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re: So, I'm attempting to build a PC and would appreciate some help...

I would stick Seasonic for power supplies. They make most of the PSU's for the other manufacturers anyway.


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re: So, I'm attempting to build a PC and would appreciate some help...
How much is that motherboard at Microcenter? Usually Microcenter will give you a discount ($40 off) if you buy the motherboard and the cpu together.

As far as GPU, I would have gone with the HD 7970GHZ. You're paying a lot for a measly 20% performance boost.


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I would stick Seasonic for power supplies. They make most of the PSU's for the other manufacturers anyway.


I put an XFX PSU in his configuration. Seasonic makes them.

OP, since you are near a microcenter I understand the intel choice. I would absolutely do the same thing. You are still paying for more motherboard than you need for features you won't use, but if Microcenter has a bundle deal on it, go for it. The rest of the build is good.


Also, I support the decision for the 780 over the 7970. I believe it has potential to be more than 20% better with the release of new drivers and will still currently give the absolute best 1440p performance out of all other single GPU solutions (except the Titan). I agree it's overpriced for its performance bracket, but we're doing a little more forward thinking in this build, with the goal of avoiding SLI/crossfire for as long as possible, or perhaps altogether.
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I put an XFX PSU in his configuration. Seasonic makes them.



I have heard nothing but great things about XFX PSUs

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puffulufogous
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By the way, the second fan on this case is located at the front. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, considering the front will be covered by the door. Am I missing something here?


Watch a newegg or linus tech tips video about the R4. There is ventilation on the sides of the door that gives plenty of airflow. I have 4 140mm fans in my R4 because I have a pretty solid OC on both my cpu and gpu. Even with the two fans on my Noctua NHd14 and the fan controller on high this case keeps it quiet.


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re: So, I'm attempting to build a PC and would appreciate some help...
Concerning the R4, i also have one. especially if you are not doing any overclocking right away the case fans can wait. It will keep it plenty cool as is. I actually have 4 case fans hooked up to mine now(thanks to puff) and the built in fan controller has no issues with it.

I have a question here for video editing and recording. This is also for my own knowledge. I5 vs I7 vs 8350? How do they compare? Also 8gb vs 16gb, ho do they compare?

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great job as usual. Are you writing a guide for this site?


ILikeLSUToo
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The Haswell i7 rapes the 8350 in single and multithreaded applications. The 8350 ties or slightly edges out the the haswell i5 in multi-threaded applications, and the i5 beats the 8350 in single-threaded applications.

More RAM is good for video editing, especially with huge HD video files.

Yeah, the guide is being written for this site.
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Yeah, the guide is being written for this site

I like it, similar to how OCN does it. Let me know if you want any help or just someone to look over it.


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re: So, I'm attempting to build a PC and would appreciate some help...
I'm definitely going to get some sanity checks from other members here. I'll let you know when I'm ready for someone to look at it.


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re: So, I'm attempting to build a PC and would appreciate some help...
I have two final questions:

1. Other than the ability to easily upgrade memory, am I losing anything by going with 4x4GB instead of 2x8GB?

2. If I'm not overclocking on day one, am I doing myself a disservice (in other words, will my 1440p gaming experience be hindered)?


Other than that, I think I'm pretty much set.


ILikeLSUToo
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1. Other than the ability to easily upgrade memory, am I losing anything by going with 4x4GB instead of 2x8GB?


There is a slight, unnoticeable performance boost in using the 4 sticks in both channels vs 2 sticks. Also, in general, 4GB sticks can have tighter timings than 8GB sticks at the same speed. 8GB modules, especially at higher speeds, will require looser timings and higher voltages than 4GB modules.

The trade off is that occupying all four DIMM slots makes overclocking your memory more difficult, and in the case of Haswell, overclocking is a more unique experience with its internal memory controller. To spare you the technical detail, I'll just say that the higher you overclock your haswell CPU, the less room you'll have to overclock your memory. However, this really only applies to speeds exceeding 2133.

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2. If I'm not overclocking on day one, am I doing myself a disservice (in other words, will my 1440p gaming experience be hindered)?


Your system will run great at 1440p right out of the box, stock clocks. You have some time to allow yourself to learn about it thoroughly. I urge you to eventually read up on it and try it out for yourself, as you will get some significant increases in performance when one of those bad ports comes along and taxes your hardware more than it should. But for now, don't stress out about it. You're going to have enough to deal with when you start the build.


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