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March 28, 2014 4:43:46 PM

This is my first build, and I want a high end PC. I need all of the parts including monitor, keyboard, and mouse. My budget is $1500-$1600. I will not need an OS. I hope to SLI and upgrade to 4770k in the future. I will most likely overclock at least the GPU.

This is what I have so far:

I have chosen the 860W Platinum PSU because I want to SLI without needing a new power supply.

Is this build good?

Thank you for your help!

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a b 4 Gaming
a b K Overclocking
March 28, 2014 5:02:01 PM

The build looks pretty good, only thing to add would be a SSD for boot up and applications. If it is not in your budget now you can add it on later.
a b 4 Gaming
a b K Overclocking
March 28, 2014 5:02:26 PM

very quality build.

Only recommendations would be to change HDD to a WD caviar blue or a hitachi, the barracuda sucks.

The hyper 212 is a very nice cooler, but if you want any serious OC done you will need more cooling.

Look into a SSD when you can, they are amazing.
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a c 418 4 Gaming
a b K Overclocking
March 28, 2014 6:16:03 PM

I would change the PSU - there really isn't much of a difference between 80+ Bronze / Silver / Gold / Platinum, and the Corsair AXi series are marginal at best, they're not manufactured by Seasonic or Super Flower (Flextronics, actually) and the iLink software is only so so. I didn't see a GPU in your build though and if you want to SLI that's a must.

Maybe do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($51.94 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($346.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($142.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1374.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 21:15 EDT-0400)

Then you can add whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.
a c 1410 4 Gaming
a c 940 K Overclocking
March 28, 2014 6:32:55 PM

Good build, I'd lose the mobo, poor QC, and go the Asus Z87-A or the Rock's EX4 at that price point, adding a SSD would be good for overall system performance
March 30, 2014 8:42:07 PM

I have updated my build above based on the suggestions.

I am keeping the 212 EVO because I wont be doing any serious OC. I am new to it and won't need a powerful cooler until I upgrade the CPU (most likely to a 4770k).

Thank you everyone for your help.
a c 1410 4 Gaming
a c 940 K Overclocking
March 30, 2014 8:55:23 PM

Let us know how the build goes (and don't let the telephone pole bite back ;)  )