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$2500 Gaming PC Build - Feedback?

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February 18, 2014 2:39:06 PM

I will be moving out of state in about a month and I figured what better way to kick things off with a bang than investing in a new gaming PC!

I purchased my first gaming PC from iBuyPower about 2 years ago. Although I didn't actually build it, I did all of the research on the components myself and I'm glad to say that the system has done great for me these past years. I'm now looking to start making videos however, so I'll not only need to be able to play next-gen games for the following year but I'll also need to record them, store the video, and then later render said video.

Here is my first draft of the gaming PC I intend to buy in the next 20 days or so:

Case: Corsair Obsidian 750D
CPU: Core i7 4770k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (push-pull config)
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Hero LGA 1150
GPU: Asus R9 290X (Non-Reference Cooler)
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600MHz
SSD: 2x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (Raid 0)
HDD: Seagate Desktop 4TB SSHD
Fans: 5x Corsair AF140 HP Fans, 2x Corsair AF120 HP Fans
PSU: Corsair AX 1200 Watt *

* NOTE: I recognize that 1200 watts is overkill for the current build, but I fully intend on upgrading to a second R9 290x sometime in the near future. If 1200 watts is still too much, please let me know!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 18, 2014 2:46:38 PM

The AMD GPUs have had their prices driven up so bad due to Bitcoin mining they just aren't worth the cost. Here's my suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($727.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2523.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-18 17:49 EST-0500)

I'm not sure if you need an optical drive and OS, but I included them anyway.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 18, 2014 2:52:29 PM

I was reading a test the other day that said that 2 ssd in raid is not faster than one larger one so you could save some cash by going with one ssd.

I agree with shortstuff the prices are outrageous.
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February 22, 2014 1:47:23 PM

in my opinion stick with win 7.
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