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 Post subject: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:44 am 
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I am looking to build my first PC. I want to keep it under $1500. This computer will be mainly used for FPS games like the new BF4. I want this system to play all games on the HIGHEST settings possible and will continue to for the next couple years.

I am new to this so let me know where i can save money/improve system or if frankly something is overkill. FYI, currently I do not know how to over clock or the benefits of doing so just to keep in mind. Also what do I need to have my PC compatible with my wireless internet in my house. There will be no way to run ethernet to the modem.

Attached is what i am currently looking at.

CPU - i7-3770 3.4 GHz $285.99
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $34.98
Motherboard - ASRock z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 134.99
Memory - Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 - 1600 Memory - $250
Storage - Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5 SSD - $93
Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5 7200RPM HD - $65
Video - EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2 GB - $409
Case - NZXT Phantom ATX - $80
Power - Corsair Professional 750 W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V - $90
Drive - Asus DRW-24B1st/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD writer - $18
OS - Micro Windows 8 64-bit - $88

Total $1548


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:08 am 
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I would change the processor to a Haswell Core i5-4670K or if you don't think you'll ever overclock, the non-K version. If you want to go a bit cheaper, the i5-4570 is a good alternative. As for a motherboard, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813157381 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128618 should be good if you're not planning on doing SLI (I don't think it's worth it most of the time).

I would reduce the memory to 4GBx2, because you won't need more than that and 8GB total is pretty excessive still these days.

The power supply can drop to 600W-650W.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:12 pm 
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So what kind of power supply do you suggest? I have heard there are many crappy ones.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:34 pm 
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Anything from Corsair or Seasonic, from my point of view anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Is there a difference between the different brands of memory? why is some 1600mhz ddr3 more expensive then others?


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:07 pm 
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The only difference as far as I'm concerned is company reputation as far as reliability and customer support goes. As far as prices, there may be a small difference like better timings but overall, get the cheapest version of a model because the difference in performance is probably not appreciable.

If you want a recommendation on brands, I've stuck with Patriot and Corsair. Patriot had pretty good customer support ( I asked a question, I got a clear answer), and Corsair, in my opinion, had such an amazing RMA experience that I would just go to them from now on.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:09 pm 
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Will I have any issues with overclocking to 4.4Ghz with this set up?


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:58 pm 
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If you're sticking with your list, then I noticed you put down the 3770 and not 3770K. So I would imagine you would have problems overclocking to 4.4GHz.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:02 pm 
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No I have decided on the i5-4670k like you suggest
Ram will be corsair vengeance LP 2x8gb 1600mhz
CPU will be corsair hx650....will this suffice?
Hx650


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:54 pm 
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Oh, in that case you shouldn't have any issues, as long as the motherboard is a decent Z87


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:51 am 
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I was going to go with the ASRock Z87 PRO4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or are is the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Intel Motherboard better?

What is the difference between the 1150 and 1155?


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:13 am 
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Socket 1155 is for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge based processors. Socket 1150 is for [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haswell_%28microarchitecture%29Haswell[/url] based processors.

As for your question regarding the motherboards, I would look up reviews on them.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST PC BUILD
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:27 am 
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If I were spending that much money on my first build I'd figure out a way to get the extra bucks and put a GTX 780 in that little monster instead of the 770. But that's just me. :) I know that's asking a lot but you may find yourself wondering why you didn't later. But the 770 is just fine, especially for the price. I understand.


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