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System build Haswell for 1000-1500 w/o graphics inc.

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March 31, 2014 7:01:03 PM

What would a good gaming haswell build be, for about 1000-1500, less any graphics cards? I already have (2) Asus gtx 760's, and would like to have a real good Mobo......any idea's? Will be running those video cards and (3) 2560 x1440 monitors.
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March 31, 2014 7:48:40 PM

Here's a build with an i7 4770k and a maximus formula board.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($289.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($96.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($201.25 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($142.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1391.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 22:46 EDT-0400)
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March 31, 2014 10:22:50 PM

I recommend this:
CPU: Intel i5-4670k (All games will not use an i7, the i5 is the very most any game, on any resolution, will use)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero (The Formula is essentially this board with water blocks and more SATA ports)
Memory: G. Skill Sniper Series 8Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 Memory
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB (The EVO is only slower than the Pro in synthetic benchmarks. You will not notice it in real life. Much less in gaming)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB (You can also go with Seagate. Both companies are highly reliable, so get the cheaper one)
Case: Personal preference so long as it fits an ATX motherboard and SLI GPU's. (You can go with the R4 if you want)
PSU: XFX Pro 850 Watt *IMPORTANT NOTE* You will most likely have to upgrade this to an 1000 Watt one from EVGA if you want to run 3 monitors.
ODD: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer (Just for installing software)
OS: Windows 8.1 64-Bit

*NOTE*: Your build will not be able to play games at high settings on 3 2560x1440p monitors due to using GTX 760's in SLI. The very least to play most games at high settings on 3 2560x1440p monitors is 2xGTX 770's, while 2xGTX 780's is preferable. I recommend just selling one of those 2560x1440p monitors and upgrading to 2xGTX 770's so that in the future, you can use them for new monitors. However, you will need to upgrade your PSU to an 1000 Watt PSU. I recommend the EVGA one with 80+ Gold Certification.
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April 1, 2014 1:44:15 PM

So you think the I5 is fine these days, don't think I'll see the diff. between that and an I7? More and more people seem to think 8 gb of Ram is adequate these days. I can return these GTX 750's since I just got them yesterday from Amazon.....For some reason I seem to want the mobo with all the bells and whistles, like the Extreme with the clocking gimmick, but I am sure within a month it won't even be looked at. I haven't done a build since 1985, so this will be fun, and hopefully not to frustrating. I am leaning towards Win 7. I have Win 8 on a little Acer S7, seems good there, but w/o a touchscreen Win 8 looks a little foreign to me. I am 58, so I tend to be set in my ways a bit. there are just to many choices out there today to do a build, but I have to remember that all of this will be old tech real soon, so need to be logical with pricing. Thank you for your help, any more suggestions are always welcome as I dial this thing in.
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April 1, 2014 2:22:59 PM

I built that rig because you said you wanted all the bells and whistles but nuclear101 is right, you don't need an i7 and expensive mobo to game, an i5 is really good, until games start to use more threads, an i7 is not an improvement.

I built this one with 780 sli, it should do better with triple monitor gaming. It's over your budget but if you can return your 760's it should cover the difference, you might be able to spring to sli 780ti.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($142.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1740.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 17:18 EDT-0400)
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April 1, 2014 3:33:13 PM

is there that much of a difference between a 760 & 780 when they are both in SLI mode? Both will be running at least 3 2560 x 1440 monitors?
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April 1, 2014 8:14:46 PM

Thank you, this is very informative :)  Probably will end up with 2 780's. I just order the rest of my build about 30 min. ago. Now to see if I can actually put it all together. Should be fun!
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