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Old October 15, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Hi Everyone,
I need some help on a my first new build in about 10 yrs. I will be using the machine for work (lots of multi-tasking many windows open at the same time & VPN into remote sites) & gaming (overclocking for sure)

Budget: Approx $1500 (Canadian)
Using NewEgg for the parts
CPU: Intel Fan

Here are the parts I was looking at:

Cart Item List:

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 Video Card
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Computer Case
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
ASUS Z87-PRO ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

I am re-using my Monitor, Keyboard & mouse.

Thanks
Dennis
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Old October 15, 2013, 12:34 PM
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Looks pretty solid. A few comments. I would wait for AMD's new R9 290 and 290X to hit the market. If rumours of performance and price are true it should drop gtx770 prices. Not sure about the case/cooler (I will let someone else chime in on that for specifics), but I would stick to an air cooler around $25 unless you go to water around $75 or more...others are all about liquid cooled, and I am sure they can give you a recommendation at the price range.
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Old October 15, 2013, 01:02 PM
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The Haf922 has been around for a while, and is starting to get pretty dated, I think. Lots of much nicer cases out there, IMO. IF you really love the specific looks of the 922, then so be it.

The H50 is a relatively low end watercooler that will be outclassed by a lot of $50 -$60 air coolers. Much better to go for an H80i at $80 right from the get go. It will give you much more potential for a decent overclock.
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Old October 15, 2013, 04:31 PM
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Check out the new NZXT case.. nice full tower for $90.. NZXT Source 530
if you don't like that, shop around. There are better cases than the 922 at the same price-point though as said above, if it's the looks you like then so be it.

Why buy off the egg? Memory express and NCIX both offer a price-match service that could save you a reasonable amount.

Another nice Asus board to look at is Newegg.ca - ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Great overclocker and higher quality audio though no wifi etc... You'll be able to oc both without issue but have a look at the hero in the review section..
You could go a bit cheaper very easily and still be able to oc etc but is up to you for the features you want.

Personally I'm not a fan of corsair memory.. But thats just personal preference. Gskill are worth looking at as are Mushkin and a few others.
Look at different speeds, you don't necessarily need faster ram but if there is only a few bucks in the difference then why get the slower stuff.

Agree with the above on the cooler. Go air or go for the higher end AIO's.

Try double your SSD, My first was 120Gb and really annoying as I had to move stuff loads. also you don't really want to fill an ssd (or really any drive) as it will get slower.

Last but no means least.. 7970 is FAR superior value at the moment. $300~ (or less with MIR's) and free games as well. That or wait for the 290x and either get that or let it hit the nvidia prices as they are pretty far behind in the performance per dollar game.

Also something you MIGHT want to look into is MANTLE.. read more here: A Closer Look at AMD's Mantle (Comment Thread)
Read the review and the thread to get up to speed.
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