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I have a hard time deciding on computer parts because I'm a perfectionist. I've spent almost three weeks pricing this build together and feel like I've found the best compromise for price, performance, and aesthetics. The first thing to note - I'm not buying my GPU until AMD releases their new technology at the end of September; At that time I will decide between their AMD's newest card and the GTX 780.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xy53) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xy53/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xy53/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $219.99 @ Newegg

**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h100i) | $109.99 @ Newegg

**Motherboard** | [Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusvigene) | $203.99 @ Amazon

**Memory** | [Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996997) | $79.99 @ Newegg

**Memory** | [Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996997) | $79.99 @ Newegg

**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw) | $102.99 @ NCIX US

**Case** | [Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011029ww) | $82.99 @ NCIX US

**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050008ww) | $27.41 @ Amazon

**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050009ww) | $16.99 @ NCIX US

**Power Supply** | [Cooler Master V850 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-power-supply-rs850afbag1us) | $117.98 @ Newegg

| | **Total** | $1042.31

I think most products I've selected are the best cost for performance on the market currently. However, I did choose more expensive memory because of aesthetics (Mushkin's Reline memory is sexy. The only other item I struggled to pick was my SSD, which was mainly a debate between 120GB vs 250GB.

Overall I need to add a GPU, HDD, and some lighting kits. What do you guys think and is there anything you would suggest changing?
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post #2 of 13
So far looks good. As for adding a GPU and HDD, you could fit a GTX770 and a 2TB hard drive from any brand in and still keep it below $1700.
As for lighting kits, i'd recommend the NZXT Sleeved LED Kit, it has a switch to adjust brightness, comes with little clips to mount in your case easily and can be purchased in 50cm and 100cm.
The 100cm kit shouldn't set you back more than $35.
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post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by PoisonousRakija View Post

So far looks good. As for adding a GPU and HDD, you could fit a GTX770 and a 2TB hard drive from any brand in and still keep it below $1700.
As for lighting kits, i'd recommend the NZXT Sleeved LED Kit, it has a switch to adjust brightness, comes with little clips to mount in your case easily and can be purchased in 50cm and 100cm.
The 100cm kit shouldn't set you back more than $35.
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Agreed... but i would consider getting an i7 also
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Agreed... but i would consider getting an i7 also

Definitely, should still fit within the budget too.
   
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Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
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post #5 of 13
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So far looks good. As for adding a GPU and HDD, you could fit a GTX770 and a 2TB hard drive from any brand in and still keep it below $1700.
As for lighting kits, i'd recommend the NZXT Sleeved LED Kit, it has a switch to adjust brightness, comes with little clips to mount in your case easily and can be purchased in 50cm and 100cm.
The 100cm kit shouldn't set you back more than $35.
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The $1700 budget is pretty flexible. I'm willing to go almost up to $2000 to upgrade parts (if I feels it's worth it). I'm planning on buying a 780 or the new AMD card if it's everything it's rumored to be. I will definitely look into the NZXT LED Kit, they sound perfect for me.
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Agreed... but i would consider getting an i7 also

I don't really see any reason to pay the extra $100 for hyper-threading - this rig is primarily for gaming and very minimal video editing.
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The $1700 budget is pretty flexible. I'm willing to go almost up to $2000 to upgrade parts (if I feels it's worth it). I'm planning on buying a 780 or the new AMD card if it's everything it's rumored to be. I will definitely look into the NZXT LED Kit, they sound perfect for me.

If i recall correctly, the light kit comes in Blue, red and green, all with black sleeving. Pretty decent for the price and much nicer than Bitfenix's Alchemy LED strips.
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I don't really see any reason to pay the extra $100 for hyper-threading - this rig is primarily for gaming and very minimal video editing.

You probably won't need the HT then.
   
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Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
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2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
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NZXT Phantom 410 Leadtek DTV1000s HD TV Tuner/Capture Card ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit 100cm 
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Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
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2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
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post #7 of 13
My suggestion would be dropping the extra ram kit because you will only be gaming then get a beefier SSD.
Overall a really great build! thumb.gif
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I do plan on heavily streaming with my computer and it could become my primary source of income. Would that change any of my hardware choices?
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post #9 of 13
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I do plan on heavily streaming with my computer and it could become my primary source of income. Would that change any of my hardware choices?

Then you might want to opt for an i7-4770k, because the extra threads can be utilized with certain streaming services like TwitchTV. As for your GPU and HD situation.

A decent Seagate 2TB drive runs for about $92 on Amazon.com or you can get a 1TB WD Blue for $62.99 @ Amazon.com

For your GPU situation, I would go for a Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost which can be had for $319.99 @ Amazon.com

Lastly, regarding your memory, you can get better memory that will still match your color scheme for cheaper. For instance you can get a 2400MHz G.SKILL Trident 16GB kit @ Newegg for $174.99

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Then you might want to opt for an i7-4770k, because the extra threads can be utilized with certain streaming services like TwitchTV. As for your GPU and HD situation.

A decent Seagate 2TB drive runs for about $92 on Amazon.com or you can get a 1TB WD Blue for $62.99 @ Amazon.com

For your GPU situation, I would go for a Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost which can be had for $319.99 @ Amazon.com

Lastly, regarding your memory, you can get better memory that will still match your color scheme for cheaper. For instance you can get a 2400MHz G.SKILL Trident 16GB kit @ Newegg for $174.99

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I'm holding out for one of the new AMD GPU's or a GTX 780. I already have the cost included in the budget.

I'm thinking I'll go with that WD Blue - I don't need a 2TB as of now.

I'll definitely consider these G.SKILL's - good performance for the price and they look decent - I'm just a Mushkin fanboy so it's hard to buy a different brand.
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