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First-time builder, $2700 Gaming PC; feedback and compatibility requested.

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August 30, 2013 7:14:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 October, 2013

Budget Range: $2700, after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video streaming, editing, surfing the internet.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Amazon.com.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I would like the machine to be as quiet as possible while performing highly. I'll be playing FFXIV, Skyrim, Civ 5, Shogun 2, and Diablo 3, and would like their setting to be maxed. I'm mainly posting here to make sure all of the parts I had selected will be compatible with one another and inquire if I could perhaps get a better bang for my 2700 bucks.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My current PC was built by a friend 8 years ago... It was top-of-the-line then, its awful now.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($567.27 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.88 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($207.88 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $2629.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 22:09 EDT-0400)

I'll thank everyone now for their time and expertise. I look forward to reading your replies!
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August 30, 2013 7:17:41 PM

Looks good!
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August 30, 2013 7:25:24 PM

Terrible for gaming and a waste of money. Drop the 3930k and 16GB of ram unless you are doing anything CPU and memory intesive task which in your case your not since you are just gaming so an i5 4670k would be an ideal choice and 8GB is more than enough. Its a waste of money since you won't even utilize the full potential of the two things. Also 1000W power supply? a bit of overkill don't you think? an 850w would be even considered overkill unless you are planning on sli, even 650w is enough.
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August 30, 2013 7:58:15 PM

Motherboard and CPU are beyond defending for a gamer, or anybody who is not deriving money DIRECTLY from computing power. Ridiculously expensive to buy just a few small % points more fps. Don't even start with future proofing, buy an i5-3xxxx ($~200) + really solid $120 motherboard and stuff the remaining wad of cash in your HDD bay & buy a new motherboard/CPU in 2 years, AND AGAIN in the next 2 years is way better future proofing. As it is, that's just blowing money.

Next on the list is the power supply. Again an indefensible position. 80+ gold is saving you a few cents a day under full load and it's waaay over spec for a single card setup. You would want to see a 1000w PSU in a quad or TRI GPU setup. You can get a great modular PSU for this system for closer to $80 or $100 at most, a lot less if you shop the frequent deals on Newegg (Amazon doesn't really compare for deals).

NEXT ditto what the last poster says about memory
BUT more importantly,

You are using a sufficiently large SSD for performance, correct? Why pair it with such an expensive drive for storage? If you are going for TBs of storage you can definitely afford to pick a cheaper, but still good drive. I won't slam this too much because it's more subjective, but I would rather have 2 of a more affordable 2TB drive in RAID 1 for my bulk storage.. but on the other hand blacks do have excellent warranty if you don't mind losing everything when it eventually crashes. I like them quite a lot for primary drives, but they seem out of place & way over budget for secondary.

Over all it's a very expensive ($2700 computer) that will play just about as well as a $1400 computer (which is already seen as a high end/expensive computer).
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August 31, 2013 2:50:13 PM

Thanks for the replies. I've dropped the 3930k for a 4770k, the motherboard for an Asus Sabertooth Z87, and the PSU to an 800W. I'll be sticking with the 16 GBs of ram and the 2 TB Caviar.

Can someone please confirm that all of these parts are indeed compatible with one another?
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