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June 16, 2013 2:14:10 PM

Hi Folks,

I've been putting together a new build for several months now - each month I keep going into Newegg and updating things, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet because I'm nervous! This is my 4th or 5th build, but the first one where I'm opting for some of the more 'advanced' build options like using a non-stock CPU cooler, SLI GPUs, and SSD, none of which I have any experience with.

I was wondering if you fine folks could look over my build and tell me what you think, or give recommendations on things I should maybe change?

Note - the budget is about $2500, but that includes about $600 set aside for the monitor / speakers. Anyway, here goes:

Monitor: ASUS VG278HE 27" 2ms 144hz LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: MSI Z77A-GD65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (1 stick free with above mobo, otherwise I was going 2x4gb): 2X Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5-3570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPUs: 2X SLI MSI 670GTX OC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Plextor M5S 256GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (and Mushkin 2.5->3.5 mounting bracket: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

HDs: 2X Seagate Barracude 2TB 7200rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Obligatory DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a 1000W 80+ Gold Rosewill PSU I bought a couple years ago, and I'm still deciding on the case but would love input on that as well (I have a HAF 932 currently and in general I love huge, roomy cases). Currently considering BitFenix Shinobi XL (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or one of these bigger Lian Lis (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Anyway, I would love to hear any and all feedback or suggestions or changes for this build! I'm pretty flexible monetarily and I really want to get this build right since it's the first time in my life I can afford a "proper" build.

Especially open to feedback on the choice of GPUs (I want SLI, this is my first time going away from eVGA manufactured cards and I'm not sure this is the right choice), Mobo (this is always something of a shot in the dark for me and historically I've had Gigabyte mobos), and SSD. Also if anyone has any general tips/warnings for someone doing their first SSD/SLI build by all means drop them on me!

Thanks so much guys!
June 16, 2013 2:34:54 PM

I'm not sure why you are using the 670 and the 3570k when next gen CPUs and GPUs are out...
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June 16, 2013 2:36:09 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1974.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 17:35 EDT-0400)


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June 16, 2013 2:45:23 PM

Just a few thoughts:
1. Can you give me one of these? With you paying for most (all) of it? ME WANT!
2. Nice choice on the SSD, nothing wrong there. You will really notice the difference.
3. I hope you know about micro-stuttering and SLI.
4. Your motherboard does support two way SLI, all good there.
5. Very, very nice build.
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June 16, 2013 5:13:03 PM

googoo1876 said:
I'm not sure why you are using the 670 and the 3570k when next gen CPUs and GPUs are out...

I'm a lot more concerned with value than I am with having the be-all-end-all beast system of the month. My goal is longevity - my build cycle is usually 2 years, maybe 3 if there's a GPU upgrade in the interim. Should I be looking at nextgen components or is that a waste of money?
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June 16, 2013 6:23:51 PM

I also don't mind non-SLI configurations, but please tell me why I would be better off (in a value sense) for getting one card over 2, and tell me which card to go for! Also, if there is a compelling reason to go with 770s over 670s, I can spend that extra $100 as long as it's "worth it".

On top of that, I dont' know much about the next-gen CPUs, so if I should look at the 4ks, let me know which and why over the 3570k. I'd rather not spend more than about $250 on the CPU tho.

Marcopolo I'd love to hear some details on your suggestions rather than just links :p 
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June 16, 2013 6:33:37 PM

The 700 series is a literal refresh, the 770 is a refreshed 680, and whenever the 760 is out, its rumored to be a refreshed 670. They are a better value. As for SLI, it doesn't just double speed, it doesn't scale all that well, so usually its better to have one faster card.
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June 16, 2013 8:01:30 PM

Can someone chime in on the value/cost comparison to 670 vs 770 or 3750k vs whatever the 4k equivalent is?

Like I said, I'm happy to spend $600 or so on a single GPU, I just need input as to what might give me comparable performance to SLI. I'm not sold on SLI, I just really want a system where I can feel like I can totally max out anything I want for the next year or so.
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June 17, 2013 1:30:00 AM

Gtx 770 is about 10-20% faster then gtx 670
Gtx 780 is about as fast as a gtx titan when overclocked. About 10-20% faster then gtx 770

So a singel gtx 780 would be the best choice. Plenty for upcoming games.
Still Leaves you the option to add a second one.
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June 17, 2013 6:04:40 PM

Thanks for the input folks! Ordered my build tonight... so excited!

I did some research based on Marco's recommendations and they seemed sound so I ended up going with an eVGA GTX 780 instead of the SLI setup, and a 4670k over the 3670k. Also went with the Gigabyte mobo and Corsair RAM he recommended (guess I'm sticking with Gigabyte for another build!)

Chose a Fractal Design Define XL after reading a whole bunch of anandtech case reviews.

Stuck with the 256GB SSD and 2x2TB HDDs (I'm a real file packrat) I originally had picked out, same with the 27" Asus 144hz LED I'd already picked out as well.

I also pulled the trigger on the Corsair speakers since I read good things about them and I love the Corsair headset I bought a few months ago (Vengeance 1500), and I'm looking for LOUD speakers because I like to play games with the volume up and I also watch a lot of movies and occasionally pull my PC speakers downstairs for music during a party, so I want them to be able to really get loud which those Audioengines can't do. I will admit Marco that I almost bought a pair of Audioengine A2s or A5s about six months ago and your recommendation of those really made me trust the rest of your advice :D 

Alright, now just to wait until it all gets here :)  Thanks so much everyone!
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