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Looking for a gaming pc build for early 2014 (tax time) Budget $2500 w/monitor

Im looking to spend around $2500 including monitor. I have keyboard, mouse and speakers. I want to be able to max out current game titles and have plenty of room for upgrades in next few years. Pc will be used primarily for games. I want an Intel CPU and prefer Nvidia GPU. Was considering a single GTX 780 now and going duel cards later for first upgrade if viable so a big PSU now would be preferable. Also a good SSD, at least a 120GB. Ive built a couple rigs in the past and have had a few heating problems (still a novice). So a solid case with good cooling features would be a plus. Never messed with water cooling and have to admit the idea scares me a little but would be willing to try if needed. Would also prefer getting a great CPU now so as not to have to upgrade it for as long as my current budget will allow. Keep in mind Im also a novice to OCing. I will be using only 1 monitor with the highest resolution this budget allows.
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    I would go with the following. The gtx 780 TI will futureproof you longer will max out gaming titles with a single card then you can get another later on if you need more but atm 1 is plenty for 1920x1080 monitor. You can also consider the R9 290x's when the new coolers come out when you plan to purchase.

    I currently don't have any recommendations for a 2560x1440 monitor for gaming. I have a LG 27EA83-D 27 inch but thats a pretty expensive monitor and not really made for gaming, but its really beautiful colors.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($167.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $2342.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 14:46 EST-0500)
  2. sportfreak23 said:
    I would go with the following. The gtx 780 TI will futureproof you longer will max out gaming titles with a single card then you can get another later on if you need more but atm 1 is plenty for 1920x1080 monitor. You can also consider the R9 290x's when the new coolers come out when you plan to purchase.

    I currently don't have any recommendations for a 2560x1440 monitor for gaming. I have a LG 27EA83-D 27 inch but thats a pretty expensive monitor and not really made for gaming, but its really beautiful colors.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($167.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $2342.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 14:46 EST-0500)



    That looks good. I will probibly get 16GB of faster memory ( just hard to resist) since there is leftover cash and most likely more when I actually go to purchase. I looked up the R9 290x and have to say its tempting although Ive had problems with Radeon in the past. Thanks and well done.
  3. Good luck with your build, sure you can get 16gb if you wanted and faster doesn't hurt too. I just picked the EVGA 780ti as its the only one listed on pcpart, otherwise you can look at the gigabyte one or zotac one.
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