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March 31, 2014 5:15:45 AM

These are the parts I'm likely to order for a triple monitor pc build setup (With prices for the curious). I'll be getting the parts and its construction done at one of my local pc shops.

If you can see something that's amiss, please let me know (I'm new to the pc gaming thing). Or if you see overkill or imbalance, please say.

PSU: ANTEC 850W ATX, €140 (or Cooler Master V series €180)
ASUS mobo Z87-PRO, €175
CPU I7-4770K - 3.5 GHz - LGA1150 8 MB, €295
Two GPUs: ASUS GTX 780-DC2OC - 3 GB, €940 (€470 each)
KINGSTON DDRAM3 - 8 Go (x2) 1600 Mhz PC3-12800 - HYPERX RED, €159 (that's 16Gb of RAM)
KINGSTON SSD V300 - 240G, €200
HDD 1Tb SATA - WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR BLUE, €69
COOLER MASTER HAF X942, €149
COOLER MASTER NEPTON 140XL, €89
DVD±R/RW - SATA, €30
WINDOWS 8 - 64BIT, €129

Your views, opinions, experience will be most welcome...

Another thing: Will this system be upgrade-able in, say, a year or two - If I wanted to add two new latest and greatest GPUs?

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March 31, 2014 6:28:08 AM

Hi,
The build as it is, all is compatible, but there are some balancing issues.
-i7 4770k will not give you any benefit in gaming. Intel's i5 4670k is more oriented for gaming and has 100Eur lower price. From Intel the i5 4670k will be my choice for gaming and nothing less or more.
-Avoid the Kingston ram, they run at 1.65V, which is not intended for Haswell CPU's. Get something else form Corsair, GSklill, Patriot or Adata. Games don't require more than 8GB of RAM, so 16GB of RAM is pretty much overkill
-You can easily get less expensive case, and i doesn't need to be Full ATX. Good Mid-ATX will do the job just fine, something like, Fractal Design Define R4, Arc 2 Midi, NZXT 410, Thermaltake A31 or Corsair 300 or 400R
-As for the GPU's, i don't recommend using dual setup. Since you got GTX 780, it will be more than enough for playing on 1080p or higher. Dual GPU's will generate more heat, draw more power, and the scaling isn't particualry great. Better get single GTX 780Ti, or wait for the new Nvidia 800 series.
-As for the PSU, the Cooler master V series are pretty solid PSU, the ones to go are the 700, 850 or 1000. If you stick with one GPU, the 700 will be more than enough.
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March 31, 2014 7:19:32 AM

maurelie said:
Hi,
The build as it is, all is compatible, but there are some balancing issues.
-i7 4770k will not give you any benefit in gaming. Intel's i5 4670k is more oriented for gaming and has 100Eur lower price. From Intel the i5 4670k will be my choice for gaming and nothing less or more.
-Avoid the Kingston ram, they run at 1.65V, which is not intended for Haswell CPU's. Get something else form Corsair, GSklill, Patriot or Adata. Games don't require more than 8GB of RAM, so 16GB of RAM is pretty much overkill
-You can easily get less expensive case, and i doesn't need to be Full ATX. Good Mid-ATX will do the job just fine, something like, Fractal Design Define R4, Arc 2 Midi, NZXT 410, Thermaltake A31 or Corsair 300 or 400R
-As for the GPU's, i don't recommend using dual setup. Since you got GTX 780, it will be more than enough for playing on 1080p or higher. Dual GPU's will generate more heat, draw more power, and the scaling isn't particualry great. Better get single GTX 780Ti, or wait for the new Nvidia 800 series.
-As for the PSU, the Cooler master V series are pretty solid PSU, the ones to go are the 700, 850 or 1000. If you stick with one GPU, the 700 will be more than enough.

Maurelie
Thanks a lot for your reply. It's really useful for me.

I've noted your points about CPU, case, RAM.

I've actually already got three monitors (120Hz too) for this. Does that change what you say about not using dual GPUs? Or you would still say use one 780ti?

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March 31, 2014 7:31:32 AM

The 780ti single would be sufficent for 3 monitors, it supports 3 total with 4 ports, so yes. the ports are: 1 hdmi, 1 display port, 1 dvi, and 1 dvi-d. if the monitors you have fit these ports then you can set up with one card.

if you decide to use 2 graphics card, i would get the 4770K because it would be more capable to handle 2 graphics card vs the 4670K

the 4770K is more powerful cpu *(vs 4670K) giving you longer time between upgrades, plus you can overclock it also.

and to maurelie, why do you think you would get no benefit from i7 4770K in gaming? its got the same processing power as 4670K. please be more specific cause now i want to know. as of now the only advantage the 4670K has over the 4770K is the value of performance per dollar, and the OP has huge budget so why not choose the better cpu?

