Advice Needed: Triple monitor Gaming PC Build with Overclocking Capabilities $1300+

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of March

Budget Range: $1300-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hardcore gaming, browsing web.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Location: Wyoming, USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Will be playing newest high graphic demanding games. I have 3x 24" monitors now that I will be using. No peripherals needed.

I have not kept up to date with the new hardware so could really use advice on making the best gaming pc for the money. Would like to have capabilities to overclock and run SLI in the future.

From reviewing other recommended build I have found a couple builds close to what I am looking for, just unsure of video card, MB, power supply and other hardware needed to suite my needs.

Put together by: The Mohammadmo

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core ProcessorP ($228.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU CoolerP ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 MotherboardP ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 MemoryP ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State DiskP ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard DriveP ($87.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video CardP ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower CaseP ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power SupplyP ($120.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD WriterP ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1408.34

Thanks in advance for your expert advice!
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  1. Everything seems good, I would ditch the 1866 RAM and go with 1600, there's little to no performance gain in gaming. I would also get a 1 TB hard drive and get a 250 GB SSD. I would switch the Gigabyte out for an ASUS board, (z87-pro most likely) But that is up to preference. You might want to go a little higher on the PSU if you do dual 780s, as the minimum requirement for that is 800 watt, so it might be good to push for 900-1000.
  2. A very nice build.
    I suspect that with triple monitor gaming, you might want to go stronger on the graphics part. Perhaps a GTX780ti
    or dual GTX770 cards.
    Check out benchmarks for your prospective games.
  3. Thanks for all the advice! I think my plan for now is to run GTX780 3gb for now and add the second card down the road.

    I have made some changes by the suggestions made. Changed PSU, MB, added 250gb SSD.

    Please let me know your thoughts on this build and if there is anywhere I could save..

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ TigerDirect)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Mwave)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($117.24 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Xion 1000W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1583.09
  4. Personally, I like the WD Red/Black Drives. I have a build that uses a Samsung 840 and a WD Red the file transfer speed between the drives is ~250mb/s which for me is nice since I do move tons of files from the SSD to the HDD quite often, but not really required.
  5. Best answer
    1. I like the upgrade to 240gb SSD.
    It will permit you to defer on the hard drive until you actually need more space.
    Unless you will be storing large files such as video's, defer on the hard drive.

    2. Xion is a tier 4/5 psu on these charts. It is NOT recommended.
    Buy only a quality psu.
    SLI GTX780 will need about 850w.
    With a single card, a quality 650W psu will do the job.
    I happen to like Seasonic best.

    3.. One way to save a bit would be to abandon prepaying to allow for sli.
    You will save on psu costs and motherboard costs.
    A future graphics upgrade is now available with a single slot card in the form of a GTX690 or 7990.
    Future graphics card offerings that are even stronger should be available by the end of the year in the form of Maxwell or amd 9000 series. I doubt that you will ever see a single card requiring more than 700w.

    4. I think the GTX780 is a great pick. Spend a small amount extra and get a superclocked version. You will be guaranteed a superior bin and factory overclock.
  6. I think I like the idea of staying single card and staying up to date with high end graphics cards.

    Do you have a suggestion for a good MB and Seasonic PSU for running single gtx780 Ti? I still want the capabilities for overclocking.

    Thanks again!
  7. Any Z87 based motherboard will allow you a decent conservative overclock.
    I might look at the M-ATX format which tends to be a bit cheaper.

    I am using a gigabyte g1.sniper M5 which has worked well.

    Other brands such as asus or asrock should do equally well.

    I might pick this 650w Seasonic unit:
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