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Petko G

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Hi guys,

I've been "leeching" information from this forum for a while now and I figured I might as well join it and get involved a little bit.

I have planned to purchase a home pc and I need to get some feedback on my selections before I proceed with the purchase.

Here it is:

Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO USB 3.0 Motherboard (4x DDR3, ATX, 2x PCI Express 3.0/2.0, Intel, Wi-Fi )

CPU: Intel 1150 i7-4771 Core i7 Box Quad-Core Haswell CPU (3.50GHz, 8MB Cache, 84W, Socket 1150)

GPU: Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card (4GB, GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9

PSU: Seasonic X-750 Full module 750W ATX12V Power Supply Unit - Gold

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R Micro ATX Midi Tower White

System Drive: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

Storage Drive: Seagate ST1000DX001 3.5 inch 1TB Hybrid Internal Solid State Drive


The purpose of this system is one that would last a couple of years without the need of upgrading and not so demanding games like Diablo3,CS:GO etc.

I would greatly appreciate it if you can give me more specifics around the PSU. I am almost sure the one I have chosen is overkill for this system and I could really use a decrease in price.

Also, would all the components fit well together?

Thank you in advance :)

Edit: I have decided that i need to cut a bit from the budget and therefore I will lower the memory to 8GB. I heard it is better to have 2x4GB instead of 1x8GB. Is that correct?
The other possible cut is with the power supply. I am open for suggestions there.

Edited by Petko G, 02 March 2014 - 05:49 PM.

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Gday Petko G, Posted Image

Good build, but if mostly for gaming, you could use the i5-4670K CPU.
PSU, if you have no intention of adding a second GPU later, a quality 500 watt PSU will be more than enough for the system, would calculate later to confirm after all other parts are selected.
To get the best prices without hunting the Net, please register on (free account) > http://pcpartpicker.com/ be sure to add you zip code in the preferencess. Seelect your country at top right. Select your parts and post the Permalink (top left) in your next reply. We will then configure a build for you to consider.

Will you be using any video/photo/cad software?
What brand/model display will you be using?
If you are going to use an existing disc you own, is it a OEM, Dell/HP, Retail version, 32/64 bit?
is it already in use on another system?

Info, > http://www.game-deba...k-4-core-3-5ghz
> http://www.techbuyer...m/CPUgaming.php
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Hi iammykyl,

Thank you for the fast reply.

Here is my input after your suggestions:

Good build, but if mostly for gaming, you could use the i5-4670K CPU.


I did some research and followed the links you gave me and it really seems like I will not be able to utilize the full potential of the i7 .

PSU, if you have no intention of adding a second GPU later, a quality 500 watt PSU will be more than enough for the system, would calculate later to confirm after all other parts are selected.
To get the best prices without hunting the Net, please register on (free account) > http://pcpartpicker.com/ be sure to add you zip code in the preferencess. Seelect your country at top right. Select your parts and post the Permalink (top left) in your next reply. We will then configure a build for you to consider.


I have no intention of adding an additional GPU, thus the 4GB GTX 770 instead of the 2GB. Here is the system so far: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33jii
Your estimated wattage was pretty much right. Can you recommend a good, possibly not too noisy power supply?

I changed a couple of things to fit in a lower budget.

Will you be using any video/photo/cad software?


I could use PhotoShop or 3ds Max in rare occasions and for not very advanced things. So I would assume this goes as a no.

What brand/model display will you be using?


Not yet selected. I am open to suggestions after we finish the configuration.

If you are going to use an existing disc you own, is it a OEM, Dell/HP, Retail version, 32/64 bit?
is it already in use on another system?


I am not sure if you are referring to the OS here. If yes, I am currently using Windows 8.1 64 bit on my laptop.

Also, would it be better to use SSHD instead of HDD for a storage drive?

Edited by Petko G, 03 March 2014 - 06:33 AM.

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Gday.
Thanks for the info, just had a quick look before bed, Unfortunately you posted the link to CPP from the browser address, you need to copy and post the Permalink, see image.
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Hi iammykyl,

Here is the permalink : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33jii

I have also attached a screenshot in case you can't access the link.

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Edited by Petko G, 03 March 2014 - 04:15 PM.

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Gday.
Your link does work. The buld looks very goo , well balanced except.

would it be better to use SSHD

No. Not meant as a pure storage drive. Originally aimed at the notebook/laptop market where there was only one SATA port, enabling some features of a SSD with max storage space. Frequently used programs are stored in the NAND Cache: 8GB MLC, so works well as a boot drive. you would be very lucky when searching for a file or folder for it be already stored in that catch. Best practice would be to have one SSD and two mechanical drive, storage and backups., (changed in new configuration, one SSD one HDD)

Correct to add a new OS as you cannot put the one you are using in the new build.
Consider changing the windowed R4 case for a non windowed one, same price, better noise reductions.
PSU, site to download manual > http://www.corsair.c...ed-power-supply
Review, > http://www.pcper.com...s-and-Packaging

Updated configuration, > http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Pq6
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Hi,

Regarding the OS, can you give more details why Windows 8 can't be used? Is it possible to be available in the future or is it simply incompatible? I am going to go with Windows 7 instead for now.

The order has been placed and I am now waiting for delivery.

Thank you for your time and support :)
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Regarding the OS, can you give more details why Windows 8 can't be used? Is it possible to be available in the future or is it simply incompatible?
A. Windows 8 and 8.1 are compatible with your build but,
Reply #3 "am currently using Windows 8.1 64 b t on my laptop."
A. The Windows OS will be pre loaded on the laptop, Dell/Hp etc. And therefore an OEM Version. There will be a Microsoft Key code on a label somewhere on the Laptop, that code permanently ties that OS installation to that system and is not transferable to another system.


A boxed Retail version of Any Windows OS is transferable to another system, provided it is removed from the first installation, you may not have two installations installed at the same time.

Sorry I did not make that clearer before. If you prefer to have 8.1, is it too late to change your order?

If you need a guide on how to build or any other help, please post.

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Regarding the OS - I did not order an OS, if that's what you thought. I installed Windows 8 additionally to my laptop so it's not OEM. I can easily install it on the desktop. I will just need to figure out what else to put on my laptop... maybe Linux.


Regarding storage - What are your thoughts about Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB vs Seagate Barracuda 1TB ? I read reviews that WD have a longer lifespan than Seagate.


Regarding assembling the PC I will use this article from this forum. Looks very detailed so I shouldn't have issues.


Currently, the only essential thing I need is a monitor!


I will include a full build once everything is finished.
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Gday.
Re. OS, got it. I use Puppy Linux (Sea Monkey) from a USB stick but can be installed to the HDD, Puppy is a small installation, very fast, additional plug ins for almost anything you want to do. The latest release, Puppy Linux, (Lupu) > http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06068

Regarding storage - What are your thoughts about Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB vs Seagate Barracuda 1TB ?

The WD is 5400rpm, stops when not used for x number or time then spins up when needed to be used, would never be any good except for storage ($65.00) so slower than the Seagate ST1000DM003 7200rmp, no stop start, ($55.00). and could be used as a Boot drive. I have never seen a test/benchmark saying the WD would outlast the Seagate, so the Seagate for me.

Monitor> This article is pretty fair in its assessment of G-sync, happen you could research some more and get back,
> http://www.eurogamer...a-g-sync-review
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