check here for cpu info : http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4770K-vs-Intel-Co...
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March 31, 2014 10:51:01 AM

a44arana said:
The 780ti single would be sufficent for 3 monitors, it supports 3 total with 4 ports, so yes. the ports are: 1 hdmi, 1 display port, 1 dvi, and 1 dvi-d. if the monitors you have fit these ports then you can set up with one card.

if you decide to use 2 graphics card, i would get the 4770K because it would be more capable to handle 2 graphics card vs the 4670K

the 4770K is more powerful cpu *(vs 4670K) giving you longer time between upgrades, plus you can overclock it also.

and to maurelie, why do you think you would get no benefit from i7 4770K in gaming? its got the same processing power as 4670K. please be more specific cause now i want to know. as of now the only advantage the 4670K has over the 4770K is the value of performance per dollar, and the OP has huge budget so why not choose the better cpu?

check here for cpu info : http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4770K-vs-Intel-Co...


Hi,
Cpuboss is pretty terrible site to use for comparing different CPUs and GPUs , it is more of a marketing claim, than real numbers. Use the Anandtech's benchmarks, where they put the CPUs, GPUs and other hardware to real life scenarios and tests.
And also, as i said before, i5 4670k is all you need for gaming, yes i7 4770k is more powerful, but in gaming the difference is maybe 1-2 fps at best. The power of the i7 4770k will be lost if it is only used for gaming, there will be no value to that i7 and also the i5 4670k will be as future proof as the i7 4770k. The games simply have no use of the hyperthreading features on the i7 4770k

As you can see here, even a 6 core Intel which costs $1000, produces only 1 fps more than 4 core i5 3570k
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March 31, 2014 10:55:17 AM

Billy Pilgrim said:
maurelie said:
Hi,
The build as it is, all is compatible, but there are some balancing issues.
-i7 4770k will not give you any benefit in gaming. Intel's i5 4670k is more oriented for gaming and has 100Eur lower price. From Intel the i5 4670k will be my choice for gaming and nothing less or more.
-Avoid the Kingston ram, they run at 1.65V, which is not intended for Haswell CPU's. Get something else form Corsair, GSklill, Patriot or Adata. Games don't require more than 8GB of RAM, so 16GB of RAM is pretty much overkill
-You can easily get less expensive case, and i doesn't need to be Full ATX. Good Mid-ATX will do the job just fine, something like, Fractal Design Define R4, Arc 2 Midi, NZXT 410, Thermaltake A31 or Corsair 300 or 400R
-As for the GPU's, i don't recommend using dual setup. Since you got GTX 780, it will be more than enough for playing on 1080p or higher. Dual GPU's will generate more heat, draw more power, and the scaling isn't particualry great. Better get single GTX 780Ti, or wait for the new Nvidia 800 series.
-As for the PSU, the Cooler master V series are pretty solid PSU, the ones to go are the 700, 850 or 1000. If you stick with one GPU, the 700 will be more than enough.

Maurelie
Thanks a lot for your reply. It's really useful for me.

I've noted your points about CPU, case, RAM.

I've actually already got three monitors (120Hz too) for this. Does that change what you say about not using dual GPUs? Or you would still say use one 780ti?



If you will be playing just on 1080p resolution, one GTX 780 or 780Ti will be fine for 3 monitors. If you will be playing on resolution greater than 1080p, than 2 cards will come in handy, like 2x GTX 780 or 2x R9 290X
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March 31, 2014 11:49:29 AM

maurelie said:
Billy Pilgrim said:
maurelie said:
Hi,
The build as it is, all is compatible, but there are some balancing issues.
-i7 4770k will not give you any benefit in gaming. Intel's i5 4670k is more oriented for gaming and has 100Eur lower price. From Intel the i5 4670k will be my choice for gaming and nothing less or more.
-Avoid the Kingston ram, they run at 1.65V, which is not intended for Haswell CPU's. Get something else form Corsair, GSklill, Patriot or Adata. Games don't require more than 8GB of RAM, so 16GB of RAM is pretty much overkill
-You can easily get less expensive case, and i doesn't need to be Full ATX. Good Mid-ATX will do the job just fine, something like, Fractal Design Define R4, Arc 2 Midi, NZXT 410, Thermaltake A31 or Corsair 300 or 400R
-As for the GPU's, i don't recommend using dual setup. Since you got GTX 780, it will be more than enough for playing on 1080p or higher. Dual GPU's will generate more heat, draw more power, and the scaling isn't particualry great. Better get single GTX 780Ti, or wait for the new Nvidia 800 series.
-As for the PSU, the Cooler master V series are pretty solid PSU, the ones to go are the 700, 850 or 1000. If you stick with one GPU, the 700 will be more than enough.

Maurelie
Thanks a lot for your reply. It's really useful for me.

I've noted your points about CPU, case, RAM.

I've actually already got three monitors (120Hz too) for this. Does that change what you say about not using dual GPUs? Or you would still say use one 780ti?



