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Need help w/ finishing touches - High-End Intel Gaming PC (Budget $2000)

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August 19, 2013 1:13:34 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K ($239.99 - Newegg)

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 :-)







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August 19, 2013 1:41:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($73.00 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($121.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Cooler Master V1000 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Total: $1901.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-19 16:38 EDT-0400)


Note a less expensive, yet full quality and featured MB.

Samsun's new EVO 840's are as fast as the PRO's, just cheaper.

This ram has no heat spreader and is two modules so it will fit under the cooler better.

Cheaper HDD

Don't let the name fool you, the new Cooler Master V series is top quality stuff with the best cooling fan money can buy.
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August 19, 2013 1:43:17 PM

If it's a 1080p monitor you only need one 770.

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.
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