Future Gaming Desktop. Reccommended PSU wattage? Help on SSDs and Cable sleeving


I have a new rig that i plan on building soon.

It will be using IB-E and most likely will be my last build for a little while, unfortunately i was always terrible at judging PSU's and commonly went with overkill. I was hoping to have a little help on choosing a PSU that wont kill my wallet (again).

This build will be progressive, i plan on adding parts that are not seriously required over time. However i am planning on keeping a PSU that will handle this Rig when its maxed out.


CPU: i7-4820K (later may upgrade to a 4930K at some point, please keep this in mind)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4
GPU: MSI R9 280X (x2)
RAM: Corsair Vengance 8Gb DDR3 1866 (x4)
HDD: Seagate Blue 1TB 7200RPM (x3)
SSD: Crucial 120GB M500
ODD: ASUS Blue Ray
Fans: NZXT Red LED Fans. 120mm (x5), 140mm (x2), 200mm (x2)
LED Lighting System: NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit (2 Meter)

I intend on using water cooling at some point. So it would also have to accommodate a pump that would be able to reach 2 Radiators and go to both GPUs and the CPU. This addition will be FAR into the future however. Though it is likely i will be using Lamptron FC5 V3 Controllers in the near future.

This PSU must be modular and must be able to support

Also i was wondering, this will be my first build housing a SSD. I have never worked with them before so i am a bit curious as to use the SSD to boot my OS (windows 8) from it and could i still preform SSD caching at the same time?

Another thing i will be going with will be Cable Sleeving. I intend on making this the most glorious looking rig i have ever made. I have practiced my Cable Management to the point where i have it to a very precise science (that is why i want a modular PSU). However i am not a total professional at sleeving cables, but i have had some experience from my vast workings of electronics. I would like to know if anyone has any good tips for it? I intend on using MDPC sleeve and heatshrink.

All of this mess will be crammed into a XigamaTek Elysium using a Black and Red color scheme (i know, absolutely original color scheme for a computer). I may spray paint some things to match it. The odds of me re-painting the mobo is highly unlikely (it is Black/Gray) but i might take a small paintbrush to some of the components that are more accessible and unnecessary and not in tight spaces. But i dont even know a good paint to use for things like that.

I know this is ALOT to read and take in. But I'm doing alot of new firsts for this Rig and i intend on letting this one sit next to my desk. And will likely be my last build for a long time so i want to make it big, powerful, and pretty. However, I want to do this without killing my budget; I will be doing this build gradually like i said.

Thanks and Happy Building to all of you.

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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $159.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 00:59 EST-0500)
  2. to let you know the ive-e cpu are the last cpu that going to fit on the x79 mb as they are now the new haswell going to be on the x79 rev 3 mb.
    if i was going to build top gaming rig i would hold of for the x99 chipset mb and ddr-4 that be out next year.
  3. i know, but this is to hold me off for a while. i will probably upgrade or just build a whole new rig with x99
  4. Not a smart decision to get a quad and then a 6 core later on because it's hurting more on your wallet. Want the 6 core then get it now instead of later on.
    If your still going with the 4820K, then you might as well go with the 4770K and save on your wallet.
    What is your budget?
  5. SSD Caching is limited to 64 GB or less so you would have to partition your SSD in order to use it. I would not bother.

  6. I do not have a set budget, but it is likely that im going to start off this thing at around $1600 and work my way up by adding extra parts that are not needed later (Ex: Extra HDDs, The second GPU, Etc). I would go with Haswell, however i prefer to have the extra PCIe lanes so I can run Crossfire at x16 on both cards. Granted switching to a six core later on may be a idiotic move in terms of price but like i said i am only considering it at the time, i dont even know if i will. It is likely i will wait till Haswell-E and gut this rig and just replace the old X79 and LGA2011 for the new X99 and LGA2011-3. According to YOGI i would have to partition my SSD to cache and do all that stuff i am starting to debate if i will even use an SSD and just go with HDDs because im not sure how to partition a drive. After calculating it out with it looks like i will need something more than a 850W PSU just for the parts so i might just throw in a 1000W EVGA SuperNova and call it a day since there are no companies offering things in the 900W range. I know IB-E will be the last of its kind on the X79 but i dont mind, it is a nice chipset and will do me enough justice till HSWL-E comes out and has enough time to get reviewed and inspected. If HSWL-E flops (which is unlikely) i will have a decently powerful chipset to rely on in that case. This rig is all about saving some dollar signs here and there, but also to provide a sturdy rig in case new parts in the future turn out to be total bull crap. I have built 2 rigs using a 4770K and i know what they are capable of but... its just not what im looking for in this one.
  7. Best answer
    The Asus Z87 WS has more PCIe lanes than other Z87 boards. It has 4x PCIe x16 slots.
    Single in x16
    Dual in x16,x16
    Triple in x16,x8,x8
    Quad in x8,x8,x8,x8
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