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created 05/12/2014 8:30 pm by Amoux
last reply 05/13/2014 4:49 pm
Please say your recommendations or dislikes. I need to stay in this price range so don't say anything too crazy.


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05/12/2014 10:44 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Wolf Whisperer
Alright, how's this? I know I still have the 780 and it is pricey but I am willing to do it. I would rather have a nVidia card than a Radeon.
Thanks for suggestions.
05/13/2014 4:49 pm
Level 26 : Expert Princess
Why don't you want the Radeon card? Unless you need CUDA there really is no reason to pay that much extra for a Nvidia card. You can get an r9 290x for around the same price. Also please get a z97 motherboard, they have many new features, are better than Z87 boards for overclocking, and will support 5th Gen Broadwell CPUs when they come out. Do you want an ASUS motherboard? The 840 pro isn't all that much better than and isn't wort paying that much more for over the 840 evo 120gb or the 840 evo 250gb. The PSU you choose is overpriced and you can get better for cheaper/the same price. And change the Windows 8.1 I choose, it's the same thing but 10$ cheaper.
05/12/2014 9:41 pm
Level 26 : Expert Princess
You are way overpaying for that 780. You can easily get one for ~100$ less or a r9 290 for 180$ less. Also you should be getting a Z97 motherboard since the have more features and overclock better than Z87 boards. If you plan on SLI/X-Fire with a 780/r9 290 you will need a 850 watt PSU to give headroom for upgrades and overclocking. I would get the CPU yet since Haswell refresh CPUs are coming out soon and should be better for overclocking.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.05 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($100.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1490.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-12 21:40 EDT-0400)
05/12/2014 10:21 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Wolf Whisperer
Do I need two network cards? Also, how does that GPU compare to a 780Ti? Another thing, I realized the NZXT Phantom comes with fans and there would be no point of buying an extra 120mm since it already comes with one, and no other slots for another 120mm.
05/12/2014 10:31 pm
Level 26 : Expert Princess
Oops, you only need one wireless card, I just forgot to remove the ASUS one. The r9 290 has similar performance to a 780. You won't need a 780ti if you are only gaming at 1080p.
05/12/2014 9:25 pm
Level 28 : Expert Engineer
What is this computer going to be used for?
List what you will be doing with your computer.
What is your budget?
Include amount and currency.
Where do you live? If in the US, do you have a nearby Microcenter?
Your country lets us know what sites you can order from. If you have a nearby Microcenter they have some great in-store only deals that you can take advantage of.
What is included in the budget?
Things like the tower, the OS, peripherals and monitors.
Will you be overclocking?
Overclocking will require different hardware than a non-overclocking build so we need to know this.
Will you be reusing any parts?
If you are reusing parts list them here.
What OS do you want?
Say which OS you want or say if you already have a copy of one.
Any specific case preferences?
Size, color, etc.
Any other special features that you want in the build?
Stuff like an SSD, large hard drive, RAID, and wifi
05/12/2014 9:11 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Taco
Is this for gaming? If so i'd drop the i7 and see if you can get a 780 ti, a modular/semi modular PSU. You can also get a cheaper HDD, my wd blue 1tb for 30$ cheaper works fine. For this budget id also add an SSD. Also a full tower atx case will not be necesary, but you can get it if you want.

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