GPU (#1): EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ($399.99 after rebate - Newegg)
GPU (#2): EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ($399.99 after rebate - Newegg)
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($249.99 - Newegg)
OR : ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 ($199.99)
Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler ($85)
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 ($134)
SSD Storage: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($240)
HDD Storage: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($90)
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ($159)
Power Supply: Rosewill TACHYON -1000 1000W Continuous @ 50°C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS PLATINUM, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire Ready, Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($169)
Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM ($18)
Okay it has been a while since I posted on here, so I need to know what the community thinks about this build. This build is for my friend who primarily needs it as a gaming rig. He is typically into RTS strategy type of games including Starcraft II, Rome: Total War, etc. Right now, I have it around $2,152 which doesn't exactly sit well with me. I know he needs a monitor and a new gaming keyboard as well so the max budget I really have to play with for everything is $2,100 ($2,000 + $100 gift card).
I need to get this price down a bit without sacrificing on quality as I am a big proponent on performance for price. As such, I will need this as future proofed as possible. At the moment, I am just not happy with the way it is as I there is something I am missing in terms of savings. If I could have help from all you that would be much appreciated :-)
The Z87 Pro is a little overkill - the Z87-A would work great (or the ASRock Extreme 4).
Only need 2x4GB RAM for *any* gaming.
The Pro version of that SSD is no faster at loading Windows or games than the standard one. If it's just a gaming rig there's no need for a HDD at all - the SSD is plenty big.
Even with 2 GPUs the max PSU it needs is 800W. The price premium for a platinum over a bronze is only worth it if you live in an area where electricity is really expensive, you run it under load all day (not just evenings/weekends), or you keep it for 7 or 8 years.