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June 10, 2013 1:50:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage: Gaming and Streaming on Twitch.tv

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Win 8 Pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere

Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Don't care

Your Monitor Resolution: 2 monitors @ 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Building for a friend, needs to include everything. He doesn't know much about computers, but sees all these videos on youtube with super flashy LED fans and water cooling and decided that's what he wants. I've never done a custom water cooling loop though. He also wants two monitors so he can game on one and see his twitch chat and do other things on the other.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: He doesn't like his current build


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June 10, 2013 1:56:32 PM

so you also buy 2 monitors?
custome waterloop has its price :) 

are you going to make gpu+cpu watercooling ?
swiftech h220 is powerfull enough to cool gpu and cpu.
you have money left to buy gpu-waterblock and tubes ect.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1883.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 17:06 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2013 2:02:03 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
so you also buy 2 monitors?
custome waterloop has its price :) 

are you going to make gpu+cpu watercooling ?


Yes he needs two monitors.

If I would do a custom loop I would do both, but do you think the maintenance would be too high on something like that for my friend who doesn't know much about computers?
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June 10, 2013 2:25:09 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
so you also buy 2 monitors?
custome waterloop has its price :) 

are you going to make gpu+cpu watercooling ?
swiftech h220 is powerfull enough to cool gpu and cpu.
you have money left to buy gpu-waterblock and tubes ect.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1883.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 17:06 EDT-0400)


How does this gigabyte mobo compare to something like the asrock extreme?
Seeing as its my first custom loop, I don't even know where to begin to look for a waterblocks and tubing. Is there anything specific I should be looking for? From what if I don't buy the right things, certain parts of the gpu that need cooling won't get what it needs.
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June 10, 2013 2:26:44 PM

twm5116 said:
Marcopolo123 said:
so you also buy 2 monitors?
custome waterloop has its price :) 

are you going to make gpu+cpu watercooling ?


Yes he needs two monitors.

If I would do a custom loop I would do both, but do you think the maintenance would be too high on something like that for my friend who doesn't know much about computers?


Gaming will need either one monitor or three monitors, there's no point in buying two. Why not just get a single 1440P display and be done with it?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.88 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1695.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 17:25 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2013 2:33:11 PM

twm5116 said:
Marcopolo123 said:
so you also buy 2 monitors?
custome waterloop has its price :) 

are you going to make gpu+cpu watercooling ?


Yes he needs two monitors.

If I would do a custom loop I would do both, but do you think the maintenance would be too high on something like that for my friend who doesn't know much about computers?


its easy, he should do some research ect.
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June 10, 2013 2:57:30 PM

g-unit1111 said:
twm5116 said:
Marcopolo123 said:
so you also buy 2 monitors?
custome waterloop has its price :) 

are you going to make gpu+cpu watercooling ?


Yes he needs two monitors.

If I would do a custom loop I would do both, but do you think the maintenance would be too high on something like that for my friend who doesn't know much about computers?


Gaming will need either one monitor or three monitors, there's no point in buying two. Why not just get a single 1440P display and be done with it?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.88 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1695.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 17:25 EDT-0400)


Would a 780 by itself run a 3 monitor setup or would he be looking at something like SLI 770s?
Also what monitors would you recommend?
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June 10, 2013 3:08:06 PM

twm5116 said:

Would a 780 by itself run a 3 monitor setup or would he be looking at something like SLI 770s?
Also what monitors would you recommend?


The 780 is based on the GK110 which is also the same processor that's in the GTX Titan. Yes, it should be able to handle multiple displays no problem.

As far as recommendations go that depends on what resolution you plan to run. If it's a single 1440P then you're looking at something like a Catleap or Crossover 27Q. If you want 1080P then you're looking at something like the Asus VH236H.
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