Help on this build
I'm actually looking to buy a new gaming rig in the 1500-1600$ price range. I checked quick on Newegg and here's what I came with for 1600$. Any comments ?
Case: Fractal Design Define R4
Newegg.ca - Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell 3.4 GHz
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K
Heatsink: Phanteks PH-TC12DX
Newegg.ca - Phanteks PH-TC12DX 120mm PWM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
GPU: Gigabyte N770 GTX "Windforce" 2 GB
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
Power supply: Rosewill Capstone Modular 750W GOLD
Newegg.ca - Rosewill CAPSTONE-650-M 650W Continuous @ 50°C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS GOLD, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire Ready, Modular Active PFC Power Supply
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB
Newegg.ca - Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail kit
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB
Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB - 1600 MHz
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Now, some questions:
- Is Rosewill a good brand for power supplies ?
- Should I invest in better cooling ?
- What are the big differences between the Z87X-D3H and Z87X-UD3H boards from Gigabyte ?
If I have other questions, I'll post them there. Thanks in advance for your help !
I would personally ditch that Rosewill PSU. As for the difference in motherboard, the UD3H have Display Port, 2x eSATA ports that are connected to a Marvell chip. According to the website, you can either use those 2 ports internally (RAID capable) or use them as eSATA. It also have a BIOS switch and a voltage measuring points.
That Rosewill PSU is actually a very high quality rebranded Superflower model - that said you could do better for the price considering your low power requirements. (like a Seasonic Platinum unit)
The same thing goes for your CPU cooler, it's a pretty good unit but you could do better for the price or save a few bucks.
Overall your build is pretty solid, my only gripe would be mediocre pricing. I'd buy from another retailer that price matches and save some money. (unless you're taking advantage of Newegg's new customer promo?)
I will also ditch the Rosewill and get 16GB of ram.
No real negatives, maybe a few suggestions/opinions, except the expensive prices you are quoting! You should look in other sites and buy from the ones that price match.
The Rosewill PSU is Superflower OEM, one of the best, but as of today, the rebate on the Corsair HX 650 (Seasonic OEM) make it a better deal.
An i5 is worthy of a 140mm cooler don't you think? Worst case, if you're not overclocking, you can still move more air with slower fan and keep things quieter.
Not a fan of Noctua colors? The NHU14 is really good.
The UD3H uses a more advance (last generation, not that advanced) sound chip, has display port, and more USB 2.0.
However, none of that matters if you plan on getting a discrete GPU, sound card, wireless adapter, etc., because then you can get the cheapest motherboard from a reputable manufacturer such as Asus, Gigabyte and MSI and add exactly what you need and end up with better functionality. The best sound on the best motherboard won't sound as good as a discrete mid-range soundcard.
I prefer the Asus brand: ASUS Z87-A with ASUS GTX770-DC2OC.
I'd get a newer case like the ARC MIDI R2. It's smaller but everything fits in and gets cooled all the same. Maybe add to your budget and get the Corsair Air 540.
I wouldn't go for high-end SSD. A Plextor M5s is plenty enough speed for me.
If in CA, go Asus / MSI just in case of problems which you'll have to RMA for.
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