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Old June 4, 2013, 07:32 PM
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Hi, everyone. I decided to build my first PC. I need help choosing a cooling method and I haven't really decided on the RAM, PSU, and Video Card. I would like to keep the current case and motherboard. ^_^ I do not plan on over clocking or anything. I do plan on gaming a lot and do video editing. What do u guys think of the build? Suggestions always welcome. I would like to keep the build as cheap as possible with $900 being my max. $800 would be perfect.


CASE: Thermaltake Chaser A41 [$100]
MOBO: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX [$150]
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 [$250]
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 [$58]
PSU: SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W ATX12V / 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active [$110]
VIDEO: EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 [$170] (a card around $100 would be nicer)
DRIVE: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB [$00]
FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler [$35]
MONITOR: ASUS VX238H 1080p 23-Inch Screen LED-lit [$00]

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Old June 4, 2013, 07:43 PM
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Just use the stock cooling that comes with the CPU, it's actually pretty darn good and you'll save some $$. I suggest getting quiet style case fans if you want to customize the cooling the case offers. Quiet is such a blessing :)

All of your parts are just fine, but I'm not regular enough with looking at new hardware to tell you if there is better hardware in your price range or not, but I'm sure someone will point something out if you're looking to get better value.
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Old June 5, 2013, 03:01 AM
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How much / heavy is the video editing your doing?

100 on a GPU is a waste of time as an IGP will match it (or very nearly) and MANY programs these days in graphics / editing etc will take advantage of GPU power, you need to check what you use and find out what cards are suggested.

considering your not overclocking, drop the K series chip. Though with so many guides and so much performance available by doing this you should re-consider.
considering you want to save as much as you can drop to a 3570 or even 2500 (though the 4670 really does bring improvements in a couple of specific tasks that may be useful to you)

Consider an FX 8350 build. It's not bad for gaming and is very good for encoding and the like and will be quite a bit less than a haswell build.

Your monitor and SSD have no price there? An SSD will make your system snappy and responsive but at your budget I would leave it out until you have more funds.

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AMD FX-8350, Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti, Corsair 200R - System Build - PCPartPicker
You can cut extra off this by not getting the 990fx chipset, single HDD, cheaper GPU etc.


Also, where are you as prices may vary?

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Old June 5, 2013, 08:44 AM
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I'm open to overclocking but I don't plan on doing it straight out the box, that's why I wanna stick with the K processor.

As for the video editing, I plan on doing little of that with adobe. This will primarily be used for gaming and video encoding (1080p) from Full Blu-rays. Sorry I didn't mention that earlier. If I have to keep the graphics card to run the games at max settings, I don't mind. Was just wondering if there's a cheaper option.

As for the prices not being on the monitor and SSD, I already have those. ^_^

I'm currently in New York, USA.
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Old June 5, 2013, 08:52 AM
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As previously mentioned, if you're doing video encoding AMD's FX8350 will be a much better choice than the i5. Multithreaded benchmarks (like encoding) blow the i5 out of the water. And it's almost as good at gaming, too. Cheaper to buy, and motherboards are cheaper, too. Check out the ASUS M5A99X-Evo for $125 at NCIX. The 8350 goes for $200. That's a savings of $75 over the i5 plus Z68 motherboard for a chip that will be more capable in the areas you want it to be.
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Old June 5, 2013, 08:59 AM
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I would get a cheaper case like
Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio

Then get a better cooler like a H80 if you want to overclock in the future.
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Assuming game at 1080....
All looks, although if you have the dough:
1. 660ti
2. move up to 750W PSU in case you double up on your GPU in the future
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Old June 5, 2013, 03:04 PM
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If I have to keep the graphics card to run the games at max settings, I don't mind. Was just wondering if there's a cheaper option.

As for the prices not being on the monitor and SSD, I already have those. ^_^
What games do you play? Is it more starcraft and the like or is it Metro and such? Are you looking for max setting in everything or is high good enough?
Do you care if frames drop to 35 -45 for short amounts of time in particularly stressful situations? (some people do some don't)

How quick are you looking to buy?

Reason for these are: Depending on the game and the settings / performance your going to be happy with will determin the card you should get.. 670 would be my choice for someone that wants max settings and smooth at 1080 in probably 90 - 95% of games (if not more)
If you don't mind a little less then obviously you can go less.

If your not in a hurry (say a few weeks) the 760ti should be the next card out and should be basically a 670 re-badged and tweaked and launched at 660ti prices.. few weeks after that the 760 will be a 660ti etc etc
Nice performance bump for the same price or savings for the same performance if you can wait a few weeks.

I would expect them in the next 2 weeks, I wouldn't wait VERY long if your in a hurry but then your coming in the middle or a new series launch so this is what your faced with.
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Old June 5, 2013, 09:55 PM
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Thanks a lot for all the input everyone. Very appreciated. I will be playing FPS and open games like GTA, Far Cry 3, and Bio Shock.

As for the Graphics card. I can wait a little for it. I don't have to start building now. I'm currently shopping around for parts too find deals.

Also, considering the Dzzope's AMD recommendation. Here's some stuff I picked out below for the AMD.


CASE: Thermaltake Chaser A41 [$100]
PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power TP-650P 650W ATX [$110]
CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz [$200]
MOBO: ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990X [$140]
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 [$65]
VIDEO: EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 [$170]
COOLING: ?
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Old June 5, 2013, 10:28 PM
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Thanks a lot for all the advice everyone. I plan on playing mostly open world games and certain FPS game like Far Cry 3, Bioshock, and GTA.

I also went along and followed great_big_abyss and Dzzope advice and made a AMD build as well. What do u guys think of it? I haven't really decided on which one I wanna get yet. I'm still shopping around for parts but i'll decide what do go with this weekend. Might go with the AMD even though it's out of my comfort zone. It's recommended for video encoding and editing $100 cheaper.

CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $193.97
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ $134.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $59.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB $173.98
Case Thermaltake Chaser A41 ATX Mid Tower $94.26
Power Supply Thermaltake 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $74.99
Total: $762.16

CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Combo or $249.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
Motherboard Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Combo or $154.99
Memory Crucial Ballistix 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $69.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB $173.98
Case Thermaltake Chaser A41 ATX Mid Tower $94.26
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $108.98
Total: $862.18

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