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Building a rig to these specs. Any advice?

post #1 of 6
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Hi, as the title says I'm building a system to these specs and I'm wondering if anyone has some suggestions as to whether this is a decent setup. I'll be using it mostly for gaming and I'm unlikely to be going over 1080P. I do plan on overclocking at a later stage

i5 4670K
Asus Maximus VI Hero
8Gb G.Skill Trident X 2400Mhz CL10 (2 X 4GB)
Asus GTX 770 Direct CU II
XFX Pro 850W Black edition (fully modular)
NZXT Phantom case
Corsair H100i
I have an existing sata HD that I plan to use but eventually want to get an SSD

So I've read that there's not really much advantage in going over 1600Mhz with ram? is this true? what about if I'm overclocking?
Also I plan on keeping this rig for around five years, although will probably upgrade video card part way through, do you think the i5 will be viable for this period of time?

It's a long time since I've built a computer and I'm pretty new to this forum so any advice would be much appreciated. Last time I built a system was with a X850XT video card and an Asus A7N8X deluxe motherboard!!
post #2 of 6
There *is* a marginal advantage in going with faster RAM, but not enough to justify the huge cost difference.Honestly I'd just stick with 1600MHz. It will not affect your CPU overclocking potential.

If you don't ever plan on upgrading to multiple video cards, you could drop the PSU to a 650W or even 550W unit and save a few bucks.

The original Phantom is a bit outdated nowadays unless you're looking specifically for one of the crazier color schemes (like the black/orange in your pic). Check out the newer Phantom 530 or 630.

I would say skip the 2400MHz RAM and save a bit on the power supply, and spend that on a decent 120GB SSD (can be had for <$70 if you look hard enough and are slightly lucky), since if you add an SSD later on you have to reinstall, reconfigure, etc.
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Yeah I have actually ordered the Black and orange combo. I got it for $119 plus taxes which isn't too bad I think.

I'm not sure if I do want to got for another video card in the future or not, but I'd prefer to have the head room in case I do decide to SLI. The PSU is available for $134 plus taxes which also comes with a $10 rebate on top of that. What is a good PSU around 650W that is gold rated and fully modular? if I went with a 650W would it run two 770 cards or would I need to stick with the 850?

The ram I'm looking at is $116 plus taxes, or I can get 1600Mhz ram for $90 plus tax. so not much difference there, but I guess if there's less than a 5 to 10% performance gain then it's probably not worth it?

Thanks a lot for your advice =)
Edited by jamarns - 3/16/14 at 4:41pm
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
I can also get an XFX Pro 750W Black edition for $129 plus taxes with a rebate of $20. Would that run two cards if I decided to add another 770 at a later date?
post #5 of 6
750 should be plenty for 770 SLi and a 4670k. My 4.63GHz 3820 and 770 SLI never managed to pull more than 600W from the wall, although that doesn't mean I'd run it on a 650W PSU. Good to have a bit of headroom.

1600MHz RAM shouldn't cost you $90; there's some great stuff for less than $70 for an 8GB kit: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3VOA3O/?tag=pcpapi-20

If you choose to go with a one-card setup an EVGA 650W is $75 after rebate: http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=77496&vpn=120-PG-0650-GR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1230

otherwise the 750W XFX would be my choice.
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Yeah unfortunately I live in Canada so prices are a little higher due to the lower value of the dollar. I think I'll probably look for some cheaper 1600Mhz ram and go with the 750W PSU.

Thanks a lot for your advice.
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