$2000 Gaming PC (Intel) Build - Need an Expert set of eyes

Approximate Purchase Date: February 15th
Budget Range: ~$2000
System Usage: League of Legends (PC gaming), Twitch Streaming, light video editing, Skype, Movie Watching
Are you buying a monitor: No, but I plan to dual monitor (1920*1080)
Parts to Upgrade: All new
Do you need to buy OS: Windows 8
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,
Location: Boston, MA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair
Overclocking: Most likely No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Quieter towers are preferred
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I would like to be able to stream league of legends at max graphics settings and video edit.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell ($330.00)
CPU Cooler: Really unsure...
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2?? ($35.00)
Motherboard: unsure...
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150?? ($180.00)
Asus Z87-Pro?? ($175.00) / Asus Maximus VI Hero?? ($195.00)
Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8) DDR3-1600 240pin DIMM?? ($165.00)
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16 GB (2x8) DDR3-1866??($160.00)
Does 1866 matter? W/4770K?
Storage: Sandisk SDSSDHP-256G-G25 Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5' Solid State Disk ($165.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB WD2002FAEX 3.5" 7200RPM Internal HD ($145.00)
Video Card:
EVGA 03G-P4-2784-KR GeForce GTX 780 3 GB Video Card? ($510.00)
EVGA 03G-P4-2884-KR Superclocked GeForce GTX 780ti 3 GB Video Card? ($740.00)
Corsair 5000R White ATX Mid Tower Case? ($110.00)
Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) SGC-5000W-KWN1? ($160.00)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (Is that enough Wattage?) ($150.00)
Min TOTAL: (330+35+175+160+165+145+510+110+150)= $1780
Max TOTAL: (330+35+195+165+165+145+740+160+150)= $2085
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  1. Pretty solid build. 1866 really isn't going to matter much for a gaming build, and 8Gb is really all that is needed. I suggest 8Gb and spend the difference on a faster SSD. The ti version of the 780 is about 15% faster. I have a pair SLIed and love it; however, if you are going to run at 1920x1080, then SLI 780's is overkill.

    I suggest a full tower case. You want a lot of airflow for those components.
  2. You really don't need an i7 4770k, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 780 to play league of legends.
    For $1000 you can get a very competent PC that will do everything you want.
  3. Yes an 850W psu should be enough wattage for mild overclocking and probably Sli. Good pick on the Corsair RM.

    I would change the SSD to one from Crucial (the M500 240GB or the 480GB) or one from Samsung (840 Evo 250gb or 840 Pro 256gb)

    Go with the Corsair vengeance low profile memory, that way you don't have to worry about interference when fitting a cpu cooler. Despite what most people say, I would go with the 2X 8gb sticks for 16gb, that way when you upgrade you aren't replacing memory (4gb sticks), you are just filling the other 2 slots to 32gb.

    I would go with an Asus z87 motherboard, also take a look at the Gryphon board. The ROG Hero board is a really nice board.

    Take a look at Noctua Cpu coolers. They have a better mounting solution, better performance and a great warranty (6 years if I remember right) and if intel releases a new socket, Noctua will provide you the hardware to mount the cooler to it (if possible) for free if you fill out their form.
    go with either this Noctua NH-U12P SE2
    or this Noctua NH-U14S
    they are both up there in price at about $75 and $85, but they are worth it, you can feel that when you install it and the whisper quiet fans running at full blast.

    Also take a look at the new Corsair 760T case, you might like it. The CM Stryker and Corsair 500R are good choices too. Also maybe take a look at those cube cases like the CM HAF-XB EVO or the Corsair Air 540. Also look at those NZXT cases.

    Anther source of computer part I would consider is they sell some stuff cheaper than the others (usually better prices on fans, cpu heat sinks, SSDs and other stuff. Just watch for sales.)
  4. Best answer
    For the CPU, go to Microcenter. They have the i7-4770k for $280, but that is in store only.
    CPU Cooler: A solid CPU cooler. Although if you aren't overclocked the stock one should work fine.
    Motherboard: Not sure if you need it, but the ASUS Z87 Pro comes with an onboard wifi module. Also between the two bios, I prefer the ASUS bios. I thought the Gigabyte bios was clunky.
    RAM: 1866 MHz should be a little faster, although you would probably have to go into the bios and tell it to run at that because Haswell is still spec'ed to run at 1600 MHz on the RAM. At those speeds, look for CAS latency of 9 and a voltage of 1.5V or less. I have used GSkill multiple times without a problem.
    Storage: That is fine.
    Video Card: I am not convinced on the value of the GTX 780 Ti, especially for dual 1080P monitor setup. I am running a GTX 670 with a 1080P main monitor, and a 900x1600 secondary monitor. I get over 50 fps in every game I have played (Assasin's creed 3, Crysis 2, Batman, Skyrim, etc) on the highest graphics settings. Bang for your buck, I would probably go with either the GTX 770 ($350) or the GTX 780 if you want the extra graphics memory. There is also the GTX 770 4 GB ($400) if the memory is a concern.
    Case: I really consider this to be a matter of personal preference. Tool-less bays rock though.
    PSU: For a single graphics card, anything over 600 W should be enough. 750 W would handle dual GTX 770's fine. You want the load on your PSU to be between 20 and 80 % of its rating for max efficiency. So a GTX 780 can draw up to 300 W, through in another 200 W for CPU, motherboard, drives, etc and you are looking at a peak draw of 500 watts. Basically, 850 W will be more than enough for a single GPU, and enough for most dual GPU solutions.
  5. Thanks for the responses thus far! Here is the updated version based on your recommendations.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell ($330.00)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S ($85.00)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ($175.00)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8) DDR3-1600 240pin DIMM?? ($165.00)
    Storage: Crucial CT240M500SSD1 ($150.00)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB WD2002FAEX 3.5" 7200RPM Internal HD ($145.00)
    Video Card: EVGA 03G-P4-2884-KR Superclocked GeForce GTX 780ti 3 GB Video Card? ($740.00)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) SGC-5000W-KWN1 ($160.00)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($150.00)

    New Total = (330+85+35+175+165+150+145+740+160+150)= $2135

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  6. Looks like a good build, hope you enjoy building it.
  7. If you are not overclocking, the Noctua is a total waste of money. Hyper 212 can get you to 4.2 easy. I don't know about the Haswell, but it keeps my Ivy Bridge cool up to 4.5 or 4.6 GHz. Also, I don't think the GTX 780 Ti is worth it over the GTX 780 for a 1080 P monitor, but if you think you are going to upgrade to 1440, 4K or 3D, it might be worth it. Building a computer is a lot of fun. Enjoy!
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