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February 17, 2014 5:43:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 month.(Depends on response speed here)

Budget Range: Maximum $3,000.
Note*This is a loan just so everyone knows that it isn't free money thus I would rather not toss money around just for a newer model when a newer model isn't needed.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, Multi-tasking (music,school,games,video watching), college. (Ha! my priorities)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: I will be purchasing all brand new parts.

Do you need to buy OS: No, I can obtain this via my college for almost nothing.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg other wise just cheapest site no biggy.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Fredonia, NY USA.

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia, I believe Evega is good gpu from what i've heard.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes .

Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440 27" monitor. I would like to purchase Two off the bat.
Additional Comments: Doesn't have to look fancy in the case. But i am worried about airflow due to large graphics cards etc.

Why Are You Upgrading: I will be purchasing the Oculus Rift Consumer edition asap. I want this PC to be able to run EVERY GAME on ULTRA as well as the Oculus Rift(VR headseat).

My build so far:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Atayeu/saved/3N5E

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Crossover 27Q LED 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($409.09 @ Newegg)
Total: $2315.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 23:42 EST-0500)


This is all that I have so far and by no means are these set in stone

Issues that I would like to have addressed:
1.) Can my selected PSU Power my parts?
2.) Is this monitor good for Gaming?the specs look fine and its much cheaper then dell etc due to being shipped from asia.
3.)BIGGIE: Can this case handle my graphics card size and air flow. HORRIBLE at picking cases that can help with all this that i'm placing inside.
Edited: I love this case but no 5.25" drive for optical why is that? Alternative?

4.)Depending on case Do i need to pick up more fans? (I think they usually come with the case if im not mistaken)

5.) Should I liquid cool? If so with what?
Added:
6.)
Should I go for the gtx 780 3gb instead of the 770 4gb? I believe the price difference is $100. Worth or not?




Food for thought:
I'm not rich please don't tug on my bank account. ;) 

I have Keyboard/Mouse.
I do not have an optical drive.
Not big into overclocking. So no need there.
These parts have been edited to keep up with participant posts.

I would like to purchase this within a month So much help is EXTREMELY appreciated.


I'll be checking back numerous times throughout the day.
Hints,Tips and Tricks appreciated

Thank you to everyone participating,
Atayeu

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February 17, 2014 6:37:28 PM

I changed a bit of what you had. I added a second 770, and a really nice case with good airflow, and it has plenty of included fans. I also changed the CPU, because the Xeons are build for servers and workstations, that you would benefit from if you are going to take and 3D modeling/editing in college.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Crossover 27Q LED 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($409.09 @ Newegg)
Total: $2183.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 17, 2014 6:46:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($376.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($270.98 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Adorama)
Total: $3036.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 21:42 EST-0500)


I decided to suggest a completely different build.
In your budget I was able to fit two GTX 780's in SLI which should give you great performance on a multi-monitor setup, it is the best you can get in your budget. But also, at such a high resolution I'm not exactly sure what to expect, so I picked out a motherboard that can support 3-way SLI in case two GTX 780's just isnt cutting it, (but hopefully they will be enough), and you feel like you need to get a third for 3-way SLI. Also, to be prepared for 3-way SLI, I picked out a 1200W Corsair power supply. I also picked out a 1440p monitor.
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February 17, 2014 7:56:02 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
I changed a bit of what you had. I added a second 770, and a really nice case with good airflow, and it has plenty of included fans. I also changed the CPU, because the Xeons are build for servers and workstations, that you would benefit from if you are going to take and 3D modeling/editing in college.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Crossover 27Q LED 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($409.09 @ Newegg)
Total: $2183.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 21:34 EST-0500)


Thanks! I'm excited by the fast replies.

I picked the Xeon because of the extra hyper threads is that something i shouldn't bother with when compared to the one you picked?

Also, why the switch to 4x4gb sticks any reason? i was thinking 2x8gb to leave room to up it to 32gb if needed.(didnt mention this though just a small thought)

Do you know if these two 770.4gb can run three monitors? I know they can certainly do two.

Thanks a ton for the help!


