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Please give advise on this gaming build

Hi guys

I'm planning to build a new gaming rig upgrading from my old Core 2 Duo (yeah I know, a big step :D)
I did some research and worked out a list of candidates for the parts, but as this is my first DIY build I would really appreciate if you guys could give me some advise on my choices.

I will do some light overclocking and later on get 2 way SLI/XF, I'd like it to be durable for at least 3~5 yrs

I live in Sydney Australia, having a budget of $2000 AUD (cost efficiency is preferred though), I've been looking up prices on these sites, they are quite indicative of the lowest prices I'm likely to get here in Aus:
http://www.msy.com.au
http://www.mwave.com.au
http://www.pccasegear.com

Here's the details:
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CPU: 4770k $390
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M/B: AsRock Z87-Extreme4 $190

My only requirement for the MB is having 2 PCIe 3.0 running 16/0 or 8/8 so I can add another GPU later. Other than that is just good durability that can last several years. Other features are welcome but not essential especially LAN adapter which has no value to me since I use WIFI in my house.

Across the ATX range, the cheapest option I can see is the [AsRock Z87-Extreme3 $165] which has everything I need, but then adding an extra $25 I can get [AsRock Z87-Extreme4 $190], with better sound chip ALC1150, a few more ports, some onboard buttons and 12 phase VRM

Asus and GB here seem to charge a premium for the same tier of basic features, or with less features at the same price point. Should I go for these brands for perhaps a better quality/durability? Also is there any known issue/flaw in AsRock's board that I should be aware of?
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PSU: Corsair HX850 $210

Bought from Amazon, funny that after $50 shipping it still costs less than here
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RAM: G.Skill Trident-X 2x8G 2400CL10 $205

I'd like 2x8G ram in dual channel, the cheapest seems to be [Kingston 1600CL11 $160], but the Trident-X seems really awesome and fast :)
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GPU: R9 280x $400~430

I'm thinking between Sapphire Vapor-X ($400) and Toxic ($430), I don't mind $30 more for Toxic with better performance but my concern is the huge power draw. If later on I add another Toxic for XF could my 850 PSU handle them safely? (I think it should be fine with 2 x 300W GPUs but Toxic seems to have a maximum peak around 300~400W from the reviews I've seen)
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Case: CoolerMaster SGC-5000 Storm Trooper $150 (or Stryker if I can find one with similar price)
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SDD: Samsung 840 Pro 128G $145
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HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2T $95
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Total: ~$1820
(already got DVD-RW, WIFI card, software etc...)

ok so that's about it, the ones in red I'm not too sure yet, what do you guys think?
if you can spot any problems/improvements/alternatives please do share :D

Thanks heaps!
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  1. Well you should lower down to an i5. Why? Because you can OC an i5 4670k to amazing levels higher than i7 and, you can upgrade your video card like crazy because you lowered to an i5. And i7 is unecessary to power that video card.

    For your case I suggest a CM Storm Enforcer. Get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for CPU cooler.

    And 850w should be fine. Even with Crossfire it should be OK.
  2. Amit Parmar said:
    Well you should lower down to an i5. Why? Because you can OC an i5 4670k to amazing levels higher than i7 and, you can upgrade your video card like crazy because you lowered to an i5. And i7 is unecessary to power that video card.

    For your case I suggest a CM Storm Enforcer. Get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for CPU cooler.

    And 850w should be fine. Even with Crossfire it should be OK.


    Thanks Amit for the advise

    Yeah I'll probably downgrade to a 4670k for gaming, though I do need to do some programming and transcoding occasionally which should be sufficient even without HT.

    How much is 4670k OC better than 4770k?
    I thought the Haswell is generally bad for OC and I've yet to see a benchmark for 4670k beyond 4.5 GHz and 4770k is usually capped at 4.6/4.7 on air if you are lucky.

    For GPU I don't think I can get anything beyond 280x without compromising cost-efficiency and SLI/XF seems the only way to up-scale further.

    Thanks for the advise on CM Hyper 212 Evo, I overlooked the CPU cooler lol. It seems to be one of the most cost-efficient air cooler for light OC.

    For the case, I thought the Trooper has better cooling capability than the Enforcer since it's a full-tower. I forgot to mention my case preference is cooling > dust > structural elegance (cable management, modular design for disk rackets/docks etc.) > noise / look.
    Any suggestion for a better cooling case with dust filtering selling in Aus within $150?
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    sapphirus said:
    Amit Parmar said:
    Well you should lower down to an i5. Why? Because you can OC an i5 4670k to amazing levels higher than i7 and, you can upgrade your video card like crazy because you lowered to an i5. And i7 is unecessary to power that video card.

    For your case I suggest a CM Storm Enforcer. Get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for CPU cooler.

    And 850w should be fine. Even with Crossfire it should be OK.


    Thanks Amit for the advise

    Yeah I'll probably downgrade to a 4670k for gaming, though I do need to do some programming and transcoding occasionally which should be sufficient even without HT.

    How much is 4670k OC better than 4770k?
    I thought the Haswell is generally bad for OC and I've yet to see a benchmark for 4670k beyond 4.5 GHz and 4770k is usually capped at 4.6/4.7 on air if you are lucky.

    For GPU I don't think I can get anything beyond 280x without compromising cost-efficiency and SLI/XF seems the only way to up-scale further.

    Thanks for the advise on CM Hyper 212 Evo, I overlooked the CPU cooler lol. It seems to be one of the most cost-efficient air cooler for light OC.

    For the case, I thought the Trooper has better cooling capability than the Enforcer since it's a full-tower. I forgot to mention my case preference is cooling > dust > structural elegance (cable management, modular design for disk rackets/docks etc.) > noise / look.
    Any suggestion for a better cooling case with dust filtering selling in Aus within $150?


    For an extra $10 you can go HAF 932. Also for the processor I meant that you wouldn't need an i7 to get everything to it's max. That's basically what a processor does. Get everything to max. An i5 would be enough unless you are getting a 780.

    You could get a 760 SLI or 280x Crossfire.
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