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Looking for advice on $1.5-2k dual monitor gaming build

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June 2, 2013 8:54:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the week, hopefully
Budget Range: $1500-2000 (willing to go up to $2500 if needed, though)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming > internet usage > watching movies > other stuff
Country: United States
SLI or Crossfire: yes

Another first-time builder here, wanting to check and make sure everything checks out compatibility-wise for an SLI setup, and what kind of monitors I would want to use for that. I also wanted to ask about whether I should look into an Asus motherboard instead, since it's what my friend suggested, and what RAM I'd want to use with it. Lastly, I'm not sure what kind of power supply I'm going to be needing. Otherwise, my tentative parts list is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Case: NZXT Phantom (Orange/Black)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Total: $1844.14

Thanks in advance!
June 2, 2013 8:59:17 PM

I don't know much about this but i do believe that the 4th Gen processors have a slight advantage against the 3rd gen, i may be wrong, but haswell has been striking higher on tests, the Processor im getting is a i7-4770k Quad core 3.5ghz Unlocked and i'm hoping to get 5ghz out of it.
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June 2, 2013 9:04:56 PM

I'd drop down to one 670 and grab an i5 instead of an i7. Also might think about grabbing a haswell chip once they release in a couple of days.
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June 2, 2013 9:06:50 PM

They are already released on NCIX.com.
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June 13, 2013 9:57:19 PM

Cool, I'll keep all that in mind. Also suggestions on what I need for a power supply?
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June 14, 2013 8:13:12 AM

Assuming SLi I would grab a 700w even though you could technically get away with a 550-600w one, it allows for future upgrade with less hassle and worrying of if your PSU can handle it.
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