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First tme PC build...$1700-2000!!!

Hi this is my first time building a custom PC (I only have a laptop so I need a screen, keyboard/mouse/OS)...I want to make to use it for all my computing needs...browsing, music storage, movie storage, gaming and everything else people use computers for!
Here is what I have so far and I wanted to know if this seems reasonable and if the build will last me 5+ year.
I am having trouble choosing a video card, my gaming for the foreseeable future will be done on at 1080P but I would like to have a very high to ultra setting for my gamine on this resolution. Any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for any help/advice.

Here is the build thus far..

Case--BitFenix ATX Mid Tower Case Ghost
CPU--i7-470k
CPU cooler--Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
MoBo--Asus Z87 PRO LGA 1150
RAM--Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
GPU--Evga SC gtx 760/770/780???
HDD--Western Digital 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM Black
SDD--Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB
PSU--Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V
Optical Drive--Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive
Monitor--ASUS VS239H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED IPS Monitor
OS--Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit
Keyboard/Mouse--Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800

Do I need to get extra case fans and if so what do you guys recommend?
Thanks again!!
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  1. Unless you are in a really big hurry, waiting on the new 9-series motherboards might be a plan ...
  2. To give you an idea:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($154.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($549.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Aerocool StrikeX-GT Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($91.03 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($103.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($104.36 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Acer G246HLAbd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($138.24 @ TigerDirect)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard & Mouse Wired Standard Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($31.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1867.44

    There is ~$100 room for speakers/headset.

    Either go with a 290x or a 780. The 290x will do better but costs more. 780ti is out of your budget.

    If you need to lower the price: half the RAM, get a 780, lower the wattage on the PSU to 650ish, and/or downgrade to a i5 4670k
  3. Given that budget, I'd go with something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.75 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Best Buy)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($553.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1846.61
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-05 13:31 EDT-0400)
  4. Thanks for the replies! I think downgrading to 8GB of RAM (16GB won't give me that much of a noticeable improvement right?) and downgrading the PSU to 650W version is a very good idea. Is the Bitfenix Ghost a reasonable choice?
    The reason I chose the z87pro was for the bluetooth and wifi features but I suppose I could always just purchase a wifi connector instead.

    Any recs on a solid 650W PSU?
    Also if I stick to EVO 212 (assuming it will fit properly) and add some extra 140mm case fans, would that keep my PC relatively cool for mild overclocking?
    I am excited to get this started but I am not in any major rush and I am impressed with the help and timely responses from this community!
  5. Best answer
    [PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Eq7f) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Eq7f/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Eq7f/benchmarks/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74770k) | $334.97 @ OutletPC
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $29.94 @ OutletPC
    **Motherboard** | [ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extreme4) | $114.99 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl10d16gbxl) | $134.98 @ OutletPC
    **Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120kw) | $95.99 @ Amazon
    **Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex) | $56.98 @ OutletPC
    **Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-03gp42884kr) | $689.99 @ NCIX US
    **Case** | [BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-bfcgho300kkn1rp) | $84.99 @ NCIX US
    **Power Supply** | [Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-rm1000) | $184.99 @ Amazon
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404) | $97.98 @ OutletPC
    **Monitor** | [Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp) | $155.90 @ Amazon
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1981.70
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-05 13:45 EDT-0400 |


    This build is a beast you can also SLI later.
  6. One last question, I know the Bitfenix Ghost offers room for 2 top mounted 140mm fans underneath a mesh and a filter. The filter has my confused...should i use those as intake fans and the rear 120mm as the exhaust or use the top as an exhaust and add a 140mm intake at the bottom near the PSU?
    I was thinking of using the Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition, is that a solid choice? I am not too concerned with purchasing the fans right now, I can always add them later.
  7. Use the top as intake fans and the bottom as the exhaust. And Yes the Corsair Air Series AF140 are pretty soild fans to use, although the current fans on the bitfenix case are fine.


    Edit:

    Whoops, i mean use the top as the exhaust and the bottom as intake.
  8. se7en_ate9 said:
    Thanks for the replies! I think downgrading to 8GB of RAM (16GB won't give me that much of a noticeable improvement right?) and downgrading the PSU to 650W version is a very good idea. Is the Bitfenix Ghost a reasonable choice?
    The reason I chose the z87pro was for the bluetooth and wifi features but I suppose I could always just purchase a wifi connector instead.

    Any recs on a solid 650W PSU?
    Also if I stick to EVO 212 (assuming it will fit properly) and add some extra 140mm case fans, would that keep my PC relatively cool for mild overclocking?
    I am excited to get this started but I am not in any major rush and I am impressed with the help and timely responses from this community!


    The cooling would be fine for mild over clocking. XFX 650W is good. If the fan slot has a filter it is supposed to be used as intake. If the filter is moveable you can do whatever you want with it. Generally intake is at the bottom and exhaust near the top. You can just experiment with how it works with your specific set up. Those fans seem fine.
  9. Thank you so much for all of your help!
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