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November 1, 2013 9:22:23 AM

Here is a strictly gaming PC Rig I’m looking into to build (actually have built for me). Other than what I have been researching online for the past month I really have no expertise in the computing world.
Case: Corsair 900D
CPU: Overclocked Z87 Haswell Intel Core i5 4670K Quad-Core(4.4Ghz-4.8Ghz), 8 MB Cache
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming or ASUS Maximus VI Extreme or ASUS Maximus VI Formula???
System Cooling: Origin FROSTBYTE 360 Sealed Liquid Cooling
Power Supply: 1050 Watt Corsair HX1050
GPU 1: Overclocked 3 GB EVGA GTX 780
GPU 2: Overclocked 3 GB EVGA GTX 780
Memory : 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz (2x4GB) or 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz (2x8GB)
Operating System: Windows 8
Hard Drive 1: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB
Hard Drive 2: 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64 MB Cache
Audio: Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D Fatality Champion
Monitor: BenQ XL2720T
This computer will be strictly for gaming and nothing else. I’d browse the web and store photos, etc. on it but that’s about it.
I may think about using dual monitors in the future. For now 1 monitor is more than enough for me.
I am having a boutique shop build this and overclock for me (Origin PC). I know it may be more expensive but I need the expertise, warranty, support, and most of all piece of mind.
I’m pretty set in what I want to get but do have a few questions.
My questions:
1. Which motherboard should I use? I’m want to play the most demanding games on ultra settings and don’t want any problems with using dual graphic cards. The ASUS Maximus VI Extreme has a lot to offer but it may just be too complicated for me. The MSI GD65 had some reviews but I’m not sure if it gets as much out of dual graphic cards. (Am I totally incorrect on this?)
2. I’ve read 8GB is enough for gaming but would 16GB give any better performance? The extra $115 bucks or so isn’t a huge concern if it gives a good boost but I wouldn’t want to spend the extra cash if it doesn’t really help.
3. Are there any items in the build that would cause bottlenecking?
4. If you have any suggestions/comments on my other choices please voice your thoughts!
5. Do you have any thoughts on Haswell vs. Ivy Bridge-E and i5 vs. i7? I’ve read that i7 is more powerful due to hyperthreading and more cores but that stuff is useless for todays games. Is this true or is there a noticeable increase in quality with the Ivy Bridge-E or i7s?
November 1, 2013 9:38:09 AM

2x780s is a stupid waste of money unless you are playing on 3+ monitors at more than 1080p.

Get a single one. It will max ANY game on a single monitor for a LONG time.

Get an i5 not an i7.

Yes 8gb RAM is more than enough for games.
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November 1, 2013 10:17:35 AM

Is this what you are listing here?

Enter Origin PC's new Frostbyte 360 liquid cooling system (LCS). Origin PC claims it's reaching speeds up to 5.2GHz using the Frostbyte 360, and starting at $1,599 you can grab a Genesis system configured with the new cooler.
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November 1, 2013 12:09:42 PM

endeavour37a said:
Is this what you are listing here?

Enter Origin PC's new Frostbyte 360 liquid cooling system (LCS). Origin PC claims it's reaching speeds up to 5.2GHz using the Frostbyte 360, and starting at $1,599 you can grab a Genesis system configured with the new cooler.


Yes I am most likely building an Origin Genesis PC.
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November 1, 2013 12:11:35 PM

tiny voices said:
2x780s is a stupid waste of money unless you are playing on 3+ monitors at more than 1080p.

Get a single one. It will max ANY game on a single monitor for a LONG time.

Get an i5 not an i7.

Yes 8gb RAM is more than enough for games.


OK thanks for the advice. Do you have any advice for the motherboard? Also, is the power supply overkill?
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November 1, 2013 12:15:27 PM

Yes the PSu is overkill. For a single card, get 650w. If you REALLY want to get 2 (still not a good idea because you won't see any game improvement because one will max all games) Get 750-850w.
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November 1, 2013 12:48:56 PM

OK, give me a minute here to put some thoughts together for you
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November 1, 2013 1:21:46 PM

I agree with tiny voices on what he is saying, but will throw in my 2 bits never the less. From the looks of your specs you really want a rocking machine that will last a while and not be out done by future games anytime soon.

CASE: it is a monster show case indeed, if you can afford this then money must not be a problem, it is a beautiful case with unlimited possibilities.

Telling you to get an i5 to save money seems odd with respect to the other hardware you are getting, not sure what to advise here. The i7 is only $100 more, may as well go for a i7 4770k.

Get 16GB of memory @1866 with CL 8.

Your PS is way overkill, perhaps 750W gold in Corsair or SeaSonic would be in line for this build.

Forget about the 2 x 780, in 6 days the 780Ti will be released for $700, get one of those as it will be all you need for a long time. It beats the Titan at stock settings and will OC to the max, 876 MHz base clock and 928 MHz boost clock, has been OCed stable to 1240MHz and unconfirmed to 1851MHz, 6% faster than the 290x at stock and 15-23% when OCed.

Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB is a good buy.

The ASUS Z87 PRO is a great MB, not as fancy as the MVIE but has great quality and power system.
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November 1, 2013 3:07:10 PM

endeavour37a said:
I agree with tiny voices on what he is saying, but will throw in my 2 bits never the less. From the looks of your specs you really want a rocking machine that will last a while and not be out done by future games anytime soon.

CASE: it is a monster show case indeed, if you can afford this then money must not be a problem, it is a beautiful case with unlimited possibilities.

Telling you to get an i5 to save money seems odd with respect to the other hardware you are getting, not sure what to advise here. The i7 is only $100 more, may as well go for a i7 4770k.

Get 16GB of memory @1866 with CL 8.

Your PS is way overkill, perhaps 750W gold in Corsair or SeaSonic would be in line for this build.

Forget about the 2 x 780, in 6 days the 780Ti will be released for $700, get one of those as it will be all you need for a long time. It beats the Titan at stock settings and will OC to the max, 876 MHz base clock and 928 MHz boost clock, has been OCed stable to 1240MHz and unconfirmed to 1851MHz, 6% faster than the 290x at stock and 15-23% when OCed.

Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB is a good buy.

The ASUS Z87 PRO is a great MB, not as fancy as the MVIE but has great quality and power system.


Yep, you're correct - I do want a top end rig but don't want to spend money on items not needed. Thnx for the help!
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