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    Quote Originally Posted by Rath View Post
    Just out of curiosity, is there a reason why you'd choose a DVD writer over a Blu-Ray writer, I mean other than price? I'm looking at that Lite-On one you've listed and being amazed at the quality of the reviews it's gotten for something under 14, but then I see Pioneer Blu-Ray writer drives for under 50 and think "Why wouldn't you?"
    I have a PS3 that got demoted to Blu-Ray player a few years back and can't think of a single scenario where I'd want to burn anything to Blu-Ray.

    Quote Originally Posted by tommy4711 View Post
    I'd say definately upgrade the video card, one of the more important components for a gaming rig.
    Everything else looks pretty good, but then again, what do I know? :)
    Upgrade? From a 780ti? How?

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    I ordered the following and the last parts should be arriving tomorrow.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (257.15 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (65.46 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (143.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (57.47 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (57.47 @ Amazon UK) But in a 2x8GB combo that wasn't listed on pcpartpicker.
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (121.22 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (43.68 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (594.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (75.65 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Be Quiet POWER ZONE 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (107.93 @ Aria PC)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (11.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (71.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor (449.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: 2058.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 16:42 GMT+0000)

    I also picked up the following peripherals, all of which I've tested and am incredibly happy with: Razer Deathadder, QPAD MK-85, Sennheiser PC-360.

    I have Wednesday booked off work and can't wait to get tinkering. So...uh...anyone got a link to a good building guide?

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    Oh, and the GPU is actually the ACX cooled version. Can't edit my post for some reason :/

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    That's going to be about 2 or 3 times more powerful than my desktop I'd say (760 GTX, AMD 8320, 8 GB RAM) lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by lordcooper View Post
    Oh, and the GPU is actually the ACX cooled version. Can't edit my post for some reason :/
    Yea it's been borked for some reason.... (the edit function that is)

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    Oh, and the harddrive is the 2TB version instead. I'm still sceptical about that being a good decision though.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockman29 View Post
    That's going to be about 2 or 3 times more powerful than my desktop I'd say (760 GTX, AMD 8320, 8 GB RAM) lol.
    Yeah, I've gone overboard. I'm okay with that though. Switching to this from a dual core E5500 and a Radeon HD 7750 that gets a puny 1912 in firestrike is going to blow my mind.

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    I'm trying to install the mounting brackets for the NH-D14 and failing miserably. The screws don't seem long enough to reach through the plastics thingys and brackets while leaving room for the thumbscrews to attach. Any tips, I'm kinda at my wits end here? Mobo is Z87-Pro with an 1150 socket.

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    Yes.
    You sir (possibly) seem to have made the same mistake I made a few months back. I got a friend a cooler for a 1155 socket intel. Or so I thought. It only came with 775 fittings. I got the only model in the store (online) that did not come with universal fittings (must have been from before the new socket sizes). Not to worry I thought, I can use my own spare fittings, except they did not fit. Long story short, I used the AMD fittings and it's now in my system, and they have a nice alternative in theirs.

    [edit]
    Scratch that, just checked, it's only the 775s that are a different size. I thought the 1150 might be different too. However 1150 is not specifically noted as being supported by the fan:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/195165-noctua-...am3-am2-nh-d14
    www.scan.co.uk/products/noctua-nh-d14-dual-radiator-x6-heat-pipe-quiet-cpu-cooler-with-2-x-fans


    But the 1155/1156 should be the same size. I'm not sure if mounting height are different on those sockets?
    PS, I'm considering charging 5% of the build cost for any advice or maintenance or even the complete build... ;)

    [another Edit]
    If you find it's a wrong fitting, call the company perhaps?
    http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Te...lder-Heatsinks
    Last edited by TechnicalBen; 18-12-2013 at 10:33 PM.

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    I have a NH-D14 on a 1155 socket fine with the intel brackets it came with. ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

    This is what Newegg lists as compatible:

    Compatibility

    Intel LGA1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775

    AMD Socket AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / AM3+ (backplate required)


    Wiki notes 1150 should be compatible with 1155 units:

    Cooling systems for LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 sockets are compatible with LGA 1150, due to them having the same distance of 75 mm between each screw hole.


    Been 2 years since I installed mine. I remember it was a bit more hands on then the intel fan, needing to get to the bottom of the mobo.
    Last edited by Moraven; 19-12-2013 at 03:40 PM.

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    The brackets were upside down. I am an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordcooper View Post
    The brackets were upside down. I am an idiot.
    :P 10char...

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    Anyone know where I can get an ISO of Windows 831 Professional? I have a legitimate key, but the download from this site is set to take several days.

    E: Never mind, PC is fully build, set up and running like a charm.
    Last edited by lordcooper; 20-12-2013 at 04:02 AM.

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