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$4000 budget hardcore gaming build, advice and suggestions.

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March 25, 2014 2:25:51 PM

http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/p/3gl5q

I'm finalising my build, which will be mostly for MMOs and modded out Skyrim/Fallout etc etc, and I think I've settled on everything, but I just wanted to seek your expert opinions and make sure I've got everything.

Specifically, I still can't quite make up my mind on whether one GTX 780Ti is preferrable over x2 770s, what do you guys think? Also I've never been sure about PSUs, 860W seems about right - but is it not enough, or overkill?

Any tips or suggestions for improvements would be much appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor
Case Fan: Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan: Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm Fan
Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Channel Headset
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Razer Deathadder 2013 Edition Mouse

NOTE: My price is over $5,000 but that's in New Zealand dollars, so my budget is around $4,200USD.
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March 25, 2014 2:31:37 PM

Compatibility and image quality issues with multi-GPU setups is pretty much out to pasture--almost all newer games support SLI/Crossfire and with the frame pacing and other tweaks the micro-stuttering and long frame times are a thing of the past.

I'd definitely recommend 2x 770s--it'd be much faster and cheaper than a 780 Ti. Only downside is potential heat/power issues and little room to upgrade your setup down the line.

But 2x 770s will be more than enough for the next few years.

I have 2x 270Xs in Crossfire and haven't had a problem yet--except for Titanfall, but that runs perfectly fine on one card.
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March 25, 2014 2:33:41 PM

That's decent but you can definitely get some better parts for your rig. The extra fans are a waste of money and Razer peripherals are ridiculously overrated and overpriced for what you get. You don't need an i7 or 16GB of RAM for gaming, spend this money elsewhere. Instead of dual GTX 770, get a single GTX 780TI and then add one later on as an upgrade. I'm not a fan of the Corsair AXi series either - there's much better parts you can get for your budget.

Do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.00 @ PC Force)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($212.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($239.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($113.85 @ PB Technologies)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($143.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.00 @ PC Force)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($1069.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.95 @ Computer Lounge)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($369.95 @ Computer Lounge)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($141.55 @ PC Force)
Total: $2926.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-26 10:32 NZDT+1300)

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- Lost the headset (you can always get that later)
- Less costly storage solution
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March 25, 2014 2:37:01 PM

Save yourself $1000 and go with a 780 Ti. Take a look at this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($449.95 @ Computer Lounge)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($204.25 @ PC Force)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($254.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($120.00 @ PC Force)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($999.95 @ Computer Lounge)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($219.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($125.58 @ Aquila Technology)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($40.24 @ PB Technologies)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($859.92 @ Aquila Technology)
Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Channel Headset ($99.95 @ Computer Lounge)
Other: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Alpha City) ($194.91)
Other: Razer Deathadder 2013 Edition Mouse ($78.00)
Total: $4113.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-26 10:36 NZDT+1300)

And just so you know, this is about a $2,400 PC in the USA, not $4,200 lol
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