View Full Version : Gonna build (or buy) a new rig

12-11-2014, 05:16 AM
OK, I got the green light to get a new computer for my cave/office. Trouble is I have not kept up with whats good out there for quite some time so I am in need of some direction.

I would like a all around machine that will also do gaming. While I have not bought any of the newer games I would like it to be "ready" for the stuff coming down the pike as well as play the old school games (UT).

So a few questions that are of the top of my head.

Intel or AMD ? i7 or whatever AMDs equivalent?
HDMI or stay with DVI?

I am anal on backup, so maybe a RAID setup? A pair of 2TB, does that work with a SSD in the system? How?

SSD. how big, and how do you use it? I mean is it for the OS or something else?

I'm thinking 16 MB or memory.

LOTS of USB ports

Dual layer blue ray burner.

Video card, need real help with this one!

600w power supply.

Whose mother board? I have always been partial to ASUS, what model?

Oh yeah, budget is around $1400.

Or should I just buy one already put together with a warranty? Who's making something decent?

I know, lots of question, but I have already started to look around and my head is spinning already. HELP!


12-11-2014, 09:15 AM
GTX 970 - 900 series comes with power savings

SSD for OS and games. 120 gig works for me but, I have had to clear it off a few times. OCZ Vertex 3 and Samsung 840 were the best. Dunno about now.

Asus mobo

I7- quad

12-12-2014, 08:52 AM
i5 not good enough?

I've settled on the ASUS Z97 Pro for a MoBo

And so far everything I picked out, but not firm yet has already totaled up to 1800. :(

12-12-2014, 10:31 PM
i5 not good enough?

You are right. I don't think my 2500k has bottle-necked anything yet. But, I didn't think you were going to reach that 1400 either. Your not reusing case, KB, Mouse, exc..?

It looks like the Samsung 850 is 20% faster than the 840.

12-13-2014, 07:21 AM
OK, Here's what I have so far:

i7-4790K chip
Asus z97 Pro MB
DDR3-1600 Mem @16meg (not sure what brand, probably Crucial or Kingston)
Samsung 840 SSD @ 500gb
EVGA GTX970 vid @4mb
Thermaltake full tower case
Corsair 850w PS
BluRay 12x
WD black 2tb HD

Win 8 OS

I am keeping my old mouse, 24" Viewsonic (HDMI) monitor and keyboard, speakers.

Am I missing anything?

12-15-2014, 04:23 AM
I'd check with an online load calculator to see if 850 is a bit too much. It looks like something everyone over-sizes.

Besides that, looks solid (without checking ps plugs, video card size vs case, exc..).

12-16-2014, 04:38 AM
Your right, estimate wattage was 351, so a 550 is more than enough.

This looks like my final cut sheet.

PCPartPicker part list (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FnrJRB) / Price breakdown by merchant (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FnrJRB/by_merchant/)

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k) ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) ($26.75 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z97pro) ($157.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmd16gx3m2a1600c9) ($204.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e500bam) ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10efrx) ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-strixgtx970dc2oc4gd5) ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower Case (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn300m1w2n) ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cs550m) ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-wh14ns40) ($47.26 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-885370635003) ($129.94 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1714.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-16 10:43 EST-0500

12-19-2014, 08:09 AM
That is a cool site.

12-20-2014, 07:04 AM
So,with the 4790K and 212 Evo, you plan to overclock? I ask because that is some Premium RAM. I mean if you are stuck on Corsair, there are cheaper 1600 kits out there


I was sold on Corsair Dominator OC RAM for a long time, but my last two builds have been GSkill, and they OC'ed liek a Mo'Fo...stable to.


Can save some ducats there to put towards a 1TB SSD.....wish I had one>.<


12-24-2014, 06:46 AM
Got this set instead.


12-24-2014, 06:47 AM
Got this set instead.


12-26-2014, 07:16 AM

This thing is SICK! (as in very good)

12-29-2014, 09:29 AM
You've already got it together? Your first ssd?

12-29-2014, 09:51 AM
Yeah, it's up and running. My first SSD, so I went to a couple of sites on how to optimize windows 7 for the SSD, or did I optimize the SSD for windows 7 ?

Either way, I am real happy with the overall results.

UT plays really nice!