Question about config + graphics cards

By Guilgo
Jul 4, 2013
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  1. Hi guys, first of all I would like to state that this will be my first pc bought piece by piece, so I'm worried I might be doing something stupid. I got a lappy i7 with an nvidia 1gb card on it and it suits me fine, but it isn't really built for gaming (it overheats a lot) so I'm looking into a desktop machine. I have been reading a lot on the subject and so far this is what I came up with:

    i7 4770k ($330)
    Hydro Cooler Corsair h55 ($70)
    MB asus sabertooth z87 ($240)
    2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz ($73)
    OCZ 700W MODXSTREAM-PRO 80PLUS SM ($99)
    Hd Wd 1tb Sata3 64mb 7200rpm ($67)
    2GB XFX 7870 ($265) OR Sapphire RADEON 7850 1gb ($230)
    LED 24" FULLHD AOC ($190)
    Gabinete Thermaltake V4 Black Edition ($90)
    *I'm planning to buy an SSD later on.

    Ok,
    my doubts here are:
    - Are all the parts well chosen? if not, what changes would you make? * I can't spend more than state above at the moment

    - Is this the best card in the price range ?

    -Will I be able to Crossfire/SLI in the future if needed?

    -Will I be able to play games such as Battlefield 3~4 and most recent games at a decent fps(fullHD probably)?
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    You're spending way too much on CPU/MOBO, with a low-end cooler, instead of pumping cash into GPU.

    - Get a HD7970 or a GTX770 at minimum.
    - Maybe make changes to that PSU, it's not the best brand I hear, and 700W doesn't leave room for expansion.
    - You can safely drop down to an i5 (saving $100) and drop down on your mobo (save $100).
  3. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,797   +882

    Like Stick said, you put way too much into the CPU. Get a i5 4670K + ASUS Z87-A + Hyper 212 Evo. Put the savings toward a AMD HD 7950/7970 or nVidia Geforce GTX 760/770/780. That will play BF3 and 4 @ max settings @ 1080P. The motherboard supports SLI (2 way), so you are fine. As for the PSU, I would recommend a Corsair HX750. Also, you can get 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance RAM for $65 (cheaper than the one you chose). Finally, you can squeeze in a SSD. I would recommend either a OCZ Vertex 450, OCZ Vector, or a Samsung 840 Pro. Also, make sure the HDD is a WD Black.
  4. Guilgo

    Guilgo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter


    Thanks! you've helped a lot.
    final questions,
    -If I cant find the Z87-A can I settle for the Gryphon Z87?
    -Are you sure that the Hyper 212 Evo compatible with the LGA 1150 socket?
    -Is there a particular kind of Chassis I need to look for? Cheapest x quality possible.


    Thanks! you've helped a lot.
  5. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,797   +882

    Well, I recommended the Z87-A because you chose a Sabertooth mobo before, so I thought you wanted ASUS. I wouldnt go cheap with motherboards, so what is available where you are? The Hyper 212 Evo is compatible with the new socket. I Recommend the Corsair 200R Chassis. It is cheap and good quality.
  6. Guilgo

    Guilgo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter


    Gryphon is ASUS, I chose sabertooth because of the armour it has, but its way too expensive. I'll look for that chassis, looks like a good one.
    I need a mobo with a decent heating solution, nothing too fancy, but those "LE" models they had back then wont work for me.

    List of Mobo I got to choose from at the moment:

    MB (1150) ASUS B85M-G .......................................95.00
    MB (1150) ASUS GRYPHON Z87...................................190.00
    MB (1150) ASUS H87-PLUS ...................................130.00
    MB (1150) ASUS H87M-E ...................................... 115.00
    MB (1150) ASUS H87M-PLUS ....................................125.00
    MB (1150) ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87................................240.00
    MB (1150) ASUS Z87-DELUXE....................................300.00
    MB (1150) ASUS Z87-EXPERT .................................. 290.00
    MB (1150) ASUS Z87-K ......................................145.00
    MB (1150) ASUS Z87-PLUS......................................190.00
    MB (1150) ASUS Z87-PRO ... 243.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE B85M-D3H S/V/R/D/H 100.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE B85M-HD3 S/V/R/DVI/HDMI 100.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE G1-SNIPER M5 S/R/DVI/HDMI 228.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE Z87-D3HP S/V/R/DVI/HDMI 149.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE Z87M-D3H S/V/R/DVI/HDMI 135.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H S/V/R/DVI/HDMI 214.00
    MB P8 1150P GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H S/V/R/DVI/HDMI 250.00
  7. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,797   +882

    The Gigabyte Z87-D3HP is probably the best bang for the buck, along with the ASUS Z87-K. The Sabertooth is just a marketing scheme. My friend has it and it doesnt perform any better than my lower end board.


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