Gaming build - 1500 euro

Hello there!
I decided to build an entirely new PC because my old one doesn't seem to run the most recent games properly. I chose a budget of 1500 euro with options to expand later on. I compared the cost of a similiar PC shipped over from the US, the price would end up going from 1500 dollar to 1500 euro because of extra taxes.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-14 days from now

Budget Range: (e.g.: 1500-1550) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, photoshop

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon europe,

Country: Belgium

Parts Preferences: Non in particular

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is what I'm going for so far:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R (95 euro) -

PSU: Corsair RM850 (129.95 euro) -

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero (179,95 euro) -

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K (190 euro) -

CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D14 (70 euro) -

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16gb (2x8gb) 1600mhz CL9 (113.90 euro) -

Blu-ray Drive: Asus internal Blu-ray writer 90DD01K0-B30000 internal (60,62 euro)

SSD: Samsung 840 evo 250gb SATA MZ-7TE250BW (119.74 euro) -

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Dual Classified ACX Cooling (529,95 euro) -

Additional Comments:
It doesn't need to look fancy or be quiet.
The idea was to build a rig that would be expandable with 2 RAM-slots available and a 850 watt psu in case I end up buying another GTX 780 for SLI. I'm planning to overclock the i5-4670k with the help of the Noctua NH-D14 to 4.1-4.2 Ghz. So I was wondering what you guys think/would change.

Some questions:
Should I get a cheaper motherboard, case and GPU to get a GTX780 ti instead?
Should I opt for a water cooling CPU cooler?
What brand of gpu's do you recommend?
Should I socket 2 x 8gb and keep 2 sockets for the future or should I just get 4x4gb?

Any input is highly appreciated,

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  1. when gaming at 1080p the gtx 780 is already overkill, so getting the 780ti is not going to help, also, the corsair RM series is using low quality capacitors, you should get a seasonic PSU or a corsair AX series one.

    Your cpu cooler is overkill for 4.1-4.2 GHz, the deepcool neptwin is €25 cheaper than the NH-D14 while it cools 1-3 degrees celsius worse.
    watercooling is not needed with the mild OC you are planning to do.

    with GPU brands, you really can't go wrong with any of them.
  2. > you should get a seasonic PSU or a corsair AX series one

    I could get a Seasonic M12II Evo Bronze 850W, it has japanese high quality capacitors and is about 23 euros cheaper than the RM850. It having a bronze instead of gold certification would make it less efficient though, will the extra power expenses make a difference over the longer run? A corsair AX860 is around 50 euros more than the Seasonic M12II Evo Bronze, but is platinum certified.

    > Your cpu cooler is overkill for 4.1-4.2 GHz, the deepcool neptwin is €25 cheaper than the NH-D14 while it cools 1-3 degrees celsius worse.

    The deepcool neptwin does indeed seem to be a better choice, I also prefer the more neutral color over the NH-D14. I will include it in my build instead.
    Thanks for the heads up!
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    If you leave your pc running 24/7 bronze vs platinum will make around a €30 difference in 5 years time, but the RM850 will generally fail after 5 years when the seasonic m12II evo bronze will last longer, so it will be cheaper in the long run.

    The AX860 is a better choice if you leave your PC running 24/7 and you will keep it longer than 5 years, if that's not the case I would choose the seasonic.
  4. I'm going to go with the AX860, I guess a psu with that kind of quality can be reused in future builds. I also agree that it's better to pay extra on a PSU to avoid problems in the future.
    I also think I'm going to get an asus Z87-A instead of the maximus vi hero as I'm not going to overclock that high anyway and it's quite a bit cheaper.

    Thanks for the help robijn112, I highly appreciate it!
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