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March 24, 2014 4:56:18 PM

This is the info asked on the template so there ya go.

Approximate Purchase Date: April 18

Budget Range: 2000$ <- 2500$ only if the improvement is significant

System Usage: Pure Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: https://www.tigerdirect.com there's a local store were I live . No need to limit suggestion to this site, as i can go elsewhere for parts if need be.

Location: Puerto Rico (US territory)

Parts Preferences: I7 4770k and Geforce GTX 780 Ti

Overclocking: Yes

SLI: In the future, I wont buy the second card with my current budged but the system must be able to SLI the moment I go for it

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

I wanna make a gaming system but wanna keep my budget in the 2000$, i can go to 2500$ only if spending more for a part will make a significant improvement on my overall system.
This budged off course is limited to the Case, Motherboard, CPU, Cooler and Fans, GPU, SSD Hardrive, Power supply and Ram ( Currently have a pair of Corsairs So i can buy the ram later to afford better part elsewhere. I also own a 1Tb hardrive so no extra hardrives are needed.

Been doing some research and while i saw allot of builder suggesting to go with the i5 for gaming, I think the extra I pay for the i7 4770k its worth it considering it can be overclocked to a stable 4.5ghz and I tend to do allot of multitasking in my computer.

As for GPU, I was thinking of the EVGA Superclocked, Whoever i saw the announcement for the GTX 780 6gb memory and may wait for that one if the reviews and benchmarks are favorable .

And while I probably want to overlock my cpu and get some ram that can run at 2400 or higher.


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March 24, 2014 5:04:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fQXT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fQXT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fQXT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($98.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.26 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2203.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 20:11 EDT-0400)

I do believe I got all of the parts that you require included and the parts that you do not require excluded. My choice for your RAM is over-the-top in speed and quality. You can actually get by on lesser RAM, but I myself run the Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB. The model I selected for you is a bit faster, however, at 2133Mhz instead of the 1866Mhz that I have.

I also need to include a PSU. I just noticed that. For the purpose of SLI I am going to include the PSU that I have as well. The Corsair AX860i is the best on the market. I noticed that you have chosen the H100i as your CPU cooler (which is Corsair Link compatible). The AX860i is also Corsair Link compatible. It is also the ONLY digital PSU on the market, which gives you insanely tight voltage regulation. Read the reviews on the AXi series PSU's from Corsair and I'm sure that like myself you will agree that they are worth the money.
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March 24, 2014 5:12:39 PM

It is now fully updated. Do you have any questions/comments?

And by the way.....this is pretty much a premium build on every aspect. There are no weak parts here. VERY powerful and capable build.
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March 24, 2014 5:19:51 PM

I dont need the OS, and i got blueray reader. Why a MSI over a EVGA , i had read evga cards seems to be better compared to the others manufacturers.
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March 24, 2014 5:24:59 PM

I have never heard someone speak poorly of the MSI cards, but I very much so advocate that you go with what it is that you truly want. If you don't mind paying the extra 30 or so dollars, go with the EVGA card. Scratch that......I just found it for the exact same price, so DEFINITELY go with the EVGA that you prefer anyway! Here is the link to the 699.99 EVGA GTX 780ti:

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Dual-Link-Graphics-0...
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March 24, 2014 5:31:46 PM

This is something else for you to look at/consider. Some people want a case that is "flashy". I like lights and "bling" myself, but when I have to make a decision to go for quality and usefulness, I will choose the quality and usefulness over "bling" any day. This case is certainly not in the "bling" category, but it is one of the best made and highest quality cases out there.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Series-Computer-...

Given the choice, this would be my pick, unless I decided to go with the enormous Corsair 900d. It is WAY bigger than anything else out there. And it can accommodate anything and everything that you would ever want to even consider putting into your build! And just to make you aware that it does exist (in case you did not know), here is a link to the Corsair 900d:

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Series-Computer-...

Here it is on the Corsair site. It gives all the specs in detail:

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/obsidian-series-900d-super...
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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2014 5:34:23 PM

How about this beast of a build 6-core intel CPU GTX 780 3GB in SLI
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($525.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($525.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2485.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 20:33 EDT-0400)
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March 24, 2014 5:45:11 PM

M0j0jojo said:
How about this beast of a build 6-core intel CPU GTX 780 3GB in SLI
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($525.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($525.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2485.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 20:33 EDT-0400)


I actually like that build, Mojo! If you're going to go with a 1,000.00 option on the GPU though, why not go with a GTX Titan Black 6GB? One card is preferred to two if you can get the near same performance out of it. And it will be a WHILE before the GTX Titan Black is unable to run 60+ FPS/Ultra settings. And the SSD sticks out a bit as an underperformer in an otherwise (as you put it) "Beast" of a rig. Without question I'd stick with the Samsung 840 Evo or 840 Pro.

