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I'd like some feedback on a new gaming build. I won't be using parts from my current PC since I'll most likely keep it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: Asus Z87 PRO
RAM: G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz
PSU: Corsair HX 750
GPU: ASUS GTX780TI-DC2OC​-3GD5
Case: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540
SSD: Intel 120 GB
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

Based on prices from Amazon, this comes to about $1865. I'm thinking about dropping the i7 for an i5 to save $100.

Any suggestions or comments?
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Originally Posted by Serph234 View Post

I'd like some feedback on a new gaming build. I won't be using parts from my current PC since I'll most likely keep it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: Asus Z87 PRO
RAM: G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz
PSU: Corsair HX 750
GPU: ASUS GTX780TI-DC2OC​-3GD5
Case: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540
SSD: Intel 120 GB
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

Based on prices from Amazon, this comes to about $1865. I'm thinking about dropping the i7 for an i5 to save $100.

Any suggestions or comments?
Wow, comes out to $1850. Insane. Heres what I've come up with for you for well under that.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon) Because your budget more then allowed for it
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($163.49 @ Newegg) This board is just as good if not better than the Asus Pro, and cheaper
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg) Cheaper (most likely) and doesnt have massive ugly heatsinks
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Newegg) Better then most of the Intel drives and infinitely cheaper
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg) Budget allowed for this, I would have gone for a GTX 780, but this is just as fast and $40-50 cheaper.
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($129.99 @ Newegg) Love this case, couldn't let you get a crappy air cooler with this case biggrin.gif
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg) Higher quality and cheaper then the H-750 you were thinking of. I'm assuming you want this size because you want to go dual GPU in the future
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1524.40
Everything from 2 merchants excluding the OS, which you can simply walk into best buy to get. I bolded the reason I changed the part from the original.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I listed the GTX 780 Ti as the GPU, that's why the price is higher than the one you have. Is the liquid cooler necessary? The temps for my overclocked 2500k have been fine with the same cooler.
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Wow, comes out to $1850. Insane. Heres what I've come up with for you for well under that.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon) Because your budget more then allowed for it
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($163.49 @ Newegg) This board is just as good if not better than the Asus Pro, and cheaper
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg) Cheaper (most likely) and doesnt have massive ugly heatsinks
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Newegg) Better then most of the Intel drives and infinitely cheaper
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg) Budget allowed for this, I would have gone for a GTX 780, but this is just as fast and $40-50 cheaper.
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($129.99 @ Newegg) Love this case, couldn't let you get a crappy air cooler with this case biggrin.gif
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg) Higher quality and cheaper then the H-750 you were thinking of. I'm assuming you want this size because you want to go dual GPU in the future
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1524.40
Everything from 2 merchants excluding the OS, which you can simply walk into best buy to get. I bolded the reason I changed the part from the original.

EVGA SuperNova G2 is the same price as the Seasonic G, and thats even better then both the Seasonic G and the Corsair HX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438017
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Thanks for the suggestions. I listed the GTX 780 Ti as the GPU, that's why the price is higher than the one you have. Is the liquid cooler necessary? The temps for my overclocked 2500k have been fine with the same cooler.
Oh woops I gotta learn to read better lol. Then you would need a 290X, which is still exactly as I have described it. Little bit slower (I'm talking a couple frames in most games) and is about $50-80 cheaper (most of the time).
About the liquid cooler, yes and no. Haswell is A LOT hotter then sandy, like 40% hotter (stock chips on the stock cooler run at around 90C in game). To overclock, either a super high end air cooler or an AIO liquid cooler is needed. A 212 will not be enough to get a decent clock on it. The H100i is just as easy (sometimes easier) to install as a high end air cooler (just in case that was a worry for you). Also getting that case and NOT getting at least an AIO watercooler is be blasphemy. I mean its what the case was made for, airflow.
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My suggestion
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w1NX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w1NX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w1NX/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($320.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($243.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1556.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Oh woops I gotta learn to read better lol. Then you would need a 290X, which is still exactly as I have described it. Little bit slower (I'm talking a couple frames in most games) and is about $50-80 cheaper (most of the time).
About the liquid cooler, yes and no. Haswell is A LOT hotter then sandy, like 40% hotter (stock chips on the stock cooler run at around 90C in game). To overclock, either a super high end air cooler or an AIO liquid cooler is needed. A 212 will not be enough to get a decent clock on it. The H100i is just as easy (sometimes easier) to install as a high end air cooler (just in case that was a worry for you). Also getting that case and NOT getting at least an AIO watercooler is be blasphemy. I mean its what the case was made for, airflow.

