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Grad School DONE; Advice on new build please?

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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    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.
  2. Build looks solid, but you might want to consider an internal HDD for storage purposes, unless of course you already have one.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Ill buy you a hdd if u pay it back with 2% interest every month.
  6. xD
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