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Grad School DONE; Advice on new build please?

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March 15, 2014 8:35:11 PM

Hi All,

How does the below build look? Any suggestions, trouble areas, critiques are appreciated. I would like to keep future-proofing in mind when designing this build. Here is a little background of what I plan to do once the build is completed:

-Minor overclocking
-1080p Single Monitor Gaming (BF4, Bioshock Infinite, Watch Dogs, LoL, Titanfall)
-SLI eventually by adding another GTX 770
-8GB ram added down the line eventually
-1 or 2 TB hard drive will be added eventually

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month
Budget Range: $1,000-$1,200 range
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching HD movies, surfing the internet
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any (cheapest price wins)
Location: San Ramon, CA
Parts Preferences: none; best parts per the budget
Overclocking: Yes (minor)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (SLI)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (1080p)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Built my own computer 3 years ago, had to sell it due to grad school. Now I'm finished and ready to jump back into gaming.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3axIb

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card: Gigabyte "Windforce" GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Some potential problem areas that I've run across during my research:
-Power supply enough for SLI GTX 770's?
-Fractal R4 case good enough on thermals for SLI? Should I pick a blower 770 rather than the Windforce 770? (may add additional fans down the line)
-Memory timings, etc...
-Necessary to have motherboard that supports MORE than 2-way SLI?

Thanks everybody for the input. I appreciate it.

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March 15, 2014 8:47:47 PM

Your build is quite solid. I believe your PSU is good enough for 2 770s. Your case very good. You dont really need a motherboard that supports more than 2 way SLI because i think that the performance gain past 2 gpu in SLI isnt worth the cost. I believe that you should always get the single best card.
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March 15, 2014 9:01:14 PM

Build looks solid, but you might want to consider an internal HDD for storage purposes, unless of course you already have one.
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March 16, 2014 11:49:34 AM

Amar Tsogtoo said:
Your build is quite solid. I believe your PSU is good enough for 2 770s. Your case very good. You dont really need a motherboard that supports more than 2 way SLI because i think that the performance gain past 2 gpu in SLI isnt worth the cost. I believe that you should always get the single best card.


Thanks for the input Amar, especially in regard to your thoughts on SLI and Mobo support.
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March 17, 2014 8:54:38 PM

realchaos said:
Build looks solid, but you might want to consider an internal HDD for storage purposes, unless of course you already have one.


Good catch Realchaos. I actually don't have an internal HDD already. I'm short on funds so I was thinking I'd float by with an SSD for ~6 months and then purchase a 1 or 2 TB HDD. Or maybe I should approach it from the other way around. Decisions decisions. Thanks for the input.

Anybody else have any other critiques or suggestions?
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March 17, 2014 11:52:54 PM

Ill buy you a hdd if u pay it back with 2% interest every month.
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March 17, 2014 11:53:17 PM

xD
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