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Gaming Build ~1,500$

Hey everyone! I'm working on an upgrade build right now and was hoping for some feedback. Now, I've pieced together what I'm thinking, but I do have some questions.

CPU: i7-4770k (already purchased)
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Hero
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB DDR-1866
PSU: Corsair HX850
GPU: GTX 770 2gb
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250gb
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i

I was pretty much set on this (haven't picked a case just yet), but then I got stuck. I've been eyeing the EVGA Superclocked GTX 770 2gb with ACX cooling, as I've had great experiences with EVGA in my previous builds. But then I noticed the Gigabyte GTX 770 4gb card Windforce. The price between the two cards is about $10 on Newegg, and I'm planning to add another of the same card for SLI in the next 6-9 months. Now, nearly everything I've read suggests that the 4gb card isn't worth getting for gaming at 1080p. But I've heard that a modded Skyrim can eat the extra memory.

Can anyone give me a little direction on this? I play primarily Battlefield 4, Skyrim, Arma 3, DayZ, and Wildstar, so I'm not really sure where I might benefit from the 4gb card.
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  1. Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    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 Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1359.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 18:27 EDT-0400)
  2. if you got a decent quiet build, that evga card is going to make noise, windforce coolers goes down to 18% fan speed at idle and with custom fan profile you could get a very silent build, evga can not.
  3. Plusthinking Iq said:
    if you got a decent quiet build, that evga card is going to make noise, windforce coolers goes down to 18% fan speed at idle and with custom fan profile you could get a very silent build, evga can not.


    EVGA's ACX cooler is one of the most silent coolers on the market, I saw so many people with Gigabyte cards when their fan died or started to make noise after 3~6 month usage.
  4. Ahmadjon said:
    Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)


    I was considering the H100i but didn't really know where I would put the radiator since it's twice the size. Hadn't even looked at the 780 because it really pushes me beyond what I want to spend on the build because I'm including what I spent last week on the i7-4770k. Though now I realize I probably should've went with an i5 and got the 780...
  5. globalenjoi said:
    Ahmadjon said:
    Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)


    I was considering the H100i but didn't really know where I would put the radiator since it's twice the size. Hadn't even looked at the 780 because it really pushes me beyond what I want to spend on the build because I'm including what I spent last week on the i7-4770k. Though now I realize I probably should've went with an i5 and got the 780...


    It's not difficult to install radiator on some cases and it's possible on NZXT Phantom 410.

    Well. then I would get system without SSD because gaming rig can live without SSD but without powerful card...

    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 Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1435.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 18:55 EDT-0400)


    Later you can buy an SSD, I also thought about getting SSD but I don't want spend 100$ for fast boot times and fast apps opening times.
    Also 8GB should be more than enough for any game and probably future games :)
  6. Ahmadjon said:
    globalenjoi said:
    Ahmadjon said:
    Better to get GTX-780 and H100i cooler (IMO)


    I was considering the H100i but didn't really know where I would put the radiator since it's twice the size. Hadn't even looked at the 780 because it really pushes me beyond what I want to spend on the build because I'm including what I spent last week on the i7-4770k. Though now I realize I probably should've went with an i5 and got the 780...


    It's not difficult to install radiator on some cases and it's possible on NZXT Phantom 410.

    Well. then I would get system without SSD because gaming rig can live without SSD but without powerful card...

    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 Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1435.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 18:55 EDT-0400)


    Later you can buy an SSD, I also thought about getting SSD but I don't want spend 100$ for fast boot times and fast apps opening times.
    Also 8GB should be more than enough for any game and probably future games :)


    Well, you just blew my mind lol. I was prepped to order this bad boy, but now I'm rethinking my choices! So I'm looking at this GTX 780 and thinking that's the way to go. However, I've had a 120gb SSD in my current computer for a few months now, and I absolutely love it so much I can't build without it. Not only do I boot up in a few seconds, but I see a huge improvement in loading maps in BF4. So if I were going to trim off elsewhere, where could I cut? I'm thinking you're correct on the 8gb of ram, because I can't find any examples of actually using more than 8gb when it comes to gaming or streaming. Maybe trim back on the motherboard? I honestly picked that one because I heard it was the best mobo I could get. Checked out others, but the prices were so close I decided to just stick with the best.
  7. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Schau314/saved/4ruD
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w3Ea
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w3Ea/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3w3Ea/benchmarks/

    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $939.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 20:35 EDT-0400)
    Can I have your opinions. Also wait a sec before buying, don;t rush too fast into spending your money.
    Also why do you need 850 watts.
  8. Best answer
    Then two builds :)

    One build with cheaper motherboard and 1TB drive

    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 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1498.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 02:16 EDT-0400)

    Second with Hero motherboard 1TB drive and 120GB SSD.

    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 Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1490.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 02:18 EDT-0400)

    I would go for second build :D
  9. Thanks for the help! Went with the 2nd build, though I did splurge a bit.. picked up a Rosewill Thor v2 white case instead! Wife wants to kill me now, but I think it's going to be a nice change from this ancient Antec Nine Hundred!
  10. globalenjoi said:
    Thanks for the help! Went with the 2nd build, though I did splurge a bit.. picked up a Rosewill Thor v2 white case instead! Wife wants to kill me now, but I think it's going to be a nice change from this ancient Antec Nine Hundred!


    Yeah! :)
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