What are your thoughts on these mods, Mojo?

I also forgot to add.....he doesn't need a secondary hard drive, so you can scratch the HDD altogether. Perhaps that would help cushion the extra expense of the premium Samsung SSD.
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March 24, 2014 5:48:01 PM

dustinhunt78 said:
M0j0jojo said:
How about this beast of a build 6-core intel CPU GTX 780 3GB in SLI
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fRLq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($525.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($525.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2485.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 20:33 EDT-0400)


I actually like that build, Mojo! If you're going to go with a 1,000.00 option on the GPU though, why not go with a GTX Titan Black 6GB? And the SSD sticks out a bit as an underperformer in an otherwise (as you put it) "Beast" of a rig. Without question I'd stick with the Samsung 840 Evo or 840 Pro.

What are your thoughts on these mods, Mojo?

I also forgot to add.....he doesn't need a secondary hard drive, so you can scratch the HDD altogether. Perhaps that would help cushion the extra expense of the premium Samsung SSD.


I like the SSD mod, but The GTX Titan Black has the same performance as the GTX 780 Ti, so i chose 2 GTX 780 instead
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March 24, 2014 5:49:20 PM

For the suggested build above:
You could probably do just fine without the Dominator RAM and put that money somewhere else, although you did say that you wanted the powerful RAM. Personally I would take the money saved and invest that into a motherboard with more features on it that I wanted.
A full tower case will be rather large. While it certainly has more space to fit things in, you could probably get by on a mid tower just fine
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March 24, 2014 5:57:59 PM

mc962 said:
For the suggested build above:
You could probably do just fine without the Dominator RAM and put that money somewhere else, although you did say that you wanted the powerful RAM. Personally I would take the money saved and invest that into a motherboard with more features on it that I wanted.
A full tower case will be rather large. While it certainly has more space to fit things in, you could probably get by on a mid tower just fine


I've been through both the "mid-tower or full-tower" dilemma myself. I went with a "mid-tower", and I've kicked myself since. When I built the system, I convinced myself that I would never need the space. Sadly, I was wrong. I'm not sure if Gigz is anything like myself, but I think most of us here are. We love computers, and we always want to add to or improve. Never again will I go with a mid-tower design.

And the Dominator Platinum RAM........

I personally have it and LOVE it. Not only is it top notch in quality, but it looks SO good in the case! I even opted for the optional bar lights (a 20.00 option). I do understand what you are saying about the money though. The performance/value ratio isn't that great, but neither is the i7-4930k. Part of it is just paying the extra for the very best that is on the market. And "bragging rights" CERTAINLY play a part! LOL
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March 24, 2014 6:00:20 PM

While i wanted better ram, I think i mentioned i owned 8gb corsair, which i can use untill a later date when i can invest on ram, the reason was to use the money on ram on other better components since ram is just plug and play upgrade while a mobo its allot harder to update for example, hence i would personally would invest on something else and leave the ram expenses for a later date. The same would be the same for SLI GPU, i would rather buy a single more powerfull gpu and sli, since sli its easy to add after mounting the system.

Nicolay , I cant see your list, its telling me to log in.

I will add though, noise is a no problem for me, I dont have an ac 24/7 i use a fan, and im alrdy used to it high wind sound, that a noisy system wont bypass it ;) . On the other hand, for that same reason, I would opt for a case easy to keep cooled since i want to overclock but the temp of my room usually stay in the °F 79 °C 26.
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March 24, 2014 6:10:10 PM

Gigz said:
While i wanted better ram, I think i mentioned i owned 8gb corsair, which i can use untill a later date when i can invest on ram, the reason was to use the money on ram on other better components since ram is just plug and play upgrade while a mobo its allot harder to update for example, hence i would personally would invest on something else and leave the ram expenses for a later date. The same would be the same for SLI GPU, i would rather buy a single more powerfull gpu and sli, since sli its easy to add after mounting the system.

Nicolay , I cant see your list, its telling me to log in.

I will add though, noise is a no problem for me, I dont have an ac 24/7 i use a fan, and im alrdy used to it high wind sound, that a noisy system wont bypass it ;) . On the other hand, for that same reason, I would opt for a case easy to keep cooled since i want to overclock but the temp of my room usually stay in the °F 79 °C 26.


I can't agree more with your choice to go big on the motherboard from the start. EVERYTHING is linked to the motherboard at some point or another, as it is the heart of your system. I don't know how adept you are in motherboards, so I will state what could be the obvious to you. But it is important info and can't afford to be left "assumed" that you know....... The more expensive motherboards are NOT faster or better in performance. What they offer is more connections. Nothing more, nothing less. With that said, it is hard to find a better motherboard in either performance OR connections available than this:

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DDR3-Motherboard-Z87-DELUXE-...

