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#1deadlyforcemanPosted 8/31/2014 4:18:45 PM
I purchased the CPU (i7 4790k) and motherboard (ASRock Extreme4), but I'm not sure which GPU, SSD, or anything really...is best.
Do I need a soundcard? I plan on grabbing an Onkyo TX-NR636 receiver later this year, but I'm using Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 right now.

This PC will be used mainly for home theater purposes, gaming, and some audio/video work.

I already have an OS and a 27" 1080p monitor, and will be getting a new mouse and mechanical keyboard as well. Those will probably be a separate topic lol.

Here's my part list:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/deadlyforceman03/saved/t2348d

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $279.99)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.70 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $84.00)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($393.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1457.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-31 20:12 EDT-


Thanks in advance!
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#2deadlyforceman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2014 7:55:13 AM
Updated, most likely final build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/deadlyforceman03/saved/t2348d


Any last minute critiques/suggestions before I order?
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#3JudgmenlPosted 9/2/2014 7:58:20 AM
Have you uhh... done this before?
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#4deadlyforceman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2014 8:07:51 AM
Built a PC? Yes.

Is there something that sticks out to you?

That's why I ask here, so that I don't make any mistakes. I am confident in what I am doing, but I do not pretend to know everything about hardware, so I always want to make sure.
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#5ShubPosted 9/2/2014 8:46:35 AM
Kind of a pity to get a mediocre PSU with this sort of build.
No, you don't need a sound card. Your Klipsch speakers will connect directly to the motherboard, and your Onkyo receiver will presumably connect over HDMI from your video card, or some kind of optical connection from your motherboard.
Back to the PSU, consider http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20750xr instead of a Corsair CX. Note that you don't need 750W, so if you don't plan on doing a Crossfire configuration in the future, you could comfortable go down to a 550W unit. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550bbefx is a nice unit that won't break the bank.
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#6deadlyforceman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2014 8:52:45 AM
Thank you.

I understand that I don't need a soundcard for compatibility, I was asking more along the lines of: Will I see a noticeable difference once connected to the receiver and some mid-high end speakers? Or is onboard good enough?

I will take a look at the suggested PSUs, I did not know that the Corsair CX was mediocre.

I do understand that 750w is overkill for what I have, but I was thinking future state if I ever intended to Crossfire or SLI down the road.

I will definitely choose a higher quality PSU.
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#7MaddSciencePosted 9/2/2014 8:53:42 AM
if going with a cheapo 750w you might want to look at the evga 750 B2. it's a less efficient version of the superflower golden green (I believe). either way, it's the same price as the cx750 and better. otherwise, the options shub posted are better. you can change the case to the enthoo pro if you want to get a full tower and save some cash. in some ways it's better than the 750D. I'd reconsider the H100i. go for the H110 for a quieter, better performing cooler. or the large heatsinks from noctua or phanteks for the same reasons.
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#8deadlyforceman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2014 9:01:05 AM
I've switched to the EVGA PSU:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/deadlyforceman03/saved/t2348d

Everything else look okay?

Are there any suggestions for a mouse, and a backlit mechanical keyboard? I'm thinking Cherry Brown switches, but without an opportunity to test I'm at the mercy of reviews.
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#9ShubPosted 9/2/2014 9:02:19 AM
MaddScience posted...
if going with a cheapo 750w you might want to look at the evga 750 B2.


Seems nice.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=393
I like it.

deadlyforceman posted...
I understand that I don't need a soundcard for compatibility, I was asking more along the lines of: Will I see a noticeable difference once connected to the receiver and some mid-high end speakers? Or is onboard good enough?


If you're using a receiver, most likely you'd be passing a digital signal from your computer to the receiver, meaning there is no quality going on here, it's just zeros and ones. The receiver is actually doing the work of transforming the bits into an analog sound signal that can then be passed to an amplifier and speakers, so it's the quality of the receiver's DAC that matters here.
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#10deadlyforceman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2014 9:03:57 AM
I wasn't looking for a cheap PSU, I just wasn't aware that the Corsair CX line wasn't super quality.

I don't know much about PSUs other than to look for 80+ gold and make sure the wattage is capable of running Crossfire.

I'll look into that case - thanks.
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