First Time Builder Looking for Advice

Proposed build with question areas from a first time builder. I've decided to take the plunge for the first time and build my own instead of going pre-built, but I am pretty nervous about the prospect.

Approximate Purchase Date: T12/23/13-1/2/14

Budget Range: Around $2000, give or take $200.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, media consumption (mostly streaming, a blu-ray here or there), maybe some Folding@Home.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (have Prime trial for 1 month) and Newegg

Location: Sacramento, CA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 47 inch, 120 hz vizio TV

Additional Comments: I'm looking to make something that is not too loud, but does not need to be particularly silent either, and prefer a smaller less flashy aesthetic. The Corsair 350d seems to fit those needs, and looks relatively easy for a first time builder. This will be a part of a living room gaming pc setup, though I am still trying to work out the ergonomics of that. Also, I do not want to watercool outside of simple closed loop cpu cooler.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Bought a pre-built Gateway gaming PC in summer 2010 that has actually served me well these 3.5 years but is starting to show it's age.

My proposed build:

CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $319.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid $64.99
Motherboard Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 $199.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 $189.81
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" SSD $394.95
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB $339.99
Case Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower $79.99
Power Supply Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $129.99
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $46.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) $99.98

Specific areas I want feedback on:
1) GPU: Right now I have the ASUS 770 selected, and it seems likes an alright deal at that price considering it still has the AC IV, Splinter Cell, and Batman Origins combo along with it for some reason (all games I would play). However, the 770 can't max everything out there right now even at the 1080p I will play in, though it can with most. So, my question is: the one 770, or stick with one 770 for now and then get a second for sli later, or go with the 780ti? How well can this mobo/case handle sli and keep heat a non-issue?

2) Cooling options: I have a Corsair H60 in there for now...should I stick with that, or just utilize the one that comes with the CPU if I don't plan on overclocking more than 10%? Also, what kind of fans should I go with on this?

3) Power Supply: General thoughts on this? 850w is obviously overkill if I never go SLI, and possibly overkill even if I did. Should I go down to 750w and would that be enough to be stable on a potential 770 or 780 ti sli setup down the road? I like that Corsair RM series from everything I've read, but am open to suggestions.

4) Any compatibility Issues? I looked into this and don't see any but still wouldn't mind more sets of eyes.

5) Finally, anywhere to trim some cost? I expect to hear this as to RAM and maybe mobo, and I am certainly open to modifications.

Sorry for the thesis, and I greatly appreciate the assistance of anyone who takes a gander, albeit a rather lengthy one.
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  1. Build overall looks solid but I would drop down on some stuff and grab a better GPU to make it perfect. Grab 780 or wait for the non-reference 780ti.
  2. Is it worth it to wait for a non-reference r290 or r290x?
  3. Best answer
    CPU: The 4770K is complete overkill if all you plan to do is game and watch movies. Get a 4670K instead.
    CPU Cooler: For a 10% overclock, you don't need a H60. Sticking with the stock cooler is not a bad option, or you can go with something with better cooling performance like a Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
    Motherboard: The Maximus is also an overkill for 10% overclock. Check out the ASRock Z87M Extreme 4.
    Memory: Going down to a 1600 Mhz won't noticeably decrease performance and you'll save ~$20.
    GPU: You can upgrade to a GTX 780 or Radeon 290 with the savings. It'll max out all your games at 1080p for years to come.
    PSU: 750W will handle 290X crossfire or 780 Ti sli just fine (see:,4.html).
  4. I have to agree with everything Epitope mentioned. Also with the H60 on the i5-4670k chip you could get away with a 4.2 - 4.4 ghz Oc
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