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Is this a good build for a 1800 gaming pc + case

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March 20, 2014 4:01:28 AM

I'm building my first gaming PC and thinking of going around 1800-ish for a good build. This is the build I have so far.


CPU
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $299.99

CPU Cooler
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler $56.99
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Motherboard
Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $198.99

Memory
Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $75.99

Storage
Western Digital 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $439.99


EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $439.99

Power Supply
Cooler Master GXII 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $84.99

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Optical Drive
Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $58.99


Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.99

Can u help improve the build in someway?


Also could u recommend a full tower case? around 100-200 dollars.
The case is not included in the budget.
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March 20, 2014 4:32:34 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.45 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1739.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 07:27 EDT-0400)

Single GPU configurations are better instead of going SLI from the start. So instead of 2 x 770 i'd recommend 1 x 780 so you can upgrade to another 780 later on when you find it necessary. (unless you want to run 8 monitors get the dual 770).

Put in a SSD for your OS. And a 1tb HDD for storage.
Also the PSU i've put in there should suffice for another 780 so you won't need to worry about that.

This will run everything @ ultra settings and good/solid fps in most newer games like BF4, Crysis 3 etc.
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March 20, 2014 4:38:49 AM

That build should work fine but here is what I'd build for that money... I have given the reasons for every change I've made below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1854.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 07:26 EDT-0400)

CPU: you will never need an i7, even for the extreme gaming build. an i5-4670k would be enough.

Cooler: Corsair H100i is a better cooler than antec

RAM: Better to buy two modules for dual channel capabilities.

Storage: an SSD will speed up your performance considerably.

GPU: Its not a good idea to start your build with a SLI. You will probably never need a SLI setup for a single monitor gaming if you can afford a better single GPU. Besides, a CF produces a lot of heat into the system which can be a problem too. Start your build with a 780Ti and later if you find that to be insufficient, add another later and do a SLI.

PSU: for a single 780ti 650W is enough. if you want to SLI later then you need around 950W. 750W is not sufficient for 770 SLI. you need at least 850W

check this link for PSU requirements:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
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March 20, 2014 4:49:22 AM

Then i shall comment why i would/wouldn't pick some of those parts. :p 

Also solid though the i7 4770K is better if you play games like BF4 & Crysis 3 because these game support more threads/cores. And it's also a bit of "futureproofing" for more games that are going to support the more threads/cores utility.
Though currently that i5 4670K is that sweet spot in price / performance ratio.

The CPU cooler doesn't really matter that much. The H110 will cool better though then the H100i because of the bigger rad surface.

In my oppinion a GTX780ti is a waste of money compared to the GTX780. The 780ti performs almost the same as a Titan hower the GTX780 is 5/10% less in performance but is $250 less then the ti and $500 less then the Titan. So the GTX780 is my favorite in price / performance.
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