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February 17, 2014 8:00:14 PM

zemiak said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($376.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($270.98 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Adorama)
Total: $3036.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 21:42 EST-0500)


I decided to suggest a completely different build.
In your budget I was able to fit two GTX 780's in SLI which should give you great performance on a multi-monitor setup, it is the best you can get in your budget. But also, at such a high resolution I'm not exactly sure what to expect, so I picked out a motherboard that can support 3-way SLI in case two GTX 780's just isnt cutting it, (but hopefully they will be enough), and you feel like you need to get a third for 3-way SLI. Also, to be prepared for 3-way SLI, I picked out a 1200W Corsair power supply. I also picked out a 1440p monitor.


Thank you for your quick reply :D 

3k is a bit steep even though I said it was my max i'd like to keep it a bit smaller.

I guess i need to find out if duel 770 4gb can handle a tri monitor 1440p. Or if the step up to the 780 as you suggested for triple SLI will be needed.(Not sure if you know the answer?)

Great suggestion! Thanks Again :D 

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February 17, 2014 8:08:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 PROFESSIONAL ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($247.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2450.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 22:58 EST-0500)
Add something like an Asus GTX 760 to run your 2 other monitors in non-sli mode, with the center 27" run in sli-focus mode from the GTX 770's, if you still plan on 3 monitors (which sli does not support). You can play on Ultra with just about any sli, trick is.. needing to keep fps closer to the 60 mark for more seamless play. sli 770's will be fine with just about everything
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February 17, 2014 8:16:50 PM

Karadjgne said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 PROFESSIONAL ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($247.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2450.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 22:58 EST-0500)
Add something like an Asus GTX 760 to run your 2 other monitors in non-sli mode, with the center 27" run in sli-focus mode from the GTX 770's, if you still plan on 3 monitors (which sli does not support). You can play on Ultra with just about any sli, trick is.. needing to keep fps closer to the 60 mark for more seamless play. sli 770's will be fine with just about everything


Thanks for your input,

I did not know that you couldn't do a 3-way SLI on a board that supports three GPUs. I may have to rethink my 3 monitors entirely and just game on one and use the other for multitasking while gaming etc.

Seems from what i understand it would be tricky to keep the FPS maintained near 60 when using 3 monitors due to the lack of a duel SLI.

I like the SSD you have suggested I'll most certainly add this to my build.
As well as the Optical Drive.
+$40 for 2TB more on the barracuda, can't beat that!

Thank you for your time, Awesome intel here.




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February 17, 2014 8:19:56 PM

sli = 2 monitors, 1 focused, one not. sli with 3 monitors requires 3rd gpu, 1 focused, 2 on 3rd not. having 3 gpu's improves sli (slightly) but will not add to monitor count, running 3 monitors off 3 gpu's = no sli. sux, but that's sli for ya
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February 17, 2014 8:25:14 PM

Karadjgne said:
sli = 2 monitors, 1 focused, one not. sli with 3 monitors requires 3rd gpu, 1 focused, 2 on 3rd not. having 3 gpu's improves sli (slightly) but will not add to monitor count, running 3 monitors off 3 gpu's = no sli. sux, but that's sli for ya


aaaaah I understand now!

Didn't know this! Thank you for explaining.

Hmmm I guess i'll just stick to two(Monitors&GPUs) so i can SLI and hit the 1440p nice and crisp (on one).
May not be able to with only one 770 4gb per monitor all being 1440p
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February 18, 2014 4:09:43 PM

atayeu said:
6.) Do I need a sound card? I use a logitech g930 wireless that is usb plug in only. Does that mean i need a sound card for this new setup?


If you are using the G930, then you don't need a sound card. The G930 is a USB headset and has it's own built in sound card that will bypass any sound card or onboard audio you have.

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February 18, 2014 4:46:54 PM

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atayeu said:
6.) Do I need a sound card? I use a logitech g930 wireless that is usb plug in only. Does that mean i need a sound card for this new setup?


If you are using the G930, then you don't need a sound card. The G930 is a USB headset and has it's own built in sound card that will bypass any sound card or onboard audio you have.



Awesome thanks!

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