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First time gaming build (under 1400 pounds)

#1Raging_waterPosted 8/20/2013 7:40:51 AM(edited)
Hey, I'm building my very first computer and I'd just like a few opinions on if there's anything I should change or if I'm paying too much for a certain component.

CPU: Intel i7-4770k
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7990
MB: Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H
RAM: Corsair 2x4gb DDR3 1600Mhz
PSU: Corsair HX series 850w atx PSU
HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (64mb cache, 7200rpm)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit professional
Optical: Samsung 24x Sata Internal DVD±RW
Case: tba, most likely a cheap one (good ventilation and size, but not really aesthetically pleasing).

That comes to about £1360. I had originally planned my motherboard to be the ASUS Sabertooth Z87X, but after some research I heard that motherboard was a bit overpriced for not too many extra features in comparison to something like the £80 cheaper Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H, especially if I'm only planning on a medium overclock.

The CPU is my main concern. Research reveals for a gaming rig the i5-4670k currently performs just as well as the i7-4770k and is about £80 cheaper, but the latter has Hyperthreading which may be useful for future gaming. Are there some opinions between the two?
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#2gastamanPosted 8/20/2013 7:59:32 AM
Not about the CPU, but according to PCPartPicker, this PSU is about the same price as the HX850, but is fully modular:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbefx

You can also go with a lower wattage PSU if you want to save some money. A good quality 650-750 watt PSU would suffice.
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#3Raging_water(Topic Creator)Posted 8/20/2013 11:31:48 AM(edited)
gastaman posted...
Not about the CPU, but according to PCPartPicker, this PSU is about the same price as the HX850, but is fully modular:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbefx

You can also go with a lower wattage PSU if you want to save some money. A good quality 650-750 watt PSU would suffice.


Thanks, I'll consider that. Dabs is currently out of stock on those but another place has them, it's whether I'm willing to order from a third place (since Dabs and Aria PC were going to be my main two). I'm hoping I can deal with my current semi-modular PSU.

An update, in that I'm getting the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case.
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#4Fade2black001Posted 8/20/2013 11:47:16 AM
DO NOT get a mid size case with all that in it. If you want room to work with get a full size one. I regret buying a mid size case and went fairly on the cheap side (50 USD) as well. Its not worth it. I have to take out my GPU to get to my boards SATA ports..
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#5gastamanPosted 8/20/2013 11:54:44 AM
His build would easily fit into a mid-tower.
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#6Freakwave003Posted 8/20/2013 11:55:24 AM
I have an i7 and maybe got a couple fps more on the games that actually benefit it (just a handful). I say buy the i5 and use the money saved to buy a SSD for the OS.
#7Fade2black001Posted 8/20/2013 11:59:03 AM
gastaman posted...
His build would easily fit into a mid-tower.


Fit sure but it would be cramped as hell with no room left over in it though.
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#8r0ge00Posted 8/20/2013 12:00:53 PM
Fade2black001 posted...
I have to take out my GPU to get to my boards SATA ports..


Your board is laid out poorly then. That should have nothing to do with your case. A Mid ATX case for a single card setup is great, even fine for SLI.
#9Raging_water(Topic Creator)Posted 8/20/2013 12:04:24 PM
Actually the case I've chosen specifies it can hold a 270mm VGA card length with the HDD cage and 390mm without the HDD cage.

The 7990 is 12 inch (300mm), so does this mean I can't fit it unless I take out the HDD cage. What are the implications of taking out the HDD cage?
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#10Fade2black001Posted 8/20/2013 12:06:02 PM
r0ge00 posted...
Fade2black001 posted...
I have to take out my GPU to get to my boards SATA ports..


Your board is laid out poorly then. That should have nothing to do with your case. A Mid ATX case for a single card setup is great, even fine for SLI.


Even though my board has to PCI 16 ports on it but theirs no way in hell that would ever fin my case. Even the wires have really no place to go. They are all shoved into a corner to be out of the way of the fans. Everything is so cramped in it its not even funny. I got my wireless net card sitting right in front of my GPU. It has maybe 1/4th of an inch of space between them.
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