If you will be playing just on 1080p resolution, one GTX 780 or 780Ti will be fine for 3 monitors. If you will be playing on resolution greater than 1080p, than 2 cards will come in handy, like 2x GTX 780 or 2x R9 290X
Thanks for all the useful info.
I didn't quite understand "on resolution greater than 1080p": I'll be playing at something like 5760x1080.
Your advice is to use two GPUs if I"m playing at 5760x1080, or just one gpu?

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March 31, 2014 12:05:07 PM

Billy Pilgrim said:
maurelie said:
Billy Pilgrim said:
maurelie said:
Hi,
The build as it is, all is compatible, but there are some balancing issues.
-i7 4770k will not give you any benefit in gaming. Intel's i5 4670k is more oriented for gaming and has 100Eur lower price. From Intel the i5 4670k will be my choice for gaming and nothing less or more.
-Avoid the Kingston ram, they run at 1.65V, which is not intended for Haswell CPU's. Get something else form Corsair, GSklill, Patriot or Adata. Games don't require more than 8GB of RAM, so 16GB of RAM is pretty much overkill
-You can easily get less expensive case, and i doesn't need to be Full ATX. Good Mid-ATX will do the job just fine, something like, Fractal Design Define R4, Arc 2 Midi, NZXT 410, Thermaltake A31 or Corsair 300 or 400R
-As for the GPU's, i don't recommend using dual setup. Since you got GTX 780, it will be more than enough for playing on 1080p or higher. Dual GPU's will generate more heat, draw more power, and the scaling isn't particualry great. Better get single GTX 780Ti, or wait for the new Nvidia 800 series.
-As for the PSU, the Cooler master V series are pretty solid PSU, the ones to go are the 700, 850 or 1000. If you stick with one GPU, the 700 will be more than enough.

Maurelie
Thanks a lot for your reply. It's really useful for me.

I've noted your points about CPU, case, RAM.

I've actually already got three monitors (120Hz too) for this. Does that change what you say about not using dual GPUs? Or you would still say use one 780ti?



If you will be playing just on 1080p resolution, one GTX 780 or 780Ti will be fine for 3 monitors. If you will be playing on resolution greater than 1080p, than 2 cards will come in handy, like 2x GTX 780 or 2x R9 290X
Thanks for all the useful info.
I didn't quite understand "on resolution greater than 1080p": I'll be playing at something like 5760x1080.
Your advice is to use two GPUs if I"m playing at 5760x1080, or just one gpu?



At 5760x1080 you will not be complaining about performance even with one 780. Two cards will give it a little more bite.
Single GTX 780Ti will do the job even better. If you go with single GTX 780 and you are not satisfied with the results, you can easily install another GTX 780, nothing wrong there.
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March 31, 2014 12:09:09 PM

maurelie said:
Billy Pilgrim said:
maurelie said:
Billy Pilgrim said:
maurelie said:
Hi,
The build as it is, all is compatible, but there are some balancing issues.
-i7 4770k will not give you any benefit in gaming. Intel's i5 4670k is more oriented for gaming and has 100Eur lower price. From Intel the i5 4670k will be my choice for gaming and nothing less or more.
-Avoid the Kingston ram, they run at 1.65V, which is not intended for Haswell CPU's. Get something else form Corsair, GSklill, Patriot or Adata. Games don't require more than 8GB of RAM, so 16GB of RAM is pretty much overkill
-You can easily get less expensive case, and i doesn't need to be Full ATX. Good Mid-ATX will do the job just fine, something like, Fractal Design Define R4, Arc 2 Midi, NZXT 410, Thermaltake A31 or Corsair 300 or 400R
-As for the GPU's, i don't recommend using dual setup. Since you got GTX 780, it will be more than enough for playing on 1080p or higher. Dual GPU's will generate more heat, draw more power, and the scaling isn't particualry great. Better get single GTX 780Ti, or wait for the new Nvidia 800 series.
-As for the PSU, the Cooler master V series are pretty solid PSU, the ones to go are the 700, 850 or 1000. If you stick with one GPU, the 700 will be more than enough.

Maurelie
Thanks a lot for your reply. It's really useful for me.

I've noted your points about CPU, case, RAM.

I've actually already got three monitors (120Hz too) for this. Does that change what you say about not using dual GPUs? Or you would still say use one 780ti?



If you will be playing just on 1080p resolution, one GTX 780 or 780Ti will be fine for 3 monitors. If you will be playing on resolution greater than 1080p, than 2 cards will come in handy, like 2x GTX 780 or 2x R9 290X
Thanks for all the useful info.
I didn't quite understand "on resolution greater than 1080p": I'll be playing at something like 5760x1080.
Your advice is to use two GPUs if I"m playing at 5760x1080, or just one gpu?



At 5760x1080 you will not be complaining about performance even with one 780. Two cards will give it a little more bite.
Single GTX 780Ti will do the job even better. If you go with single GTX 780 and you are not satisfied with the results, you can easily install another GTX 780, nothing wrong there.

Thank you for all your help, Maurelie

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