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Been saving for a year for a Beast!!! Please help!

sgt_hawk_eye

61 months ago

I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on my new build but I thought it would be best to get it looked at here before I hand over my hard earned. I've spent the last year trying to save everything I can to put into a build.

This PC will be my daily driver. Mostly, it will be used for gaming, internet browsing, email, word processing etc. No real encoding or video editing work will be done. I plan on overclocking the CPU and swapping out all the stock fans for Corsair SP/AF fans. I will most likely not overclock the GPUs, unless that can be done with the stock coolers. I'm looking to keep these PC as quite as possible (as quite as something can be with 6 case fans, 4 GPU fans and a PSU fan).

Rationale for the parts chosen: -Performance with ability to overclock -Red & black aesthetic -Storage expandability

I have a feeling that my motherboard selection may have me paying for the brand name... It's just the only board that seems to fit my needs and has a look that I like.

Deciding on a monitor has been the hardest part of this build. 1440p, 24" or 27", 60hz or 144hz or a combination of all of the above. In the end I've nominated what seems to be a decent gaming option. I may grab a second panel in a couple months to increase my productivity (unfortunately, I don't have the physical space for a triple-screen setup)

Is there anything glaring wrong with my build? Or are there things people could suggest as alternatives keeping in mind my context for the build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $289.00 @ Centre Com
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $159.00 @ CPL Online
Motherboard Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $269.00 @ CPL Online
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $145.00 @ IJK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $98.00 @ Centre Com
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) $519.00 @ CPL Online
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) $519.00 @ CPL Online
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $158.00 @ CPL Online
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $145.00 @ Centre Com
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $119.00 @ CPL Online
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $419.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $19.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $19.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $19.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.00 @ CPL Online
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2956.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-23 14:40 EST+1100

Edit: formatting

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Aussie :D Looks great too me. Might want to swap the HDD to a Western Digital but that might just be my personal preference. Great choice for the case and monitor too. Awesome... But hold on... Where's the RAM lol? :P Good luck!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Crap... That was dumb... I restarted this build after a few changes and forgot to add it.

Updated build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $289.00 @ Centre Com
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $159.00 @ CPL Online
Motherboard Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $269.00 @ CPL Online
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $125.00 @ CPL Online
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $145.00 @ IJK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $98.00 @ Centre Com
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) $519.00 @ CPL Online
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) $519.00 @ CPL Online
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $158.00 @ CPL Online
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $145.00 @ Centre Com
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $119.00 @ CPL Online
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $419.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $19.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $19.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $19.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.00 @ CPL Online
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $3081.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-23 16:33 EST+1100
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. Great PSU, that's the one I'm getting too :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The Kraken x61 is going to take up two 140mm fan spots, so either the top or front. Are you planning to have three 120s at the top, 140 rear and replace the Kraken x61 fans?

My build is nearly exactly the same that I planned (except the white H440 and a white/red/black scheme), I opted for the 1TB Western Digital. Seagate is a very solid hard drive brand though so take your pick.

What about memory?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Three 120mms in the front (replacing the stock H440 fans. Two 140mms on the Kraken x61 and one 140mm on the rear exhaust.

WD/Seagate... It really just came down to cost.

Updated my build for memory. Any other suggestions thoughts? I'm thinking of picking up some red sleeved cable extensions to complete the look - how many cables to the 970s require?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The MSI 970 takes an 8 pin and a 6 pin.

check out www.ensourced.net for custom sleeved cables. I went with some of these with a white/red/black colored paracord sleeved cables.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked that website out... I like the look of those cables. I've also seen that CableMod do complete sleeved replacement sets for EVGA G2 PSUs. I might just pick up one of those in red.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thanks.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

May also want to consider raising RAM to 16 GB's.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your thought behind this? From what I've read 8GB should be fine for gaming/internet/daily-driver. 16GB+ looks to be for more photo/video editing?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

8 GB certainly will work, but it seems underpowered compared to the rest of your build. It's not necessary, but I'd suggest 16 GB just for the flexibility it gives.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking I'll stick with 8 GB for now and upgrade if/when the time comes. I will have the two spare DIMMS on the HERO board.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Swap the MSI GPUs for ASUS STRIX. They cost less than what you put on and are just as good.

With the money saved on the GPUs, swap the i5 4690k for an i7-4790k.

Also get some RAM. 8 GB for Gaming, 16 GB for video editing.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated my build for memory... That's an embarrassing thing to forget. Added 8GB, I won't be video editing.

Really? STRIX cards... I haven't seen them cheaper than MSI's version anywhere. Got a link ($AUS)?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI matches the red/black scheme better IMO. I also read that the MSI runs a little cooler but the Asus is a bit quieter. The H440 does not have the best air flow so I would go with the MSI in this regard.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I am in US. Can't see what you guys see for prices easily.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked the prices in the US. Everything seems more expensive in Austrailia. The graphics card in your build is $349.99 USD in the US. The strix is $1 USD less.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, everything thing here is Aus is pretty much more expensive than in the US. I was in New York at the start of the year and I was amazed that beer was half the price it is in Aus!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Incorrect. The Asus is more expensive in Australia than the MSI, plus the MSI has a higher clock speed, so it is (in most cases) faster.

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