A Possible Haswell Build

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A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:25 pm

I was reading the newest system guide released here and I was thinking about what my next build should be. This next build would play some games off of Steam (maybe not AAA games, but AA games) and the usual things that everyone does with PCs these days. This is my set of ideas for my next build:

Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 ATX (GA-Z87X-UD3H) motherboard
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive (an LG Blu-Ray combo drive is also being considered)
Silverstone Tek FT02B-USB3.0 Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive
Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card
Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Panel Pro LED Monitor WQHD

I already have an XFX 650W PSU I acquired last year. I am still debating going to Windows 8 or Windows 7 Home Premium. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.
Laptop: HP Pavilion 17-e016dx. AMD A8-5550M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 8550G integrated video, 17.3" display, 1600*900 (HD+) resolution, SD card reader, Windows 8.1 (DL Classic Shell)
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:50 pm

This build looks good. It will blow the build in your sig away.

Get Windows 8. Once its updated to 8.1 (later this year) there will be no good reason not to use it.
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:29 pm

The build looks good overall. The 7870 is very close to the GTX 660 and I can run BF3 on ultra settings @ 60 fps on a 1920x1080 resolution. The system you are setting up is very close to what I am doing. Good luck with your build and enjoy! I am running Windows 8.1 right now and I am very pleased with it.
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:51 am

Your 2560x1440 monitor might merit a Radeon HD7950 Boost or a GeForce GTX670 instead of a Radeon HD7870 to provide fluid game play.
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:56 am

JAE, compared to the 670, wouldn't the 770 offer the better deal? It's not much more in price but offers much more performance.
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:57 am

I upgraded from Vista to WIndows 8, so I might have a skewed perspective, but WIndows 8 is fine, and what little I tried of 8.1 was even better.
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:08 pm

jossie wrote:I might have a skewed perspective


Basically Windows 8 is a little kid's version of Windows 7. Vista was the worst OS since Windows ME. Yes, you do have a skewed perspective.

I use Windows 8 at home, and I put up with the nuisances. I installed it on my computer at home only because I got it for free when I worked at Best Buy, and I don't like the idea of donating $100 to M$ for an OS which is worth $20.
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:02 pm

Well, there are still ways to get the desktop UI back to what it should be, rather than tolerating the Modern UI. Start8 and Classic Shell come to mind.
Laptop: HP Pavilion 17-e016dx. AMD A8-5550M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 8550G integrated video, 17.3" display, 1600*900 (HD+) resolution, SD card reader, Windows 8.1 (DL Classic Shell)
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Re: A Possible Haswell Build

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:23 pm

I have used Classic Start 8 but it was buggy. I have used another at my parent's house, I don't know what it's called but the Windows icon was black. I don't want to pay $ for the experience.
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