Hi, here is the link to my build:
I would appreciate any ratings/improvements that anyone could give me regarding the components.
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.
this would be helpfull if any suggestions are to be made :)
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.
I will be using the PC for high-end gaming, video editing, rendering, general multitasking, etc.
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
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?
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.
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.)