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Comment reply on Forum Topic "opinions wanted for my first build"

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Well there's a bunch of things here I'd say:

Motherboard is overpriced for what you're getting out of it.

16gb of RAM is beyond what's needed for gaming, even into the foreseeable future

While I have 2 780 TI classified's (and do love them), they're not worth the money at all. The 290x offers 95% of the performance, 30% more vram and bit bus width for 30% less. You could literally fit 2 290x into your build from the get go

Unless you're dead set on the phantom 630, I'd consider going for a mid tower variant like the 410 or the (I think) phantom 520

While the RM series is a solid choice, it's also on the pricier side of psus available today.

With that in mind:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $144.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $431.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $77.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $489.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $489.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $120.65 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer $24.72 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2398.27

As for your questions:

1) An 850W would be ok, but if you plan to actually make use of classified cards (given their unlocked voltage) you're probably going to want more wattage. Regardless, I'd still go for a 1000w with 2 290x over the classifieds

2) The 4820 is pointless. The 4770k/4790k is a better performer (based on haswell instead of ivy bridge the way the 4820 is). As for mobo, see suggestion in the list.

3) I use QNIX QX2710's from off ebay to be honest. They're pls panels (Samsung's equivalent of IPS) and can be overclocked up to 120hz for a smoother experience. What's more they're also relatively cheap compared to the competition. Just MAKE SURE you specifically go for the "Ultimate Perfect Pixel" models as they test for minimal backlight bleed and 0 dead/stuck pixels before they ship out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would you consider this a "Balanced Build"?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't touch the dcuii cooler on amd. ASUS didn't bother modifying it from their nvidia version, and as a result a few of the heatpipes don't make contact with the GPU die, making it warmer than most of the competition.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would you consider this a "Balanced Build"?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

A 780TI costs over 200 bucks more than a 290x, and only offers 5% more performance ish.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best closed loop"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The coolermaster nepton and glacier are also top performers iirc (or one of them was). More importantly, you should keep in mind temps aren't going to be your problem when you go with dual fan rads like these, it's going to be the cpu itself. You're goign to hit the voltage limits or simple overclock limit of your cpu itself before you hit the thermal limit.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please review my parts and suggest any changes that you think would make this a great gaming computer. Thanks so much!"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Almost entirely agree with this build. I would make the following changes though:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $68.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $123.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $356.00 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $356.00 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case $67.42 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $94.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1620.28

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would you consider this a "Balanced Build"?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I wouldn't call this balanced.

You're spending 100 bucks more than you should on the motherboard, money that could be better spent towards gpus.

Dom plats are easily the most overpriced ram on the market. 3000mhz? Any particular reason?

840 pro is not worth the money at all. Switch to a pny xlr8 and save like 90 bucks. You'll get basically identical real world performance, synthetics make margins that don't really exist in day to day usage seem massive.

Caviar blacks are louder, hotter, and unreasonably more expensive than their counterparts. Switch to barracudas or wd blues.

NVIDIA is not worth the money right now sadly (i own nvidia cards, but if i were purchasing now i'd go amd in a heartbeat). With the changes proposed you could EASILY get 2 290s. The 290 is a more powerful card than the 780 too.

The seasonic psu is ridiculously expensive. Yes seasonic is among the best psu manufacturer's, but the price they command is more than the quality you get vs competitors. Take a look at the evga supernova g2 or the xfx line.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "6300$"

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like you had a thread before and I said the same things.

Get a cheaper motherboard like the extreme9 by asrock, what you need is a plx board and that's it.

32gb of ram is beyond overkill unless you have a specific need for it. Gaming doesn't even need half that.

You can save over 800 bucks total by switching to 290x and only lose a few percent in performance while gaining more vram and a wider bit bus which is important at higher resolutions.

The x41 is ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting, and you don't need it to keep 780tis or 290x under control thermally at max overclocks. Even an h55 will do the job more than adequately.

if you intend to overclock you're going to want to buy vrm heatsinks no matter which cards you buy for the kraken g10. Fact is the g10s don't provide quite enough airflow to keep temps on the vrms that great (they're still within limits). With 290x gelid specifically sells vrm kits, but with the nvidia cards you'll have to measure them out and buy them in singles.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would love to have suggestions on how to improve my build"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Overkill? Maybe. Misappropriated budget? Definitely.

