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Old 06-21-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Is this build any good? Budget of 1000-1500

Hello! I know you all must get millions of these threads but I want to make sure I'm getting the best bang for my buck with the new system I am building. I'm going to start this thread by filling out a quick reference I found on another forum...

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two.
Budget Range: $1000 - $1500 after shipping and I prefer not to tie my money up in rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video games (RenegadeX on ultra settings, MineCraft with SEUS shaders installed, Red Alert 3 on ultra settings, Battlefield 4, Borderlands 3), YouTube / Netflix / Hulu, School work (I'm attending school online while I work full time), and Fiddling around with things like Blender / GIMP / minor coding and website design (I'm trying to learn).
Are you buying a monitor: No - I'm using a 23" 1080p TV as a monitor.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes - I was thinking about Windows 8.1
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More! and Micro Center - Computers, Electronics, Computer Parts, Networking, Gaming, Software, and more!
Location: Northern Kentucky (just South of Cincinnati, Ohio).
Overclocking: Yes I plan to overclock my CPU (hopefully to around 4.5Ghz and possibly my GPU if I am able.
SLI or Crossfire: No. I don't think I'll go quite this extreme but it would be nice to have the option if I decide to in the future.
Your Monitor Resolution: Currently I'm using a 23" 1080p TV on my desk as a monitor but I'm not sure if this is the best option. If you know of a great monitor to get, let me know!
Additional Comments: I would like a decently high performance machine that can run most games with higher graphics settings. I would also like one which has a side window that would allow me to see all the parts on the inside and one which runs fairly quiet. Cooling is a big focus for me too and I wouldn't mind tips and tricks on cutting down on power consumption. If you think the power supply I picked is way too much, let me know.

The reason I am building a new computer is that my laptop now isn't quite cutting it. I have an HP 17" full HD laptop with an i7 quad core processor, 8Gb 1600 memory, and nvidia GT 650m graphics with 2Gb video memory. Most of the things I do on my laptop, it can handle with ease, but when I try to play games, I cannot bump the graphics up very high or I get very low FPS and the lag begins to annoy me. Right now my laptop just sits in one spot on my desk and I never move it anyway, so now I'm planning to build a more powerful desktop computer and sell my laptop. On my laptop, when I play MineCraft with SEUS shaders installed (with the stock texture pack) I am only getting 10FPS at most. Also, my laptop gets really hot even with the cooling fans I have under it which cuts into the FPS even a little more. From all the benchmarks I've been researching, the i7 in my laptop doesn't even compare to the higher end i3 desktop processors and is just blown away by the i5 desktop processors. Had I know this I probably would have gone with a desktop right in the beginning.

So, here are the parts I have picked out, please let me know what you think. Any feedback, opinions, or comments are much appreciated! If you see something you think I could do better, please let me know!

-Computer Case-
Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$120
I picked this case because I really like the sleek design and didn't want something that looked bulky or drew too much attention to itself. I also liked the amount of effort the manufacturer put into trying to make the case quiet while also feature rich.

-Motherboard-
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$215
I picked this motherboard because I have always heard that ASUS makes some high quality motherboards that keep their value longer. I've also read in a few places that the Z97 chipset will be easier to overclock on.

-Processor-
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$340
I picked this processor because of the hyper threading it has. I chose this to try to future proof my build and I have also heard that some games (like Battlefield 4) are actually starting to utilize 8 cores / virtual cores.

-Memory-
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$90
This RAM has excellent reviews, is Cas Latency 9, and runs at 1.5v - which is why I chose it (and I liked the design)

-Graphics Card-
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$260
I was researching and looking at all the benchmarks on anandtech.com and this graphics card seemed to have the most bang for the buck. Also, I have always had really good luck with EVGA in the past. However, with so many options in graphics cards out there, I would like your suggestion on this matter...

-Power Supply-
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$130
I picked this because corsair is a good brand and 750 (to me) seemed like a good amount. Honestly, I am not 100% sure if I will need all that.

-Extra Case Fans- X2
Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 140mm
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>$30
Just to make sure everything stays cool, if you don't think I'll need them, let me know.

-CPU Cooler-
Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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>$40
Like i mentioned above, I am planning to overclock my CPU to around 4.5Ghz if I am able to. So I assume the stock CPU cooler won't be sufficient then. I picked this cooler because it is better than stock without being massive and I can see the fan spinning through the case window which might be neat. Though, as always, I am open to suggestions.

-Wireless Adapter-
ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More!...
>$30
I picked this one because it had good reviews (as does everything I've picked) and again I have heard that ASUS makes some quality parts.

