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I need some expert advice on my adventure into building my first pc

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I'm in the process of building a new gaming pc. I've been reading reviews and guides for the past 4-5 months now, and the old one is closing in on it's 5'th birthday. During a recent move, the GPU broke, which meant the purchases had to be done soon. I've actually already ordered most of the items, but I suddenly got cold feet and thought I'd better consult some experts on the parts I've picked. The build can be seen here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JKbfjX

I already got the ssd installed in my old pc, which made wonders to the system speed. I plan on just swapping that over to the new pc together with my old dvd-player. I never really use it, but I'm gonna need it to re-install windows. I'm sticking with my old win 7 and upgrading it for free to win 10 this summer.

I havn't picked any cpu cooler yet and I would really like come recommendations on which to choose. I plan on trying my luck with OC'ing sometimes in the future.
I've looked at Corsairs H100i or the new GTX recently released or the Noctua Nh-D15. I'm unsure about either of them. I've picked the Define R5 case for the silence, which points towards picking the noctua, but portability points towards a watercolor. Any thought or other ideas?

Any thoughts about the rest of the system? I would have liked a colour-coordinated build but I'm not sure wether thats possible plus the case is windowless anyway.

Thanks a lot for any comments or pointers in advance.

Cheers,

Oh and btw, the PSU is a Evga SuperNOVA G2 750W. maybe a bit much, but then it would be able to power an additional GTX 970 in the future if I want to.
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    few things:
    1. if you're fine with just 256GB of storage, then go with it, but i do really recommend getting a (fairly) large hard drive.
    2. the h100i will perform better, but the noctua will be quieter. no need to go for the GTX version, the normal h100i is a great deal right now.
    3. if you want the system to be colour coordinated, then get the MSI z97 gaming 5. same price, better features, in red. also, get the windowed version if you like to show of your PC.
    4. i understand if you dont like the metro UI in windows 8, but you can get 8.1 pro for 70 bucks threw the microsoft website, threw the student version.

    anything else is good. you chose a nice quality PSU, the GTX 970 is a beast, i5 is a beast,
  2. Thanks a lot for the comment.

    I do have spare 1TB harddrive that I might throw in for added storage.

    Is there any all black or black and white mob in that price range worth considering? Would go nicely with the Define R5 case. Might rethink the RAM if that is the case, as the ones i've chosen is blue, due to the black and blue asrock mobo.

    I'm pretty confident about the PSU and the gtx 970. Mostly the mobo, ram and cooling i'm uncertain about.
    I think im sticking with the non-window case, for sound issues. I know i kinda defeats the purpose of colour coordinating, but I like to know that it looks the part as well as it performs :-D
  3. I havn't seem to be able to find any decent reviews of that motherboard. It sure does look nice, but I've read some concerns about some sata ports causing problems to longer GPU's, as well as it being of not as good quality as some of the competitors' such as asus motherboards.

    Any thoughts on the ram?
  4. Fbavi said:
    I havn't seem to be able to find any decent reviews of that motherboard. It sure does look nice, but I've read some concerns about some sata ports causing problems to longer GPU's, as well as it being of not as good quality as some of the competitors' such as asus motherboards.

    Any thoughts on the ram?


    the asus white and black boards are from their x99 series, not z97.
    what those people said about the SATA ports, is that you can connect SATA cables when you have a longer than usual GPU installed, but since the MSI one is fairly short (compared to the gigabyte ones which are over a feet long), you shouldn't have any problems.
  5. Yesm I just meant asus in general. I've heard good things about the asus ROG VII boards. Those area black and red, and slightly more expensive, not that it's a problem anyway. The main concern is a great performing motherboard, with good longevity and overclocking support as well as SLI support. The colour is of secondary concern, but a nice addition. Same goes for the RAM.
    I really do appreciate your comments :-)
  6. Fbavi said:
    Yesm I just meant asus in general. I've heard good things about the asus ROG VII boards. Those area black and red, and slightly more expensive, not that it's a problem anyway. The main concern is a great performing motherboard, with good longevity and overclocking support as well as SLI support. The colour is of secondary concern, but a nice addition. Same goes for the RAM.
    I really do appreciate your comments :-)


    that motherboard has all of those things, including the colours.
    it has (I believe) a 6-phase power delivery system for the CPU, and since most of the OC success determinations are on the CPU now, that should be more than enough.
    It does have 2-way SLI support.
  7. Do you mean the asus ROG VII boards or the asrock z97 extreme 4?

    I might pick the asus rog VII hero or ranger if it is worth the 30-40% extra cost here in Denmark atm.
    I guess it's up to me to decide if I want to spare the extra cash and the extra waiting time :-). Patience isn't one of my virtues when it comes to new toys :-P
  8. usually motherboards arent really worth the extra money, if there is a cheaper motherboard that has those basic features that you want, and dont have fancy audio processor and better power delivery.
    and i ment the MSI krait one.
  9. Okay cool. I'll see when I get my stuff and then I guess I'll go for the MSI krait edition and some nice black or white RAM blocks.

    Thanks for your inputs!
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