Ditch the Thermal paste, you don't need it and at best it'll improve temps an additonal degree or 2 c at load.

Get a cheaper motherboard, if you need wifi buy a separate pci wireless card as it's much cheaper this way (you should save at least 50 bucks)

16gb of ram is really not worth getting. Stick with 8 and down the line (like several years maybe) it may become worthwhile to up it to 16, but for gaming now it's useless.

Drop the 840 pro down to a pny xlr8 and you'll save another 40 ish bucks (you won't notice a difference between them in real world performance anyway)

Drop the GPU. Yes the 780ti is a monster of a card, but the price is ridiculous vs the competition. You could pick up 2 290s for the same price and absolutely obliterate a 780ti.

Drop the PSU and get a larger 850w if you plan to go with dual 290s, there's the xfx and evga supernova g2 off the top of my head that should be cheaper and more wattage.

Switch to 8.1. Fact is you won't get support for dx12 in win7 and win8.1 is better in terms of performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Radeon GPU'S PRICES ABOUT TO DROP"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Not complaining, simply saying that I don't lend much credence to what they say. What's more, promises of lower prices that don't happen are just as bad as naysayers :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Radeon GPU'S PRICES ABOUT TO DROP"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

WCCFTech does not really have the best track record. And it kind of goes against articles like this

http://www.techpowerup.com/202154/graphics-card-shipments-to-drop-drastically-in-q2-2014.html

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC part list opinions for 4k gaming !"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME9 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $245.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $102.80 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) $349.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) $349.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) $349.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (4-Way CrossFire) $349.99 @ Newegg
Case Aerocool GT-S Black Edition ATX Full Tower Case $149.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Rosewill 1600W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $279.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Asus PB287Q 60Hz 28.0" Monitor $648.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $3430.67

And the monitor change.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Samsung vs mx100"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you provide a screenshot link? Were they both optimized (trim enabled and run) before the benchmarks were run? were they both on sata3 not 2?

Comment reply on 9DeT's Completed Build: Stealthy Wendigo

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

mmm I remember working with you on this parts list :P. It looks great bud congrats

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Project Taco

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions wanted."

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Reading newegg reviews or any other etailer review may be the single worst option for you. The fact is that much more often than not the people that will post a review are those that had a bad experience with the product or got a defective one.

As for not supporting crossfire/sli, the vast majority of games do. Some bigger titles will release without support, but it will later be added in 99% of the time.

As for stutter issues, it's a thing of the past for both nvidia and amd.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions wanted."

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Much more performance for about the same price:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $334.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $123.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $83.98 @ OutletPC
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $369.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $369.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $58.72 @ Mwave
Power Supply Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $118.99 @ Mwave
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Other AOC i2757fh 27" $269.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1877.59

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Advice on build list? All opinions and changes welcomed!"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Switch out the 780TIs for 3 or 4 290x instead, you'll get more vram, and more gpu horsepower

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $334.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.16 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME9 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $247.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Micro Center
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) $489.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) $489.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) $489.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case $69.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 1300W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $164.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer $22.49 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $129.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Samsung U28D590D 60Hz 28.0" Monitor $616.87 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair Raptor K40 Wired Gaming Keyboard $78.46 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair Raptor M30 Wired Optical Mouse $29.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $3539.83

Comment reply on Forum Topic "R1's 1st "REAL" rig - Gaming, Videoediting"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, either or? Or whichever you prefer?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming Build"

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

because you plan to overclock? overclocking means more power consumption.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are all these parts compatible??"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $84.48 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $162.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ TigerDirect
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $779.36

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming Build"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $362.27 @ DirectCanada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $32.21 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $134.25 @ Vuugo
Memory Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.88 @ Canada Computers
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.99 @ NCIX
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.79 @ DirectCanada
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $409.99 @ NCIX
Case Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $60.00 @ Vuugo
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $88.98 @ Newegg Canada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.99 @ Canada Computers
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor $179.98 @ Newegg Canada
Wireless Network Adapter Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $19.30 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1594.63

