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I've viewed these forums intermittently over many years, thanks to all the people that continue to maintain the "Parts Guide" sticky, it's great.


I'm building a new computer and I've based my build off the builds found in the "Parts Guide". Would you guys mind having a look over it

and making any suggestions/corrections?


My budget is flexible but somewhere between $1500 - $2000 AUD.

I'm definitely interested in over-clocking (although I've never done it before) and hopefully I'll be gaming at 2560 x 1440 resolution.


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 4690K $390

MB Asus TUF GRYPHON Z97 $188

RAM Kingston Hyper X Fury 8GB (2x4GB) $99

GPU Gigabyte WindForce 4G GTX 980 $705 OR Gainward GeForce GTX 980 Phantom 4GB $709 OR Galax GeForce GTX 980 V2 4GB $649

SSD/HDD --Reclaimed from previous build--

PSU Corsair RM650 650Watt $175

CASE Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 $129

CPU_COOL Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler $159

TOTAL ~$1845 + shipping


1. Is the 650W PSU enough, should I go for the 750W instead?

2. Does anyone have any thoughts on the Z97 motherboards, is there any preference towards a particular model?

3. The GPUs are about the cheapest GTX 980s I could find. Am I better off trying to get the best clock for buck (Gainward) or getting the cheapest card and overclocking myself (Galax)?


When I'm done I'll post some build pictures, although I can't promise anything flashy.

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I will ony comment on the PSU and GPU since everthing else looks fine except if your budget will allow you might want to bump the RAM up to 16GB.


The Corsair 650 PSU will fine.


With the gpu's I would go with the Gigabyte card because, you get a 3 year warranty compaired to a 2 year one for the others.


Also when it comes to O/Cing the GPU's cheaper cards use cheaper components hence why they are cheaper and therefore, may or may not be able to O/C well.


One thing you really need to know about the Gainward is, it is triple slot cooler compaired to the others which are only a 2 slot cooler.


This then means you will not be able to use any other expansion slot on the mobo you have chosen. If that is not a problem for you then the Gainward is still an option.


Another thing to do is go on youtube and watch as many reviews on these cards you can find to help you in your decision.

Edited by mohawk

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Asus TUF GRYPHON Z97 is matx so there is no room between the slots with a dual slot gpu for the cards to breathe and any wider cards wont fit at all if you wanted sli


that ram is fairly slow and will knock ~5-10% of the cpu performance vs one of these kits

G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9D-8GAB 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $115
G.Skill Trident X F3-2400C10D-16GTX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $219 16g ram isnt needed yet but it will be one day and 8g kits are double sided dimms which increase the rams performance ~3-5%


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4GB $779 will probably get you the best oc at the lowest noise level but its a lot more expensive than the reference model

Galax GeForce GTX 980 V2 4GB $649

another option thats a fair bit cheaper than the reference model and can be faster once overclocked

Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC 4GB $519 it does use a lot more power although the gtx980 isnt so efficient once overclocked either

im just not sure that gtx980 is worth the premium for the small performance increase when new cards are getting close to release


corsair rm are made by cwt i think and they use some capacitors that are considered average quality making them rather bad value when there is much cheaper psu using higher quality components

also gtx980 can use a fair bit of power once overclocked i think 750w would be more comfortable for sli but 550w is fine for a single gpu

CoolerMaster V550S 80 Plus Gold 550W $115

EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold $145


the corsair h100i is very loud by comparison to a large 140mm hsf that can provide similar temps at a much lower noise level while also being more reliable



here is a review of the cards overclocked


there reference gtx980 hits ~1500mhz which is a fairly good oc even for some of the more expensive models but the fan is at 100% so its dam loud

the 290x is only at 1120mhz which is a fairly low oc for them and one that a fair few cards can hit without increasing the v but they were also running into temperature problems which is not uncommon for asus\gigabyte 290x the sapphire tri-x has a much better hsf


here is the g1 vs reference both overclocked and its very close in performance

its just a shame that they dont show power use and noise once overclocked



some info on the gtx980 power use and how it spikes


Edited by Dasa

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I made some suggested adjustments to the build and changed a few major things for the sake of a smaller budget.


I figured I'd downgrade to a GTX 970 and leave the possibility for SLI in the future. To accommodate this, I kept the higher-watt GPU and changed to an SLI mobo.

I thought 750W wouldn't be adequate for 2 overclocked 970s so I opted for 850W instead of 750W, is that reasonable?


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 4690K $390
MB MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard $189
RAM GSkill Ares 8GB Kit 2133Hz $105
GPU Palit Geforce GTX970 JetStream $469
SSD/HDD --Reclaimed from previous build--
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 850Watt 80Plus Gold $175
CASE Fractal Design R5 $159
CPU_COOL Noctua NH-D15 $109
TOTAL $1596 + shipping

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gtx970 only have 3.5g vram available at full speed the rest is just marketing which is fine for 1080p but not so good for future sli plans at higher res

the system with sli will use under 400w without overclocking and about that with a low v oc so 750w is heaps although 850w would be more comfortable for more power hungry gpu in cf\sli if your running a high v oc

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Hmm, I did some reading this morning about those issues. They complicate things a bit. I found the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980 for $775 so I'll probably go for that.

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