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$2300 Gaming Build - Dual GPU + 8 Core AMD

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June 15, 2014 12:54:23 PM

I am looking to build a (above average) gaming computer. Here is what I think I'm going to buy:
CPU : AMD FX8350
Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
Motherboard : ASUS Crosshair Formula Z
RAM : Crucial Ballistix 32 Gb (4 X 8) @ 1600Mhz
SSD : Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60 Gb
HDD : (x4) Seagate Barracuda 1 Tb 7200 RPM <--- RAID 10 (RAID 1 + 0)
Graphics/Video Card : (x2) ASUS Radeon R9 280 3 Gb DirectCU II
Case Fans : (x10) Cooler Master JetFlo 95 CFM 120mm
Fan Controller : BitFenix Recon
Power Supply : EVGA Supernova 1000 P2 - 1000 Watt Fully Modular 80+ Platnium
Optical Drive : Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Case : *Military Surplus Steel Rocket Container (4 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot) The entire top comes off of the container, which I figure would make for good access.

What would you do differently while staying in that budget? I plan on running 3 27" 1080p monitors, which are NOT included in the budget (neither are the keyboard and mouse). I'm going to be playing a lot of FPS games. I also do a good bit of photo and video editing and that eats up memory, plus I just think it would be cool to have 32 Gb of ram.
June 15, 2014 1:05:14 PM

You should probably ditch the fx8350 while it may seem fast in terms of clock speed, it actually performs less than a i7-4770k, and uses much more energy. I would probably go for the i7-4970k.
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June 15, 2014 1:09:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZdMTW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZdMTW/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($134.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($629.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($152.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($60.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1868.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-15 16:08 EDT-0400
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June 15, 2014 1:13:21 PM

over kill or the ram. 16g is a lot for any gaming rig. use the money for the fastest card that ut there. I would wait for the newer 800 line from nvidia or newer ones from amd that dropping latter this year. I would also hold off pick up a haswell-e and the newer x99mb it has more pci lanes that the 1150 mb do if your going to crossfire or sli. use a ssd as the boot drive and one large drive for the data drive. no need to raid your data drives. they can only read right so fast do to there metal platter. when the price of the m2 drives drop then switch over to a faster drive on new mb.
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June 15, 2014 1:25:01 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Vapor-X Video Card ($599.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($185.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2242.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-15 16:20 EDT-0400

Face it, this Intel I7-4790K will toast AMD in any application, especially games.

The cooler will cool the RAM as well as the CPU silently and as good as a water cooler

Good Motherboard and the RAM is low profile so the cooler will fit over it

Huge 500GB SSD for your applications, far, far faster than any raid 0

Just two 2TB HDD for the raid 1 reliability. You don't need the marginal extra speed of raid 0 because of that huge SSD, much faster.

Don't bother going CF, just get the really fast 290X, this Sapphire Vapor-X runs cool, fast, and silent

The best power supply there is at 860W and has 300W of headroom for overclocking
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