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Hi all!

Making a new build for a friend of mine. Primary purposes will be watching movies/browsing/music/games on a large projector (not sure the exact size, but can get the info). The primary games being played will be Battlefield, Witcher 3, & likely any new games that come out.

This is just a preliminary build and I would greatly appreciate any input that you have! There will be no over clocking in the near future, but possibly later as the build ages. The only concrete things that I have decided on are 16GB ram, modular PSU, i7 quad core, and 1 SDD. The budget is a bit flexible, so feel free to recommend any "obvious" items that would greatly increase the price/performance of the build.

Thank you guys in advance, you always come through

Processor - Intel i7 4790K
Will likely buy from MicroCenter in Minneapolis for ~$280

Ram - G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
$120 on Newegg.

Mobo - ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150
$150 on Newegg.

SDD - Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
$98 on Amazon.

HDD - Seagate 2TB Desktop SSHD SATA 6Gb/s
$91 on Amazon.

CPU Fan - Noctua
$68 on Amazon.
or - Phanteks U-Type Dual Tower Heat-Sink CPU Cooler
$50 on Amazon.

Case - Fractal Design Define R5
$120 on Newegg.

PSU - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W
$75 on Newegg.

CD/Blue Ray - LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD
$50 on Newegg.

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100362-3L Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
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post #2 of 22
I'd pony out more on teh PSU. Try to find something other than that one, maybe something rated higher than Bronze. If you want to expand any later, its going to be hard with that. I'd also not get a hybrid drive as my data drive. For data drives you want good read/write but space per gb is the most important. I wouldn't get a hybrid drive for long term data storage. Thats just me though. You can also shave a little off the RAM. I just bought these Corsair and it was easy to get them at 2400.

http://www.amazon.com/Red-3TB-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432180069&sr=8-1&keywords=western+digital+red+3tb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233778

EDIT: I would get the Noctua over the latter.
 
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I dunno it looks pretty good to me. If your budget is a little more flexible maybe bump up to the 290x or GTX 970/980??
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post #4 of 22
Motherboard/CPU combo at Microcenter
You could add another 970 and be under $1500
Free copy of Witcher 3 with the GPU


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.30 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.76 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1180.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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post #5 of 22
If you're getting the processor at Microcenter, you might as well get the motherboard there, too. It'll be cheaper on you overall. Here's what I came up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($67.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.95 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.60 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card ($329.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($38.70 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($13.49 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($13.49 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fan ($21.25 @ Amazon)
Total: $1406.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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You could get a Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 7 bundled with the processor for $70 less. If you'd rather have an Asus board, you can get the Z97-AR for $80 less. The RAM I picked has slightly better timings than one you have listed in the original post. Since hard drives are so easy to add down the road, I opted for a 1TB HDD. I went with the Arc Midi R2 since it has better airflow (at the expense of noise) than the Define R5. I also included another NF-A15 PWM for push-pull on the NH-U14S. This is more cooling that you'd need on the LGA1150 platform or any possible Intel mainstream platform down the road. I also included a couple Cougar 120mm case fans. I would place these on the front of the case, one of the stock fans on the rear for exhaust, and the last two on the top with the one toward the front as intake and rear as exhaust. This is probably more than I would personally like to spend on a Z97 system, but I didn't really compromise anywhere.
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Originally Posted by chessmyantidrug View Post

and the last two on the top with the one toward the front as intake and rear as exhaust.

This theory seems really odd, and I dare say totally pointless, fresh air from the front top fan will come in and just get sucked straight out again...........
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This theory seems really odd, and I dare say totally pointless, fresh air from the front top fan will come in and just get sucked straight out again...........
The top front fan brings in cool air right in front of the heatsink. Far from pointless.
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I'd pony out more on teh PSU. Try to find something other than that one, maybe something rated higher than Bronze. If you want to expand any later, its going to be hard with that. I'd also not get a hybrid drive as my data drive. For data drives you want good read/write but space per gb is the most important. I wouldn't get a hybrid drive for long term data storage. Thats just me though. You can also shave a little off the RAM. I just bought these Corsair and it was easy to get them at 2400.

http://www.amazon.com/Red-3TB-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432180069&sr=8-1&keywords=western+digital+red+3tb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233778

EDIT: I would get the Noctua over the latter.
80 plus has npthing to do with quality or rated output if you are not already aware.
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post #9 of 22
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The top front fan brings in cool air right in front of the heatsink. Far from pointless.

Yeah and you have an exhaust right next to it. Can't see it really doing a lot.

Fans can be added later if cooling is an issue, buying all these extras and setting up some extravagant arrangement seems a waste of the budget to me.
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post #10 of 22
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Thanks for all the recommendations guys! I will be posting a reviewed build after work today, I get done around 4pm Central.
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