I can't see you having any regrets about this board any time soon. :) 
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March 24, 2014 6:23:15 PM

I have read some about some mobos, and the Asus maximus seem to stick out allot, either the hero or formula. There also seem allot of talk about asrock mobos too.
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March 24, 2014 6:31:58 PM
a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2014 6:33:25 PM

Gigz said:
I have read some about some mobos, and the Asus maximus seem to stick out allot, either the hero or formula. There also seem allot of talk about asrock mobos too.


I highly recommend going with an Asus. I'm not knocking AsRock, but Asus is just a really good bet. Their customer service is EXTREMELY good, and in the very rare even that something goes wrong, they are going to be there and stand by their product. If you ask around on this, I'm sure that nearly everyone will agree with me on this one.
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March 24, 2014 6:37:04 PM

guys, don't forget, he said that he has a tiger direct store near him and he prefers that over say, Bets Buy? I don't even know what you were thinking. Shipping will be too high.
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March 24, 2014 6:41:23 PM

Well there also a best buy around here, but majors pc part sellers with local store, only tigerdirect come to mind, and a local manufacturer who also get parts, usually a bit late after release. Im pretty sure there allot of store that sell pc parts, but not as specialized as tigerdirect > Best buy as far as i know, so in a way, i was saving the shipping costs ;) 
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March 24, 2014 6:43:51 PM

Sorry, I was being a little stereotypical. i know nothing about Puerto Rico, I'm only 14! But that doesn't mean you should take my advice lightly.
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March 24, 2014 7:08:11 PM

Oh it happens, Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, but is not like allot of people imagine it like we running around like Indian and stuff. Long story short, there a SVC every corner and most mayor brands have stores here.
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March 24, 2014 7:12:18 PM

Some better boards also get some extra features aside from more ports and connections. Built in wifi is nice to me as my desktop moves about twice a year one of those locations has no easily accessible ethernet. And sometimes you get features like better built in sound and for those interested in it, more overclocking options. ASUS' TUF boards get a longer warranty. In the end it's more personal preference, I would prefer to spend my money more on the board than the RAM, but both will add their own contributions.

I do see what you mean about mid vs full tower, I was only thinking in terms of 1 gpu, but 2 large gpu could certainly make things cramped. I have to move my desktop to a dorm room each year, so I wouldnt want a full tower, but if it stays in once place for a decade then a full tower might be worth it. Just felt that it was necessary to mention how big the full towers can potentially be.
I would second the comment about ASUS boards, although I've actually heard not great things about ASUS customer service. Maybe it's just a hit-or-miss thing.
As far as MSI and quality control, I've heard people saying a lot about how they have bad quality control on boards/gpu, although I havent seen so much in the way of solid cases where such a thing has happened. In the end they will likely both be good cards, and with similar performance, so just go with what you want
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March 24, 2014 7:14:29 PM

I have some Indian in me! But then again, I did scalp that dude last week due to road rage. LOL :p  Just kidding of course! I really do have some Injun in me though. :) 
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March 24, 2014 7:26:27 PM

Surely this thread has reached a "Solution" by now. Let's get this thing marked "Solved" and roll on. :D 
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March 24, 2014 8:01:44 PM

Thank you for the "Solution Solved" marking! :D  And Mojo, that really was a very good build. One more thing to think about and I'll shutup. LOL If going for the "Extreme" product model, one can't help but to look ahead at the "Haswell-E" CPU's. I know that they are scheduled to launch in early June, which means that you'd have to wait until then to purchase one, but I believe that it would be worth the wait. There are two big things about the Haswell-E CPU's that the current Ivy Bridge-E CPUs don't have. Number 1......this will be Intel's first desktop 8 core chip. Sure it's there in the server chip, but not only do you have to take out a second mortgage to afford one, but it is still a server chip and not really designed to do what most of us here on Tom's do with a chip. Then there comes' DDR4 RAM. I know that there won't be any programs/games out there that utilize it for a bit. But computer junkies such as myself (and I know I'm not alone! :D  ) want it just for the sake of owning it and talking about it!

Anyway.....it always comes down to what the person buying it wants and if they think it's worth the wait. Me personally.....I think it is. :)  But that's just my all but worthless 2 cents worth.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2014 8:05:25 PM

Honestly i would keep the core i7 4770k and wait for the nVidia GeForce GTX 790 dual gpu.
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March 24, 2014 8:19:26 PM

We've gone too far to back out now. LOL
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March 24, 2014 8:24:05 PM

dustinhunt78 said:
We've gone too far to back out now. LOL
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