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$1500 Gaming / Work PC for 2014 (a little over budget). Thoughts?

Hi,

I haven't built a PC in over 10 years (got sucked into the Mac world). It's exciting to be gearing up to do it again.

What do you think of this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($62.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate 600 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($120.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1558.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 02:49 EST-0500)

Is anything out of balance?

Will it run current games well at 1080p max settings (WoW, BF, Skyrim, Rust, Minecraft).

How about video editing?

Ideally I'd like to run two monitors and be able to crank spreadsheets on one while having a game open on the other.

Think it will be able to run Minecraft on one monitor and WoW/Skyrim on the other?

Could the onboard graphics be used to hook a third monitor up for web surfing? What about out to a TV for movie watching?

Would trying to play Minecraft, WoW, browse the web and watching a movie all simultaneously be asking too much (2 monitors attached to the 780, an extra monitor on the mobo, and a TV on the mobo?

Sorry for all the questions. Many thanks for all your answers.

Regards, TD
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  1. You don't have a hard drive! (You need a hard drive) only a solid state drive and it's better to get two 4gb sticks of ram. But other than that it's pretty good
  2. Are you planning on adding a second 780 someday? or leaving option open?
  3. If you want video editing too then I'd get 2x8GB. Also, 750W isn't enough for 2x780. You should get 850W. If you won't add a second 780 then 650W is enough. For one monitor, a 770 2gb is plenty.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/323QA
    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate 600 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($130.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.97 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1504.87
  4. I may sound stupid because Im new to this aswell but couldnt he get the i5-4760k 3.4ghz for slightly cheaper and overclock it? Or am I just making this up?
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    shoomee said:
    I may sound stupid because Im new to this aswell but couldnt he get the i5-4760k 3.4ghz for slightly cheaper and overclock it? Or am I just making this up?


    The 4670K will just as good as a 4770K for gaming, but OP also mentioned video editing. The i7 is going to be quite a bit faster than the i5 on that field (not that the i5 is slow in any way).

    If you plan on serious gaming, the system looks great and will run all modern games at max setting at 1080p and very likely 1440p. You could get a cheaper motherboard (Asus Z87-A, Asrock Z87 Extreme4 and Gibayte GA-Z87X-D3H are all great options and will overclock awesomely) and use the money to get an HDD. 240gb ssd is just not enough. Also, getting the 780 instead of a 770 is a good idea, you'll get more fps in games and it'll max out games longer. To stay within the budget, you might want to get a cheaper case (Define R4 is my personal choice) and get a good ~850w PSU to SLI in the future.
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