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your advice on $2500 for this gaming + work machine?

Hoping you guys can give me some recommendations and feedback on my build, want to finalize it and order before I overthink this to death.
Trying for maybe $2500 budget for a solid gaming + work machine, w/possibility of OCing for fun if/when it won't break it as a work-from-home machine

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.26 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $184.99)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $79.99)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $699.99)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fan ($21.74 @ Amazon)
Total: $2206.82

mobo I'm thinking Asus Maximus VI Hero? or maybe MSI Z87-GD65, ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Pro, and similar (http://alturl.com/oxxwo). All list fancypants onboard sound, are these any good? trying to avoid an extra $100 on soundcard if the onboard sound will do, but I was always big on solid 3d positional audio in games.

2 weeks ago, the corsair c70 case looked interesting, but now i'm worried about heat after looking at anandtech case benchmarks, but I don't know what to go with.
I'd like something under or around $150, to fit everything, stay cool (and look cool, if possible), cable management (and filters! my last gaming laptop died after inhaling cat hair)

Picked up a GTX 780 Ti already, would like to hold open the possibility of SLI if this machine lasts me more than 2 years.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. I have the C70 case, and noise is the issue, not heat
  2. About the case, here is a suggestion

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I44ES4I/?tag=pcpapi-20
  3. Best answer
    Change cpu cooler to Noctua NH-U14S.
    Change case to Fractal Design Define R4 (All 140mm fan slots.)
    PSU should be Seasonic, their both good.
    Try to return the 780Ti, 20nm Maxwell isn't too far off and you will be kicking yourself for not waiting.
    ROG boards are great.
  4. snowctrl said:
    I have the C70 case, and noise is the issue, not heat


    Thanks for the heads up! Anything you would recommend instead? I'm looking at the NZXT and Fractal R4 that were mentioned below
  5. Immaculate said:
    Change cpu cooler to Noctua NH-U14S.
    Change case to Fractal Design Define R4 (All 140mm fan slots.)
    PSU should be Seasonic, their both good.
    Try to return the 780Ti, 20nm Maxwell isn't too far off and you will be kicking yourself for not waiting.
    ROG boards are great.


    THANK YOU! I was agonizing over that fan vs the D14 last night and could not make up my mind! Both seem such great coolers but the U14S gets no love, I mostly could only find recommendations for the big boy.

    I read that XFX is re-branded Seasonic, is there a noticeable quality difference? If so, I'll go shop some seasonics.

    Totallly agree, I'm already kicking myself for not being able to wait for Maxwell (or for the z97 mobos with DDR4... sadface - posted my laments about this in the motherboards section). I needed this machine a month or two ago, and I can't put it off anymore - coming up on another crunch and need the option to work after-hours from home. The 780ti ought to do well for quite some time though (can always try to put it in my wife's machine as a gift/reason to get myself a new card :D ) I also just read something about Nvidia's supply of 20nm won't be production-level til June-ish, so the high-end entries are likely Q4 now? Such a bummer.

    Just nabbed the hero as my mobo from newegg, got an email about $20 off so $179 and no tax for uncle sam!

    And thanks for the case suggestion! I'm pretty desperate to find one now, I didn't have a backup plan for the c70.
  6. maurelie said:
    About the case, here is a suggestion

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I44ES4I/?tag=pcpapi-20


    Hah! I'm an idiot... I just spent half an hour trying to find some pics or diagrams with its front-door open before I figured out it doesn't have a door. Looks pretty, but am I ready to give up all 5.25 bays? Tough call... but worth looking into. Thanks for the recommendation!
  7. WeelyTM said:
    snowctrl said:
    I have the C70 case, and noise is the issue, not heat


    Thanks for the heads up! Anything you would recommend instead? I'm looking at the NZXT and Fractal R4 that were mentioned below


    ... well as someone above said, the Fractal Design R4 is (I think) pretty good for keeping noise at bay, though really this is more about your choice of components than your case. My spare machine is in a Fractal Design R3 which is much quieter than the C70, despite having similar components inside
  8. snowctrl said:
    WeelyTM said:
    snowctrl said:
    I have the C70 case, and noise is the issue, not heat


    Thanks for the heads up! Anything you would recommend instead? I'm looking at the NZXT and Fractal R4 that were mentioned below


    ... well as someone above said, the Fractal Design R4 is (I think) pretty good for keeping noise at bay, though really this is more about your choice of components than your case. My spare machine is in a Fractal Design R3 which is much quieter than the C70, despite having similar components inside


    Right on, didn't even think about that... that my parts may be so different from benchmarks I'm putting a lot of stock in that they won't hold true for my build.
  9. Thanks for all the help guys! Hitting the home stretch now (hopefully), here's an update with the Asus Hero and ram purchased, and considering the Fractal R4 and switched to all 140mm fans:

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($312.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $179.79)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (Purchased For $170.99)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $184.99)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $79.99)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $699.99)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($20.51 @ NCIX US)
    Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($20.51 @ NCIX US)
    Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($20.51 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $2103.19

    Haven't found a good deal on a Seasonic PSU around 850W, so I may stick with this one.

    Anyone got good/bad things to say about the NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition? Looks spacious, though not as sound-dampened or filtered as the R4. Also a bit more than I wanted to pay... but is the extra size a boon for thermal dissipation, or is it just more volume that requires more fans to keep a good circulation?

    AND... dear god, it's time I think about a monitor. Gonna be hard to test this setup without a display. I'm thinking I eventually want a G-Sync for twitch gaming, I was always one of those annoying kids bitching about framerate variance back in the day, so I'll probably enjoy that. In the meantime, anyone got something good to keep me under my $2500?
  10. This is the closest I could get you while maintaining highest product quality. Some may say otherwise about the HDD brand. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/396OY

    If you worried about case size and thermals.. dont. I can almost guarantee there will be zero difference in the two cases, especially if your adding extra fans. Stick with the cheaper Fractal.
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