$1300 Budget Ideal Build *My first pc gaming build*

Hey guys just wanted to know if this gaming pc is a good solid build for my budget $1300. Now i heard about GTX 760 SLI doing better performance than the GTX 780 and titan on most games but i have no experience on setting up the config and what not, also heard it uses more psu and could heat up quicker than a single card. I would also like to point out that i will only be playing on a single monitor 1080p "24" 120GHz. I would love to know if this build especially the GTX 770 willing to play BF3, Bioshock inifinite, and most important BF4 and TitanFall on high/max settings. I also play WoW and FF14 ARR (sometimes 7+ hours >.<). Here is my build and monitor i plan on playing on


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    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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    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 ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1547.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 20:25 EDT-0400)

    -Better quality motherboard. It has a bigger combo discount, so it's about the same price as the MSI board.
    -Cheaper, faster, low-profile RAM.
    -Bigger psu, fully modular, same price.
    -A great 144hz monitor at a cheaper price.

    You can easily max out any of those games you listed. I'm not sure if you'll be able to get 144fps on every game, but you should be going over 60 at least.
  2. twin 650 Ti Boost's For $310 will outperform a 680 / 7970 Ghz Edition ..... For a comparison of single card versus SLI issues look here:

    After running the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI through our test suite, I have to admit that I'm impressed. The duo delivered performance easily matching and often exceeding much more expensive single-card options such as the GeForce GTX 680 and Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and they don't cost as much. SLI multi-GPU scaling works well with all of our titles except for F1 2012. Scaling by going from one to two GTX 650 Ti Boost cards is around 70%, even with F1 2012 taken into account. Unlike AMD, NVIDIA does a good job of maintaining its SLI profiles, so you should be able to play new games without a long wait for multi-GPU support. However, the risk that a game will not be supported still exists, and you might, at worst, end up with single-card performance. This is in my opinion, given the massive performance-per-dollar advantage, an acceptable tradeoff. I would definitely recommend a GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI setup to a friend looking to spend as little money as possible on a high-end gaming rig.

    With a combined price of $340, the graphics cards cost much less than the HD 7970 GHz Edition ($430) and the GTX 680 ($440) while still delivering comparable performance. Power draw and noise levels are slightly higher, but that's the price you'll have to pay to save over 100 bucks. This setup also makes upgrading your aging rig to play the latest and most demanding titles without breaking the bank an option. Core "Sandy Bridge" only supports PCI-Express 2.0, so the setup would run at reduced PCI-Express bandwidth, but the difference should be quite small, maybe 4% in actual games, which is very acceptable if you take into account the lower cost of this upgrade path. Have $340 and want high-end performance? Consider this!

    I'd highly recommend SLI for 120 Hz monitors.

    I love the 770, it's my favorite card .... but two 760s kick its tail....about 50% faster. If ya think ya mite upgrade down the road .... then one 770 now and one down the road is ideal.... but if ya gonna leave it alone once built twin 760s will be faster.

    Either way ya go, id avoid the SC series from EVGA. they are the only major vendor Im aware of that slaps
    a nice cooler on a reference board w/ stock VRM and sells it as a factory overclocked card. All the other major vendors us a custom PCB and beefed up VRM to handle the increased loads. Id recommend the MSI or Gigabyte factory OC'd models

    Im likin the Phanteks over the Noc not only cause of the slight thermal advantage but with color choices and Noc's fugly fans, the Phanteks is more aesthetically pleasing,14.html

    This RAM a bit faster

    Ya PSU / Case combo is $230 and a 750 watter is too big for one 770 and too small for two. This is a better case with bugger same series PSU for same price after $20 MIR
  3. @Realchaos, is the Monitor really superior towards my choice? is there any big difference between a 120HZ and a 144HZ?

    @JackNaylorPE, Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm looking to run one video card and possibly upgrade to SLI later on in the future if needed.
  4. The 120hz monitor can display up to 120fps. The 144hz monitor can display up to 144fps.
    Given that the 144hz monitor is cheaper, it's the better buy.
    That Asus monitor is one of the best gaming monitors.
  5. Cool, I see that you have changed my power supply and motherboard, will this build now will be more than enough to play the games i have mention on high/max setttings? Also would this new power supply work well with GTX770 2 way SLI if i do decide on upgrading to it when the time is needed?? Thanks.
  6. If thinking SLI in the future and in the budget look at the 770s w/4GB
  7. Yes it can. A single GTX 770 can max out any games on 1080p.
    A 850w psu gives you enough watts for overclocking and SLI.
  8. @Jack, Thanks man for the information I will have to put that in consideration. Im not planning on buying this build for another week so im just gathering thoughts right now trying to find the best build for my budget. i do know that 760 sli is like 50% faster than 770 but right now does it matter if the games i listed can be played on high/max settings? also i will be planning on buying another gtx 770 if it gets to the point that i need to upgrade so im not sure if buying the 760 SLI right now would be the best choice.
  9. @Tradesman1, Not sure if having a 4gb gtx 770 would be needed for a single monitor though bro
  10. Mentioned as in 'if thinking SLI in the future', you had mentioned SLI 760s, so if 'thinking' in the future, you'd already have a 4GB card - SLI can only use the memory from 1 card
  11. @Realchaos, Do you know if having GTX 770 2 way SLI would be too small for my case to fit?
  12. @Trade, ah ok i did not know you suspose to add the two 2gb together when doing the 2 way SLI
  13. No if you have two 2GB GPU cards, in SLI you can only use 2GB total for the SLI, so if planning for it, and get a 4GB card, can use that as the lead card with a 2GB 770 and have 4GB available to the SLI - much improvement
  14. Ah i gotcha thanks for the information man
  15. No problem!
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