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New Gaming/folding build. Budget $1000ish

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March 11, 2014 9:27:08 PM

I'm making a new build for a couple reasons, 1. My old computer is literally 1200 days old. 2. The parts it was made with were old to begin with, a 460GTX and AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE, both from mid-2009.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 48 Hours of this post

Budget Range: ~$1000(within $300 INCLUDING TAX) Before Rebate

It's going to be used for heavy gaming(FarCry3, Crysis 3, F1 2012, Civilization V, Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light, ect.) and maybe LHC/SETI@home.

Parts Not Required: OS(got a nice OEM copy of Windows 7 from the campus library), Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, CD drive, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon(for the 2 day shipping)

Country: United States of America

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, EVGA GPU.

Overclocking: Yes, but only when it begins to show it's age. Or when I find someone to help me out IRL.

SLI: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Few Special things: There is a small probability that I'll end up using 3 1920X1080 screens. I'm not quite sure if 16GB is necessary yet, but I've decided to stay the course with 8.
Few Questions:
Is 2GB+ of onboard GPU RAM worth it/necessary?
Is 2400MHz RAM better than 1600?
Overclocking isn't a super issue right now, but I'd love some input on good heat sinks(any kind at all)

Parts List:
HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM

SSD:
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB

GPU:
EVGA GeForce GTX760 Dual Superclocked ACX Cooler 2GB 256-Bit
Any other variants of the 760 are welcomed, though I prefer the ACX and superclocked.

Note: I am planning on making this a 2-way SLI when they begin to phase out the 700 series and cards get cheaper. However, If you guys think that having two 760's in SLI is less effective than a single 770 I can scrap that idea and try again.

PSU:
Seasonic M12II-750 BRONZE ATX 750 Power Supply

Though I currently use a Corsair, the guys over at PCMech suggested I switch to Seasonic.

CPU:
Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core
I was a AMD-Man, Born and raised. But It seems that Intel has the upper hand now.

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87

Case:
(Though it shipped and is branded as LanCool): LIAN LI PC-K65 Black/Aluminum

Hopefully I did this right, It's not my first time building but I am still humbled by you all.

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March 11, 2014 9:50:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($116.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1221.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 00:52 EDT-0400)

I figure this build will be around 1370 with ~8% sales tax and should be sli ready.

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March 11, 2014 9:57:00 PM

Well for starters if you're getting a 760 2GB is the standard they come in, so no need to worry about that. My favorite GTX 760 is Gigabyte's windforce, but im sure the EVGA is just as good. 1600 vs 2400 ram for gaming, just go for the cheaper one and dont go lower than 1600. The performance increase is barely noticeable, if that at all. As for the PSU the brand doesn't matter as long as it's tier one or two ( google PSU tier). For CPU coolers the hyper 212 evo is a great one for the price, higher end you can go with the Noctua NH-d14 and other large coolers or you can water cool it with a Corsair h100i. The i5 is a great option for gaming, and finally make sure the case you're getting has room for upgrades and good airflow.

Hope this helped :) 
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