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Oleonius July 24, 2013 11:33 AM

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 @ 50C, 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 !

moocow July 24, 2013 04:46 PM

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.

ilya July 24, 2013 05:11 PM

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?)

onin July 24, 2013 08:37 PM

I will also ditch the Rosewill and get 16GB of ram.

Luay79 July 25, 2013 02:16 AM

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.

Dzzope July 25, 2013 03:46 AM

If in CA, go Asus / MSI just in case of problems which you'll have to RMA for.

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