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2,000$ Multimedia/Gaming PC - Comments on Build & General Advice Wanted!

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February 23, 2014 4:20:15 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($212.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1959.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 19:08 EST-0500)

My parents are loaning me 1,000 dollars to match my 1,000 dollars I currently have. I have hypothesized this setup in order to meet my gaming needs (Including those envious skyrim mods) with dual monitors in the future (Perhaps a larger resolution that 1080p). I also make Youtube videos, so I need the ease of transferring 40GB files, rendering videos, and reliability to be there. On top of all of that, I am a photographer who needs storage space and plenty of memory to have several instances of photoshop, RAW editors, and converters open quickly. Photography needs plenty of speed when copying thousands of files that sum up to several dozen gigabytes of data.

EDIT NOTES: The SSD is for the OS and games I like enough.

Please comment on what I may need to change (Including price trimming)! All help is appreciated if presented nicely ;) 
February 23, 2014 4:22:59 PM

I would ditch the 2011 socket CPU, get an I7 and with the extra money bump your RAM up to 16 or 32gb for working with those huge RAW photos. The extra 2 cores and $300 won't do you any good in photoshop or gaming, just your wallet.
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February 23, 2014 4:28:31 PM

You could get 16GB with that budget, though it's not needed for gaming at all. Nevermind... Are you going to SLI in the future? If so, you perhaps should get a better PSU (more W).

I don't think you should change anything there. 3 TB and 240GB (I guess for the OS and some games?) is just more than enough.
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February 23, 2014 4:46:58 PM

UsedTo said:
You could get 16GB with that budget, though it's not needed for gaming at all. Nevermind... Are you going to SLI in the future? If so, you perhaps should get a better PSU (more W).

I don't think you should change anything there. 3 TB and 240GB (I guess for the OS and some games?) is just more than enough.


Concerning SLI: Maybe if I find I need more juice for something, but I don't know for sure.
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February 23, 2014 4:51:35 PM

The only real significant area IB extreme has it over Haswell I7 that i can see is memory bandwidth and pci-e lanes.

It is faster in some multimedia apps but not hugely so. LGA1150 configuration with a top-end CPU is going to be more optimal in most cases.

Better off with the newer tech of Haswell. Or if it's all about a workstation with decent gaming performance, possibly an E5 v2 with eight cores. Wouldn't go there myself, although many have, so i've deleted it
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