system and SSD in which I will be using it for this Haswell Build.

What do you guys think about the PSU because I'm gonna get it this week.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1216.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-08 15:54 EDT-0400)

the PSU is fine. be sure to get it while the promo is up. If you are close to a microcenter get the cpu/mobo there to save a ton of cash. the gigabyte z87x ud4h is currently $75 at microcenter when purchased together with a haswell 4670k or 4770k. otherwise, the gigabyte z87x oc or the maximus vi hero you listed would be the two to buy at $200. the case isn't going top work. it's huge and has terrible air cooling. the psu you're getting has short cable and the 8-pin cpu power cable most likely won't reach to the motherboard's 8-pin connector in that tall case. like Big Stroonz said, I'd take an air 540 instead. tbh, the nzxt phantom 530 looks great for the same price as the 540 so that's another good option. for the minimal difference in price you may as well get faster ram. gpu isn't bad, but if something that performs the same can be had for $50 less you may want to consider that.

edit: what kind of wc setup do you have?
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 SSD 128GB 3TB Toshiba  3TB Toshiba Custom Water 
OSMonitorPowerCase
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i7 4770K @ 4.7ghz Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H EVGA GTX 980TI ACX 2.0  8GB G.Skill Trident X 2400 mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 SSD 128GB 3TB Toshiba  3TB Toshiba Custom Water 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Window 7 Ultimate 64 bit HP 23xi Corsair HX750i Phanteks Enthoo Luxe 
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Logitech G600 
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post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post


The thing about G.Skill memory, is their prices are so competitive whether you are going with 1600MHz memory, or 2400MHz between the deals with Newegg, and their prices alone. You aren't going to be spending that much of a difference in price. Which is why I suggest going with G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB 2400MHz instead for $66.30 @ Newegg.com


Lastly, the 800D is a gigantic case. You don't really go into the specifics of your watercooling setup, if it's a full custom loop or if it's an AIO watercooling unit. For that I say change your case, if you want to stick with Corsair. Look at the, Corsair Obsidian Series 650D or the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540.

Does it matter if I get 1600MHz or 2400MHz for OC'ing?
I like the cases you suggested, probably might get one of these instead

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Originally Posted by PureBlackFire View Post

the PSU is fine. be sure to get it while the promo is up. If you are close to a microcenter get the cpu/mobo there to save a ton of cash. the gigabyte z87x ud4h is currently $75 at microcenter when purchased together with a haswell 4670k or 4770k. otherwise, the gigabyte z87x oc or the maximus vi hero you listed would be the two to buy at $200. the case isn't going top work. it's huge and has terrible air cooling. the psu you're getting has short cable and the 8-pin cpu power cable most likely won't reach to the motherboard's 8-pin connector in that tall case. like Big Stroonz said, I'd take an air 540 instead. tbh, the nzxt phantom 530 looks great for the same price as the 540 so that's another good option. for the minimal difference in price you may as well get faster ram. gpu isn't bad, but if something that performs the same can be had for $50 less you may want to consider that.

edit: what kind of wc setup do you have?

Oh, I didn't know about the cables not reaching

I have a full custom loop wc setup with a 360 Rad from my current pc right now
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by Aspirin View Post

Does it matter if I get 1600MHz or 2400MHz for OC'ing?

At overclocks 4.5GHz and under, 2400MHz memory shouldn't really make overclocking that much harder. Once you go over 4.5GHz that's when you have to start playing with DRAM Voltages/VVT/VCCSA to stabilize at higher memory frequencies at higher overclocks.

But usually you just want to find your overclock first running memory at 1600MHz, then afterwards you set your memory at rated speed (in this case 2400MHz) from XMP. Depending on how high your CPU overclock is will depend on how much tweaking you have to do with memory related voltages. Sometimes if you are running at rated timings, you really don't have to do too much tweaking.
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