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The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:10 pm

Hey guys,

Just wanted your advice on my build that I've got going. I don't really want to spend too much money on this one so I pulled it pretty much straight from the econobox save for a few things.

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    Asus Z87-Pro
    i7-4770K
    Corsair Vengence 16GB
    Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB
    Corsair TX750w PSU
    Corsair Carbide 200R
    Asus DVD Burner
    Arctic Silver 5
    Cooler Master RR-H101 80mm CPU Cooler
    Win 8


The monitor will most like be a Sony 32" LED Smart TV, as I need something to do 2 jobs and keep costs down.

Feel free to fire away with any advice/changes. Primary usage of this PC will be playing BF4 and anything else great that comes out. I don't code/dev/edit or do any of that stuff (actually I might do some small coding as I'm going to start learning, but this will be fine).
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:36 pm

The build looks great, but that i3 will most likely bottleneck the 780. Nothing to cry about, but keep in mind I doubt you'll get the 100 percent best performance out of it. BF3 beta is awesome btw, although I have to run it on low :3
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:54 pm

why not go for the 4TB seagate, only $25 more for 2TB's

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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:55 pm

I'm skipping out on the 2TB at the moment but when I go for more storage I'll def grab the 4TB.

Any suggestions on alternatives to the i3 then? I could probably switch up the mobo to the Asus Z87-Pro (the built in wifi is a big pull) and run say a i5-4670K (I have no idea TBH, reccomend something that isn't too much more expensive than my i3 haha) ?
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:13 pm

understandable, but i'll leave that i3/5 core for intel lads to answer.

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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:31 pm

If you could upgrade to a Z87+4670K, that would be awesome. I see no reason why you shouldn't, although there may be slightly cheaper alternatives. Just make sure your PSU has enough juice ^^
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:42 pm

I'd try to bump it up to a quad, but other than that, I don't see anything I'd jump up and down about changing.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:51 pm

Fantastic. Newegg has a deal going on for a i7-4770K/Asus Z87 Pro/Corsair Vengence 16Gb/Corsair TX750 for $750 odd. Might look into that. What are the benefits/downfalls of the i7 over a i5-4670k?
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:18 pm

Hyperthreading, so potentially more throughput on highly threaded apps/games.

The wife has a 4770K and she loves it but I can only compare it to my 2700K...and for CPU-constrained stuff it's quite a bit faster even at stock versus mine at 4.4 GHz.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:00 am

Between that response and a few comparison reviews it looks like I'll go with the i7.

DONE!

Asus Z87-Pro
i7-4770K
Corsair Vengence 16GB
Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB
Corsair TX750w PSU
Corsair Carbide 200R
Asus DVD Burner
Arctic Silver 5
Cooler Master RR-H101 80mm CPU Cooler
Win 8

Anything I'm missing?
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:44 am

anything missing?

i was gonna say Win7 :p, but that's another story :)

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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:52 am

stuntmonkeynz wrote: Anything I'm missing?
Mouse, keyboard, speakers ?
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:00 am

Before I read anyone else's response:

  1. Drop the 840 Pro to a non-Pro, unless you really expect to be doing a lot of seqential writing to the SSD. It's a lot of extra cost for not a massive real-world gain, sequential-writes being the exception.
  2. Drop the G.SKILL fancy Ripjaws RAM down to something cheaper. DDR3 1600 CL9 is all you need to look for, and Crucial make some pretty cheap RAM with those specs and a lifetime guarantee. Maybe consider 16GB if you're working with 3D models or huge multi-layer image files
  3. Get an i5 instead of an i3. If you're encoding, rendering, compiling or gaming it'll be worth the extra. There's a $15 promo on the i5-3570 right now.

Otherwise looks good. You could also save by going mATX motherboard and case, though it'll only be a few bucks.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:10 am

Oh, nevermind - I see you're done ;)
The i7 is about 15% better than the i5 for productivity, (rendering/compiling/encoding) it offers practically nothing over an i5 for gaming.

If you haven't already bought a reasonable cooler (the CoolerMaster Hyper 412S is a pretty good value, 1150-compatible option) you need to get one for overclocking:
4.2GHz should be possible without making it much hotter or noisier - the key is not to boost voltage if you want to keep things cool and quiet.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:30 am

Keyboard I'm unsure off, but the MS Sidewinder does look pretty good. I have a Logitech MX510 that I have used for years, that I love. So maybe a replacement for that in wireless form.

Headphone wise I'd LOVE to find a set of wireless ones that aren't terrible due to interference, but I doubt they exist, so I'll settle for a set of sennheisers pc350s?

Chrispy - Thanks for the advice, the ram that is included is part of the bundle, so I may as well. As for the cooler, I've never found the need to overclock any of my machines so I'm hoping my current cooler that I chose should be sufficient.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:08 am

For keyboards, check out mechanical switches. I'm using a Razer BlackWidow with Cherry Blues. The sound took some getting used to, since it is noticeably louder, but the tactile feedback is excellent.

There aren't a lot of wireless mechanical keyboards out there, at least not that I've seen, but it's always worth giving one a feel.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:59 pm

Yeah I'm going to swing by bestbuy later this evening and give one a try. I've never used one at all.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:02 pm

"Straight from the Econobox"

Haha, good luck with your system :3
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:26 pm

Originally it was!! :oops:
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:55 pm

Make sure of the c2 stepping for z87.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:23 pm

Sorry?
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:27 pm

Crap. Now I need a new monitor. 32" is going to be too big so I'm going to shell out for a 27". Any recommendations?
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:12 am

i7-4770K, H70, Gryphon Z87, 16 GiB, R9-290, SSD, 2 HD, Blu-ray, SB ZX, TJ08-E, SS-660XP², 3007WFP+2001FP, RK-9000BR, MX518
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:33 am

stuntmonkeynz,

forgive me if I missed something but you mentioned BF4, yet there's no discrete GPU in your list? You're going to want to add one to the list, unless you already own a power graphics card.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:48 am

I have an EVGA GTX780.

JAE - Thank you sir! Neither have HDMI though? What are you're thoughts on this?

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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:46 am

Wow! That's a kickass GPU. Great choice :D
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:50 am

Unless you're using a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, you might as well be using DVI.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:26 am

I'd like the HDMI option so I can plug my xbox in as well.

ante - Thanks, my buddy works at NVIDIA so he always has a spare of a new card he's tested ;D
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:40 am

Well you can get an HDMI to DVI cable for that.

Otherwise, check reviews on the one you linked or check out offerings from Dell, HP, and ASUS. Those brands will definitely cost more, but they are more likely to have convenience features like HDMI ports.
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Re: The mixed build

Postposted on Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:08 am

Good point.

The Dell 29" Ultrawide IPS looks pretty tempting too.
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