I'm more concerned about leaks than installation. I'll probably transport this PC a few times a year by car (long drive). How well does this protect against leaks? I was planning to remove just the GPU before the drive, however I might remove both the cooler and GPU if I have a liquid cooler. As for the 290X, I'll probably just stick with Nvidia, though I'll consider it when I start purchasing the parts.
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CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($320.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($243.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1556.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have an extra hard drive for storage so I won't need to purchase a new one. How does the Antec PSU compare to the EVGA SuperNova G2?
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I'm more concerned about leaks than installation. I'll probably transport this PC a few times a year by car (long drive). How well does this protect against leaks? I was planning to remove just the GPU before the drive, however I might remove both the cooler and GPU if I have a liquid cooler. As for the 290X, I'll probably just stick with Nvidia, though I'll consider it when I start purchasing the parts.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have an extra hard drive for storage so I won't need to purchase a new one. How does the Antec PSU compare to the EVGA SuperNova G2?

That Antec PSU is a Seasonic M12II rebranded and its a much older unit thats not as good.
The G2 is about the same price so there is little point in the Antec
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post #9 of 19
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I'm more concerned about leaks than installation. I'll probably transport this PC a few times a year by car (long drive). How well does this protect against leaks? I was planning to remove just the GPU before the drive, however I might remove both the cooler and GPU if I have a liquid cooler. As for the 290X, I'll probably just stick with Nvidia, though I'll consider it when I start purchasing the parts.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have an extra hard drive for storage so I won't need to purchase a new one. How does the Antec PSU compare to the EVGA SuperNova G2?

the bad is that only has a EPS connector

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/HCG-750M/11.html

here another PSU which is as good as a Seasonic and has low ripple levels
http://www.cowcotland.com/articles/1147-4/test-alimentation-thermaltake-smart-m-850.html
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/power-supplies/32911-tt-smart-m850w?showall=&start=3

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3wpUJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3wpUJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3wpUJ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($320.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($243.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1565.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 12:10 EDT-0400)


the lga2011 will last you longer
the glacer is as good as the h110
the r9 290 can take benefir from mantle and it is supposed that xfx was giving BF4 for free with registration at xfx
the NZXT Source 530 looks good and is big enough to have a lot of hdd or ssd and has an acrylic window
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/22/14 at 9:14am
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I'm more concerned about leaks than installation. I'll probably transport this PC a few times a year by car (long drive). How well does this protect against leaks? I was planning to remove just the GPU before the drive, however I might remove both the cooler and GPU if I have a liquid cooler. As for the 290X, I'll probably just stick with Nvidia, though I'll consider it when I start purchasing the parts.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have an extra hard drive for storage so I won't need to purchase a new one. How does the Antec PSU compare to the EVGA SuperNova G2?
You dont have to worry about the liquid cooler as long as you got it bolted to the case/motherboard, its actually safer then transporting a massive air cooler, one bumpy ride and that air cooler could rip the motherboard. As for water leakage, the chances of that happening are slim to none, even if it did, it wouldn't matter. Sure you would have to get a new cooler (again, it leaking is extremely unlikely, like you probably have a better chance of winning the lottery), but the parts would remain un-harmed. You can wash a motherboard (make sure you take out the battery first!) as long as its perfectly dry when you plug the thing in, your good.
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