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming Build"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you actually intend to use the blu ray drive regularly?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build (Budget) Evaluation"

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

My suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $119.94 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $87.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Amazon
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.91 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $873.77

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build (Budget) Evaluation"

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

ditch that raidmax powersupply. 1 year warranty and just passable reviews while being on the noisy side, it also apparently didn't actually pass the efficiency rating on hardocp review

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build - Final Editing"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason for 16gb? That money could be better spent pushing the GPU further.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ NCIX
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $32.21 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $107.99 @ NCIX
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.79 @ DirectCanada
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.79 @ DirectCanada
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $409.99 @ NCIX
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $55.58 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $88.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Memory Express
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.99 @ Canada Computers
Monitor LG 24MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $169.00 @ Canada Computers
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $12.99 @ NCIX
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1384.29

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build - I want to be sure it is good"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $218.98 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $109.79 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $82.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1046.67

Though I'd also switch to windows 8/8.1 for dx12 support.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build - MicroATX Compatibility Check + Other Questions"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

no, both z97 and z87 are overclocking series. Any Z series motherboard is overclocking supported. H series (H87 H97) and B series don't support overclocking. And yes, it is not worth the money to get a z series motherboard if you have no intention of overclocking.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My 2nd Build Ever"

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $149.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $158.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Micro Center
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower Case $119.99 @ TigerDirect
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $59.99 @ TigerDirect
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan $15.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan $15.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1195.83

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build - MicroATX Compatibility Check + Other Questions"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H87M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $65.38 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Micro Center
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $39.98 @ OutletPC
Power Supply Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $695.28

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build - MicroATX Compatibility Check + Other Questions"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

why z97 with a locked cpu? why a 60 dollar 360w psu?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If this was the rosewill hive, that hive series has consistently been given very positive reviews by every reviewer that's tested it

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will this build work (compatibility and fitting in the case)?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $218.98 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $132.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $86.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case $120.00
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.75 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $109.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1296.65

Better performance for 50 bucks less

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming Desktop 1500-1700$ budget"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ NCIX
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $32.21 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $129.50 @ Vuugo
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $409.99 @ NCIX
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $62.05 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $17.75 @ Vuugo
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.99 @ Canada Computers
Wireless Network Adapter Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $19.30 @ DirectCanada
Keyboard Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard $54.99 @ NCIX
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1434.72

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will all these parts work together / Fit into my chosen Tower."

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a locked CPU with an unlocked motherboard. If you don't intend to overclock, go with H97/H87 instead of Z97. You also won't really need the cooler if you aren't overclocking.

I'd change the SSD to a crucial mx100 to save some money (basically same real world performance), switch the case to an NZXT Phantom 410 (same design but smaller because you honestly don't need a fulltower))

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Recommendations for motherboards with a Z87 or Z97 chipset?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Your card is black and red, I'd pick up a Gigabyte Z97 SLI or an Asrock Fatal1ty as they're both in your price range and black and red.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Custom PC Build - Need feedback/suggestions"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

290 is more powerful

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Custom PC Build - Need feedback/suggestions"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

only reference design (original cooler) not board partner (like MSI and XFX) ones

Comment reply on Forum Topic "R1's 1st "REAL" rig - Gaming, Videoediting"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, more than enough. and yes the msi

Comment reply on Forum Topic "R1's 1st "REAL" rig - Gaming, Videoediting"

  • 71 months ago
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It will not be better than a stock 290x. Also, overclocking can be done yourself INCREDIBLY easily.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming PC Build (Budget: $1500-$1750)"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it would work

Comment reply on Forum Topic "R1's 1st "REAL" rig - Gaming, Videoediting"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've used wd greens and barracudas for 4 years now, neither has failed me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "R1's 1st "REAL" rig - Gaming, Videoediting"

  • 71 months ago
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Red are NAS drives, go with a barracuda instead.

What other online retailers do you have to choose from?

As for a dedicated sound card. I have a motherboard with one, it is better yes, but you're better off getting either a separate internal sound card or (more ideally but more costly) an external one.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "R1's 1st "REAL" rig - Gaming, Videoediting"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The Tri X is NOWHERE near the price of a 780TI. The cheapest 780TI (Zotac) is a full $100 more than the Tri-X 290x. Meanwhile the Tri-X is 40 bucks more than the 780 you've chosen and offers around 7% more performance at 1080p, and 13% more at 1600p.

