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$2000 Gaming PC (Intel) Build - Buying today - Need an expert set of eyes!

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February 1, 2014 8:00:50 AM

Hi Everyone - I originally posted this 2 weeks ago and wanted to make sure that this build was still the most efficient for the money. Has anything changed that I need to be aware of?

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 ($140.00)
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)

February 1, 2014 8:04:59 AM

"Gaming PC"

i7 not needed
16GB not needed
WD Black not needed unless you want that extra warranty. A WD Blue (or Desktop) will do just fine
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February 1, 2014 8:06:58 AM

3 monitors or 1 144Hz monitor?
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February 1, 2014 8:08:21 AM

Looks good although there are a few changes I would make. Firstly, I am not too familiar with the Noctua heat sink that you chose so I couldn't really tell you buy otherwise, although I do highly recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo which comes in at $50 cheaper. 16Gb's will definately future proof your build although why not save a bit of money and go for 8gb's. You can upgrade in the future if at all necessary. Now the SSD. Although Crucial do make some decent SSD's the Samsung 840 Evo series has a better reliability and I believe that they are slightly cheaper in price. The PSU is fine although there are better brands out there on market, other than Corsair. I suggest that you do some more research into the PSU in order to get the best PSU suitable for your build. Other then those minor issues, all looks good to me.
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February 1, 2014 8:55:42 AM

It looks good but does that 780ti have the non reference cooler? If it doesn't get one with one
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February 1, 2014 8:58:44 AM

Yea, I agree with the 3 things USAFRet mentioned.
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February 24, 2014 7:59:46 AM

With your budget:

1. 4670K will perform equally well for gaming.

2. I like 16gb. No game will need it, but windows will keep extra code in ram, available for instant reuse.

3. Look for a 240gb Samsung EVO. Their magician software will allow you to use some ram for a cache.

4. Do you need a DVD drive? Only $20 or so.

5. I happen to like the stock titan direct exhaust coolers. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Spend some money on a good 2560 x (1440 or 1600) IPS monitor.
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