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Kerric 28th Jun 2014

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Hey,

I've been itching to get a rig for some time, since my existing one is getting a bit outdated and makes more noise than a thousand vuvuzela's. I've been doing some research on it, mainly the "Guide to buying PC gaming hardware" thread on the Star Citizen forum, but since I generally don't know much about these things I thought I'd post the set up I'm considering here, in case any of the more tech-savvy xsg'ers happens to notice any flaws or bottlenecks. The system will be used mainly for gaming, and I'm buying it from a company that builds it for me and have some pre'set alternatives for parts, so I'm mainly looking for feedback on any major flaws or bottlenecks not minor upgrades/sidegrades or alternatives that cost less.

Here's the component list:
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Nvidia Edition
PSU: XFX ProSeries XXX Edition 850W PSU
Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 7, Socket-1150,
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K,  RAM: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1866MHz 16GB KIT
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Gaming 3GB PhysX
SSD: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB BK OEM
HDD: Seagate® Desktop SSHD 1TB
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

I'm also looking at some additional cooling to keep it quiet (and thereby keeping noise-complaints from the missus quiet), but haven't decided on which yet. Will also think about adding another GTX 780 in SLI/Crossfire down the road for the fun of it, I think the PSU and Motherboard should be enough to handle that.

Thanks in advance


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Lavium 28th Jun 2014

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I'm way out of the loop on this stuff, but do you need an 850W PSU for a single graphics card?


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Kerric 28th Jun 2014

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Probably not I did a quick check on a power usage calculator thing, where I put in a dual GPU setup (which I wanna be able to do in the future), and it recommended a 700W PSU. So I added abit to be on the safe side, and since the price difference wasn't all that much.


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Scott 29th Jun 2014

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Is Price an issue at all ? i would go for a higher rated PSU like the 860I Corsair. One of them parts you buy once every 5 years so getting a good one at the start of a new build is a good step.

How are you cooling your CPU

Other than that looks great



Kerric 29th Jun 2014

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QuoteIs Price an issue at all ? i would go for a higher rated PSU like the 860I Corsair. One of them parts you buy once every 5 years so getting a good one at the start of a new build is a good step.

How are you cooling your CPU

Other than that looks great
Price isn't a big issue, would rather invest a bit more now (especially on parts like the PSU and Motherboard) than having to switch it. Since I'm getting it built, I'm a bit limited in choices of parts, but I see the Corsair RM850 is listed, would that be around the same quality as the 860l?

I'm adding a CPU cooler, just haven't decided exactly which one yet. Probably one of the Corsair H-series.



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Geekbyte 29th Jun 2014

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I ran 2 x 670's in SLI with a i7 2600K overclocked to 4.5GHz on a 850w Corsair PSU. As long as the PSU is good quality and provides stable current across the 12v rails, then you'll be fine.

Even though a 780 pulls 250-300w I'd be surprised if a 850w PSU couldn't handle 2 of them.

Gold or Platinum standard is also something to look for when deciding on a PSU as their efficiency rating will help power your system. Plus a good customer service system too.

Most all-in-one water coolers are good, just see what will fit in your case & how they rate. Again Corsair are fairly decent, although some models have teething issues (H100i).


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Scott 29th Jun 2014

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Yeah i sent my H100I back and opted for the H110 instead the Link Software is complete Junk.


Kerric 29th Jun 2014

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Allright, thanks for the feedback Was actually considering the H100i, so will definitely go for something else with the cooler. And I'll probably go for the corsair 850w PSU, seems like it had some good reviews.


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Ezrail 2nd Jul 2014

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This looks like a damn good machine. Just think about that SSD. Do you really need that big SSD? There you can maybe save some money or/and redirect it to bigger HDD for storage purposes but this depends on do you really need that big SSD or not. I really dropped out of the loop in last few years but I still see there is quite some difference in $/Gb when comparing HDD vs. SSD. Since you say this will be gaming rig than that SSD is really ok if you play a lot of games and plan on having them on SSD drive. 500 Gb can be filled rather fast. I for instance would be more than pleased to have 256Gb model since I play only 4-5 games at a time (well not currently since my 3d card dropped dead on my laptop) and the biggest game on my near future PC will be Star Citizen.

All in all very nice machine.


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