Looking for Advice on Building/Buying a Gaming PC

I am planning to purchase a new pc around 1 May 2014.

I want to spend no more than $3k.

I primarily use my pc for gaming (BF4, Planetside 2, D3, Civ 5, Fallout series, Tomb Raider series, etc.). I also use my computer for surfing the internet, and some MS office documents for work.

I already have two monitors, so I will not be purchasing any new monitors (Dell S2309W via DVI at 1920 x 1080 and a HL269DPB via DVI at 1920 x 1080).

I will be buying either Windows 8 64 or Windows 7 64.

I will be buying a completely new pc.

I am looking at buying a configured pc at

I prefer Intel and NVidia because I have had a better experience with them in the past.

I like the idea of overclocking, but unsure if it is necessary.

I like the idea of SLI, but unsure if a single card would better suit my needs.

I want to upgrade because my current pc is simply old and unable to run the current FPS games at decent fraps or graphic settings. I bought my current pc about 4 years ago and upgraded the video card about a year and a half ago. Currently, the CPU is pegged at around 100% when I play any fps game on low settings. I would like to be able to play on high or ultra high settings on most games.

Current setup:
Dell Inspiron 580
CPU=Intel I5 650 @ 3.20 ghz
16 gb ram
1 tb hdd
NVidia GTX 550 Ti 4 gb ram

Is what I am looking at buying a decent build for the price and should I go with one awesome video card or the dual SLI setup in the configurator?

What I am looking at on cyberpc is:

Configuration URL:

Product Name: Zeus EVO Thunder MAX (NO MONITOR)

Price: $2,999.00



CARE1:Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]

CARE2:p rofessional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

CAS:Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower Gaming Case w/ Dual PSU Support, 3x HDD Hot Swap Bays, Front USB 3.0 & Side-Panel Window

CASUPGRADE:12in Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10] (Blue Color)

CD:LG 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive & DVDRW, 3D Playback Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)


COOLANT:Standard Coolant

CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-4770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN:Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]


FAN:CYBERPOWERPC Xtreme Hydro 360mm Liquid Cooling w/ XSPC 750, RS360, Maximum Performance+Extreme Silence at 18dBA

HDD:480GB Corsair Force GS Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 455MB/s Write [+157] (Single Drive)

HDD2:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)


IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD:AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard


MEMORY:16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)




MOTHERBOARD:ASUS Z87-A ATX w/ Remote GO!, GbLAN, 3 PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCIe x1, 2 PCI

MOUSE:AZZA Alpha 1600 DPI Gaming Mouse

NETWORK:o nboard Gigabit LAN Network

NOISEREDUCE1:p ower Supply Gasket [+5]

NOISEREDUCE2:Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]

OS:* Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:Ultimate OC (Ultimate Overclock 30% or more)

POWERSUPPLY:1,000 Watts - AZZA Titan 1000W 80 Plus Bronze Active PFC Power supply



SOUND:* ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCIe Sound Card [+45]


TEMP:NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30W Channels [+24]

TUNING:Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel [+29]





USBX:NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module [+19]

VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 4GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [-605] (EVGA ACX Cooling Edition Powered by NVIDIA)

VIDEO2:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 4GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+473] (EVGA ACX Cooling Edition Powered by NVIDIA)

No answer yet, so I thought I would ask if I needed to include more information.



PRICE:( +2999)
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  1. Best answer
    Consider this build. For gaming, you don't have to go any higher than this, you'll be able to play all games maxed out smoothly. This build is also much cheaper and leaves money so you could buy a headset, a keyboard and a mouse. You can also save the extra money for future upgrades.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($166.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($728.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($229.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($98.88 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1925.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-23 00:34 EDT-0400)
  2. Thank you very much for your response. I was curious if a two video card system may be a bit much.
  3. A 780Ti is enough for your needs. Don't worry about SLI, I doubt you'll ever use it.
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