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New/First high-end gaming rig (2000 - 3500). Will it work? Questions / Need suggestions.

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December 4, 2013 11:41:19 PM

I have the following in mind:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-D14
GPU: NVidia GTX 780ti
RAM: 16384MB Corsair Vengeance, DDR3 - 1866 (PC3 - 14900), (2 x 8192MB)
Motherboard: ASUS Z87 Maximus VI Formula (C2)
Storage: 1TB /+ 120GB SSD
PSU: 850 Watt Corsair RM Series RM850

1. Will everything fit in a Corsair Carbide 500R case?
2. I basically want the rig to last; So I've been thinking of maybe adding a second GTX 780ti to the mix. If I do, will I see any difference in gaming? I intend to use a (single) 29,0" display.
3. About the PSU: if I go SLI, will it be enough?
4. Are the components overkill? I'm not seeing myself photoshopping or doing any video editing in the near future.
5. Should I wait till Q1 2014 for the new GPUs?
6. What would you change?

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December 4, 2013 11:47:06 PM

1. Will everything fit in a Corsair Carbide 500R case?
yes

2. I basically want the rig to last; So I've been thinking of maybe adding a second GTX 780ti to the mix. If I do, will I see any difference in gaming? I intend to use a (single) 29,0" display.
single GTX 780 ti will be enough

3. About the PSU: if I go SLI, will it be enough?
yes, it is enough

4. Are the components overkill? I'm not seeing myself photoshopping or doing any video editing in the near future.
obviously yes, i5 4670K + 8GB ram + gtx 770 will be the sweet spot

5. Should I wait till Q1 2014 for the new GPUs?
no

6. What would you change?
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December 4, 2013 11:58:55 PM

1) Yeah. Possible exception is the ram (cooler looks like it might overlap the furthest left ram slot, you don't need to use this though. If it's low profile ram you should be good)
Maximum graphics card length- 316mm with drive bays in. GTX780ti - 267mm
Maximum CPU cooler height - 165mm, Noctua NH-D14 - 160mm

2. Display size is irrelevant. Display resolution is important.
Having said that, a single GTX780ti is enough for pretty much any single display, even 2560*1440. Adding a second would probably only be useful if running several monitors (5760*1080+)

3) Yeah it'd be fine for two GTX780Ti

4) Kinda. i7 over an i5 doesn't make much sense economically for a gaming machine. 16Gb of ram is little use either, though at these kind of prices, it's a pretty cheap component so why not?
Maximus Formula is very cool, but very expensive for what it does. Something half the price will do basically the same thing.
If you aren't SLIing, then the PSU is pretty overkill.

5) Not really. Jumping on a new wave of price drops is always a good feeling, but there will always be new cards arriving in patches. You could wait forever. I'd just buy what is best at any given point and accept that within a few months the prices will drop. Remember that the first month (or so) of any new product line is among the worst for value, as AMD+Nvidia fiddle with prices to compete with each other.
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December 5, 2013 3:06:28 AM

build a ~1k-1.5k pc


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.27 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($415.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1243.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 06:10 EST-0500)




PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1628.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 06:12 EST-0500)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1402.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 06:14 EST-0500)



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.27 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($316.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1063.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 06:18 EST-0500)
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