(Hopefully that stupid thread title garners me some clicks)
With Haswell and the GTX 700 series out, I'm putting together a sick build. Here are the requirements and overall budget:
- 120hz, low-latency gaming
- Game recording and video editing
- Has to be near silent, at least when idle
- Has to be Haswell
- I will overclock but I'm not trying to break any world records.
Choosing the right 120hz monitor is another topic. For now, here's the build (all from newegg.ca - yes I'm in Canada):
CPU : i5 4670k
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
Combo price for both: 410$ (30$ rebate)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 2x8GB DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24, 125$ (gosh memory is expensive)
Video cards: 2 MSI Gaming GTX 760 TFs SLI, 540$ total
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey, 110$
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, 251$
Storage: Western Digital Red WD20EFRX 2TB, 110$
PSU: SeaSonic X-Series X650, 115$ after promo code rebate
Heatsink: Noctua NH-U14S, 69$
Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner, 20$
... For a total of about 1750$.
So, here is some of the reasoning behind the choice of parts.
The i5 4670k seems like the value sweet spot in Haswell right now.
The MSI Z87-GD65 offers some low-latency features (NIC/High Frequency mouse input), lots of clearance for the heatsink, good overclocking features like a dual BIOS switch, power/reset buttons on the motherboard, debug LED, etc. The 30$ combo promotion makes it more attractive than any other at this price point.
The GTX 760 is the killer in performance/money right now, and I need two for 120fps at 1080p.
It just so happens that the video cards and motherboard are both from the "MSI Gaming" brand, this is nothing more than coincidence really.
And here are some doubts:
- I chose the RAM just because it had decent timings, decent price (well, relatively speaking) and good user reviews. It's only rated 1600mhz though, I'm not sure whether that would limit my overclocking potential.
- I hesitated a lot before choosing the motherboard, and if you have a better suggestion in that price range please let me know. Consider that I'm getting a decent combo rebate for the MSIs at Newegg right now though.
- I added the optical drive just to be able to install Windows from DVD, but I might need an SD card reader as well, undecided at this point.
So, I did my part, is there anything you would do differently and why?