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March 10, 2014 9:52:50 AM

Ok, so as the title says i am currently looking to build a current PC that will be top notch for a good while. My last one has been very faithful for the past 5 years and is still running strong, but I am itching to build another. I plan to use this for Gaming and Streaming mostly. I plan to add LED or cold cathode lighting later on, so plan for that but don't factor that into the $3000.

As of this point these are the only items that I have been thinking about for this build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
GPU: GTX 780 TI (I plan to add a second one later on, so SLI ready is very preferred)

Any other questions about any requirements, please ask! If you could offer any suggestions to a build, even if that means swaying me away from those two items, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help in advance!
March 10, 2014 10:11:44 AM

skuhnhenn said:
Ok, so as the title says i am currently looking to build a current PC that will be top notch for a good while. My last one has been very faithful for the past 5 years and is still running strong, but I am itching to build another. I plan to use this for Gaming and Streaming mostly. I plan to add LED or cold cathode lighting later on, so plan for that but don't factor that into the $3000.

As of this point these are the only items that I have been thinking about for this build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
GPU: GTX 780 TI (I plan to add a second one later on, so SLI ready is very preferred)

Any other questions about any requirements, please ask! If you could offer any suggestions to a build, even if that means swaying me away from those two items, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help in advance!


For a GPU, why not find a 690? It is the fastest GPU after all. I would recommend an ASUS MOBO like this one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131974. A PSU would be something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139039, with lots of OC headroom. RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233393.
I like Corsair cases, this one is my fave http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139019.
A cooler would be a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032
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March 10, 2014 10:15:42 AM

With that budget, you have a great start and it will be hard to build something you wont like. The only thing I would ask is if the i7 is necessary, or would it be better to go for the i5. For gaming, the i7 is unnecessary, unless you can utilize its multithreading capabilities to assist with the streaming function. I don't know if the streaming software is set up like that. Also look into an XFX 1250 Black power supply. You'll want a good one, and I can't recommend this one enough. Its the one I use, and has been perfect to me. Also, its fully moduar, and pre-sleeved, making case wire management a breeze.
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March 10, 2014 10:36:12 AM

Yes this one's a very high end PC, a gamer's dream maybe.
It has Everything!!!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($195.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $3021.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 13:36 EDT-0400)
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March 10, 2014 10:59:36 AM

verma1891 said:
Yes this one's a very high end PC, a gamer's dream maybe.
It has Everything!!!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($195.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $3021.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 13:36 EDT-0400)


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