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Hello Overclock.net,

I am going to build a new Gaming PC. I'm going to use the graphics card from my old build (in my sig) but everything else will be bought new. I wanten to upgrade to Haswell and have a lot of memory. I will be doing some rendering and lots of gaming (think Crysis 3) on this build. I am planning on doing a lot of Overclocking on this to get high performance. What do you think? I know you can help me lower the price, or get better parts tongue.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC 74.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($46.18 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($129.00 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $899.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 19:00 EDT-0400)
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Originally Posted by The Doolster View Post

Hello Overclock.net,

I am going to build a new Gaming PC. I'm going to use the graphics card from my old build (in my sig) but everything else will be bought new. I wanten to upgrade to Haswell and have a lot of memory. I will be doing some rendering and lots of gaming (think Crysis 3) on this build. I am planning on doing a lot of Overclocking on this to get high performance. What do you think? I know you can help me lower the price, or get better parts tongue.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC 74.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($46.18 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($129.00 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $899.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 19:00 EDT-0400)

This is a pretty decent build, but it can be improved.

1st: Get rid of that crap intel cooler. It should have never been released to the market IMO. Get a simple hyper 212 to start with. Test your CPU to see if you have a good overclocking chip, then when you have some money saved up, go for the full H100i or a custom water loop.

2nd: I see that you have microcenter listed as one of the retailers for your PSU. Do you live close to one? If you do, they run killer combo deals when you pick up a cpu and mobo from them which can save you a good amount of money. Don't cheap out on the mobo. If you can afford it, I would go with gigabyte since their customer service and support is excellent in case something goes wrong with your mobo.

3rd: Try and find a cheap AMD 7970 for your GPU instead. They don't cost a heck of a lot more, and you can get a really nice OC on them to make them perform more similarly with a GTX 680 or 770.

4th: Your PSU choice is a bit off. There is another member shilka that will most likely guide you to a better PSU. A cooler master VS would be a great choice and you should need no more than 500 watts.

Edit:

Oh I almost forgot, drop the ram down to 8GB of simple 1600mhz ram. Unless you can find 16GB of ram for ~80 bucks, don't bother getting more than 8.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
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300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
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8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
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AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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post #3 of 4
What Tjj226 Angel said

You dont want a Corsair CX anywhere near a gaming PC

And you dont need 600 watts either

The CX is not made by Corsair nor does Corsair make any PSU´s
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For the PSU, if you're only ever going to use 1 video card at a time, the two suggestions I can think of are the Rosewill Capstone 450/450-M (the -M is the semi-modular version) or Seasonic's G-450 (SSR-450RM).

If you're going to run 2 video cards via CFX, then the 650w versions of said PSUs would do nicely.
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