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My first High-End PC Build - Help/Advice/Feedback Would Be Much Appreciated

RhodesW
  • 71 months ago

Hi, here is the link to my build:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/MHH3gs

I would appreciate any ratings/improvements that anyone could give me regarding the components.

Thanks, Rhodes

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

What is your primary use of this build. Will you be gaming, rendering, stuff like that? I would recommend windows 8.1, but I assume you went with windows 7 for personal preference, which is fine.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

this would be helpfull if any suggestions are to be made :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

From the the part list it looks like it may be mostly for rendering and gaming, however I can't tell for sure, which makes it difficult for giving accurate feedback and suggestions.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be using the PC for high-end gaming, video editing, rendering, general multitasking, etc.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Would get a cheaper black and red motherboard so you can use the extra money elsewhere

Would probably look for 1600mhz ram, 1333 is a bit on the low end

Switch to a Crucial MX100, the differences in real world performance aren't very big, but the price difference is

Drop the Phantom down to a phantom 530. Fulltower you only need if you're liquid cooling or 4 gpus.

Get a 290 instead of a 4gb 770. The problem with a 4gb 770 is the memory bit bus is only 256 bit, and as a result the extra vram takes longer to access (marginally). A 290 from the get go is a more powerful card, and the 512 bit bus means it can access that vram faster.

Switch to win8.1. Win8.1 gives you the same UI as 7 (get a start menu button replacement app), better performance, and confirmed dx12 support which win7 doesn't have.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £227.99 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler £64.98 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £101.96 @ Scan.co.uk
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £124.14 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £77.10 @ Scan.co.uk
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.99 @ Aria PC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card £257.99 @ Aria PC
Case NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case £96.64 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £94.99 @ Amazon UK
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer £14.89 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) £79.11 @ Amazon UK
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter £26.87 @ Aria PC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £1238.65
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the "MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard" you suggested as good as the "Asus Maximus VII Hero"? Even for Overclocking?

And I think I'll stick with the full tower case as I prefer the look and want it to be as futureproof as possible. Also, I think I might go with a GTX 780 3GB and I'll definitely be using Windows 7 (personal preference).

Thanks for the help, and do you think any additional fans will be required?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it will overclock as well. Unless you're overclocking using LN2, they will all get the same overclocks.

The 780 though I would really recommend against as well as win 7. A 290 performs marginally better than a 780 and costs less while giving you an additional gb of vram.

Win 8 is EXACTLY the same. Literally no difference between it and win7 when you've installed a start menu button replacement and updated to 8.1. Losing directx12 in the future is going to be a problem for you as new games come out using it. Two of the biggest features of dx12 is that it will considerably reduce vram requirements and cpu overhead.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'll just go with windows 7 and then I can upgrade the OS in the future if I wish.

Also, I generally prefer Nvidia Cards (I know this is a stupid reason for choice of components, but yeah) although if there is absolutely no comparison between the 780 and the R9 290 then I might go with AMD on this one.

Also, how hard is it to actually build the PC? I am confident that I could do it (I've done lots of research and watched many tutorials), however I would hate it if I accidentally messed up the system or components somehow. I would be following all precautions though (i.e. ESD Wrist-Band, wooden workplace, etc.)

Thanks, Rhodes

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