Total Cost = About $1,320
So? What do you all think?
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:24 AM   #2
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That looks to be a good build to me..
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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Its a great build but I recommend a few things.

GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card - Newegg.com

This is a better graphics card by a good margin and it is only 60 bucks more. I love the windforce edition by gigabyte. Runs cool, quiet, provides great oc headroom, and is cheaper than other aftermarket coolers. I have the windforce 670 and its a dream. Gigabyte has me sold. Best gfx card I have ever had.

MSI Z97-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

Cheaper z97 mobo that's better than the asus hero as indicated by this month's maximum pc issue. But they are both good mobos so this is just another option.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler - Newegg.com

Your choice of cpu cooler is no good. That will not allow you to get a very good OC. So why not go with a clc? Water cooling is awesome and the H100i is one of the best clc's on the market. Definitely good for cranking that 4770k into overdrive. Another solid and very cheap option is as follows:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ - Newegg.com

Cheaper than the cooler you selected yet way way better. This is one of the best coolers out there as far as bang for your buck. Get another fan and slap that on there for push pull epicness. Used this on a recent build for a friend and I was able to OC his 4670k to 4.5ghz no problem. That's pretty fantastic.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:11 AM   #4
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Default Re: Is this build any good? Budget of 1000-1500

great chooses you are making. i also like you care about PSU efficiency.

as Jarlmaster stated, if you want to overclock you will need a better cooler.
Not sure if the Hydro 100i is right for you. It's a beast of a cooler, but also a little too much for most people.
his second option is spot on for people who want a better cooler than stuck to do some non extreme overclock.
The 212 Evo is one of the most popular coolers world wide and it delivers fantastic performance for the money.

If i where you i'll focus more on the GPU. Save a little on the motherboard and CPU and get the GPU Jarlmaster suggested
or the one i have, The ASUS GTX 770 Direct CU2. they are both great.

other then that, i'll say. great setup.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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I am in agreement with both replies before me, as well.

Don't worry about a CPU overclock (and subsequent increased cooling costs) at this time, as it's not going to be your bottleneck anyways. Find a MB that is priced a little cheaper and put your money into a quicker GPU and a fair-priced HSF--I've always loved the bang-for-your-buck Xigmatek coolers.

Also, I did not see any storage device listed. I'd suggest a 120+ GB SSD for your system drive. I love the Samsung Evo series SSDs. If you can afford it, snag a 240GB. Those games will fill up faster than you think (trust me, I'm finding that out myself now!). Grab a standard HDD for your data storage. Don't forget some type of redundancy/back-up if you have any sensitive info. SSDs and HDDs both still fail--HDDs more frequently.

Everything else looks great!
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I am in agreement with both replies before me, as well.

Don't worry about a CPU overclock (and subsequent increased cooling costs) at this time, as it's not going to be your bottleneck anyways. Find a MB that is priced a little cheaper and put your money into a quicker GPU and a fair-priced HSF--I've always loved the bang-for-your-buck Xigmatek coolers.

Also, I did not see any storage device listed. I'd suggest a 120+ GB SSD for your system drive. I love the Samsung Evo series SSDs. If you can afford it, snag a 240GB. Those games will fill up faster than you think (trust me, I'm finding that out myself now!). Grab a standard HDD for your data storage. Don't forget some type of redundancy/back-up if you have any sensitive info. SSDs and HDDs both still fail--HDDs more frequently.

Everything else looks great!
Totally forgot about storage too! Yeah I agree here. SSD for OS and a few games plus HDD for mass storage is the way to go.
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Its a great build but I recommend a few things.

GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card - Newegg.com

This is a better graphics card by a good margin and it is only 60 bucks more. I love the windforce edition by gigabyte. Runs cool, quiet, provides great oc headroom, and is cheaper than other aftermarket coolers. I have the windforce 670 and its a dream. Gigabyte has me sold. Best gfx card I have ever had.

MSI Z97-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

Cheaper z97 mobo that's better than the asus hero as indicated by this month's maximum pc issue. But they are both good mobos so this is just another option.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler - Newegg.com

Your choice of cpu cooler is no good. That will not allow you to get a very good OC. So why not go with a clc? Water cooling is awesome and the H100i is one of the best clc's on the market. Definitely good for cranking that 4770k into overdrive. Another solid and very cheap option is as follows:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ - Newegg.com

Cheaper than the cooler you selected yet way way better. This is one of the best coolers out there as far as bang for your buck. Get another fan and slap that on there for push pull epicness. Used this on a recent build for a friend and I was able to OC his 4670k to 4.5ghz no problem. That's pretty fantastic.
Completely agree. But be careful about saying about how good the H100i is.. (BikerEcho should know what I mean. )
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