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Need help picking parts for new build! Professional opinions appreciated!

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April 20, 2014 7:53:06 PM

Hello everyone, about two months ago I built a computer but wasn't happy with its performance. I've decided to try and sell it to make way for a new one. I don't need a monitor or an OS. It's primary uses are going to be gaming on extreme settings with hundreds of mods in some cases and also some mild to heavy multi tasking. In my old build I had a evga 770 2gb and because of budget wasn't able to get the 4gb version. It also had a haswell i5 4670k in it. The main things that annoyed me about my last build was that even when I OC'd my i5 to 4.4ghz it was still not amazing with multitasking and programs would open slowly. Also, I had purchased a second monitor for watching videos while gaming but when ever it was hooked up my games would crash. I think this was because of my 2gb 770. This time I've put together a build with the R9 290. I know it runs hot and I'm all right with that as long as my other components don't heat up too much. I was considering getting a 780, 780ti or a 290x but I think with the 290 I'll have enough power for two monitors and eventually one 2k monitor. Is this right? Should I consider one of the others? Please provide info. My budget is around $1700 and I would like to get the best performance for the money that I'm spending. Let my know what you guys think of my build and please comment improvements I could make to it, thanks!
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vnvT

Ps. I'd also like to stay away from sli and crossfire for now and stick with a single powerful card but I will defiantly get a second gfx card in the future. Also, I could lower the psu and get another ssd to run in raid zero, how much would I benefit from this? Thanks (sorry for making new form, need to order parts by the end of this week because after that I'm going to be away for half a month.)

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April 20, 2014 11:38:44 PM

Hi! I see what you mean. Yes the GTX 770 2gb is only good for ONE 1080p monitor but I think 3gb is enough for 2. Also cool you're getting SSHD? You won't be using your HDD a lot since you're also getting an ssd (unless you are planning to use TWO os). The corsair 300r's case fans should be good enough so you don't need to corsair ones :p .

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1436.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 02:38 EDT-0400)
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