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November 3, 2013 6:29:47 PM

I build a new rig about every 3 years or so. It's about that time and would like some input on components. Here are some requirements:

Will run four monitors (25" min)

Primary use gaming. Some website development.

Overclocking not a necessity but if I do have an overclocking CPU, it will likely be a set it and forget it scenario.

Air cooling is fine but will consider water if necessary.

Silence is important and full size tower preferred.

No AMD anything.

Budget around 3k give or take.

Gaming performance is the highest priority but I spend most of my time in MMO's, ie Eve, most of the time anyway.

Thanks in advance for any builds you guys come up with.

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November 3, 2013 6:58:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($530.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - OEM (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Total: $2751.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-03 21:55 EST-0500)

EDIT:
Here's an alternate build that will run games better in triple surround.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - OEM (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($243.00 @ B&H)
Total: $2837.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-03 22:03 EST-0500)
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November 3, 2013 7:34:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Be Quiet SHADOW ROCK 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($180.89 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($180.89 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Phoebus 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 850W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2666.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 00:09 EST-0500)
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a c 612 4 Gaming
November 3, 2013 7:53:39 PM

whiteboy523 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Be Quiet SHADOW ROCK 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($995.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: HP 2511x (XP599AA#ABA) 25.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: HP 2511x (XP599AA#ABA) 25.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: HP 2511x (XP599AA#ABA) 25.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: HP 2511x (XP599AA#ABA) 25.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2970.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-03 22:32 EST-0500)

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1333 DRAM? A Titan that is almost twice the cost of a 780 for a few FPS? Overpriced mobo and not utilizing it?


Aznricepuffs has a couple good builds (3 monitors on second build though instead of 4), also if looking ahead would suggest 16GB in 2x8GB and witht he scaling abilities of Haswell, go 1866 at a minimum
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November 3, 2013 8:16:21 PM

I should have pointed out that I already have the monitors so we can put that funding into the computer if it will improve performance.
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November 3, 2013 8:25:59 PM

In that case would look at Aznricepuffs first build, go to 16GB DRAM (suggest Tridents 2x8GB 2400/10) and add a second 780 in SLI, though I'd suggest the Asus CU model for the better cooling, and change the PSU in his build to a SeaSonic

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 278 4 Gaming
November 3, 2013 9:17:31 PM

johnstac said:
I should have pointed out that I already have the monitors so we can put that funding into the computer if it will improve performance.


Once you get past a certain price point (really around the $2000 - $2500 range) the differences in performance are marginal at best. For instance there's only a 10 FPS difference between a dual GTX 770 and 780 setup, and a 10 FPS difference between a dual GTX 780 and Titan setup. The i7 and extra RAM don't really do anything to increase gaming performance.

This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($172.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($484.70 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($484.70 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone FT02S-USB3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($229.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2226.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 00:16 EST-0500)

Then with the difference you can add a nice mechanical keyboard and whatever mouse you want.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 4, 2013 6:47:52 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($530.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($530.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - OEM (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2380.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 09:42 EST-0500)

Dropped the monitors from the budget. Added another 780 and upgraded the PSU from my original build. You can go for 16 GB RAM if you want, but it really won't help that much for gaming. It might help if your website development is graphics-heavy and you end up doing some intensive graphics editing work.
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