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September 9, 2013 3:47:34 PM

lol, sorry about the false hopes and empty promises of free beer. I needed to lure people in here :) 

Hi, Great site and great people here. Been reading a lot of stuff here the last month or so, trying to research my very first build. Here's my thought so far:

Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps ($137, I want to 6Gbs per sec and I'll add some 7200 HDD I have laying around)

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W ($195)

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower ($85)

Asus Sabertooth Z87 LGA 1150 ($235)

Intel Core i7-4770K ($340)

EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit ($660)

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory ($115)

Corsair H100i ($110)

Windows 7 64 bit ($90)

Cheap DVD burner ($20)

Any tips would be appreciated. I want to future proof this baby and eventually add another gtx 780. I'd like to get into over clocking in the future, nothing crazy. This is a gaming rig all the way. I only use one monitor. I like the fan control and size of this case and I've seen a few youtube videos where they can get the h100i in there with no issues. I thought about the Blackhawk Ultra but it's huge.

Anyone have a similar setup? Should I go with a bigger case? is 1000w enough if I want to add another GPU in the future? I think I'm getting close but I don't have any friends who have experience with this stuff.

Thanks in advance



Edit: I should mention that all of this stuff will be ordered on Amazon for the free 2 day prime shipping and no sales tax. And really, all of the amazon prices are usually a little better or at least the same as newegg.

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a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2013 4:03:24 PM

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a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2013 4:09:53 PM

Couple of things, Mobo is expensive if you are just looking to overclock a bit. Well even if you aren't with haswell a cheaper (around the 160-180 range) would be all that you need. You will hit the limits of that proc before you hit the limits of the board.

Could save a bit of money by getting something like a 212 EVO, those perform very well for the price. If you want a predone water cooler for looks or just to say you have one, fine.
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a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2013 4:16:19 PM

Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case
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September 9, 2013 4:31:22 PM

RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?
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September 9, 2013 4:31:40 PM

Looks good!
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a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2013 5:17:38 PM

iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)
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September 9, 2013 5:34:47 PM

RazerZ said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)


All cards take up 2 slots..... But that mobo is the only mobo that supports 4 way sli? All mobos support 4 way sli if its 2 690's or somethin right?
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September 9, 2013 5:44:46 PM

iNova said:
RazerZ said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)


All cards take up 2 slots..... But that mobo is the only mobo that supports 4 way sli? All mobos support 4 way sli if its 2 690's or somethin right?


I'm almost positive the sabertooth can handle the 780's (if it can handle 2 titans). Also, judging by the spacing between the 1st and second slot, it should fit, right? I'm never going to use more than 2 cards and even that won't be for a long time.
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September 9, 2013 5:46:05 PM

Troof2Troof said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)


All cards take up 2 slots..... But that mobo is the only mobo that supports 4 way sli? All mobos support 4 way sli if its 2 690's or somethin right?


I'm almost positive the sabertooth can handle the 780's (if it can handle 2 titans). Also, judging by the spacing between the 1st and second slot, it should fit, right? I'm never going to use more than 2 cards and even that won't be for a long time.


Any mobo can handle 2 way sli.
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a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2013 5:56:53 PM

iNova said:
Troof2Troof said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)


All cards take up 2 slots..... But that mobo is the only mobo that supports 4 way sli? All mobos support 4 way sli if its 2 690's or somethin right?


I'm almost positive the sabertooth can handle the 780's (if it can handle 2 titans). Also, judging by the spacing between the 1st and second slot, it should fit, right? I'm never going to use more than 2 cards and even that won't be for a long time.


Any mobo can handle 2 way sli.


No it can't It has to physically/electrically support it on various levels.
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September 9, 2013 5:58:25 PM

mouse24 said:
iNova said:
Troof2Troof said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)


All cards take up 2 slots..... But that mobo is the only mobo that supports 4 way sli? All mobos support 4 way sli if its 2 690's or somethin right?


I'm almost positive the sabertooth can handle the 780's (if it can handle 2 titans). Also, judging by the spacing between the 1st and second slot, it should fit, right? I'm never going to use more than 2 cards and even that won't be for a long time.


Any mobo can handle 2 way sli.


No it can't It has to physically/electrically support it on various levels.


Yes, which is all/ MOST maybe 1 or 2 that don't support sli
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September 9, 2013 6:11:53 PM

So it seems this system would work (and be pretty bad ass, for me at least). Do yall recommend getting different heat sync for the H100i or just sing what they give me?
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September 9, 2013 6:12:49 PM

Troof2Troof said:
So it seems this system would work (and be pretty bad ass, for me at least). Do yall recommend getting different heat sync for the H100i or just sing what they give me?


Stick with what they give you.
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September 9, 2013 6:25:55 PM

iNova said:
Troof2Troof said:
So it seems this system would work (and be pretty bad ass, for me at least). Do yall recommend getting different heat sync for the H100i or just sing what they give me?


Stick with what they give you.


Thanks a lot! Much appreciated. I think this will work out just fine for me, I only have one monitor. I always wanted a wicked pc for games, I've always had a console
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a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2013 6:52:09 PM

iNova said:
mouse24 said:
iNova said:
Troof2Troof said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
iNova said:
RazerZ said:
Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($284.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1851.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 19:13 EDT-0400)

Also I didn't include a CPU cooler because I think you should get a custom water cooler for a rig this big ;) .

Also if you can raise your budget I would look into a corsair windowed full desktop/tower case


Hes a gamer is he not? Why the WorkStation Mobo?


It isn't, infact it is the only gaming mobo that supports 4 way sli in his price range. ( Gigabyte GTX 780s take up two slots each)


All cards take up 2 slots..... But that mobo is the only mobo that supports 4 way sli? All mobos support 4 way sli if its 2 690's or somethin right?


I'm almost positive the sabertooth can handle the 780's (if it can handle 2 titans). Also, judging by the spacing between the 1st and second slot, it should fit, right? I'm never going to use more than 2 cards and even that won't be for a long time.


Any mobo can handle 2 way sli.


No it can't It has to physically/electrically support it on various levels.


Yes, which is all/ MOST maybe 1 or 2 that don't support sli


Obviously as long as it has 2 pci-e ports and it has sli/xfire capability then it can. Though it has to be licensed. A single card with two gpus such as the 690 or 7990 isn't considered crossfire/SLi on its own and motherboard support isn't necessary as all that work is done on the PCB by bridge chips. Though some (most) motherboard manufacturers say they support 4x SLi/Xfire when in fact they only have two PCI-e slots.
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September 14, 2013 1:22:17 PM

Hi, thanks for all the info. I completed the build and it's running awesome. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me!

Intel Core i7-4770K (OC'd to 4.5Ghz, 1.20v)
Asus Sabertooth Z87
EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler (Plan on SLI when price drops)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V
NZXT Phantom 410 (140mm front intake, 120mm side intake, 120mm back exhaust)
Corsair H100i (2x 120mm fans on top as an exhaust)
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SATA 6Gbps SSD (Windows)
Seagate Baracuda 1TB 7200RPM HDD (Games/Storage)
Crappy DVD Burner
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