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Hi all,

First time poster here. I built my own rig about 10 years ago when I was a heavy gamer, but then I went to college and got a job, so I've been away from the scene for awhile. I'm hoping to build a new rig soon for some gaming, and also to watch movies from as they're exported to my big screen LCD TV. I'm flexible with the price, but I don't really need to go overboard. This is what I've settled on for now; all prices were taken from newegg.

What do you guys think?

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan ($34.99)
  • Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard ($139.99)
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) ($154.99)
  • Storage (1): SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s TLC Internal Solid State Drive ($151.99)
  • Storage (2): Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM ($59.99)
  • Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N770WF3-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X Video Card ($379.99)
  • Power Supply: CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ($89.99)
  • Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX ($119.99)

Two specific concerns which come to mind:
  1. Is the power supply adequate?
  2. I chose the case somewhat randomly. Any suggestions here would be great.

and of course, anything else you might suggest would be much appreciated.
post #2 of 11

The PSU is overkill, but you could have purchased a much better one for that price and still had plenty of power. For example:

 

The 550W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series for $84.99 shipped:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262

 

Just sayin'. However, that PSU is fine.

 

 

I don't know cases. :/

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What TwoCables said, though 750w does have you ready for another GTX 770, but I wouldn't go with anything CX line.. It's a sturdy gaming PC. Do you need a hyperthreaded 4770k though? If so, great. If not, save a $100 spot?
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Hi all,

First time poster here. I built my own rig about 10 years ago when I was a heavy gamer, but then I went to college and got a job, so I've been away from the scene for awhile. I'm hoping to build a new rig soon for some gaming, and also to watch movies from as they're exported to my big screen LCD TV. I'm flexible with the price, but I don't really need to go overboard. This is what I've settled on for now; all prices were taken from newegg.

What do you guys think?

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan ($34.99)
  • Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard ($139.99)
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) ($154.99)
  • Storage (1): SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s TLC Internal Solid State Drive ($151.99)
  • Storage (2): Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM ($59.99)
  • Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N770WF3-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X Video Card ($379.99)
  • Power Supply: CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ($89.99)
  • Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX ($119.99)

Two specific concerns which come to mind:
  1. Is the power supply adequate?
  2. I chose the case somewhat randomly. Any suggestions here would be great.

and of course, anything else you might suggest would be much appreciated.
Looks good. You dont really need 16GB of ram though if your just gaming. Really unless your video editing, you will never use it. Also swap that PSU out for a Rosewill Capstone 550W. Case is good, though personally I would get the NZXT H440 or Fractal Design Define R4. But honestly its all personal preference with cases. Just make sure it fits your needs. Also, scrap the Hyper 212 and get a real cooler. I think the NZXT Havik 140 is still like $50-60. Cools as good as the Corsair H80.
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The only I would change is a bigger capacity hard drive (maybe 2tb) as 1tb gets filled quickly when you have lots of movies, pics, games, etc.
I think you PSU is fine as it give you a bit extra head room in case you ever want to sli that 770 (not overclocked).
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I would get a slightly better cooler for the cpu, and a change the power supply to XFX Pro, CM V700 or Corsair AX, or Seasonic.
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I agree...the PSU is over kill when it comes to the wattage for a single card. Anything around a 500-600 would do and still leave plenty of wiggle room for a 2nd card.

When it comes to cases...that I believe is a personal choice. I switched to full size cases years ago mainly for the added working room and the ability to buy what I want and not worry whether it will fit in my case or not.

Build looks good though.

Any reason for the 16 GB ram? I know its cheap enough now days so why not right??
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A good quality-made 650W PSU would be more than enough for this system with two GTX 770s. With air cooling on the CPU, I don't see the CPU consuming any more than 125W. The 770s won't consume any more than about 400W. Add in the rest of the system, and we're looking at an absolute peak power consumption while gaming of about 550W. If the 770s can be overvolted and if you do overvolt them, then that would change this quite a bit.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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post #10 of 11
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Wow, thanks for the quick and informative replies.

Two notes:
  • I've swapped the Corsair CX750M 750W with the 550W Rosewill Capstone as suggested by several people above.
  • A few people have suggested a better cooler. One was the NZXT Havik 140. Any other suggestions there?

To address the questions about the necessity of the processor and the 16GB of memory: the answer is probably no, I don't need these. However, I might eventually use this rig to run statistical simulations which may require even more memory and as many cores as I can get. This is my way of future-proofing for potential projects I might pursue.
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