As for Linus, I personally don't lend much credence to him. I put more faith in Techpowerup, Guru3d, bit-tech, hardwarecanucks, and techreport.

In terms of overclockability, if you are looking at reference clocks for the 780/780TI then yes, NVIDIA does overclock better. But just about NO cards are sold at the reference clocks because they're so low (something like 928mhz boost). The EVGA you selected boosts to 1028 out of the box. Generally speaking they can get around 1150-1175 normally on air, some get lucky and break the 1200 barrier with non reference pcb designs (unfortunately that evga is reference design). The 290/290x on average come with boost clocks of 1ghz, and normally will hit around the same 1150-1175 normally as well. So really, NVIDIA cards don't overclock much more than AMD cards do.

I'm not sure how the only "capable" 290/290x you found was an MSI when it isn't even among the best 290/290x available (that is more the xfx double dissipation on the lower mid end, tri-x and pcs+ at the mid-high end, and the lightning/vaporx on the extreme end).

Anyway going to your build:

The MSI Gaming mobo is pretty overpriced if I'm honest. You aren't getting any better performance out of it than you will out of a $120 board, just more little features (many of which most people almost never use). I'd drop down to the gaming 3 or 5.

The 840 pro is stupidly overpriced. Yes it is the best performer, but in terms of real world performance, you'll be incredibly hard-pressed to notice the difference between it and a 240gb PNY XLR8 or Crucial MX100.

The WD Black is in the same boat. WD Blacks also tend to be noisier and hotter than non black drives. Getting a WD blue or seagate barracuda makes more sense because this isn't a primary os drive, this is for additional programs and media, and you won't really notice the difference between them in these scenarios.

For the GPU, honestly I'd get a 290. It offers slightly better performance than a 780, more vram, and a wider bit bus for less. If you're focused on silence (which I'm guessing because of that cpu cooler), the Powercolor PCS_ is probably in the top 3 for quietest and coolest on both the NVIDIA and AMD sides. It's also flat black so it doesn't mess with your color scheme.

Yes Seasonic PSUs are great, but they aren't worth the premium. You're not going to get better performance or reliability from it over say an EVGA, XFX, or Kingwin PSU. The voltage ripple may be less, but it won't have impacts on your overclocks unless you're dealing with extreme cooling scenarios like LN2. Otherwise, the VRMs on the mobo, CPU, and GPU are already well equipped to handle the ripple from any of these units.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Custom PC Build - Need feedback/suggestions"

  • 71 months ago
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $99.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Micro Center
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT H230 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Monitor LG 24MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $149.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1238.89

Need a cpu cooler still tho, I'd get a 212 evo

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC build for small YouTube-er"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $84.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $148.94 @ Amazon
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $139.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard & Mouse Wired Standard Keyboard w/Laser Mouse $31.98 @ Newegg
Headphones Logitech G430 7.1 Channel Headset $70.64 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1246.45

I saw that you said you preferred the 770 over the 290, but I'm still putting a 290 lol. Watch Dogs you can buy these days from places like reddit steamgameswap and forums with people that bought nvidia cards for like 25 bucks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming PC Build (Budget: $1500-$1750)"

  • 71 months ago
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Best Buy
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $109.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Micro Center
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $369.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $369.99 @ NCIX US
Case Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case $67.42 @ Amazon
Power Supply Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $115.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $109.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1647.32

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would this be a good gaming pc?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £143.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £38.99 @ Ebuyer
Memory Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £54.21 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £36.00 @ Aria PC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card £281.99 @ Aria PC
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £31.44 @ Aria PC
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £49.93 @ CCL Computers
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) £79.61 @ Amazon UK
Other Redragon Perdition 16400 DPI Gaming Mouse £29.99
Other Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 £104.96
Other Razer Goliathus 2013 Extended Control Soft Gaming Mouse Mat £28.99
Other AOC i2267Fwh 21.5 inch IPS Monitor £108.83
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £988.93

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