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How does this build look?
10-27-2013, 07:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-28-2013, 09:18 AM by cstep6ix.)
#1
How does this build look?
I think I'm finally close to building this rig but am awaiting valuable input from hr forum members. Smile I would like to know if you see any compatibility issues, potential bottlenecks or even where I might just save a buck. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I will be using corsair vengeance c70 case. I hope to be able to play most games at max settings at 1920x1080. I play sim, racing, fps, rts and a little mmoprg. My plan was to go with a gtx 770 and have a rig capable of running 2 770's in sli in the future. I'm also looking to upgrade my current monitor and keyboard Can anyone recommend a good 1920x1080 120hz monitor for under $400 and/or a decent gaming keyboard (preferably backlit, doesn't need to be mechanical) under $100?

Here's my tentative build:

CPU: Intel i7-4770k
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB SuperClocked
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
PSU: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer
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10-28-2013, 10:45 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-28-2013, 10:57 AM by Rapajez.)
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RE: How does this build look?
Well, the specs look awesome so far.

My first piece of advice would be to wait for Radeon's R9 290 announcement, this Wednesday. AMD just launched the $550 R9 290X last week, which goes neck and neck with the $1000 GTX Titan, and beats the $650 GTX 780 in about everything. It stands to reason that the R9 290 (non-X) will cream the GTX 770, for about the same price-range. It should also be slightly more future-proof, and possibly come with a free copy of Battlefield 4 (or other game package). If nothing else, it should really drop the prices of ALL GPUs. We'll know the full specs soon, but here's a leak suggesting it will retail around $400 and match the $650-priced GTX 780. http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/6167...o-roundup/

If you can be patient, you can wait a week or 2 for the other vendors to get better coolers and overclocked versions of the R9 290, or for the NVIDIA prices to drop. Of course, the GTX 770 is still a great card, and probably even more efficient than the new AMDs. It will still probably have a price drop once the new series of cards shuffle in. A single 770 will cream a regular 1080 display; although, I don't know enough about 120hz monitors to comment. I'd check one out in person to see if you really like the look before you drop the money. Your money may be better spent on a higher resolution or a larger monitor. (You could even purchase 3 quality 1080p monitors for under $400, and do a surround/eyefinity setup, if you want to get crazy.)

As for saving money, you could shed a few $$$ by swapping the 840 Pro for an 840 Evo. Both are blazingly fast, and will seem light years ahead of whatever you're using now. Or if you don't have a separate HDD for storage, you could get the 512GB Evo for not much more than the 256GB Pro. Higher capacities usually perform faster anyway.

That mobo is great, but you could save another $50 by going with an ASRock Extreme4 Z87. Basically the same board, but it doesn't look as cool. I totally get spending more money on a cool mobo though! Check out this comparison: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcom...4%24%24%24

Do you have a HDD already to store music, movies, etc? With cloud servers and online accounts, I know I could probably ditch my 1 TB HDD, but I like having my own local storage. If you plan on storing movies, TV-shows, a large music or photo collection, you might want to throw in an HDD for that stuff.

As for a keyboard, I'd 100% recommend going mechanical, if you're spending $100 anyway. You'll really notice the difference, and it's a blast to use for both gaming and typing. You'll probably appreciate the difference more than you'd notice something like a CPU upgrade. Keyboards and mice are really subjective, but check the latest "budget" gaming article for some good mechanical suggestions. I like the Logitech G710 Plus. It's back-lit (the ASWD and Arrow keys light up separately, nice touch), has brown-MX switch, which are a nice balance between response and clickity-ness, and a bunch of other gaming features I don't use. You might find the macro keys helpful for MMORPGs though.

Good luck!
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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10-28-2013, 10:47 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-28-2013, 07:10 PM by mwhals.)
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How does this build look?
Make sure your RAM is low profile like G.Skill Ripjaws Z, which I use under the same cooler.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 GPU: EVGA GTX 650 2GB SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB and Western Digital VelociRaptor 500 GB Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro RAM: 8x8GB (64GB) G. Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz Optical Drives: two Asus DRWB1ST PSU: Seasonic X650 80+ Gold Keyboard: Das Keyboard Professional S Mouse: Logitech Performance MX Tablet: Logitech T650 Monitors: NEC P241W and NEC PA241W Speakers: Bose Companion 3 Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
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10-28-2013, 11:01 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-28-2013, 11:15 AM by Rapajez.)
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RE: How does this build look?
(10-28-2013, 10:47 AM)mwhals Wrote: Make sure your RAM is low profile like G.Skill Ripjaws Z, which I use under the same cooker.


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Yeah, if you stick with your Corsair, make sure you get this, so the RAM heatsyncs don't block the giant CPU cooloer: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-...eance+16GB

With that case, it might not hurt to slap some 120mm fans on the side-panel either. If you want to overclock your GPU, or add a 2nd. Not a big deal though.

I also like having more intake fans than exhaust, as it's supposed to create positive air pressure inside the case, which in turn helps prevent dead zones and keeps dust out.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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